The Carabao Cup winners are in blazing form as they now face the Hammers in the fifth round of the competition.
After a redemption night at Wembley on Sunday, Manchester United is getting ready for another title campaign. The Red Devils are set to take on West Ham United on Thursday night at Old Trafford. United will be playing against West Ham United in FA Cup 5th-round encounter. Manchester United has won a title after 6 years long gap. Erik Ten Hag was under the scanner for a lot of time and Ronaldo’s saga also had made the manager a little vulnerable, the only thing that could have given Ten Hag a relaxing time was the title. Now Ten Hag has won Carabao Cup for United.
West Ham had been struggling to find form in Premier League. Currently standing at 16th in Premier League, West Ham had played two games in FA Cup and won both without conceding a goal. West Ham will be looking to bring back Manchester United on the level but that does not look easy. West Ham’s midfielders have not shown much effort this season in playmaking, and this made team struggle in big games. Moyes and his boys will surely be looking for some magical performance to win this big encounter. West Ham had defeated Nottingham Forrest by 4-0 on Saturday night in a Premier League game.
Wednesday, 01-03-2023, 7:45 PM (GMT)
Thursday, 02-03-2023, 1:15 AM (IST)
Manchester United’s recent form (all competitions): W-W-W-D-W
West Ham United’s recent form (all competitions): W-L-D-D-W
Players to watch out for
Manchester United: Marcus Rashford
United striker Marcus Rashford is having an unforgettable season so far. Rashford has turned things around for Red Devils single-handedly on many occasions this season. Rashford has scored 25 goals in his 31 appearances so far in the season. Ten Hag’s United after a shaky little start managed to bring back their campaign on track with players like Rashford playing on top of their game. Marcus Rashford’s form will be a worrying sign for West Ham United’s defence line, he is expected to score in big games.
West Ham United: Lukasz Fabianski
With Marcus Rashford hitting the nets often this season and players like Casemiro finding their scoring ways, Fabianski becomes a crucial player for West Ham in the United clash. Lukasz Fabianski has five clean sheets under his name this season in Premier League and one in FA Cup. Fabianski will have to work some extra effort in saving goals while facing players like Rashford, Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes. A 4-0 win against Nottingham Forrest will be a confidence booster for sure for West Ham and Fabianski. Fabianski’s injury has made the club a little anxious but the team is hopeful he will play.
- This will be the 12th face-off between Manchester United and West Ham in FA Cup, Man United has proved a better team in the previous four consecutive encounters.
- West Ham United last defeated Manchester United in FA Cup in January 2001.
- Manchester United has won 13 of the last 15 games they have played at Old Trafford.
Man United: 23
West Ham: 06
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Injury and Team News
West Ham United has suffered a few injury scares before the start of their all-important FA Cup clash against Manchester United. The biggest worry for West Ham will be Lukas Fabianski’s nasty injury against Nottingham Forrest. Yet the club is hopeful of him playing against United as there is time to recover.
West Ham Predicted XI: Fabianski (GK), Kehrer, Ogbonna, Aguerd, Coufal, Rice, Soucek, Emerson, Benrahma, Bowen, Antonio
Manchester United Predicted XI: De Gea (GK), Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Shaw, Casemiro, Fred, Anthony, Bruno, Rashford, Weghorst
Manchester United is coming to this game with a title victory behind, while West Ham had registered the season’s biggest win against Nottingham Forrest. This matchup between these two may look in favour of Man United but we should not undermine West Ham’s talent and ability to create some magical performance in FA Cup.
Prediction: Manchester United 4 – 0 West Ham
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