Michael Carrick says Manchester United must put Tuesday’s disappointment behind them and hit back with a Bournemouth win on Sunday.
The Red Devils travelled to the Boleyn Ground knowing a victory would see them leapfrog rivals Man City into fourth position and put them in the driving seat to claim the final Champions League spot.
Slaven Bilic’s men, who were playing their last game ahead of the move to the Olympic Stadium, opened the scoring through Diafra Sakho before an Anthony Martial double put the visitors ahead.
However, Louis van Gaal’s side could not hold on for the win as headers from Michail Antonio and Winston Reid secured all three points for the Hammers, who produced a fairy-tale ending for the fans.
United’s defeat has left the 20-time English champions in fifth place, two points behind the Citizens, and a top-four finish is now out of their hands going into the final day.
City travel to Swansea City on Sunday while their rivals are at home to Bournemouth, who could end their debut Premier League campaign in 12th position if results go their way.
England international Carrick admits United are in a poor place but he has called for one last push to give themselves an outside chance of getting back into Europe’s elite tournament.
“We were in control of it going into the West Ham game but we’ve let it slip,” he said.” We have to win our last league game and then see what happens. That’s the situation that has presented itself now.”
United have an inferior goal difference to City and this means a victory over the Cherries will be needed, along with a Swansea win, to jump into fourth.
Bournemouth won the reverse fixture 2-1 but, with Martial grabbing his 13th goal of the season on Tuesday, punters may decide to use their free bet on the France international gaining revenge.