David Moyes' West Ham played well in the opening weeks of the season
West Ham legend Tony Gale is enthusiastic about the club's start to the Premier League season and has backed the Hammers to continue to "upset the apple cart".
And ahead of Saturday's home game against Manchester City, Gale is relieved that they have quickly recovered from the summer departure of talisman Declan Rice.
He said: “There is nothing bigger than the club and the players who have come in have started well.
“When you have James Ward-Prowse and Edson Alvarez, the midfield is full. With Lucas Paqueta also there, I think West Ham have done well with Rice's money.
"They have two tough teams coming up, Manchester City and Liverpool, but everyone has a bit of hope. Maybe we can beat the teams that are there."
David Moyes celebrates West Ham's win at Luton with his players
Reports of just one defeat away from dismissal haunted Moyes throughout last season despite their relative safety in the Premier League and Europa Conference League success.
But Gale believes Moyes has silenced those doubts for now.
The 63-year-old said: “He [Moyes] knows what happened.
“He knew the pressure was on and he gave West Ham their first trophy in 40 years.
“I can't hear any voices now, talking about Moyes. This is a good start.
“But he's a big man and he knows that if they go six games without a win then the pressure will be back. He will understand that.”
Fulham boss Marco Silva was unhappy with the 5-1 defeat at Manchester City
Gale highlighted the difference in Moyes' attitude to the manager of another former club, Fulham's Marco Silva.
Silva received a ban from his team last month after receiving yellow cards in his team's first three games of the season.
But the former Cottagers defender says the Portuguese boss has done an impressive job in West London, despite his lack of discipline.
Gale added: "Silva is a great manager but very different to Moyesy.
“With Moyesy you won't know whether his team is 4-0 up or 4-0 down. You can see on Silva's face whether they played badly.
“I hope for a good season for both teams. Fulham play with a different style to West Ham and may be a better watch in terms of how they chase results.
"But there's more than one way to skin a cat and I think both will be fine."