West Ham’s rivalry with Manchester United is one of the fiercest in the Premier League.
But when Mourinho’s men rock up for the hotly-anticipated clash, they could be in for a nasty surprise.
Because after a string of violence at the club’s all-new London Stadium this season, football thugs could be plotting more carnage.
“It’s a recipe for trouble”
Choosing to remain anonymous, one supporter exclusively told Daily Star Online about their concerns.
“Everyone knows about the rivalry and considering the time of year it’s a recipe for trouble,” the source said.
“We’ve had our problems this season and I worry about this match – particularly after what happened last year.”
United’s team bus was attacked by rowdy hooligans last year, setting off a string of violent scenes at the club’s fixtures.
But for West Ham, the hooliganism crisis has persisted.
“Listen we aren’t angels. I know what away games are like,” the source added.
“There are issues still among fans arguing with fellow fans. I find that ridiculous.
“The standing is also a problem. I just think everyone should sit down now rather than launch into their own protests.”
When approached by Daily Star Online, West Ham United declined to comment on the issue.
The Hammers have endured a bumpy ride after leaving Upton Park.
The ferocity at the Chelsea clash was so extreme it prompted calls for the side to play behind closed doors as MPs desperately looked for answers.
When contacted by Daily Star Online, the Metropolitan Police confirmed that “appropriate measures” were in place for the match.
A spokesman said: “Police Match Commanders are trained to use a wide variety of tactics and resources to address any identified risks to the event. Officers also work closely with all relevant partner agencies including West Ham FC, the local authority, stadium operators and local businesses and stakeholders.
“Where offences are committed, police will proactively use football or other relevant legislation to target the small minority of fans intent on causing crime or disorder at games. Where possible, officers will also pursue football banning orders against individuals convicted of any football-related offences.
“So far this season, there have been five banning orders issued to fans who have committed offences at West Ham games.”
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