Zola ready to 'have a go'

Momentum is key for Gianfranco Zola and he is determined to field a strong team capable of giving champions Manchester United a game on Tuesday night.

West Ham United have not been victorious in three league games in a row since a four-match streak at the end of the 2006/07 season, culminating in a 1-0 win at Old Trafford on 13 May 2007. After home successes against Birmingham City and Hull City, the manager does not want to lose the winning habit.

"I tell you something," he said, when asked if his men would take it easy at Old Trafford after their recent resurgence pushed the club up to 13th. "We have worked so hard to be in this position and we don't want to stop right now. The momentum is on our side so we are going to go there and we are going to work very hard.

"I am not tempted to rest key players because the next game at Bolton is not until the 6 March. We are going to play but there might be some players that need to recover because of Saturday. I will see."

He added that the last two wins had been "massive" for morale. "They have allowed us to go there and play with more confidence. It is very important. United are United. They are a fantastic team and they are going to be very difficult for us. I don't know if there is a good time to play them, I will tell you afterwards.

"It a tough game because we are playing the champions and they are always a difficult team to play but we go there in confidence after two good results. The players are livened up so we will go there and see what comes. It is a tricky one. We will see, we are going to give it a very good shot."

Zola, who is definitely still without Herita Ilunga (tendon injury) and Benni McCarthy (knee) but could have Kieron Dyer in his squad, admitted he was "wary of a backlash" after Sir Alex Ferguson's men fell to a 3-1 defeat at Everton on Saturday.

He is also well aware what the Red Devils are capable of after the champions won 4-0 at the Boleyn Ground back in December but is backing his defence - including James Tomkins, who has been called up for England Under-21s UEFA qualifier with Greece in Doncaster next Wednesday - to stand firm.

"It will be tough. No doubt about that. We will go there with comfort and confidence though and we will see what will come. The fans will expect us to have a go and we will. That is for sure. We are going to try very hard.

"Anything we get there will be a bonus. You don't expect to get a big result at Manchester United but we are in a position where we can go and play with no fear."