West Ham midfielder Lanzini: My New Year start has been very good!

West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini is delighted with his current form.

The attacker followed his two-goal New Year’s Day show at Crystal Palace with another strike in the Hammers’ 2-0 FA Cup third round win over Leeds United at London Stadium on Sunday, taking his tally to six for the season.

Lanzini told the club’s website: “I started the year very good, but more important is for me to help the team and score goals and win as it’s important for our confidence, so we need to keep it like this.

“I hope I score more goals. I try to do my best for the team to help us win the games.

“It’s easy to play with players like this, as Nikola [Vlašić], Jarrod [Bowen] and Mikey [Antonio]are very good players. Also, we know Leeds follow us each one (by marking man-to-man), which is crazy. The intensity means you move more, so we tried to play together.

“We practiced like this in training and I think we did a very clever game. It’s not easy because they play with great intensity and they have good players, but I think it was a clever game from us.

“We’ll try to play at the same level [when we play them in the Premier League next weekend] and keep going like this and get the same result.”

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