Premier League Preview: West Ham vs. Manchester United

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  • United have won 3 of last 4
  • West Ham’s last game at Upton Park
  • United win moves them into 4th

West Ham United welcome Manchester United to Upton Park on Tuesday (Watch live, 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) in the final game at the famous stadium.

This summer the Hammers will move from the Boleyn Ground, their home for 112 years, London’s Olympic Stadium.

It will be an emotional night off the pitch in east London but on it there’s some serious business.

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West Ham sit in seventh in the table, four points behind Manchester United in fifth place. Louis Van Gaal‘s side know a win would take them into fourth place ahead of the final game of the season and their destiny is now in their own hands. Oh, how they’d love to usurp neighbors Manchester City for the final UEFA Champions League spot.

Van Gaal’s side have already beaten West Ham in the FA Cup quarterfinals this season and won the replay at Upton Park in a cagey encounter. Expect another tight clash on a night of high emotion.

What they’re saying

Van Gaal on United’s chances of finishing in the top four: “It’s still very tough. Now we have to play away to West Ham United and we’ve seen already in the quarter-final of the FA Cup that it’s not so easy. So we have to repeat that win. West Ham are a very good team – it’s not for nothing they’re in the top six of the table. We were lucky in the Cup. I think we deserved to win but we were lucky West Ham had a goal disallowed in the last minute.”

Bilic on a special night at Upton Park: “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! 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.”

Prediction

It will be an incredibly emotional game for the Hammers and the players will be fired up to deliver the goods in the last-ever game at Upton Park. That said, they could get distracted and with Manchester United ominously churning out results in recent weeks I think they will just shade it. 2-1 to Manchester United.