A win over Manchester United on Sunday will go a long way towards helping West Ham United break into the Premier League's top six, manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Friday.
West Ham beat United 3-1 at home last season and Pellegrini is hopeful his side can repeat that result with both teams currently locked on eight points in the table after five games.
United played their Europa League opener on Thursday, winning 1-0 at Kazakh side Astana, but Pellegrini does not think the visitors will be fatigued after the long trip and expects to see wholesale changes to their starting lineup.
"Manchester United played last night but they changed nine players so it will be a different team," Pellegrini told reporters. "We're in a good moment, so if we are playing against the big teams, we must show we can play in the same way.
"But that doesn't mean we are going to beat United. We beat them 3-1 here and I hope we can get a win again.