Premier League safety might not be confirmed just yet, but it’s safe to say that West Ham’s top-flight status is safe for another season.
With five games to go and teams below them failing to pick up points, Manuel Pellegrini’s side can take it easy going into their final few matches, and maybe even make a surprise result or two along the way. And against Manchester United this weekend, the Hammers could cause an unprecedented shakeup of the race for Champions League football.
Results against the Red Devils have been mixed over the past few seasons. The Hammers dominated United at home earlier in the season in a 3-1 win, as well as beating the Manchester side 3-2 in the final game at Upton Park.
However, the Hammers are yet to win in the league at Old Trafford since 2007, when Carlos Tevez saved the club from relegation to the Championship on the final day of the season with a 1-0 win.
Going into this match with not much to play for, West Ham could capitalise on the pressure United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are under. After a honeymoon period as caretaker manager, the now full-time boss of the club has stumbled as of late at the wheel.
One win in their last five games has seen United crash out of the FA Cup and slip up in the league for what looked like a guaranteed Champions League spot, and although on paper the Red Devils are the favourites for this weekend’s game against West Ham, Solskjaer should be cautious.
Pellegrini’s side were impressive against Chelsea on Monday night, and West Ham are a team who know how to get results against United.
The Hammers have what it takes to not only secure their safety in the Premier League but to shake up the landscape of the top-four race.
West Ham fans, can the Hammers get a result over United this weekend? Let us know!