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David Moyes said there is "no secret" to his longevity, as he prepares for his 900th league game as a manager.
West Ham, who have lost their last two Premier League matches – albeit they were against Liverpool and Manchester City – host Sheffield United on Saturday.
While the Blades are looking to bounce back from their 8-0 thrashing at the hands of Newcastle United, West Ham will be hoping to celebrate Moyes' milestone with a victory.
"I've been in a long time, you have to have an incredible love of the game and you have to want to continue wanting to improve," Moyes said on Friday.
"We had some really good moments at Anfield," Moyes said on looking to hit back from two successive league defeats. "Not enough to win it, but enough to give us a feeling that we had given them a game. Overall, there were lots of good things from the game."
Moyes is also expecting a big reaction from the Blades after that humiliating defeat to Newcastle.
"You'd always expect a team who loses to have a reaction, but ultimately I wouldn't want to be on the other side of that either," he said. "Paul Heckingbottom did a brilliant job in getting them promoted last year, they're new to the Premier League and sometimes that's not easy."
West Ham – Jarrod Bowen
Bowen has scored four goals in six Premier League appearances for West Ham United this season, although all four have come away from home. Bowen has also been directly involved in 12 goals in his last 13 league games against newly promoted sides (six goals, six assists).
Sheffield United – Wes Foderingham
Foderingham has shipped 17 goals in his first six Premier League starts, the joint-most by a goalkeeper in their first six starts, along with Fraser Digby (1993, Swindon) and David Watson (1997, Barnsley). He has, however, faced the most shots on target (52) and made the most saves (35) of any Premier League goalkeeper in their first six starts Opta has on record from 2003-04 onwards.
West Ham have won their last six Premier League games against newly promoted sides since losing 1-0 to Nottingham Forest last August. It is their longest ever winning run against promoted teams in their top-flight history.
The Blades have won just one of their last 10 away league games against West Ham (D4 L5), picking up a 2-0 win in the Championship in January 2005.
West Ham completed the double over the Blades when they last met in 2020-21.
West Ham – 53%
Sheffield United – 20.2%
Draw – 26.8%
Updated September 29, 2023