Former West Ham boss Alan Curbishley still feels the club can make the top four

West Ham sit five points off of Manchester City in fourth.

West Ham United lost in the FA Cup quarter finals last night, going down 2-1 to Manchester United in a closely contested replay at the Boleyn Ground.

It is not the only competition in which West Ham are doing battle with United. The Hammers and the Red Devils are both in hot pursuit of the top four – with Manchester City in their sights.

West Ham have slipped off the pace slightly in recent Premier League fixtures. Draws with Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Arsenal mean they are the outsiders for the spot.

But with United and City in the FA Cup and Champions League semi-finals respectively one former West Ham player and manager has given them a chance of making it.

Alan Curbishley, who managed West Ham from 2006 until 2008 and played for them at the start of his career, told Sky Sports News HQ today (14/04/16):

“They are (West Ham’s top four dreams are still alive). If you look at the two teams above them Manchester City have a massive semi-final coming up themselves (in the Champions League) as well as Manchester United. So they have got other things on their mind and West Ham have got a free run.

“They’ve had a fantastic season. Whatever happens to them now, I mean that is easy to say, but whatever happens to them now they’ll be delighted.

“All the signings they made in the summer have come through and delivered. They’re moving into a new stadium.

“So if they can have a decent run-in who knows?”

West Ham are currently in sixth place but remain just five points behind City in fourth and are certainly well in contention going into the final six games of the season.

It would be a fantastic way to cap Slaven Bilic’s debut season in charge and the club’s last at the Boleyn. But even if they don’t make it West Ham fans can be proud of their brilliant campaign.

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