The Big Interview - Diego Poyet

As West Ham United revealed ambitious plans for the world's best sports hospitality at the Club's new Stadium,

"It will be the biggest stage I've ever played on, so if we're getting 50-odd thousand week-in and week-out, it'll help us to grow as a Club and to win games as well. Every home game will be a huge occasion and hopefully we can turn it into a fortress."

How are things going for you football-wise at the moment?

"It's been difficult to get into the team because we have signed a few players and we've got a very good squad, as everyone can tell. I'm fine, training hard and making sure that I'm ready for when I get my chance."

Saturday's win over Liverpool must have given the whole squad a lift?

"Yes, the squad is very happy, and the staff are as well. We showed everyone what a good, strong squad we are and how we can really push on this season.

"Everyone was happy on Sunday, but since then we have just cracked on with training and got on with what we do, concentrating on what we can do at Manchester United on Saturday."

Saturday's fine performance was not just down to the eleven on the pitch - the strength of the squad means competition for places is fierce and the standard and intensity of training is high every day?

"Like I said, we have got a very big squad so we train together and everyone trains hard every day, whether they are starting or not. If you are not on it, the other players will let you know in a good way to ensure that standards are kept high.

"Everyone is together on matchdays, whether they are starting, on the bench or not on the bench. On Saturday, I think you could tell what a strong and close squad we are by how pleased everyone was with the result."

Cheikhou's injury means he will be sidelined for a few weeks. While nobody likes to see their team-mate miss games, his absence will give somebody else a chance to stake a claim for a starting place?

"Like I said, there are lots players so the Gaffer has a lot of options to use players in different positions, should he wish to change the formation or anything.

"Obviously, it was very sad to see Cheikhou get injured and I was talking to him on Tuesday to try to help him to keep calm and positive. I hope he is back as soon as possible.

"If there is a place available and I get his place, then I will stay the same, work hard every day and do what I can."

Were the manager to call on you on Saturday, you have the confidence that you have the talent to produce the goods at Old Trafford…

"I'm training with them every day, so I am trying to be the standard that they are as Premier League players. If the opportunity came, I can tell you now that I'd give it everything I have got. I will leave everything I have got on the pitch.

"If I'm on the bench and have to wait for my chance, I'll be supporting the boys. That's how I am. We're a squad and it's the squad that will help us do well this season."

It's easy to forget you are still just 19, so how are you feeling about the prospect of playing in front of 75,000 fans at Old Trafford against Manchester United?

"I think all the boys are very excited to be playing against Manchester United and their new players. I know they lost at the weekend, but you cannot forget what top players they are.

"We believe we can not only match them but beat them and get more points on the board from our trip to Old Trafford. That would be even better for the team.

"We want to attack them. Leicester showed some of their weaknesses and they will come out firing at us on Saturday, but it's up to us to match them and take our chances. We're coming off a win and they're coming off a loss, so you never know. We'll give everything and hopefully we'll get something."