Hammers have been steady of late, picking up three wins and two draws from their last 10 games, but they remain in the relegation fight and still require a few more points to be sure of their Premier League status.
ASTON VILLA (H)
Monday 22 April, 20:00 BST
Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa are in an even bigger relegation fight, although their form has picked up in recent weeks and, having claimed an impressive 3-1 win at Stoke in their last away game, they’re unlikely to surrender meekly against the Reds. United overturned a two-goal deficit to win 3-2 at Villa Park in November and will be determined to avoid another slow start. The Villans are still the last league team to keep a clean sheet at Old Trafford (in December 2009) but went down 4-0 in this fixture almost a year ago to the day; a repeat of that scoreline would do nicely.
Saturday 28 April, 16:00 BST
The Reds have lost just once in the last 10 meetings with Arsenal, scored 24 goals and created a pervading sense of dominance in this fixture. Yet Arsene Wenger’s side have suffered only one league defeat since mid-January as they push for Champions League qualification. And while it’s a long time since the Gunners challenged for the title, Sir Alex pitches Wenger’s men among next season’s potential rivals. “Arsenal are improving,” he says. “There’s some indication they are building a better squad than people think.” United’s 10-point target for a 20th title, coupled with Arsenal’s quest for European football, means this could be a match with a dash of the feistiness of old.
Sunday 5 May, 16:00 BST
Since United won 3-2 at Stamford Bridge in a stormy and action-packed October affair, the Londoners have held the upper hand. A luckless 4-5 reverse in the Capital One Cup followed for Sir Alex's