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West Ham squad in strong position says Downing

Stewart Downing believes West Ham United are in a very healthy position in the early stages of the 2014/15 Premier League season.

The Hammers moved up to eighth after beating Liverpool 3-1 at Upton Park on Saturday and the result was warmly welcomed by midfielder Downing who feels Sam Allardyce has at his disposal a much deeper squad than last term.

"Competition for places is definitely a good thing," he told the club's official website.

"Last year even if you weren't playing well you got into the team because we didn't have enough players. But now the manager will be having headaches picking the team, I'm sure he'll like that.

"We've got more options on the bench. You saw Morgan (Amalfitano) come off the bench (to score against the Reds), he's come here to play.

"We've got Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll to come back still. The manager has said before, the team picks itself. If you're doing well you'll stay in the team and if not then you'll be out."

West Ham, who have two wins, a draw and two losses so far this campaign, travel to Manchester United on Saturday as they look to string two victories together against the under-fire Red Devils.

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