West Ham will look to spoil Manchester United's top four party when the two teams meet in the Premier League on Tuesday. While West Ham saw their top four hopes fade with a heavy defeat to Swansea City, Manchester United are very much in the battle, with a win at Boleyn Ground and another on the final day of the season giving them that Champions League spot all clubs crave.
It will not be easy, however, as West Ham will want to bid goodbye to their home ground of over a century in the best manner possible. This will be the last league game to be played at Upton Park, with West Ham moving on to play at the Olympic Stadium from nest season. So, it will be an emotional day for the fans and the players will want to give their home ground the perfect farewell.
"It's a big game for a couple of reasons and one of them is that this is the last game ever at Upton Park. Then, if you add to that it's a very important game for us and for Manchester United, as both teams need to win the game, it makes it mega-big," West Ham manager Slaven Bilic was quoted as saying by the club's official website.
"It will be a game of emotions and you can't stop it. It's impossible to tell the players, the staff and spectators that it's a normal game, but it's not a normal game. It's a special one and a once-in-a-lifetime kind of game. It's going to be emotional but we have to channel those emotions to be our motivator and our detonator in order to win."
Bilic will hope West Ham improve from their last home game, when Swansea City thumped them 4-1 on Saturday. That was one of the more forgettable West Ham performances under Bilic, with the key for Tuesday being not to be overawed by the occasion.
While there will be plenty of expectations from the home fans to see their team perform, there is a lot of pressure on Manchester United as well, with Louis Van Gaal's men needing all three points to keep a top four place at the end of the season under their control.
Manchester United are two points behind fourth-placed Manchester City at the moment, with a win from this game in hand taking them a point clear of their rivals heading into the final weekend. Van Gaal will look to United's 2-1 win at the same ground in the FA Cup quarterfinal replay last month as motivation.
"We have to play against an opponent who says goodbye to the stadium so they don't want to lose in their own stadium," Van Gaal told reporters. "They have already lost to Manchester United in their last FA Cup match there so that is also history. So it's not good for us and West Ham are a very good team, I think, a very good team.
"There is no motivation to spoil the party because we have a lot of respect for West Ham. I think it's a historical, big club in England and in the Premier League so we don't want to spoil their party. But we need three points and that's different."
Where to Watch Live
West Ham vs Manchester United is scheduled for a 7.45 p.m. BST (12.15 a.m. IST, 2.45 p.m. ET) start. The TV and live streaming options.
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