David Moyes sympathises with Aston Villa boss Dean Smith ahead of Sunday’s huge match at the London Stadium.
West Ham are Villa’s final opponents of a gruelling Premier League season and Smith needs to mastermind a victory to guarantee survival.
As long as Villa match the results of Watford and Bournemouth – who take on Arsenal and Everton respectively – they will avoid relegation to the Championship.
And Moyes has revealed his own relief that West Ham have been able to mathematically secure their top flight status before the final day.
“I know how the manager there is feeling because I’ve felt it before,” he said when asked about Villa’s situation. “It’s incredibly stressful for the managers. There’s so much at stake and, thankfully for ourselves, we got ourselves out of it.
“I can only talk about West Ham. We’d have liked to not be in the bottom three but we were. But I can only really talk about us, not the other three teams that are now down there.”
Michael Antonio is the player Villa need to be wary of with the attacker notching eight goals in his last six matches to steer West Ham to safety.
“He has been really important to us,” Moyes added. “He has played great. He’s just turned into his 30s but he’s matured a lot recently. He’s looking after himself in a way that gives him every chance of performing well. Michail has certainly stepped up to the plate.”