FA Cup: West Ham v Manchester United match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's FA Cup fixture at Upton Park

Manchester United travel to Upton Park this weekend, in one of the stand-out ties of the FA Cup third round. Sir Alex Ferguson's side will be perhaps most focused on the Premier League, which they lead by seven points at the halfway mark but, somewhat surprisingly, have not won football's oldest cup competition since 2004.

West Ham, most recently finalists in 2006, halted a run of four games without a win on Tuesday. With that boost in confidence, moving up to 11th in the league standings, they will hope to repeat their most recent cup meeting with United: an emphatic 4-0 victory, which sent them through to their first League Cup semi-final in two decades.

For the home side, Joe Cole, having rejoined his boyhood club from Liverpool, could make his debut, while loanee Yossi Benayoun has returned to Chelsea. Mohamed Diamé, closely linked with a move to QPR, remains sidelined, as do George McCartney and Andy Carroll. United have slightly fewer injury concerns, although Wayne Rooney, Anderson, Nani and Phil Jones are all ruled out.

 

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 5:15pm

 

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Manchester United 1 (Van Persie) West Ham 0, Premier League, November 2012                                    

West Ham 2 (Noble 2) Manchester United 4 (Rooney 3, Hernandez), Premier League, April 2011 

West Ham 4 (Spector 2, Cole 2) Manchester United 0, League Cup, November 2010

 

STATS...

In the past six encounters between these sides, there have been 21 goals; 15 of them for Manchester United.

After peaking at seventh place in October, West Ham have lost five, won three and drawn two of their 10 most recent league games.

United have come from behind to salvage the most Premier League points this season (24).

West Ham have scored an average of 1.2 goals per match, compared to United's 2.8. Their top scorer is Kevin Nolan, with five, while Robin van Persie has 16.

 

ODDS...

West Ham to win: 5.4

Manchester United to win: 1.74

Draw: 4

 

TV: Live on ITV1 at 5:15pm, highlights on ITV1 at 11pm

Arts and Entertainment
arts + entsWith one of the best comic roles around, it's no wonder she rarely bothers with films
News
people
News
i100
News
Davis says: 'My career has been about filling a niche - there were fewer short actors and fewer roles – but now I'm being offered all kinds of things'
PeopleWarwick Davis on Ricky Gervais, Harry Potter and his perfect role
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Voices
A Russian hunter at the Medved bear-hunting lodge in Siberia
Save the tigerWildlife charities turn to those who kill animals to help save them
Sport
Frank Lampard will pass Billy Wright and equal Bobby Charton’s caps tally of 106 caps against
sportFormer Chelsea midfielder in Etihad stopgap before New York contract
News
i100
Sport
Usain Bolt of Jamaica smiles and shakes hands with a competitor after Jamaica won their first heat in the men's 4x100m relay
sport
News
Chancellor George Osborne, along with the Prime Minister, have been 'complacently claiming the economy is now fixed', according to shadow Chancellor Ed Balls
i100... which is awkward, because he is their boss, after all
Arts and Entertainment
The first film introduced Daniel Radcliffe to our screens, pictured here as he prepares to board the train to Hogwarts for the first time.
booksHow reading Harry Potter helps children grow up to be gay-friendly
Life and Style
A small bag of the drug Ecstasy
Health
News
i100
Life and Style
Floral-print swim shorts, £26, by Topman, topman.com; sunglasses, £215, by Paul Smith, mpaulsmith.co.uk
FashionBag yourself the perfect pair
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Save the Tiger: Meet the hunters tasked with protecting Russia's rare Amur tiger

Hunters protect Russia's rare Amur tiger

In an unusual move, wildlife charities have enlisted those who kill animals to help save them. Oliver Poole travels to Siberia to investigate
Transfers: How has your club fared in summer sales?

How has your club fared in summer sales?

Who have bagged the bargain buys and who have landed the giant turkeys
Warwick Davis: The British actor on Ricky Gervais, how the Harry Potter set became his office, and why he'd like to play a spy

'I'm a realist; I know how hard this business is'

Warwick Davis on Ricky Gervais, Harry Potter and his perfect role
The best swim shorts for men: Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer

The best swim shorts for men

Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer
Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

Meet the couple blamed for bringing Lucifer into local politics
Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup