A convincing 2-0 win over a Leicester City side has at last meant we can stop looking over our shoulders and be sure of our survival for another season. David Moyes has his detractors but he has done what he was brought into do I have no doubt that under Billic we would have gone down.
But before we go around patting ourselves on the back we must learn lessons from this season, we have been awful defensively for most of season it is without doubt the weakest part of our team, that is what makes playing defensively so puzzling. We know there are rumblings from the dressing room with the likes of Hernandez, Adrian and Carroll clearly unhappy at times, not to mention the off-field issues. Moyes has done well, but we must want more than just staying up, don’t we? Look at what Burnley have achieved with a plan and identity a club run cohesively from top to bottom with fan involvement and everyone pulling in the same direction. West Ham desperately need to heal the wounds and start planning for the future not next season but the next two or three with the integration of some on the promising young players mixed around some of the real talent we have at our disposal.
We need two centre halves a right back and at least one holding midfielder and goal keeper, but we need to look at characters and most important of all leaders, with Noble out of the side we can look rudderless at times.
Before the inquest starts however we have the small matter of a visit of Manchester United to the London Stadium evoking memories of the last game at the Boelyn played on a balmy May evening two years ago. United suffer by simply not being City but they are improving under Mourinho, it’s just how they play that drains the soul a bit, imagine paying all that money and playing like that! but its successful they are second and if they win the Cup it should be regarded as a season of progress under Mourinho.
I am hoping for a barnstorming performance from the boys all blood and guts playing with freedom now the relegation fears have been put to bed, my fear is the slow strangulation by Mourinho and a last-minute winner from Lukaku who always scores against us regardless of who is playing for and how bad he is playing.
United aren’t in great form but they are still United, hopefully Moyes will get the team up for it and we can ruffle a few feathers on Thursday night