Could this be the end of Manuel Pellegrini’s reign?

Rumours suggest that Saturday’s matchup away at Southampton could spell the end of Manuel Pellegrini’s time in charge of the Hammers if West Ham fall to yet another successive defeat.

Such stories floating about have divided the fan base, with the argument suggesting that a positive result on Saturday may only hinder the Hammers further, just prolonging the inevitable sacking of Pellegrini and Co. Some fans may wish for a Southampton victory on Saturday, in order for Pellegrini to leave the club.

Meanwhile, some fans point to the board to blame for yet another uninspiring season at the London Stadium. Of course, the promise fans were given prior to the move was a “world class team in a world class stadium”, yet it seems neither of these promises have done to light.

The unfortunate injury to Aaron Cresswell comes as the only doubt as of late, perhaps giving way for Arthur Masuaku to finally try and prove some doubters wrong. Albeit, after replacing Cresswell against Arsenal, he could be considered at fault for a couple of the goals at least.

Here is our predicted starting XI for West Ham United for the game on Saturday: