David Moyes targets Man Utd and Arsenal as West Ham places top four
David Moyes has sent Manchester United and Arsenal a warning as West Ham continue their unlikely bid for a Champions League place.
The Hammers boss admitted his top-flight team were not at their best as he beat Leeds 2-0 on Monday night to move up to fifth place.
West Ham will travel to Old Trafford on Sunday and play their home game against Arsenal the following weekend.
Moyes said: “The biggest step is that the players are really disappointed with the way they played against Leeds which shows you the standards that we have set for most of the season.
“But it’s a good sign that they all agree with that and have recognized it.
“We’re in a good position and we’re really happy to challenge the best boys. If you had given me Sheffield United at home, Tottenham at home, Leeds United at home and told me ‘you will win all three games’, I would have said ‘what a great comeback it is’.
“There’s a five-game bundle that included Monday then Manchester United and Arsenal plus the previous two games and I saw that as a five-game bundle which I thought looked like really tough games before the break international.
“I had an idea of how many points we can take from them and we just won two games. I know we lost to Manchester City the other week, but out of those three we won two, which is a great comeback.
“We now have Manchester United and Arsenal in this five-game group that I have watched and if we can get another win it would be a good comeback from this group of games.”
Jesse Lingard, who will miss the game against United under his loan deal, opened the scoring against Leeds by converting the rebound after Illan Meslier saved his penalty.
Craig Dawson led the second to doom Leeds to a fourth loss in five matches.
Boss Marcelo Bielsa has taken responsibility for the goals conceded by his team.
“The answer I give you opens up a different kind of analysis because after having had defenders who have played so well, you start to wonder why have we conceded so much,” he said.
“In this case, I think there is a responsibility on my part because if you have good footballers to collect the ball and the team concedes goals, inadvertently the coach is involved.”