West Ham United v Manchester United Preview: Hammers aim to bid farewell to the Boleyn Ground in style

Can the East Londoners set off for the Olympic Park with a win?

West Ham United v Manchester United Preview: Hammers aim to bid farewell to the Boleyn Ground in style
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West Ham United prepare to say goodbye to the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday as they host Manchester United in their final home game of the season. Upton Park has been adorned in claret and blue for 112 years, and will see its final game on Tuesday as Slaven Bilic’s men prepare for life in the Olympic Stadium from next campaign.

West Ham will be desperate to leave their beloved home ground on good terms as they host Manchester United tomorrow evening in the Premier League. However, Louis van Gaal’s United will be looking to cause an upset as they are just two wins away from claiming a Champions League spot, which would see them exclude their rivals, Manchester City, out of the top four.

Contrasting weekend results

The Hammers’ last match was a forgettable one, as they were defeated 4-1 by a rampant Swansea City in East London last weekend. Goals from Wayne Routledge, Andre  Ayew, Ki Sung-yeung and Bafetimbi Gomis cancelled out any pre-finale party at Upton Park, as West Ham were gifted their goal by Stephen Kingsley.

Slaven Bilic’s team will certainly have to up their standards should they want to leave on a high as Manchester United arrive in encouraging form. The last time United visited Upton Park, they knocked West Ham out of the FA Cup, ending their dream of a final piece of silverware to grace the Boleyn Ground with.

After seeing City drop points against Arsenal, van Gaal’s team will need no greater motivation to beat the Hammers than the thought of beating Manchester City to the final available top four spot as Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City have already confirmed theirs.

United beat Norwich City last time out, after a dominating performance was reduced down to one goal, a moment of magic from a particularly out of form, Juan Mata. The scoreline did not worry the red devils in the slightest, as the three points were taken back to Manchester in preparation for their tough trip to Upton Park to come.

Noble challenges Herrera. Source: Radio Times
Noble challenges Herrera. Source: Radio Times

Tough Team to beat

West Ham have not beaten Manchester United this season: a dull 0-0 draw in the League, followed by a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford and the 2-1 defeat at home in the FA Cup. That will leave the Hammers motivated to try and beat their League rivals on the final evening at the Boleyn.

Team News

Adrian will miss the game due to injury, and Darren Randolph will continue to play between the sticks for West Ham. As for Manchester United, Anthony Martial and Matteo Darmian are set to miss the game after being left out of the squad last week due to injury.

Predicted line-ups

West Ham United: Randolph; Tomkins, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Kouyate, Noble Moses, Lanzini; Payet, Carroll

Manchester United: De Gea; Valenica, Smalling, Rojo, Borthwick-Jackson; Carrick, Schneiderlin, Mata; Rooney, Lingard, Rashford

Louis van Gaal has promised that his team do not intend to ‘spoil the party’ in East London tomorrow evening, but will ‘need the three points’. It’s always guaranteed to be a hot fixture when the two teams meet, especially on an occasion like tomorrow as West Ham bid farewell to their home.