Mark Noble says his current West Ham team have an invincible spirit

Mark Noble

The Hammers skipper believes it was "written in the stars" that the club would beat Manchester United on Tuesday night.

West Ham United captain Mark Noble told Sky Sports after the dramatic 3-2 win over Manchester United on Tuesday night that he never feels as though his side will lose before a game.

The Hammers said goodbye to Upton Park after 112 years with a thrilling and emotional victory over United on a night of high drama to enhance their challenge for a European spot.

It was the perfect way for the Irons to bounce back from their shock 4-1 defeat at home to Swansea City on Saturday and was the fairytale send-off - pre-match off-field trouble aside - for their traditional ground ahead of the move to the Olympic Stadium next season.

Their loss to the Swans at the weekend had been their first league defeat in three months, and Noble insisted that he never goes into a match feeling like they will lose because of the spirit and determination of his players.

The 29-year-old told Sky Sports: "I am so proud of the players. It was phenomenal. With this team I never feel like we will lose, apart from last Saturday. We just have that spirit. In years gone by we would have lost that game.

"I think it was written in the stars to be honest. We scored three fantastic goals. We showed pure determination and a will not to lose."

Not only was Tuesday's victory a euphoric occasion for the club and their fans, but it was a crucial result in the context of their challenge for a European spot.

The victory put West Ham in the driving seat for a top-six finish by lifting them above Southampton, and leaves them just a point behind United in fifth going into Sunday's final round of fixtures.

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