Manchester United match preview

West Ham United v Manchester United
Carling Cup fifth round
Boleyn Ground
Tuesday 30 November 2010
Referee: Mark Clattenburg




• West Ham United welcome Carling Cup holders Manchester United looking for back to back wins for only the second time this season. They defeated Sunderland in the Carling Cup with a 2-1 away win on Tuesday 21 September and then won 1-0 at home against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday 25 September.

• It will be no small feat against United, with the holders having won the 2008/09 and 2009/10 editions. Their last defeat in this competition came in September 2008 when Coventry City famously won 2-0 at Old Trafford in the third round.

• Manchester United have scored 13 goals without reply in the last five meetings between the sides. The Red Devils have triumphed in every one of those contests and have actually won the last half-dozen encounters. The Hammers' last success was a 2-1 triumph at home seven games ago on 29 December 2007, thanks to Matt Upson's late headed winner.

• This is the Hammers first quarter-final date since the 2007/08 season.

• The Hammers have only lost three times in 13 matches in all competitions - including away days at Arsenal and Liverpool.

• West Ham's record home win against Manchester United was a 5-1 success in the old First Division on 11 October 1930.

• Manchester United's biggest triumph in east London was a 6-1 victory on 6 May 1967.

• The two sides have already met this season when Manchester United won 3-0 at home at Old Trafford on 28 August - and the referee Mark Clattenburg will again be the man in the middle.

• Tuesday's fixture marks the 121st competitive fixture between West Ham United and Manchester United. The Hammers have won 41, the Red Devils 55 and there have been 24 draws.

• Manchester United have won the League Cup four times while the Hammers lost the 1966 and 1981 finals.

• Avram Grant and Sir Alex Ferguson met as the Chelsea and Manchester United managers in the 2008 UEFA Champions League final. The match finished 1-1 before the Reds won 6-5 on penalties.

• The record win in this competition was achieved by the Hammers with a 10-0 success against Bury in the second round, second-leg match on 25 October 1983. Liverpool also won by this margin against Fulham in second round, first-leg match in the same season on 23 September 1983.

Last time out

Saturday 27 November 2010
Barclays Premier League
West Ham United 3-1 Wigan Athletic
West Ham United: Green, Gabbidon, Jacobsen (Reid 51), Upson, Tomkins, Parker (Kovac 84), Behrami, Barrera, Stanislas, Piquionne (Cole 77), Obinna
Subs not used: Boffin, Boa Morte, Hines, McCarthy
Goals: Behrami 34, Obinna 56, Parker 75

Saturday 27 November 2010
Barclays Premier League
Manchester United 7-1 Blackburn Rovers
Manchester United: Van der Sar, Evra, Vidic (Evans 64), Ferdinand, Rafael, Park (Obertan 72), Carrick, Anderson, Nani, Rooney, Berbatov
Subs not used: Kuszczak, Fletcher, Giggs, O'Shea, Hernandez
Goals: Berbatov 2, 27, 47, 62, 70, Park 23, Nani 48

Last meeting

The sides have already met this season in the Barclays Premier League on 28 August 2010. A disputed penalty for an apparent foul by Jonathan Spector on Ryan Giggs saw Wayne Rooney score from the spot before Nani (50) and Dimitar Berbatov (69) rounded out what proved a comfortable home win.

Manchester United: Van der Sar, Evra, Vidic, O'Shea, Evans (Owen 74), Fletcher, Giggs, Scholes (Carrick 74), Nani, Rooney, Berbatov (Smalling 74)
Subs not used: Kuszczak, Valencia, Hernandez, Rafael

West Ham United: Green, Gabbidon, Upson, Spector, Ilunga, Faubert (Barrera 62), Parker, Noble, Dyer (Piquionne 76), Boa Morte (Stanislas 89), Cole
Subs not used: Stech, Kovac, Da Costa, McCarthy

Last six meetings (Premier League unless stated)

28 August 2010 - Manchester United 3-0 West Ham United
23 February 2010 - Manchester United 3-0 West Ham United
5 December 2010 - West Ham United 0-4 Manchester United
8 February 2009 - West Ham United 0-1 Manchester United
29 October 2008 - Manchester United 2-0 West Ham United
3 May 2008 - Manchester United 4-1 West Ham United

Overall record v Manchester United (all competitions) W 41 D 24 L 55

Ten-year League Cup records

West Ham United

2009/10 Third round (lost 3-1 after extra time at Bolton Wanderers)
2008/09 Third round (lost 1-0 at Watford)
2007/08 Quarter-final (lost 2-1 v Everton)
2006/07 Third round (lost 2-1 at Chesterfield)
2005/06 Third round (lost 1-0 at Bolton Wanderers)
2004/05 Third round (lost 1-0 at Chelsea)
2003/04 Third round (lost 1-0 after extra time at Tottenham Hotspur)
2002/03 Third round (lost 1-0 v Oldham Athletic)
2001/02 Second round (lost 6-5 on penalties following 0-0 draw at Reading)
2000/01 Fourth round (lost 2-1 v Sheffield Wednesday)

Manchester United

2009/10 Winner
2008/09 Winner
2006/07 Third round (lost 2-0 v Coventry City)
2005/06 Winner
2004/05 Semi-final (lost 2-1 v Chelsea)
2003/04 Fourth round (lost 2-0 v West Bromwich Albion)
2002/03 Final (lost 2-0 v Liverpool)
2001/02 Third round (lost 4-0 v Arsenal)
2000/01 Fourth round (lost 2-1 v Sunderland)


• County Durham-born Mark Clattenburg will be Tuesdayy's referee. It will be the third time he has taken charge of a Hammers match this season after the 3-0 defeat at Manchester United in the league on 28 August and the Hammers 1-1 draw at Wolves on 16 October. He also took charge of Man United's 2-0 home win against Tottenham Hotspur on 30 October.

• The 35-year-old was the man in the middle for the Championship play-off semi-final first leg in May 2004 when Ipswich Town won 1-0 against the visiting West Ham.

• Clattenburg has been on the Select List since 2004, the same year he took charge of the Division Three play-off final between Mansfield Town and Huddersfield Town at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

• After becoming a FIFA official in 2006 at the age of 31, Clattenburg has taken control of a number of international and UEFA Champions League matches.

Team news

West Ham United

• Lars Jacobsen is cup-tied.

• Manager Avram Grant is definitely without Thomas Hitzlsperger (thigh) and Jack Collison (knee). Collison is hoping to return around the turn of the year, Hitzlsperger has a February comeback date having had surgery on his torn muscle.

• Manuel da Costa has had surgery a fortnight ago on an ankle injury and is likely to be missing for up to three months as a result of the problem, which followed a late Cesc Fabregas foul away to Arsenal.

• Mark Noble has been ruled out for the rest of the year with a hip injury suffered in the last minute at Anfield. Kieron Dyer will also miss out on Tuesday as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

• Scott Parker is facing a battle to be involved after still suffering the effects of a chest infection - although he was able to play on Saturday. Danny Gabbidon, Frederic Piquionne and Valon Behrami are also doubts after their exertions at the weekend.

• Zavon Hines played 70 minutes for the reserves in the goalless draw at Aston Villa a week ago, his second run-out in a week.

• Tal Ben Haim and Junior Faubert could be involved.

• Freddie Sears has extended his loan spell at Championship side Scunthorpe United until 3 January 2011.

Manchester United

• Darren Fletcher missed Saturday's demolition of Blackburn with an ankle injury. Sir Alex Ferguson could also again be without groin victim Paul Scholes.

• Owen Hargreaves, Antonio Valencia and Michael Owen are all still out, while Dimitar Berbatov may be among those rested after his five-goal haul at the weekend.

Old boys

• West Ham United defender Jonathan Spector joined Manchester United as a 17-year-old in 2003. The United States international, who has a German passport, spent two seasons at Old Trafford - making eight appearances for the first team - before moving to Charlton Athletic on a season-long loan in the summer of 2005. Spector left Manchester United for West Ham in June 2006 for an initial fee of £500,000.

• Manchester United have two former West Ham United players in their squad. England defender Rio Ferdinand made 158 appearances for the club between May 1996 and November 2000, scoring two goals. Midfielder Michael Carrick scored six goals in 159 appearances between July 1999 and May 2004.

• Among the other players who have represented both clubs are Roy Carroll, Noel Cantwell, Luke Chadwick, Billy Grassam, Paul Ince, Ralph Milne, Frederick Milnes, Frank O'Farrell, Stuart Pearson, Dave Sexton, Teddy Sheringham and Raimond van der Gouw.

Next up

• The Hammers are again on Sky Sports for Sunday afternoon's Barclays Premier League trip to Sunderland while Manchester United, the new league leaders, travel to Blackpool for a Saturday evening kick-off.

General information

• For ticket information, click here.

• Tuesday night's forecast in east London is for an extremely cold and windy evening. Temperatures will peak around the 1C mark.