Rai's Return

Raimond van der Gouw hopes the Hammers can get back to winning ways on his old stamping ground this weekend.

Raimond as, of course, on the subs' bench when West Ham beat Manchester United in the FA Cup two years ago and he says:

"I remember that game - it belonged to Mr. Paolo Di Canio!"

West Ham have, in fact, won their last two away cup trips against Manchester United - the previous one being in 1986 - but Raimond warns:

"They have just got a good win over Blackburn so they are in a very good mood.

"Manchester United is always difficult and after Wednesday we have to do a lot of things, but it is the FA Cup and you never know.

"It is absolutely correct to say professionals hate losing so in that perspective it is a terrible situation at the moment.

"It doesn't matter when you win, but for us it is important now - though it will be hard."

As for recent additions to the squad, Raimond adds:

"It is always good to have good players in your squad so it will help a lot but up to the manager."