West Ham - Manchester United Preview: Sir Alex Ferguson targeting first FA Cup since 2004
The Red Devils have not triumphed in the competition since they beat Millwall nearly nine years ago and face a tricky first hurdle at Upton Park in the third round
By Oliver Platt
Demel, Collins, Reid, O'Brien
Vaz Te, Nolan, Jarvis
Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Buttner
Welbeck, Kagawa, Young
Andy Carroll is expected to remain sidelined until the end of January so Carlton Cole is likely to continue in attack for West Ham.
In the absence of Mohamed Diame, Matthew Taylor could feature again in midfield, although Jack Collison is also available. George McCartney is the only other absentee, with James Collins and Kevin Nolan set to return after suspension.
Sir Alex Ferguson will rest Michael Carrick and Patrice Evra, and Robin van Persie is likely to join the experienced duo on the sidelines. Wayne Rooney is injured, leaving Danny Welbeck and Chicharito as the 71-year-old's other available strikers.
Tom Cleverley and Shinji Kagawa are in line for starts in midfield, while Nemanja Vidic and Chris Smalling could step up their returns from injury. Phil Jones could make the squad after injury but the game will come too soon for Nani and Anderson.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
West Ham last met Manchester United in the FA Cup in January 2003, when the Red Devils romped to a 6-0 victory. Michael Carrick was on the losing side that day.
The Hammers have won the cup three times, with their last victory in the final coming against Arsenal in 1980. Trevor Brooking (pictured right) scored the only goal in a 1-0 win.
Two of their FA Cup triumphs came under the management of John Lyall (1975 and 1980). The first was won by future England boss Ron Greenwood in 1964.
After guiding them to promotion from the Championship, Alan Pardew took West Ham to the FA Cup final in 2006. They lost a dramatic encounter to Liverpool, however, and Pardew was sacked the following season.
Manchester United have won the FA Cup on 11 occasions, but not since 2004 when they recorded a 3-0 victory over Millwall at the Millennium Stadium.
Sir Alex Ferguson's first silverware at Old Trafford came in the 1990 FA Cup final, when Crystal Palace were beaten after a replay.
It is often suggested that Sir Alex would have been sacked had Manchester United not secured the trophy that year, but the Scottish boss has claimed that his position was safe.
- Manchester United will be looking to balance the head-to-head record between the two clubs in this competition at Upton Park on Saturday. West Ham currently boast four wins to Manchester United's three, with the sides having drawn once. The visitors are 7/1 to beat the Hammers 2-1 with bet365.
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Top 3 Predictions
West Ham 1-3 Man Utd.
- 20.46 %
West Ham 0-3 Man Utd.
- 14.61 %
West Ham 0-2 Man Utd.
- 8.81 %
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Apr 17, 2013||West Ham 2 - Man Utd. 2|
|England - FA Cup (FA)||Jan 16, 2013||Man Utd. 1 - West Ham 0|
|England - FA Cup (FA)||Jan 5, 2013||West Ham 2 - Man Utd. 2|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Nov 28, 2012||Man Utd. 1 - West Ham 0|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Apr 2, 2011||West Ham 2 - Man Utd. 4|
|Dec 3, 2013||Crystal Palace 1 - West Ham 0||EPL|
|Nov 30, 2013||West Ham 3 - Fulham 0||EPL|
|Nov 23, 2013||West Ham 0 - Chelsea FC 3||EPL|
|Nov 9, 2013||Norwich City 3 - West Ham 1||EPL|
|Nov 2, 2013||West Ham 0 - Aston Villa 0||EPL|
|12||Ricardo Vaz Te||Striker|
|1||David de Gea||Goalkeeper|
|14||Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez||Striker|
|20||Robin van Persie||Striker|
West Ham suffered a poor December and their victory over Norwich - which was made much simpler by an early penalty - was their first since December 1 when they beat Chelsea. Upton Park will be in full voice for this third round tie but even a weakened Manchester United team should have enough to see off the Hammers. They have been in fine form in recent weeks.