After the shame of White Hart Lane, it's time for West Ham fans to show their class. One thing is guaranteed: even though the game is in the North West and even though we are virtually guaranteed to be on the wrong end of a tonking, West Ham fans will show up in numbers, singing their hearts out and backing the team no matter what the score.
Whereas the home fans are fickle and turn far too easily on the players, the away supporters have developed thick skins and almost revel in masochistic agony. When not spouting vile invective, the passion is a joy to behold and an example to many.
Do we stand a cat in hell's chance? It is bloody hard to make a case for anything other than a three goal reverse at best. Rooney, Van Persie, Hernandes...ok, the Mancs are weak at the back but will we ever get the ball down the other end to exploit that? Long lumped balls to Carroll are not going to trouble Man Utd any more than they troubled Spurs.
Still, Noble's critics will be hoping that we suddenly play like Barcelona and prove that all the stats suggesting he is our best player are wrong!