Manchester United will go into Sunday’s FA Cup tie with West Ham United wounded from the shocking defeat at Anfield. I was lost for words. Am I still in shock? We’ll talk about that on another day.
West Ham United
United will be without the suspended Juan Mata who messed up the match with West Bromwich Albion when he tackled Darren Fletcher. The Spanish midfielder got the first red card of his career at The Hawthorns and he could have no complaints at being sent off by referee Mike Dean. However, Jesse Lingard is available after a European ban.
Photo: Juan Mata (no. 8) tackles Darren Fletcher badly. The United midfielder got two incredibly daft yellow cards incurred over the course of two minutes
Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are among the club’s long-term absentees. I doubt very much whether United is missing the trio.
Today’s match up at Old Trafford is very crucial, to say the least. Another consecutive defeat in all or any competition will be disastrous for the Red Devils. United could yet progress past Liverpool and they could yet finish in the top four. May be this is a conjecture but the feeling that this cup tie against West Ham is crucial makes the match up all the more important for United.
Photos: L-R . Man United Manager, Louis Van Gaal & West Ham Manager, Slaven Bilić
Mini BIO – Manchester United FA Cup Stats
- The 11-time FA Cup winners, United, last lifted the trophy in 2004.
- United have lost both of their last two sixth-round appearances, including a 2-1 home defeat by eventual winners Arsenal last season.
- United have conceded only once in their three previous FA Cup games this campaign.
- United have scored 12 goals in their last four games at Old Trafford in all competitions, as many as they had managed in their previous 13 home matches.
I think we have to win today’s FA Cup tie with West Ham at Old Trafford . . .
Up Man U!