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FA Cup: Manchester United vs West Ham preview

Kick-off: Sunday, 13 March @16:00 GMT

Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Manchester United vs West Ham 0-0 (2015/2016 Premier League)
West Ham vs Manchester United 1-1 (2014/2015 Premier League)
Manchester United vs West Ham 2-1 (2014/2015 Premier League)
West Ham vs Manchester United 0-2 (2013/2014 Premier League)
Manchester United vs West Ham 3-1 (2013/2014 Premier League)

Manchester United vs West Ham prediction

A place in the FA Cup semis will be at stake when Manchester United and West Ham United take on each other at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. The Red Devils aim to bounce back from the Europa League defeat to Liverpool, but the Hammers should not be underestimated.

Red Devils hungry for trophies

Manchester United were struggling David Moyes, but many people believe that Louis van Gaal would help the team improve their game. However, the Red Devils have been playing below expectations in the 2015/2016 campaign and they sit in sixth position in the standings after 29 rounds. The Old Trafford outfit are on the verge of suffering elimination in the Europa League last 16 as they were beaten by Liverpool at Anfiled 2-0 in the first leg. Man Utd, though, could save the season with a win in the FA Cup and no doubt coach Louis van Gaal is going to field a very strong starting line-up against West Ham United in the quarter-finals of the competition. Key attacker Wayne Rooney remains on the sidelines and there is every chance youngster Marcus Rashford will lead the attack for the hosts against West Ham United. You should have in mind that the Red Devils have eliminated the likes of Sheffield United, Derby County and Shrewsbury Town on their way to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Juan Mata misses the match through suspension, but Jesse Lingard returns to contention after serving his European ban. Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are all out of contention with injury.

Brilliant form

West Ham United have been producing splendid displays in all competitions ever since Slaven Bilic took over the reins. The Hammers occupy fifth position in the Premier League standings and they set up a meeting with Man Utd in the FA Cup quarter-finals by beating fellow capital club Tottenham at White Hart Lane. West Ham are on a four-match winning run in all competitions ahead of the trip to Manchester, but beating the Red Devils at the Theatre of Dreams is easier said than done. Anyhow, the fact that the Hammers have been producing scintillating performances against top-table sides in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign is giving the fans a reason for optimism ahead of the FA Cup clash. Slaven Bilic’s team recorded a 3-2 win over Everton in their last league match, but it has to be noted that Romelu Lukaku missed a chance to triple Everton’s lead 20 minutes before the final whistle.

The likes of Enner Valencia, Victor Moses and Joey O’Brien have all recovered from their respective injuries. James Tomkins and James Collins are both sidelined with injury, while Sam Byram is cup-tied.

Quick Facts

  • Man Utd scored exactly three goals in each of their last two matches in FA Cup
  • Red Devils won their last FA Cup trophy back in 2004
  • Manchester United are eyeing their 12th title in the competition
  • West Ham United are on a four-game winning run in all competitions
  • Hammers have defeated Wolves, Liverpool and Spurs in the process

Manchester United vs West Ham betting tip

Manchester United have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at West Ham United as they want to win at least one trophy in the 2015/2016 campaign. The Red Devils do not seem to be at the top of their game at the moment, but Sunday’s clash against the Hammers could be the turning point for the English giants. Slaven Bilic has some injury worries at the back ahead of the FA Cup game and that is the main reason why I am tempted to put my money on the hosts.

Tip: Manchester United to win

Odds: 2.00 (1/1) @bet365

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