Bilic talks up ‘big’ United clash

9 May

Slaven Bilic has told his West Ham players to embrace the emotion of their final match at Upton Park.

West Ham: Bilic talks up 'big' United clashWest Ham: Bilic talks up 'big' United clash

The Hammers will run out at a packed Boleyn Ground for the last time when they host Manchester United in their penultimate game of the season.

To add extra spice to what is already a momentous night for the club, they also need a victory to keep their hopes of qualifying for the Europa League on track.

But the visitors will be in no mood to roll over as Louis van Gaal’s side are right back in the chase for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.

Bilic admitted it would have been an emotional evening even if there was no importance to the match, but believes the atmosphere will only add to the occasion.

“It’s impossible to lose the emotion,” said the Hammers boss. “Let’s say if the game didn’t mean a lot to us or to Manchester United, in the sense of this season, it would be big anyway because it’s the last game at Upton Park.

“But it means a lot to them and to us – both things have clicked, so it’s big, big. It can’t be bigger.

“If they beat us they are very close to fourth place and for us, if we want to secure a Europa League slot, we need to beat them. It’s massive.

“So the players would be emotional even if just one of those couple of things were involved. But there’s nothing wrong with being emotional.”


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