Manchester United vs West Ham – FA Cup Preview
Posted by James Jones | Published on March 13, 2016
Manchester United host West Ham United in the 6th round of the F.A Cup at Old Trafford. Slaven Bilic’s inform Hammers will be full of confidence after three wins in eight days, the latest being the dramatic 3-2 win at Goodison Park, coming back from two-nil down to win when Dimitri Payet scored in the 90th minute. Louis Van Gaal’s Red Devils will be looking to bounce back from their Europa League defeat to bitter rivals Liverpool on Thursday night.
9000 West Ham fans will be making the 450-mile round trip, travelling from East London to Manchester, along with several thousand United fans no doubt to cheer on their beloved club, in the hope for a semi-final place and first trip to Wembley since the Championship play-off final in 2012. Manchester United will be without Spanish international, and vice-captain Juan Mata following his two Yellow cards in quick succession in the 1-0 defeat to West Brom last weekend.
Van Gaal will be hopeful of making it five home wins in a row on Sunday, but facing an impressive West Ham outfit who have won numerous times this season against the ‘big teams’ on the road will be a challenge. The Hammers have also won the last four in all competitions, after defeating Wolves, Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool in this years FA Cup, a win would be a major step closer to lifting the famous silverware.
Jesse Lingard will return to the squad after serving his ban midweek against Liverpool.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Adnan Januzaj will be available for selection again after being ineligible for the Europa League.
Enner Valencia, Joey O’Brien and Victor Moses could all return to action after short spells out.
Sam Byram is cup-tied, Michail Antonio is likely to step in at right-back.
Winston Reid is also traveling with the squad after getting the all clear, and could feature at some point.
West Ham have not won at Old Trafford in the last nine attempts, but have come close on more than one occasion. The last win coming back in 2007, when Carlos Tevez scored on the last day of the 2006/07 season to maintain Premier League status for West Ham, while relegating Sheffield United in the process. West Ham’s man of the moment Michail Antonio has scored 3 goals in the last 3 games in all competitions, and has revealed he’s got his new iconic celebration ready should he find the net for the fourth consecutive game.
The last two times Manchester United have faced Premier League clubs at home in the FA Cup, they have been lost 2-1 on both occasions. Manchester United will most likely have a ‘weakened’ team having only playing three days ago, and plagued with injuries and suspensions doesn’t help his squad selection.
My Prediction: Manchester United 1-2 West Ham
I can see Michail Antonio continuing his recent scoring record, and also feeling for either Alex Song or Pedro Obiang to score their first goal for the club. Martial or Rashford will most likely score for them.