Former Hammer Rio Ferdinand and pundit Gary Neville have fired a big West Ham warning to Man City ahead of a huge clash.
West Ham welcome title hopefuls Manchester City to the London Stadium on Sunday for captain Mark Noble’s emotional farewell.
It will be the last home game the Hammers skipper is involved in as a player for West Ham and he will get a rapturous goodbye from fans.
David Moyes will be hoping his team can make it a fitting send-off for Noble by getting a result.
West Ham still have plenty to play for in the last two games. And there is the small matter of the Premier League title being on the line for Man City too.
With what is effectively a six-point cushion over Wolves, West Ham are more or less assured of seventh place and a Europa Conference League spot.
But 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 the Hammers.
Man City have a defensive injury crisis ahead of the West Ham clash as confirmed by Pep Guardiola.
Many fans and pundits believe Liverpool’s draw with Spurs coupled with Man City’s 5-0 win over Newcastle has all but settled the title race.
But Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville have fired a big West Ham warning to Man City ahead of a huge clash at the weekend.
Speaking on Vibe with Five, Rio has warned Man City that the title race is far from over with their most difficult game yet to come away at West Ham.
“I think there’ll be another twist,” Ferdinand said on Vibe with Five.
“West Ham away and Wolves away are not easy games! Bearing in mind they’ve got no Kyle Walker, no John Stones, no Ruben Dias – that’s three of their starting back four.
“It’s not going to be easy (going to West Ham and Wolves).”
Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast, Man United legend Neville also warned Man City that West Ham will be awkward and more than capable of causing an upset.
“With Ruben Dias injured, they are going to teams (in West Ham and Wolves) who have got systems of play that can hurt City. Both teams have had good seasons. They (West Ham and Wolves) are awkward.
“City will need to be at their best. The centre-back partnership has been obliterated. The injury is a boost for Liverpool’s chances. I do think there is something left in this title race. It won’t go plain sailing to the end.”
While most West Ham fans would probably rather Man City win the title over Liverpool, Moyes and the club have their own targets to focus on.
With the added emotion of Noble’s farewell, let’s hope West Ham can pull off a shock and get their noses in front of Man United going into the last game.
The Hammers go to Brighton on the final day while Man United are at Crystal Palace.