West Ham star Michail Antonio has fired a ‘more fight’ warning to Manchester United over their Europa League battle.
In terms of the status of the two clubs on the world stage, Man United and West Ham may be on different levels.
But on the pitch this season the Hammers have very much closed the gap.
It will be all change for Man United again this summer after what promises to be their worst ever Premier League campaign.
West Ham still have plenty to play for in the last two games, though.
Following West Ham’s 4-0 win over Norwich and Man United’s defeat by the same score to Brighton, leapfrogging the Red Devils into sixth place – a Europa League spot – is still very much on for David Moyes’s Hammers.
With what is effectively a six-point cushion over Wolves – who still have to play both Man City and Liverpool – West Ham are more or less guaranteed seventh place and a Europa Conference League spot.
West Ham could yet dump Man United into the Conference League and secure back-to-back Europa League campaigns in the process.
Man United are not in action this weekend. Meanwhile West Ham welcome a Man City side missing three key defenders and under intense title pressure.
The Hammers go to Brighton on the final day while Man United are at Crystal Palace.
If West Ham can end the season level on points with Man United then they will finish above Ralf Rangnick’s side due to a superior goal difference.
And West Ham star Michail Antonio has fired a warning to Manchester United over their Europa League battle by suggesting the Hammers have ‘more fight’ in them.
The attitude, desire and hunger of many of the players at Man United has been questioned this season with supporters chanting ‘You’re not fit to wear the shirt’ at the Red Devils during the Brighton humbling.
West Ham by comparison are the polar opposite. The Hammers have become renowned for their hard work, resilience and team spirit under former Man United boss Moyes.
Antonio suggests West Ham have more fight about them than Man United and says he and his teammates believe they can overhaul the Old Trafford side for sixth place (whufc.com).
“We’ve gone so hard (against Norwich) because we believe we can pip Manchester United to sixth,” Antonio told whufc.com.
“We believe we can do it.
“As much as we’ve had a lot of football this year, we’ve had a lot of fights and, in terms of getting into the Europa League next year, it’s not over.”