Manchester United have a chance of moving into the top four this Wednesday, as they host West Ham in their last home game of the season.
The Red Devils only need one point from this fixture to lift them into the Champions League places, after Leicester suffered a defeat at the weekend putting United’s future in their own hands.
If the reverse fixture is anything to go by though a point might be too much to ask for, as West Ham beat United 2-0 on the last time of asking in September.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have improved in the later part of the season, going on a 19-game unbeaten run before losing convincingly to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday.
Whilst United have been hunting for Champions League football, at the other end of the table West Ham have been hunting for survival in the Premier League.
A recent flurry of goals from Michail Antonio has almost secured the Hammer’s safety, with wins over Norwich and Watford leaving them three points from relegation with two games to go.
If United are to get their much-needed point or three from this game, then they will have to do so without Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and potentially Luke Shaw, all due to injuries.
The Hammers also won’t have a full squad when they attempt to mathematically secure their survival, as they may be without defender Ryan Fredricks again.
Fredricks’ injury might not be a good thing for United though as his replacement, 20-year-old Ben Johnson, has been catching the eyes of those watching in his recent stand out performances that have helped West Ham to victory.
Despite the Hammers slight improvement of late, and the Red Devils mishap at the weekend, I still think a win is on the cards for United this Wednesday evening.
Match Preview written by Sophie Reynolds