Manchester United’s dream of featuring in next season’s Champions League is looking to becoming a reality day by day after Chelsea and Leicester City lost their respective Premier League games against West Ham and Everton.
The Foxes that had found it hard to get a win since the restart of the league after the coronavirus-enforced break were defeated 2-1 at the Goodison Park, while Chelsea, after going ahead, suffered a 3-2 loss at the Olympic Stadium. David Moyes’ men have been looking for maximum points to pull away from the relegation fight, and they finally got one against the Blues, leaving the race for the Champions League open.
The Red Devils had done their own business by mauling Brighton 3-0 on Tuesday night taking the,m two points behind the 4th place Chelsea.
Andriy Yarmolenko, who has been on the sidelines due to injury, scored the winner for the Hammers with his last-gasp strike from Michail Antonio’s assist to secure the 3-2 win over Chelsea.
The win means that the Hammers did a double over their London rivals for the first time since 2012.
How West Ham defeated Chelsea again
The hosts had earlier been in front through Tomas Soucek in the first half but were ruled out by VAR for Antonio’s offside. The Czech midfielder, however, later did force a goal that stood, retiring parity after Willian had put Chelsea ahead from the penalty spot.
Antonio, who scored the only goal that secured the maximum points for the Hammers in Stamford Bridge in the reverse fixture, put the hosts in front after the break. William later got his brace through a fine free-kick to level for Chelsea.
While the Blues were pressing for a winner, West Ham broke their heart at the dearth to sealed a big win that pulled three points clear of the relegation zone. Chelsea, with a draw, would have leapfrogged Leicester into third place.
Speaking after the game, Chelsea coach, Frank Lampard, who rued their missed chances said the team is upset at not getting a result with other teams hoping to overtake them.
On the top-four finish, Lampard Manchester United has been playing fantastically and is on a great run having beaten his team home and away with Wolves on the same pints with them.
“We’re one point behind Leicester who has had a great season, so there’s perspective and we’re upset because we came here and we want to win the game. We’re footballers and we know we’re in a decent position. There’s no point in me being down but I can’t help but say the truth about the game – and we should win the game tonight.”