Joint-Chairman - Our fans are entitled to dream

Joint-Chairman David Gold is full of confidence as the Club prepare for their showdown clash with Manchester United

West Ham United Joint-Chairman David Gold believes the players will be relishing the chance to take on Manchester United in the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final on Sunday and feels this is a special time for the east London Club.

The Hammers produced a memorable comeback to come from two goals down to beat Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park and keep alive their hopes of securing a European place at the end of the season.

The victory moved Slaven Bilic's side back up to fifth in the table and are now just three points behind Arsenal in third place.

Three consecutive victories over Sunderland, Tottenham and Everton in the space of week has provided the perfect confidence boost ahead of a big game at Old Trafford this weekend.

And with the historic move to the new Stadium taking place during the summer, Mr Gold can only see exciting times ahead for everyone connected with the Club.

Mr Gold said: “We are now going to Manchester United with our tails up and with a bit of luck we will have some more senior players to come back into the squad.

“We are entitled to dream (about the Champions League). Now it is looking more of a possibility.

“We are playing superbly well and we are knocking on the door. We were facing two difficult games against Tottenham and Everton and to get six points makes it more of a dream.

“It is hard to believe that we have achieved the three victories but we have and everyone is so excited. The fans are absolutely over the moon.

“We are lucky that West Ham United has the most famous year in the club's history. We are leaving our beloved Boleyn Ground and that will be very sad and emotional.

“But at the same time we are moving into the new Stadium which is absolutely thrilling. What a year this is for West Ham United.

“Our fans are entitled to dream now and we have won the right to dream. I honestly cannot remember the last time we came back from two goals down to win a game and it is rare in football, let alone at West Ham.

“You look at Everton on paper and they have a fantastic group of players. Lukaku is one of the best centre-forwards in the Premier League and up against a 17-year-old man in Reece Oxford, I thought he did very well coming up against a world class centre-forward.

“To come from 2-0 down and battle back like that shows the character of our team. We have had bad luck losing three of our central defenders and having to play a right back as a winger, so we had a makeshift defence but they all did fantastic.”

Mr Gold has nothing but praise for the way the new signings have settled in this season and have played such a big role in the Club's success.

What more can be said about Dimitri Payet after he stole the headlines once again with the winning goal while Michail Antonio continued his rich vein of form in front of goal.

Angelo Ogbonna, Pedro Obiang and Manuel Lanzini have also showed their quality and played their role in a fantastic comeback against the Merseyside Club.

Mr Gold added: “The players that we brought in have all excelled our expectations – we thought Lanzini would be good but he has been very good.

“We thought Payet was good but he has turned out to be brilliant. Another great success has been Michail Antonio who arrived from Nottingham Forest last summer and has been sensational.

“Ogbonna and Obiang have also done very well. All of the new players have come together and helped make this a special season.”