West Ham United are continuously improving with each game and it showed at the weekend, despite losing to Manchester United in the Premier League.

West Ham’s 2-1 loss to the Red Devils on Sunday was the club’s first defeat this season, and the first in eight matches in all competitions.

It was a game where manager David Moyes and the squad were disheartened to come away empty-handed, especially after Mark Noble saw his 95th-minute spot-kick saved.

However, it is not all doom and gloom for West Ham supporters. The outcome of the match didn’t go the club’s way but there were plenty of positives to take from the performance.

We are now seeing a team that has become much more consistent, and one that is putting in good displays week in and week out, despite the opposition.

So often in the past, consistency has been West Ham’s biggest downfall, but Moyes has been able to find players that gel well together and put in a good shift – even in defeats.

Looking back to last season and at the start of this campaign, you would struggle to find many matches where the team have played particularly poorly.

It evidently shows through our record. Since the New Year, the team have only lost seven league games and only eight in all competitions.

With better performances come higher expectations, as well. Fans now expect to come away from each game with at least a point, even against the best teams like Manchester United.

This season, more than ever, with our Europa League campaign, brings a large amount of promise. West Ham’s current squad is the best we’ve seen in a long time, and David Moyes has done a fantastic job to unite all the players.

Despite suffering an agonising defeat this weekend, the team can hold their heads high knowing that they won’t be demoralised going into our next fixture.

The West Ham team three years ago would feel worried going into this week’s cup match against United, especially after just losing to them, but this current squad will feel more motivated to come away with a victory this time out.