Manchester United's Juan Mata raves about the quality of West Ham United's squad... then speaks highly of Upton Park

Manchester United are set to take on West Ham United at Upton Park on Tuesday evening.

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has told the club’s official site that he is under no illusions as to how challenging a battle awaits his side on Tuesday evening, when they take on West Ham United.

The Red Devils know that if they take maximum points from their final two fixtures this season they will be guaranteed to make it into the top four.

However, Mata is predicting a tough test against West Ham, who they have already played against three times this term.

“West Ham has been a tough opponent this season,” the Spanish international said.

“We know them well because we've played against them in the FA Cup too. They are in the seventh position by a combination of effort and talent, not by chance.”

West Ham have the added motivation of the match being the final competitive fixture to be played at Upton Park.

The Hammers are set to move into the Olympic Stadium, and the Hammers will be determined to give their historic ground the send off it deserves by picking up the three points.

Tickets sold-out very quickly for the match, and Mata admits that he is privileged to be part of such a special occasion.

“It's going to be special: the last official game at the Boleyn Ground, where West Ham has been playing for 112 years,” Mata said.

“With that image of Bobby Moore, it's a place that breathes English football... it will be an honour to be there and try to get the last win.”

West Ham go into the match against United on the back of a 4-1 defeat against Swansea City, so they will be determined to get back to winning ways.

United, meanwhile, won 1-0 against Norwich City at the weekend to keep their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive.

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