Preview - Man Utd

All the essential information ahead of Sunday's Emirates FA Cup tie

The background

A place at Wembley is up for grabs on Sunday when West Ham United travel to Manchester United for their Emirates FA Cup quarter-final tie.

The Hammers will be looking to book a first trip to the national stadium since their 2012 Championship Play-Off final success, and move a step closer to their first FA Cup final since 2006 in the process.

Wolverhampton Wanderers, Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers have all fallen victim to the Hammers in this season’s FA Cup so far, while Manchester United have battled past Football League trio Sheffield United, Derby County and Shrewsbury Town.

The tie brings together the teams fifth and sixth in the Barclays Premier League, with Louis van Gaal’s team currently two points behind the Hammers.

The Red Devils have lost their last two games, coming up short against both West Bromwich Albion in the league and Liverpool in the Europa League over the last week.

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
Enner Valencia, Victor Moses and Joey O’Brien are available for the Hammers again after shaking off their respective injuries.

Winston Reid returned to training this week, but James Tomkins and James Collins are injured, while Sam Byram is cup tied.
Manchester United
Juan Mata is banned after being sent off in Manchester United’s defeat to West Brom. However, Jesse Lingard is available after serving a European ban.

Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are the Red Devils’ long-term absentees.

Match info

-    Sunday’s match referee is Martin Atkinson. He has refereed 37 games this term, dishing out 132 yellow and just one red card.
-    West Ham's last two cup triumphs over United were at Old Trafford, the most recent being by 1-0 in 2001. 
-    United have conceded only once in their three previous FA Cup games this campaign.
-    They have scored 12 goals in their last four games at Old Trafford in all competitions, as many as they had managed in their previous 13 home matches.
-    West Ham have won 10 of their last 15 games in all competitions (D3, L2).
-    The Hammers have scored seven goals in their last two FA Cup ties.
-    They last reached the sixth round in 2010-11 season, where they were eliminated 2-1 at Stoke.
-    Michail Antonio has scored in his last three appearances in all competitions.

Coverage, ticketing, travel and other info

-    All 9,000 tickets for Hammers fans have sold out for this fixture.
-    Click here for the latest news on the roads and here for the trains.
-    The sun is expected to be shining at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, with temperatures reaching 12C (54F) by mid-afternoon.
-    If you’re not heading to the game, make sure you stay abreast of all the action on our digital channels. The Match Centre will have live audio commentary, text updates, in-running stats, photos and more. You can get involved in the conversation on social using the hashtag #MNUWHU