There has been a massive boost for West Ham’s top six hopes after Ralf Rangnick’s Man United admission and a favour from Newcastle.
You might not think it if you watch the sycophantic “big six” coverage of the likes of Sky Sports but West Ham are – for now at least – very much in the mix for a Champions League spot.
West Ham have two avenues to achieve that this season, via the Premier League or by winning the Europa League.
But a place in the top six would still be an absolutely fantastic achievement for David Moyes and his Hammers side.
That is not so much the case for Manchester United who are expected to challenge for titles but instead find themselves desperately clinging on in the race for the top six.
West Ham, Man United, Tottenham, Arsenal and Wolves are in a five team battle for four European spots. One of those is the coveted fourth Champions League place, another two are Europa League – providing Crystal Palace don’t win the FA Cup. And the last is a Europa Conference League place.
West Ham beat Everton last time out to put themselves in a strong position after Man United could only draw at home against Leicester.
The Hammers face Brentford on Sunday knowing a victory could – depending on results in today’s games – push them back into the top four.
And there has been a massive boost for West Ham’s top six hopes after Rangnick made a Man United admission and Newcastle did Moyes a huge favour.
The Magpies beat Wolves 1-0 on Friday night. It means West Ham could go effectively open up a six-point gap on Wolves with victory at Brentford given their superior goal difference.
And ahead of a tough game at relegation-threatened Everton today, West Ham will be boosted after Rangnick admitted Man United will be missing a host of key players (ManUtd.com).
Red Devils stars Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane, Scott McTominay and Edinson Cavani have all been ruled out through injury.
And Rangnick confirmed illness has been affecting players in the camp too.
“Luke is still injured,” Rangnick told reporters (ManUtd.com).
“We had to take him off at half-time and he’s having problems with his leg where had his operation back in 2015.
“Yeah, the doctor told me that they decided to remove that metal thing in his leg, there are two bolts that need to be removed and this will happen tomorrow and that means he will be out for the next two or three weeks.
“Cavani is still injured. Rapha Varane is still injured, he will be missing for the game tomorrow and the same is true with Scott McTominay, I’m afraid.
“He’s having problems with the sole of his foot. So those four players will be missing.”
Arsenal are also struggling with injuries having lost key duo Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey. They face Brighton at The Emirates today while in-form Spurs are at Aston Villa this evening.
With the likes of Arsenal, Man United, Spurs and Chelsea having to play one another during the run in, West Ham can do their top six hopes the world of good with victory at Brentford.