The roller coaster season of Manchester United took another turn on Tuesday with a 3-2 road loss to West Ham United that put the club’s Top Four hopes in a blender.
The farewell to the Boleyn Ground was a thriller, but the loss keeps United two points behind Man City with one match each to play.
If United beats Bournemouth and Swansea beats Man City, all will be fine for the Red Devils. Anything else — short of a 20-goal or so victory over Bournemouth and a Man City draw — will keep United fifth or lower.
In fact, a Red Devils loss could sink them as low as eighth.
“We have fought the whole season for a qualification position for the Champions League. And still we are fighting until the end. On the last day we can finish fourth. It’s still possible… only now we are depending on City. Before this game we had it in our own hands, so that’s the difference. Every defeat is disappointing. Tonight is a mental blow but against Bournemouth we have to give everything so we don’t give Manchester City a free trip into the Champions League.”
United attacked on Tuesday but fell victim to set pieces and a raucous Upton Park, a ground inspired by the knowledge they’d never see the Hammers play there again. What a memorable evening in London.