After being knocked out by Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals, you couldn’t blame Slaven Bilic for wanting the Red Devils to fall at the final hurdle.
However, after Louis van Gaal’s side made it to the final, the West Ham boss is desperate to see United go on to win the competition - and for very good reason.
The Hammers have had a successful campaign under their Croatian boss and still harbour hopes of qualifying for European football next season via their league position.
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Bilic’s side are currently sixth in the Premier League, occupying the final Europa League qualifying spot. However, Liverpool are just one point behind them with four matches remaining.
It means the Irons could face a fight with the Reds to finish in the top-six. But their quest to play in the Europa League could be helped by Manchester United beating Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final next month.
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A victory for Van Gaal’s team would see the Premier League rewarded with an extra European place, due to United already qualifying for continental football through their league position.
Therefore, Bilic has revealed that he, and his players, will be cheering on United in the final on May 21.
Bilic will be cheering on United
"We are feeling really motivated and good," he told a news conference, per Goal.com.
"And, of course, we would like to see Manchester United win the FA Cup to give us a cushion as well.
"Of course, everything is in our hands, so we would rather do it ourselves than wait a week after the season and be a Manchester United fan,” he added.
For much of the campaign, West Ham had one eye on finishing in the top-four and qualifying for the Champions League.
However, four consecutive draws against Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Leicester has left them eight points behind Arsenal and Manchester City - although they do have a game in hand.
Bilic has admitted that a top-four finish now looks unrealistic but has urged his team to finish off their decent season.
Bilic wants top-six
"Top four is very hard for us, but we didn't approach that subject 10 or eight weeks ago. We are still approaching the same way," added Bilic ahead of Saturday's clash with West Brom.
"We are still approaching each game as it comes, starting with West Brom. We have a full squad and it's a big boost for us.
"Top six is a target and has been for quite a while. With four games to go, we have a little gap but we can't afford to lose games.
"It's going to be hard with four really tough games and with Liverpool and Southampton there [in seventh and eighth], but we are on a really good run," he concluded.
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