'Hopefully they can create something special'

Mark Noble says the Hammers' Argentinian duo can emulate Carlos Tevez and make themselves heroes at Old Trafford on Saturday
Mark Noble says Argentinian pair Manuel Lanzini and Mauro Zarate can emulate compatriot Carlos Tevez by firing West Ham United to victory at Manchester United.

Tevez capped a memorable solitary season as a Hammer by sealing Premier League safety at Old Trafford in May 2007, when he scored the winner in a 1-0 victory over Sir Alex Ferguson's champions.

Eight-and-a-half years on and Lanzini and Zarate are doing their best to emulate their famous fellow countryman in Claret and Blue shirts - and Noble says they can do so again this Saturday afternoon.

"It's well-documented that I have said that's one of the best feelings I've had as a football player, especially when the final whistle went!" he recalled.

"We had a similar team then to the one we've got now with a little bit of pace and power and a bit of flair, and we had a hero in Carlos that day.

"I can assure you we won't have Carlos on the pitch, but we've got a lot of other good players who can create.

"I saw a little comment or two from Manu and Mauro, our two Argentinian boys, who know Carlos well and the fans love, and hopefully they can create something special for us on Saturday."

Noble was part of the team that upset the odds on a rainy afternoon in 2007, when West Ham completed their Great Escape by winning for the seventh time in nine matches.

While the circumstances are completely different, the No16 is aware of the importance of gaining another positive result in Salford.

Returning from a one-match suspension this weekend, the captain says the Hammers have nothing to lose again, but would love to end their four-match winless run in style.

"It's a game we're looking forward to. We've obviously beat a lot of big teams this year already and we need to get back to winning ways, so what a place that would be to get another three points.

"To be honest, I get more nervous watching than I do playing. I'd like to be locked in a dark room and just know the score at the end of it because I can't affect the game or make any tackles. I spend it on the edge of my seat, so it's nice to be back involved this weekend up at Man United."
I saw a little comment or two from Manu and Mauro, our two Argentinian boys, who know Carlos well and the fans love, and hopefully they can create something special for us on Saturday
Last season, West Ham deserved at least a draw after Wayne Rooney was sent-off and Kevin Nolan's late strike was controversially ruled out for offside.

This term, the Red Devils have become a different sort of team, defending strongly without scoring the number of goals everyone became accustomed to under Ferguson.

In 14 league matches, Manchester United have scored just 20 goals and conceded only ten - figures unheard of during the Scot's successful reign.

"Obviously over the last 20 years their fans have been used to their teams really going for it, creating chances and scoring goals, and that doesn't seem to be Louis van Gaal's philosophy.

"We need to go there and take advantage of that and try to create our own chances, which I'm sure we will.

"It's at Old Trafford so it would be nice to get a result and enjoy it."

While Noble returns this weekend, Slaven Bilic will be without the injured Dimitri Payet, Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho - but the skipper is not making any excuses.

"We have got the quality to win any game in this league, but we have lost a lot of pace, skill and power in the team.

"We've got players who wanted to play and no one is ever happy not playing, so now they'll get a chance to play and they've got to prove themselves. That's what you play the game for.

"That's also why the Chairmen spent the money in the summer, to be able to have back-up like we have got now for when we've got injuries. We've lost three big players, but I'm pretty sure we can handle it over the next couple of months."