Competition: FA Cup Quarterfinal – Manchester United vs. West Ham
Venue: Old Trafford – Sunday, March 13 – 16:00 GMT (11:00 ET)
Match Odds: Manchester United 19/20 – Draw 12/5 – West Ham 3/1
The Red Devils fell 2-0 to Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday night, following on from Sunday’s 1-0 loss at West Brom in what has been another tough week for Louis Van Gaal.
United looked to be in good shape before the West Brom defeat, having won four on the bounce, but they are back under pressure and fans will be desperate to see them beat West Ham on Sunday.
The Red Devils lost at home to Arsenal in the quarterfinals of last year’s FA Cup and will be desperate not to repeat that as they are just one game away from a Wembley appearance.
Manchester United’s FA Cup run: Third Round (H) – Sheffield United (1-0) – Fourth Round (A) – Derby County (3-1) – Fifth Round (A) – Shrewsbury Town (3-0)
West Ham will arrive at Old Trafford in high confidence and will be out to upset the hosts in what should be an entertaining game.
The Hammers have won four in a row in all competitions and look to be in great shape. They have picked up impressive results against big clubs all year and will be out for another scalp in this one.
Slaven Bilic will be desperate for a trip to Wembley with his West Ham players. His side are unbeaten in six in all competitions and are a tough side to break down.
These two sides played out a 0-0 draw in their Premier League meeting at Old Trafford in December and another close-fought battle is expected on Sunday.
West Ham’s FA Cup run: Third Round (H) – Wolves (1-0) – Fourth Round (A) – Liverpool (0-0) – Fourth Round Replay (H) – Liverpool (2-1 AET) – Fifth Round (A) – Blackburn Rovers (5-1)
Manchester United have a number of injury worries ahead of this one. Juan Mata is suspended, while Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Ashley Young are all injured. Antonio Valencia and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson are doubts but Jesse Lingard should return to the side after missing Thursday’s loss at Liverpool through suspension.
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic will be without Sam Byram as the right-back is ineligible. James Tomkins and James Collins both remain out but they are the only injury worries for the Hammers. Victor Moses, Enner Valencia, Joey O’Brien and Winston Reid are all back from injuries and will be in contention.
Manchester United’s last five in all competitions: W/W/W/L/L
West Ham United’s last five in all competitions: D/W/W/W/W
Key Stat: Manchester United are unbeaten in ten games against West Ham (W6 D4).
Key Player: Dimitri Payet – The West Ham playmaker has been sensational this season. He has notched four goals and four assists in his last five games and looks to be in the best form of his campaign. If United fail to contain him, the Hammers will likely emerge victorious.
Manchester United 1-1 West Ham – This should be a really tight battle between two clubs desperate for a trip to Wembley. United’s form has dipped again off the back of a poor week and West Ham are not the sort of side they will be able to outplay. The Hammers look sharp and will expect to earn a replay at the very least.