West Ham United welcome Manchester United to the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday night – the Premier League club’s final competitive fixture at their famous 112-year ground.
The London outfit, who slipped down to seventh spot in the standings following Saturday’s thoroughly disappointing 4-1 home loss to the hands of Swansea City, will move into their Olympic Stadium ahead of the 2016/17 campaign this summer.
However, matters on the pitch are still valuable as Slaven Bilic’s side are still in with a chance of securing a top-five finish and consequent qualification for Europa League football, meanwhile the visitors are doubly determined for all three points to lift Louis van Gaal’s men above arch-rivals Manchester City in the league table.
The Red Devils; who narrowly fought off second-bottom Norwich City 1-0 at Carrow Road at the weekend, are chasing down a spot in next term’s Champions League, with their fate for fourth place in their own hands following City’s 2-2 draw against Arsenal on Sunday.
The two teams have already met each other three times this season; two of those fixtures coming in the FA Cup, with United currently unbeaten having drawn the Premier League tie 0-0 back in December, before edging past West Ham 2-1 at the Boleyn Ground during their FA Cup quarter-final replay only last month.
Looking beyond this campaign; Van Gaal’s men haven’t lost against the Hammers in their last 14 league outings – winning an impressive 11 games, drawing the other three – with their opponents failing to score in eight of the last 13 league meetings.
Tuesday night’s antics will be West Ham’s 384th and final Premier League game at the Boleyn; where a win would take the club past the 600-point mark – 601 to be exact – in points won at home in this competition.
Their defeat to Swansea at the weekend was their worst home loss of the 2015/16 campaign – and their first at home since August – ultimately ending their pursuit of Champions League football.
However United are still very much in the hunt for a top four finish after a successful weekend, both for themselves and relevant results elsewhere in the top-flight.
Although the visitors still need two points to surpass their lowest ever Premier League tally of 64 points, with two games remaining.
The Hammers will be without regular number one Adrian (calf), so Darren Randolph is set to deputise in goal for West Ham on Tuesday night.
Otherwise boss Bilic has no other injury concerns ahead of the club’s final competitive game at the Boleyn after 112 years.
Meanwhile the away side may be without forward Anthony Martial, with the France international still recovering from a tight hamstring after withdrawing from the squad against Norwich at the weekend.
Right-back Matteo Darmian is sidelined with an ankle injury, midfielder Marouane Fellaini is still suspended, but Daley Blind and striker Marcus Rashford could be recalled by manager Van Gaal.
League Positions: West Ham United – 7th (59 pts); Manchester United – 5th (63 pts)
Previous Meeting: West Ham United 1-2 Manchester United – April 13, 2016 (FA Cup)
Form: West Ham United – DLDWWL; Manchester United – WWWWDW
Key Men: West Ham United – Dimitri Payet; Manchester United – David De Gea
Shoot Says: West Ham United 2-2 Manchester United