By Azeem Siddiqui

9th May, 2022 | 12:00pm

David Moyes optimistic of leading West Ham back into Europe next season

West Ham United manager David Moyes remains optimistic about the team’s chances of cementing a place in Europe next season.

The Hammers defeated already relegated Norwich City in the all-important encounter on Sunday to strengthen their grip on seventh position in the league.

After the match, Moyes was quoted by Manchester Evening News where he remained hopeful of securing the side back to Europe.

“Let’s be fair, we’ve got Manchester City and Brighton to play, and Brighton have just beaten Manchester United, so that’s why I thought today [win] was really important,” he said.

“But we’re back in it, back in there fighting and trying to be sixth or seventh with a bit of luck, and hopefully we can be back in Europe.”

Mixed week

West Ham ended a mixed week where they suffered a heartbreaking UEFA Europa League semi-finals defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday but bounced back impressively against Norwich City with a thumping 4-0 win which left them just three points behind sixth-placed Manchester United who have played a game more.

The Hammers’ next game is against defending champions and current league leaders Manchester City at the London Stadium whereas their final match of the season is against Brighton & Hove Albion on the road.

If David Moyes’ men win their remaining two matches, they are nearly certain to finish in the sixth position even if United win their last match because the Hammers have a far superior goal record compared to the Red Devils.

United currently have a goal difference of plus one, severely impacted after conceding four goals against Brighton in their last outing whereas West Ham’s goal difference is plus 11.  

In other West Ham news, Michail Antonio has been spotted mocking a Frankfurt fan in a pitch invasion confrontation after the Europa League defeat.

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