Manchester United match preview





• West Ham United travel to Manchester United in an FA Cup third round replay, having played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Boleyn Ground less than a fortnight ago. The winners will host either Fulham or Blackpool in the fourth round.

• The Hammers go into the match hoping to banish the memory of Saturday's 3-0 Premier League defeat at Sunderland, their joint heaviest of the campaign to date. Manchester United, meanwhile, were 2-1 victors at home to Liverpool at the weekend. And they have serious FA Cup pedigree, having won the competition more than any other team (11) and reached more finals than anyone else (18).

• One of the most recent FA Cup meetings turned out to be a good one for the Hammers as they beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford in the FA Cup fourth round in January 2001. Joe Cole started in midfield as Paolo Di Canio scored past a stranded Fabien Barthez. United got their own back two years later though when they beat the Hammers 6-0 in another fourth-round tie.

• Manchester United have won the last nine Barclays Premier League meetings between the two sides. West Ham United's last win came at the Boleyn Ground on 29 December 2007 as Anton Ferdinand (77) cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo's opener (14) before Matthew Upson scored an 82nd-minute winner.

• The Hammers have however emerged victorious against the Red Devils since 2007 in the Carling Cup and they did so in spectacular fashion. On 30 November 2010 the Hammers secured a famous 4-0 win over United in the fifth round. Jonathan Spector scored twice against his former club before Carlton Cole added a double of his own on a cold and snowy night at the Boleyn Ground.

• West Ham United have lifted the FA Cup on three occasions, in 1964, 1975 and 1980, and were runners-up in 1923 and 2006. Manchester United have won the prestigious trophy on eleven occasions - 1909, 1948, 1963, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004

Last time out

Saturday 12 January 2013
Barclays Premier League
Sunderland 3-0 West Ham United
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen; Reid, Collins, Demel, (Tomkins 34), Potts, Nolan, Jarvis, Collison (Vaz Te 46), Diarra, J Cole, C Cole (Chamakh 56)
Booked: Reid, Tomkins, Diarra

Sunday 13 January 2013
Barclays Premier League
Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool
Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Evra, Ferdinand, Vidic (Smalling 79), Carrick, Young (Valencia 46), Cleverley, Kagawa (Jones 77), Welbeck, Van Persie
Booked: Evra
Goals: Van Persie 19, Vidic 54

Previous meeting

• The Hammers were only minutes away from progressing in the original tie, as Robin van Persie rescued Sir Alex Ferguson's men with a stoppage-time equaliser. Tom Cleverly struck first for Manchester United, before James Collins twice headed home Joe Cole crosses to turn the cup tie on its head. But the Dutchman's late show consigned the Hammers to an Old Trafford date.

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Tomkins, Potts, Nolan, Collison, Diarra (Noble 73), J Cole (Taylor 78), C Cole, Vaz Te (Jarvis 61)
Subs: Spiegel, Reid, Spence, E.Lee
Goals: Collins 27, 59

Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Smalling (Giggs 78), Vidic, Buttner, Scholes (Valencia 68), Cleverley, Kagawa, Hernandez (Van Persie 68), Welbeck
Subs: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Young, Macheda
Goal: Cleverley 23, Van Persie 90


• The first meeting between West Ham United and Manchester United came on 25 February 1911 in the FA Cup. The Hammers won 2-1 with Thomas Caldwell and Danny Shea scoring the goals.

• West Ham United's biggest win over Manchester United came at the Boleyn Ground on 11 October 1930. A Viv Gibbins hat-trick inspired the Hammers to a 5-1 win with Jim Barrett and Jimmy Ruffell also on the score sheet.

• Manchester United's biggest win ever over West Ham United came almost 70 years later on 1 April 2000. This time they had a hat-trick hero of their own as Paul Scholes scored a treble in a 7-1 win. Denis Irwin, Andrew Cole, David Beckham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored the other goals with Paulo Wanchope on target for the Hammers.

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

• Wednesday's fixture marks the 125th competitive fixture between West Ham United and Manchester United. The Hammers have won 42, the Red Devils have won 57 and there have been 25 draws.

Last six meetings
(Premier League unless stated)

5 January 2013 West Ham United 2-2 Manchester United (FA Cup third round)
28 November 2012 Manchester United 1-0 West Ham United
2 April 2011 West Ham United 2-4 Manchester United
30 November 2010 West Ham United 4-0 Manchester United (Carling Cup fifth round)
28 August 2010 - Manchester United 3-0 West Ham United
23 February 2010 - Manchester United 3-0 West Ham United

Overall record v Manchester United (all competitions) W 42 D 25 L 57

Ten-year record

West Ham United

2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points - relegated to Championship)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th (74 points)
2002/03 Premier League 18th (42 points - relegated to Championship)

Manchester United

2011/12 Premier League 2nd (89 points)
2010/11 Premier League 1st (80 points)
2009/10 Premier League 2nd (85 points)
2008/09 Premier League 1st (90 points)
2007/08 Premier League 1st (87 points)
2006/07 Premier League 1st (89 points)
2005/06 Premier League 2nd (83 points)
2004/05 Premier League 3rd (77 points)
2003/04 Premier League 3rd (75 points)
2002/03 Premier League 1st (83 points)


• Wednesday's referee will be Phil Dowd

• Dowd is in his 12th season as a Select Group official, having initially been promoted to the Barclays Premier League list of referees in 2001.

• Dowd began refereeing in local leagues in 1984, officiating in the Staffordshire Senior League and Midland Football Alliance. He was appointed to the Football League list of assistant referees in 1992, before joining the League's full list of referees in 1997, aged 34.

• The 49-year-old is commonly considered to be one of England's best match officials, an opinion backed by his appointments as the referee for the 2012 FA Cup and 2010 Football League Cup finals.

• Previously, Dowd was the fourth official at the 2006 FA Cup final between West Ham United and Liverpool at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

• Dowd has refereed 20 West Ham fixtures in total, the most-recent being a goalless draw at West Bromwich Albion in December.

• He will be assisted by Simon Long and Gary Beswick, while the fourth official is Lee Probert.

Team news

West Ham United

• January recruits Marouane Chamakh and Wellington Paulista are both ineligible, having not registered in time for the original tie at the Boleyn Ground.

• James Collins is likely to miss out having limped off at Sunderland with a hamstring problem, while it remains to be seen whether Mark Noble will recover in time from a slight calf strain.

• Mohamed Diame was an unused substitute at the Stadium of Light and could feature as he steps up his return from injury. • Joey O'Brien is still struggling with his hamstring injury and if he fails to recover, Potts will likely deputise once more. Big Sam may also choose to make changes in light of the Sunderland result and to ensure his side are fresh for Saturday's vital Barclays Premier League meeting with Queens Park Rangers.

• Modibo Maiga will definitely be missing after he travelled away to Mali for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa.

• Andy Carroll is edging closer to a return to light training, leaving George McCartney as the club's only long-term absentee.

Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to make a number of changes for the replay, with the fit-again Nani one option he could turn to in attack.

Wayne Rooney is also set to make a return for the home side after recovering from the knee injury he suffered in training on Christmas Day.

• Ashley Young (knee) and Johnny Evans (hamstring) are both definitely out.

Old boys

• 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 Jonathan Spector, Roy Carroll, Noel Cantwell, Luke Chadwick, Billy Grassam, Paul Ince, Ralph Milne, Frederick Milnes, Ravel Morrison, Frank O'Farrell, Stuart Pearson, Les Sealey, Dave Sexton, Teddy Sheringham, Carlos Tevez and Raimond van der Gouw.

General Information

• The weather forecast is for a largely dry evening, but fans are advised to wrap up warm with temperature set to struggle to get above freezing.

• There are less than 100 away tickets left on general sale - relevant ticket information can be obtained here.