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Areola: Old Trafford win proves West Ham can mix it with the best

Securing a first win at Old Trafford since 2007 was an impressive response to the visitors’ heartbreak on Sunday, when Jesse Lingard’s late goal in the Premier League clash was enough to take all three points after Mark Noble had missed a penalty with his first kick in the 93rd minute.

Manuel Lanzini’s ninth-minute goal here last night, created by a fine run from Ryan Fredericks, capped a flying start from David Moyes’s side and was enough to secure a home tie against cup holders Manchester City in the last 16.

West Ham came under a lot of pressure across the next 81 minutes but the back four and Areola, who made a string of fine saves on his debut after joining from Paris Saint-Germain, stood firm.

Having gone head-to-head with United twice in four days, the French keeper says the Hammers have shown they can mix it with the biggest clubs.

“We are at a level to really compete against that kind of team,” Areola told Standard Sport.

“We have the quality and a good group, good atmosphere and in our minds we have the same objective — to win and go as far as possible in every competition. We are trying to give everything every day during the week to perform.

“I was happy to start and to help the team win but all the team did a great job and we kept our goal with a clean sheet.”

Following the disappointment on Sunday, West Ham made 10 changes but wanted to prove a point.

“We tried to keep our heads up and work for last night,” said Areola. “That is what we did and we deserved that win so we keep going. We can go far in every competition.”

There will be no shying away from the challenge of Pep Guardiola’s City up next at the London Stadium. When told of the draw, Areola added: “If you want to win something you have to beat every team. We are competitors and we want to win and against big teams.”

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