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5 Things West Ham Have to Do to Beat Manchester United

West Ham United face Manchester United in their final game at the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday, in the knowledge that they will have to win to maintain their European qualification hopes. 


Unfortunately for the Hammers, the Red Devils are chasing a much-coveted Champions League spot, meaning that both teams will be taking the game extremely seriously.


Here are five things that West Ham must do if they are to depart the Boleyn for good with three precious points:​

5. Keep Noble and/or Kouyate Deep

Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate are two fantastic defensive midfielders and have been two of the best players in claret and blue this season.


But in recent games their desire to get forward has left a huge gap in the centre of the park, where Pedro Obiang could potentially fill.


Kouyate and Noble need to better organise who is to stay back, and if Manuel Lanzini moves into centre midfield the two could operate in more defensive roles, allowing their side to be more sure when withstanding a Manchester United counter attack.​

4. Two Up Top

Andy Carroll has had a handful of excellent performances since returning from injury this year, and Diafra Sakho's work rate is unrivalled.


Having just one striker allows for more creative players in midfield, ​but in a game like Tuesday's where the Hammers have to win, two strikers would be ideal for Slaven Bilic's side.


Carroll is a great distraction for defenders, and Sakho's pace and strength with the ball at his feet could create the perfect partnership in the final game at the Boleyn.

3. Collins Coming in

​On paper, Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna are by far the best defensive partners in the West Ham squad.


But since James Collins has been dropped to the bench, the Hammers have kept just one clean sheet.


The Welshman is committed and brave, excelling in leadership qualities too, so he should come back into the side for Tuesday's crunch clash.


Reid has started to show the sort of form that earned him such a great reputation, but Collins deserves to be rewarded for his patience and may just stop the leaky Hammers' defence for a week.

2. Payet Allowed to Roam

​In recent months, Dimitri Payet has been forced out onto the left hand side of midfield, where he has struggled to make the sort of impact he did before Christmas.


Payet is a natural number ten, and in a more free, central role he can wander and spot the perfect through ball. On the left wing, however, he gets crowded out too easily and can only play easily-read cross balls.


Payet has been trying his best to impress in recent weeks, and has, too his credit, still been excellent, but he is better when allowed to roam into the centre, something he hasn't been able to do in the past few games.

1. Antonio Further Forward

​Hammers fans' biggest criticism of the Swansea game was the fact that Michail Antonio was played at right back, when he is clearly the club's best attacking winger.


If James Tomkins is brought into defence, Antonio would be able to push forward where he is a natural man-beater, capable of assisting and getting on the scoresheet himself.


Against Manchester United, West Ham will need all the firepower they can get, and with Antonio on the wing, the whole side would be stronger in defence and more dangerous going forward.