Captain Scott upbeat

Captain Scott Parker is absolutely determined to lead West Ham United to victory over Manchester United this weekend.

In a revealing interview with Saturday's official matchday programme, Parker said everyone within the Hammers camp was eager to build on the 5-3 win over Burnley last time out.

The England midfielder produced a man-of-the-match display against the Clarets and, with Matthew Upson again absent with a hamstring problem, the 29-year-old will again wear the armband against the Red Devils.

"I always want to lead by example when I've got the armband on. I wouldn't say it makes me try harder, but I am conscious of my role as captain and we all knew it was a game we had to win," Parker said.

"There were a lot of positives to take out of the Burnley game and I think, at this present moment, being positive is what we need to concentrate on. Whenever you play Manchester United, you have to go into the game believing you can win, otherwise they can outplay you."

In a wide-ranging interview, Parker talked about United's Michael Owen, who he played alongside at Newcastle United. He also discussed his formative years at south London club Valley Valiants, his short-lived television advertising career, getting over his injury problems and the plight of his former clubs Newcastle and Charlton Athletic.

Saturday's 84-page programme will also give fans an update on the work of the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, the charity founded by Stephanie Moore MBE in 1993 to fight bowel cancer. A special feature highlighting a fund-raising football tournament held at Bobby Moore's old school, Tom Hood Community Science College, is also included.

Elsewhere in Saturday's packed edition, supporters can also catch up with Academy graduates Michael Carrick and Rio Ferdinand, discover Luis Jimenez's Dream Team and find out who Julien Faubert would invite to dinner as well as hear from England manager Fabio Capello.

The official matchday programme will be available in and around the Boleyn Ground priced at £3.50. To order your copy online, click here.