Everyone enjoyed Joe Hart's cheeky explanation for his black eye

Darren Randolph's move to Middlesbrough make it imperative that Adrian stays in east London

IT was a awful day for West Ham on Sunday as Manchester United strolled to a 4-0 victory - but one Irish teenager won praise for his resilient Old Trafford performance. "I need to look after myself".

West Ham United defender Winston Reid has admitted that himself and his teammates will "put in a much better performance" when they travel to Southampton on Saturday.

London- A dab of make-up can not hide the black eye Joe Hart is sporting as he walks into West Ham United's press room and the topic is swiftly raised: have pre-season preparations at Rush Green taken an unsavoury turn?

Joe Hart has revealed that he wanted to leave Manchester City permanently this summer.

"But I want to be learning and improving all the time, no matter where I am".




"That's gone. I'm not part of that club anymore", says the 30-year-old when asked if he will be trying to prove a point to Guardiola this term.

"They're my coaches, they're the people whose opinions I care about".

"There wasn't an terrible lot of movement goalkeeper-wise this summer so I'm very grateful to get this opportunity". If going on loan is what needs to happen then for me that's fine. I couldn't be any more grateful for the opportunity they've given me.

"I'll eternally have a link with them, but as far as the business side of it goes - new managers, opinions, stuff like that - that's football". It's a tricky first assignment, but the goalkeeper is hopeful that West Ham will be able to take their enforced mini-exile in their stride in the weeks ahead. "I'm very proud and very lucky that I can say that". It's a privileged position to play for the country.

West Ham how now lost 11 times on the opening weekend of a Premier League season - the worst such record in the division - while Man United have lost just one of their last 13 curtain-raisers at Old Trafford. The new concentration of title-winning experience - Hart, Zabaleta and Hernández have two apiece - in West Ham's dressing room should help a side that too often seemed directionless last season.

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