Manchester United nudged into the Champions League places for the first time since September after a 1-1 Premier League draw with West Ham.
After seeing a 19-match unbeaten run come to an abrupt halt in Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final loss to Chelsea, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had to dust themselves down for a key clash with the relegation-threatened Hammers.
The point guarantees West Ham’s Premier League survival and was enough to ensure Solskjaer’s Reds are in a top-four spot for the first time since mid-September.
All eyes will now turn to Sunday’s fascinating encounter at the King Power Stadium, where United only need to avoid defeat to fifth-placed Leicester to secure a return to European football’s top table.
There were points on Wednesday night when it looked like they would blow this chance – no more so than when Antonio scored late in the first half after the video assistant referee picked up a blatant Paul Pogba handball.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah was booked for bringing down Michail Antonio, and Declan Rice unleashed a fierce strike from the resulting free-kick, with Pogba hitting the deck after getting in the way of the effort.
That block led to audible squeals from apoplectic West Ham players, who made their calls for handball loud and clear to referee Paul Tierney.
The VAR eventually intervened and awarded a penalty that Antonio stepped up to coolly slot home.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka replaced Fosu-Mensah at the break and United took just six minutes to draw level.
Superb link-up between Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial eventually led to the teenager being played in by the Frenchman before sending an emphatic left-footed strike past Fabianski.
The hosts huffed and puffed but couldn’t find a way through – meaning West Ham secure safety, and it all boils down to the final day for Manchester United.
Final score: Manchester United 1-1 West Ham United