Probably for the first time in history – West Ham United could be deemed favourites against Manchester United as the Hammers look advance to the FA Cup semi-final and play at Wembley for the first time since the 2012 Championship play-off final.
Despite Louis van Gaal receiving criticism from every corner of the footballing world, many forget that the Red Devils have won four consecutive games at Old Trafford despite coming into this game on the back of a 2-0 loss in the Europa League at the hands of bitter rivals Liverpool on Thursday night at Anfield.
Meanwhile the East Londoners have not lifted the FA Cup since 1980, but this year – under the stewardship of Slaven Bilic – is possibly the their best chance: they’re in sublime form, with the likes of Dimitri Payet and Michail Antonio at the forefront of West Ham’s fine displays.
Manchester United have to overcome the Hammers without several key players as Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Phil Jones and Juan Mata will miss the tie while Winston Reid, James Collins and James Tomkins will not travel meaning Cheikhou Kouyate will deputise in defence.
The Hammers will be full of confidence, whilst United will be under pressure to deliver a first trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. Here are the teams:
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