Good end to a difficult week

  • by Matthew O'Greel
  • Monday, 30th April 2007

United Chairman Eggert Magnusson has revelaed how the 3-0 win at Wigan softened the blow of last Friday's world record ?5.5m Premier League fine.

The diminutive Icelander - who was mobbed after the game by delighted Hammers fans - celebrated with the supporters after a fifth win in seven games gave Alan Curbishley's side a real chance of Premiership survival.

With Fulham losing at Arsenal yesterday, the Hammers now know that win both of their remaining games and they are safe - regardless of other results.

And the popular new Chairman - who refused to admit defeat even when United were TEN points adrift at the bottom - says people are finally starting to believe the greatest of escapes can be achieved.

"It has been a difficult week -- and a very expensive one," Magnusson told The Sun. "But this win makes the pain a lot easier to bear.

"I have never given up hope that we would survive and now it is more than hope. People are starting to believe, especially the players and the fans. And me, of course.

"I'm just pleased to see the team playing such excellent football. They look full of confidence, which is very encouraging.

"Now we are right there as far as passion is concerned. Alan Curbishley has built up the team week by week and there is a great spirit at the club.

"There is a real feeling that we are all fighting for each other."

Magnusson congratulated by supporters upon leaving the JJB Stadium on Saturday.

* Yesterday's 3-1 defeat for Fulham capped an excellent weeknd results-wise for the Hammers; fellow relegation rivals Charlton were thumped 4-1 at Blackburn leaving them two points behind the Hammers with just Liverpool and Spurs to play.

The only sour note was Sheffield United scraping a 1-0 win over condemned Watford, giving them 38 points and virtually assuring them Premiership football next year.

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