West Ham United and Manchester United will be looking to advance to an FA Cup semi-final tie against Everton and keep alive their hopes of winning some silverware this season when they meet in their replay at the Boleyn Ground on Wednesday night.
In what will be the last cup match to be hosted at the Hammers’ famous ground before they move to the Olympic Stadium next season, the hosts will be hoping to finish off their impressive season by staying in contention for a trophy.
Following their thrilling 3-3 draw with Arsenal at the weekend – their fourth in a row in all competitions – the Irons are sixth in the Premier League standings, and still harbour hopes of finishing in the top four as they lie just four points behind Manchester City in the final spot.
It has been ten years since the east London outfit reached the last four of the FA Cup – on that occasion they were beaten in a thrilling final at the Millennium Stadium by Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Louis van Gaal will be hoping to end a largely disappointing season for the Red Devils on a high by taking the club to Wembley, on the back of another poor result in the league.
United conceded three times in just over five minutes as they went down 3-0 against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday, which leaves them just one place and one point above Slaven Bilic’s team in the top flight.
They face a tough task as they make the trip to the capital again as well – their opponents on Wednesday have gone unbeaten in 16 matches at the Boleyn Ground.
Despite their prestigious history in one of the world’s most famous domestic cup competitions, the Reds haven’t reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup since 2011, when they were beaten 1-0 by arch-rivals, Manchester City.
Andy Carroll should start for the Hammers following his hat-trick against Arsenal at the weekend, but Diafra Sakho is set to miss out with a knee injury.
For the visitors, captain Wayne Rooney returned for the under-21 side following a two-month lay-off through injury and could be involved in east London, and he will be assessed along with Phil Jones and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who left the field with an injury when the score was 0-0 at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
League Positions: West Ham – 6th (52 pts); Man United – 5th (53 pts)
Previous Meeting: Man United 1-1 West Ham (FA Cup – March 13, 2016)
Form: West Ham – WWDDDD; Man United – LDDWWL
Key Men: West Ham – ; Man United –
Shoot Says: West Ham 2-1 Manchester United