Odion Ighalo made his 100th appearance in English Football as Manchester United laboured to a 1-1 draw with West Ham United at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
The Nigerian striker was introduced in the 85th-minute for his century of games in England as United sought a winner against a resilient Hammers team coached by former Red Devils manager David Moyes.
The former Watford forward had the chance to break his Premier League duck for Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s men with his first touch but shot wide from a Mason Greenwood cutback.
The draw takes United into the top four for the first time since September and they will seal a return to the Champions League if they avoid defeat at fifth-placed Leicester in the season finale on Sunday.
West Ham, meanwhile have now secured their topflight status for another season after they got the point needed to guarantee their survival.
Michal Antonio had put West Ham in front from the penalty spot just before halftime after Paul Pogba handled in the box, with VAR having to intervene before the spot-kick was awarded.
United carried over their poor form from their FA Cup ouster and struggled to make a dent in the West Ham backline but a rare moment of quality led to their equaliser.
Anthony Martial and Greenwood were involved in a series of one-twos that ended with the English teenager rifling home for his tenth goal in the league.
United were lethargic and struggled to create anything of note with Ighalo’s miss the closest they came to scoring in the dying minutes.
They head to the King Power Stadium in control of their destiny but will need to play significantly better to get the better of the Foxes and seal their top-four spot.