Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Curbs: We Don't Care If We Are Despised Hammers Not Affected; Hammers Not Affected by Being Public Enemy No1

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Curbs: We Don't Care If We Are Despised Hammers Not Affected; Hammers Not Affected by Being Public Enemy No1

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ALAN CURBISHLEY today described West Ham as "public enemy No1" before their crucial Premiership clash against ManchesterUnited on Sunday.

Curbishley knows that a point at Old Trafford would ensure survival for his team but is aware that criticism of the Upton Park club and the Premier League following the furore over the signings of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano is unlikely to abate.

"We're public enemy No1 at the moment," said Curbishley. "Everyone is having their say but honestly there's no sign of it affecting the players one little bit." Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock has already said he wants Wigan, who go to Bramall Lane on Sunday, to stay up in preference to West Ham, while both clubs are threatening legal action should they be relegated.

Curbishley said: "There's all kinds of conspiracy theories out there but in the end, we all know what we have to do.

"We've been roundly castigated this week again but there's been hardly a word about Liverpool and the team they fielded against Fulham last weekend.

"Sheffield United fans will also need no reminding that, back in 1994, they played Chelsea on the last day of the season and were staying up until the last 15 minutes when Mark Stein scored a couple of goals and Chelsea won 3-2.

"Sheffield United will still remember what happened to them that day and they know that, despite what everyone says, they have to do their job against Wigan to make sure they are safe.

"United know that, if they win, they can move up the Premiership table and collect their bigger prize money. There's also probably bonuses for the players and the manager as well, should they win.

"Ihad experience of it a couple of seasons ago when, with six minutes to go, we [Charlton] equalised against Crystal Palace to send them down and help keep West Brom up. …

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