David James issued a four-word verdict on Twitter last night about what Manchester United’s 3-2 win against Arsenal at Old Trafford means for West Ham.
The Red Devils came from behind to beat Mikel Arteta’s side in Michael Carrick’s last match as caretaker manager. The Irons product oversaw three fixtures as interim boss after Man United fired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but Ralf Rangnick will now replace him as caretaker.
Emile Smith Rowe broke the deadlock for Arsenal on 13 minutes in controversial fashion. The England midfielder struck from the edge of the area as David de Gea lay injured following accidental contact with Fred.
Bruno Fernandes drew the Red Devils level close to half-time before Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first of the night. Martin Odegaard beat De Gea to level but the 36-year-old superstar won the game from the penalty spot.
Manchester United’s win over Arsenal moved the Red Devils up to seventh in the Premier League table. The Old Trafford outfit are now only three points outside the top four, which Arsenal would have broken into at West Ham’s expense if they had taken all three points.
The Irons are without a win in three games following two losses and a draw. Brighton snatched an equaliser in the 89th minute on Wednesday to leave West Ham just one point above Arsenal.
James hinted at West Ham’s fourth spot in the Premier League after Arsenal lost at Manchester United. The former England star simply noted: “Great result, for West Ham.”
Old Trafford result ‘great’ for West Ham
Manchester United beating Arsenal at Old Trafford on Thursday night was indeed ‘great’ for West Ham’s Premier League top-four hopes.
The Hammers have struggled for form since the November international break and would have dropped to fifth if Arsenal had won.
Instead, they stayed fourth ahead of hosting table-toppers Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.
David Moyes’ side face a tough task against the Blues to end their winless streak. Thomas Tuchel’s men are unbeaten since September and have won six of their past eight games.