Preview - Man Utd (7pm kick-off)

All you need to know for Wednesday's game - 7pm kick-off

The background 

A place at Wembley is on the line on Wednesday night when West Ham United welcome Manchester United to the Boleyn Ground for their Emirates FA Cup sixth round replay.
Remember this game kicks-off at the earlier than usual time of 7pm.
Following a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford last month, the teams will do battle again for the right to face Everton in the semi-finals a week on Saturday.
The Hammers could count themselves a touch unfortunate not to progress at the first time of asking, after Anthony Martial’s late equaliser cancelled out Dimitri Payet’s stunning free-kick.
However, the Hammers did not allow that to dishearten them, and are unbeaten since that game, while Manchester United have defeated Manchester City and Everton, but were beaten comfortably by Tottenham Hotspur last Sunday.
They are a point ahead of the Hammers in the Barclays Premier League table, in fifth place, and have seen off Sheffield United, Derby County and Shrewsbury Town in their Cup run so far.

The history 

Manchester United have won eleven FA Cups to the Hammers’ three, with their last success coming back in 2004. 
West Ham and the Red Devils have met in eight previous FA Cup ties, with both teams winning four each. The last meeting came in 2012/13 when a 2-2 Boleyn Ground draw was followed by a 1-0 replay win for the north west club.
Earlier this season the teams played out a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, when both Winston Reid and Mauro Zarate struck the woodwork for the visitors.

The match

Team news

West Ham United 
Diafra Sakho misses Wednesday’s FA Cup meeting with the Red Devils after picking up a knee injury in training at the end of last week.
Sam Byram is cup tied, but James Collins returns to the squad after overcoming his hamstring injury.
Darren Randolph is likely to feature in goal after playing in all of the Hammers’ FA Cup ties so far this season.
Manchester United
Wayne Rooney made his comeback following two months out for the Red Devils’ U21 side on Monday and could play.
Phil Jones and Timothy Fosu-Mensah will be assessed, the latter having picked up an injury against Tottenham on Sunday.

Match info

  • Roger East takes the whistle for Wednesday’s game, and a good omen for the Hammers is that he was the same referee for their replay win against Liverpool earlier this season. He will be assisted by Adrian Holmes and Peter Kirkup, and the fourth official is Neil Swarbrick.
  • The last three meetings between the Clubs have been draws.
  • West Ham have drawn their last four matches in all competitions.
  • The Hammers have only lost two of their last 24 games in all competitions (W10, D12).
  • Dimitri Payet has been involved in 23 goals in all competitions this season (12 goals, 11 assists) - 13 more than any other Hammers player.
  • Manchester United have been knocked out in both of their last two sixth-round appearances, including a 2-1 home defeat by eventual winners Arsenal last season.
  • United have only failed to score in two of their last 15 away trips to Upton Park.

Ticketing, travel, coverage and other info

  • Tickets for this gave have completely SOLD OUT.
  • The District and Hammersmith & City lines will serve Upton Park station as normal on Wednesday. Click here for the latest news on TfL services and here for National Rail.
  • A sunny day is expected on Wednesday, leading into a dry evening. Temperature at 7pm is predicted to be 15C (59F).
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