West Ham may be struggling but there were signs in Sunday's 2-1 defeat against Manchester City on Sunday that things may get better under David Moyes' watch.
Nobody will care about Manchester City's club-record 20-match winning run if they fail to pick up any trophies this season, says Kevin de Bruyne.
The former West Ham defender says the Sky Blues do have some weaknesses in their style of play but admitted it is hard for the opposition to sustain the same level of energy City have been continually displaying until the final whistle.
It was the most unlikely lead at the end of a first half in which the hosts dominated.
He is now expected to come back into a United midfield that will be without the suspended Paul Pogba, who starts a three-match domestic ban, for Sunday's crucial clash against the Premier League leaders.
The Blues sit third on the table, separated from the Citizens by Manchester United, who have three more points than Antonio Conte's men. Guardiola ditched it in September and City have played their best football since then. Their first goal was magnificent, and the second goal we didn't defend that well. Our pace and pass were quicker and better.
"Leroy [Sane] needed time to adapt a bit - to the way we play". They moved too much. The good news for Shakhtar is that they can replace Taison with Viktor Kovalenko, a really talented young midfielder who just can't get into the team because Taison, Bernard and Marlos are so good.
"It means we have done 39 points in a row".
"It will be interesting to see if they will be like that against Manchester City because Manchester City could pierce them open, should they come out the back".
However, according to Sky Italia the Catalan has sent an SMS message to Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, promising him that City will give their "maximum effort" to beat Shakhtar and make it six wins out of six in Group F. We had one day where we could prepare. But by the time of their most recent meeting, at the Etihad Stadium in April, thoughts of an all-Manchester title shootout had vanished.