But watching Barcelona slay the galacticos of Real Madrid 5-0 can do wonders for your game, according to West Ham manager Avram Grant. In an email to fans, Grant raved about Spector's two-goal display in the 4-0 thrashing of United in the Carling Cup.
Spirit of Catalonia: Jonathan Spector (centre)
Remarkably, Spector had never scored a senior goal before Tuesday night. But that did not stop Grant claiming he had taken his cue from the Catalan giants.
'I think Jonathan Spector saw the Barcelona game on Monday and thought, I can do that!' quipped Grant. 'It is great that he scored two goals.
'He is a good professional who always tries hard. The last month we changed his position in training to midfield and he has done very well.'
The Israeli even hinted that Spector has given him a selection headache for Sunday's vital trip to Sunderland, where West Ham will attempt to ease their relegation worries with a third consecutive win.
Grant added: 'Scott Parker will come back into the team on Sunday so I have to think about my team. I always look for problems like this with selection.'
Grant decribed making the Carling Cup semi-finals at the expense of Sir Alex Ferguson's side as 'something else', and praised his other twogoal hero, Carlton Cole.
Responding to the criticism Cole has received from some West Ham fans for his lacklustre displays this season, Grant said: 'Carlton Cole knows the best way to do things is to speak on the pitch. He was brilliant. From the first moment he worked very hard, caused a lot of problems and scored goals. Every player sometimes has bad times but we have to wait and judge them at the end of the season.'
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Presumably, co-chairman David Gold was not referring to Spector or Cole when he attempted to absolve Grant of responsibility for West Ham's poor start to the Barclays Premier League season, laying the blame firmly at the door of former manager Gianfranco Zola.
'Avram did inherit a Championship side because with the 35 points that we got last season, that would normally get you relegated,' said Gold. 'It has been difficult for him. He is building. He is re-gilding and slowly you can see, with six players brought into the team (against United), the strength of the squad. Things are starting to come together.
'It is only two victories, but it does give ourselves hope that we can get off the bottom of the table. That is our next target and once we have done that it is of course to get out of the bottom three.'
Also less than impressed with United was former defender Viv Anderson, who used the club's television channel to criticise Ferguson's youngsters.
'I don't think they are quite up to the task,' said Anderson. 'He (Ferguson) is going to have to really think about the younger lads.'
Ex-United star Lou Macari added: 'They were given an opportunity. Show us what you've got. They have let him (Ferguson) down.'
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