Manchester United can control their own destiny as regards UEFA Champions League qualification if they can beat West Ham United today at Upton Park.
Coincidentally, it will be West Ham’s last game at Upton Park before moving to the Olympic Stadium where they will play from next season but the game has added a huge importance as the Red Devils try to topple neighbours Manchester City and pick the last Champions League spot in England.
Louis van Gaal has been under pressure for most of this season’s campaign and things have gotten trickier for the Dutchman with former Chelsea Gaffer Jose Mourinho strongly linked with the Old Trafford side.
Manchester City blew a massive opportunity to move into third place last weekend when they failed to beat Arsenal at the Etihad, only managing a 2-2 that now leaves their fate of reaching next year’s Champions League in the hands of Louis van Gaal and Manchester United.
Lately, United have been in good form and managed their injury situations better, they will draw confidence from their last win at Upton Park which was in the semifinals of the FA Cup but it won’t be an easy game against Silven Bilic’s ward.
Hardly, doesn’t anything come easy these days for the Red side of Manchester and despite their 18 clean sheets this season, which is the highest of any side in the league they’ve scored a record low in the history of their Premier League campaign.
The fans are agitated that they may not qualify for the Champions League and have lost confidence in the ability of Louis van Gaal to deliver the league title at Old Trafford but the club’s hierarchy are willing to allow him finish his three-year-deal as long as he guarantee’s Champions League football next season.
However, beating West Ham this evening will hand United a golden chance to finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League and hope Liverpool fail to win the Europa League final against Sevilla which may see them drop out.
The United hierarchy may want to retain Louis van Gaal if he guarantee Champions League football for next season but the fans may yet force him out as they want British most successful club to be winning the title every season.