Manchester United have a full squad to select, apart from Ashley Young who is out for a week with a knee injury picked up in the win against Liverpool. Wayne Rooney and long-term absentee Nani are back and available for selection; both are expected to play some part. Nemanja Vidic trained yesterday after a bout of concussion picked up at the weekend and is expected to play. The league leaders haven’t lost a domestic game since 17 November away to Norwich, and are yet to lose a home game against English opposition since September. United have won 8 out of their last 10 in all competitions against the visitors.
West Ham are looking to bounce back from their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Sunderland. Andy Carroll is still out with a knee injury, this week he is also joined on the sidelines by James Collins, Joey O’Brien and George McCartney. Modibo Maiga is on African Cup of Nations duty for Mali. Loanee Marouane Chamakh is expected to make his debut, while youngsters Jordan Spence and Danny Potts are in the squad and may be called upon to play as West Ham are short of numbers in defence. The Hammers boast a good record against United in the F.A. cup, having won more games than they have lost in the competition.
Players to watch out for
- Wayne Rooney – Was looking slightly off-colour before he got injured, will be looking to hammer home a point to any doubters as he usually does.
- Javier Hernandez – United’s second top scorer, particularly impressive given he has been behind van Persie and Rooney in the pecking order. Has a knack for scoring in cup competitions.
- Nemanja Vidic – The captain and talisman of the team, provided great leadership against Liverpool and looks closer to match fitness with each game.
- Mohamed Diame – The heartbeat of West Ham before he got injured, is a real driving force in midfield, showing form which led him to be linked to champions league sides in this transfer window.
- Joe Cole – was inspirational against United in the original tie, and was the best of a bad bunch against Sunderland, displaying flickers of his talent.
- Winston Reid – had a poor game with his defensive colleagues on Saturday, however generally West Ham’s defence has been good with the 5th best record in the premier league.
Line ups (probable):
Man United (4-3-3): De Gea, Jones, Vidic, Smalling, Evra, Scholes, Anderson, Fletcher, Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck.
West Ham (4-4-1-1): Jääskeläinen, Demel, Reid, Tomkins, Potts, Diarra, Diame, J Cole, Taylor, Nolan, Chamakh.
Prediction: West Ham do have a good cup record against Man United - however injuries coupled with their away form should ensure a good victory for the free-scoring hosts: 3-1
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