Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing performance in the Europa League on Thursday night when they host West Ham in the FA Cup quarter-finals at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in their last-16 tie at Anfield, in a showing that has received widespread criticism from pundits and fans alike.
Louis van Gaal will be well aware that the FA Cup is one of his remaining chances of providing the supporters with some silverware this term, especially with their Europa League campaign now in doubt, and a top-four finish proving to be difficult to accomplish.
Despite lifting this trophy 11 times, the Reds haven’t tasted success in one of the world’s most famous domestic cups competitions since 2004.
Meanwhile, the Hammers come into this clash sitting above their opponents in the Premier League table, and off of the back of four successive wins.
Slaven Bilic’s men were 2-0 down at Everton with 12 minutes to go last weekend, but eventually ran out 3-2 winners, pushing them up to fifth in the top flight standings as they look for a spot in Europe ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium next season.
The Irons will certainly be full of confidence ahead of their trip to the Theatre of Dreams, and will fancy their chances of causing an upset.
However. they are without a win in their last nine trips to Old Trafford, as they look to advance to the semi-finals, which are held at Wembley.
The hosts will be without Juan Mata, who is suspended following his red card against West Brom last weekend, but Jesse Lingard is available again after he was banned for the trip to Liverpool on Thursday night.
Bilic has Victor Moses, Enner Valencia and Joey O’Brien available after their respective injury lay-offs, while Winston Reid could also return to the starting XI.
However, the problems do continue in defence as James Tomkins and James Collins are injured, while Sam Byram is cup-tied.
League Position: Man United – 6th (47 pts) ; West Ham – 5th – 49 pts)
Previous Meeting: Man United 0-0 West Ham (December 5, 2015)
Form: Man United – WWWWLL; West Ham – WDWWWW
Key Men: Man United – Anthony Martial; West Ham – Dimitri Payet
Shoot Says: Manchester United 1-1 West Ham