David Moyes will take charge of his 1000th game as a manager when West Ham United face Genk in the Europa League on Thursday.
The 58-year-old is slowly turning the Hammers into a team to be reckoned with in the Premier League, and Wayne Rooney believes their rivals are not relishing the chance to play against them right now.
They have lost twice this term and are currently fourth in the table, and the Derby County manager sees similarities between Moyes’ current side and his old Everton team.
“Moyes had a difficult period at Manchester United and Real Sociedad and he’s come back a better manager in my eyes,” Rooney told The Athletic.
“A lot of people were talking negatively about him but he’s worked hard, gone to West Ham and his recruitment has been very good. Plus he has a good coaching staff around him. He deserves the accolades he’s getting. To get to 1,000 games is an unbelievable achievement.
“At Everton, the team were hard to play against and he’s doing the same thing at West Ham. I’d imagine every team in the Premier League will not fancy playing West Ham at the minute.”
The Irons rehired Moyes to keep them up again after he did the job during his first brief stint, but nobody could have predicted the massive improvement the club have undergone on the pitch in such a short while.
They only missed out on Champions League football last term by two points, and they are one of the early favourites to finish in the top-four this term.
Having eliminated Manchester United and Manchester City on their way to the League Cup quarter-finals, playing against Moyes’ side is definitely not what any manager wants right now.
West Ham have also dominated their Europa League group, picking up three wins in as many games, and the players will be keen to clinch a victory against Genk to celebrate Moyes’ milestone.
They are challenging strongly in every competition this term, and ending the campaign with silverware cannot be ruled out.
The Hammers have not won a major trophy in 41 years, and that is a drought their Scottish manager will be looking to end.
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