The last time that United won the FA cup was in 2004. They are still the club which has won the competition the most times, having clocked up their eleventh title in 2004 against Millwall. It has been suggested that the Premier League title and the Champions League are the priorities at Old Trafford, however, Sir Alex will still be sending out a team strong enough to take care of West Ham.
There are one or two changes which we already have confirmed; Evra and Carrick are definitely being rested. It is almost certain that Van Persie will get the afternoon off, although it is remotely possible that he will be on the bench. Two players definitely playing are Kagawa and Cleverley. Both these players are in need of playing time, especially Kagawa, who is still recovering from injury. Other playhttp://www.ibtimes.com/node/992800/edit?destination=admin/contributors/find-sportsnet-contenters who are currently on the fringe or are also coming back from injury are Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. I expect the back four to be Rafael, Jones, Smalling and Buttner.
Cleverly is expected to play in midfield and it is almost certain that Anderson will play a part, possibly from the start. Up front, it is certain to be Welbeck and probably alongside Hernandez. The rest are less certain. Sir Alex may decide to give either Giggs or Scholes a game, probably Scholes.
As regards form, it is historically almost impossible to predict the outcome of FA Cup matches, however, we do know that after a good start to the season, West Ham are in a comfortable position in the middle of the league table at the present time, but they have won only twice in their last nine fixtures,. Conversely, United have won eight and drawn once in their last nine games.
For those interested in the betting, United are around 1.6 to win with most bookmakers, whilst West Ham are around 5.0.992964