FA Cup 5th Round preview: Manchester United tipped to progress but Hammers tough opponents
Updated: 25th September 2021
2020-21 FA Cup 5th Round preview: Manchester United vs. West Ham United – Old Trafford – Tuesday, 9th February, 2021 – 19:30 BST
Manchester United tipped to progress but Hammers tough opponents
Manchester United and West Ham face each other off at Old Trafford on Tuesday night for a place in the final eight of the 2020-21 FA Cup. Ole Solksjaer's United beat the likes of Watford and Liverpool to progress to the fifth round, while West Ham overcame Stockport County and Doncaster Rovers to advance to the same stage.
Placed second on the Premier League table, the Red Devils have just come out of a 3-3 draw with Everton, a match they should have wrapped up when they led 2-0 at half-time but an injury-time strike by Dominic Calvert-Lewin denied them certain victory.
West Ham, meanwhile, will go into Tuesday's clash on the back of a goalless draw with relegation candidates Fulham and their key scorer Tomas Soucek being sent off after an altercation with Aleksandar Mitrovic.
David Moyes' Hammers have otherwise had one of their best Premier League campaigns in a long time as they find themselves positioned on the sixth spot on the EPL table and on equal points with 5th-placed Chelsea.
Manchester United Recent Form
Manchester United FA Cup form: W/W/W/L/W/W
Manchester United form (all competitions): W/W/L/D/W/D
West Ham United Recent Form
West Ham United FA Cup form: W/L/W/L/W/W
West Ham United form (all competitions): W/W/W/L/W/D
United will be as usual without the services of Phil Jones on Tuesday owing to a long-term knee injury, while Eric Bailly who sustained a knock just before the Everton clash looks doubtful. Paul Pogba, forced off the field in the draw against Everton with a thigh problem, is not likely to feature in Tuesday's FA Cup clash. Dean Henderson could come in for David de Gea between the posts while Anthony Martial and Nemanja Matic will be pushing for starts.
For West Ham, Arthur Masuaku is out through injury while Soucek is out on suspension. Moyes is expected to make changes from the side that started against Fulham and probably give the likes of Mark Noble, Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Manuel Lanzini, Pablo Fornals and Andriy Yarmolenko chances to start. Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard and scorer of two goals in his club's 1-3 win over Aston Villa last week, is ineligible for Tuesday night's clash.
Manchester United probable starting XI:
Henderson (goal); Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Rashford, Fernandes, Greenwood; Cavani
West Ham United probable starting XI:
Fabianski (goal); Fredericks, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell; Noble, Rice; Bowen, Lanzini, Fornals; Yarmolenko
Manchester United vs. West Ham United Verdict
West Ham look more than capable of pulling off a win at Old Trafford, but whether Moyes selects a full-strength team remains to be seen. Solksjaer's men will be desperate to bounce back from the disappointment of the Everton draw and will fancy their chances on Tuesday night.
Manchester United vs. West Ham United odds
All bet365 and other bookmaker odds quoted are general, subject to change and were correct as of 09/02/2021.
- Man Utd to win: 8/15
- West Ham to win: 9/2
- Man Utd 2-1: 15/2 (predicted scoreline)
- Man Utd 2-0: 8/1
- Man Utd 1-0: 17/2
- Man Utd 3-1: 10/1
- West Ham 2-1: 16/1
- West Ham 1-0: 18/2
- Man Utd 3-2: 18/1
- West Ham 3-2: 33/1
- Bruno Fernandes: 23/20
- Edinson Cavani: 11/10
- Anthony Martial: 11/10
- Marcus Rashford: 11/10
- Andriy Yarmolenko: 4/1
- Jarrod Bowen: 3/1
- Pablo Fornals: 9/2
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