FA Cup Preview: West Ham United vs. Manchester United


West Ham United will host Manchester United in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals replay at the Boleyn Ground on 13th April 2016.

Hammers’ stadium Upton Park will host its last ever FA Cup encounter tonight making it an emotional night for the fans and some of whom are even willing to pay a premium amount for West Ham United vs. Manchester United tickets.

The FA Cup sixth round clash at Old Trafford on 11th March 2016, ended in a stalemate where Frenchmen Anthony Martial and Dimitri Payet scored for their respective teams, thus forcing a replay, the winner of which will progress to the semi-finals at Wembley Stadium against Everton.

Manchester United have won the FA Cup a staggering 11 times in their history, however, the Red Devils last emerged victorious in the prestigious tournament back in 2004. The Hammers and the Red Devils have locked horns met eight times previously in the FA Cup, with two triumphs apiece.

Team News:

West Ham striker Diafra Sakho will miss the crucial FA Cup fixture due to a knee injury which will keep him out of action for a week. Hammers anchorman Alex Song will also be unavailable for the tie.

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has returned from a knee injury which had sidelined him for two months, Louis Van Gaal might involve the forward at Upton Park.

Phil Jones along with Timothy Fosu-Mensah will also be assessed before being included in the matchday squad.

Slaven Bilic Quotes

“I don’t know about the England squad. I said my opinion about him and it doesn’t vary to most of the football people’s opinion of Andy – when he is fit and in the form he is very special and gives you something. He is different. It is hard to mark him and hard to cope with him. For us, he has done really good every time he is fit. He doesn’t have to score, his presence on the pitch gives us another quality and dimension,” said West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic as quoted by BBC Sports.

Louis Van Gaal Quotes

“I’ve seen the Andy Carroll show and I think our problem against Tottenham was also the miscommunication of our central defenders. I hope that we improve our communication because it is very important this game for us. Carroll has special qualities. We have seen that in the match that he played on Saturday. It was also against Arsenal and they have great central defenders but still he could do that. So we have to cope with Andy Carroll and not only Andy Carroll, the other players. They have a certain player called Dimitri Payet, for example; he can also play, and Lanzini can also score goals,” said Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal as quoted by BBC Sports.

Probable Lineup

West Ham United: Randolph; Reid, Tomkins, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Kouyate, Noble, Antonio; Payet, Lanzini; Carroll

Manchester United: De Gea; Darmian, Blind, Smalling, Rojo; Schneiderlin, Carrick; Herrera, Lingard, Depay; Martial