United’s trip to the Boleyn Ground- or Upton Park as it’s known- tonight could prove one of the final nails in the coffin that is Manchester City’s paper thin title hopes. A win for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men and regardless of what City do at home to Wigan, the title race is effectively over as it would take the Reds to lose their remaining five games to hand Mancini’s men the title.
Wins at West Ham can’t be taken for granted though, as going back as far as 91/92 and 94/95 visits to the East End of London have proved disastrous for the Reds in title races. This trip is a little different though as United have never been in a stronger position visiting the Hammers in the latter stages of a season.
With almost a full squad of players to choose from Sir Alex can afford to really go for it against old mate Sam Allardyce, although he may want to rest some of those who played at Stoke on Sunday.
Here’s my United line up:
DDG, Rafael, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs, Danny Welbeck, Robin Van Persie.