West Ham United have really struggled against Manchester United lately; across all competitions. At some point, they should turn the tide, at least a little, in this series but don’t expect that to happen Wednesday night.
That’s because the Irons have a few injury concerns to contend with, and they were over-matched, on paper, already to begin with.
Let’s look at their latest team news for their FA Cup fifth round clash!
Manchester United vs West Ham United FYIs
Kickoff: Wed March 1, 7:45 pm, Old Trafford
Competition: FA Cup 5th Round/Round of 16
Team News: United West Ham
Starting XI Predictions: United West Ham
Transatlantic Passage: How the Premier League Redefined Soccer in America: LINK
Fun Fact: In the FA Cup’s current format (since 1925-26), no club has advanced from the fifth round more often than Man United (41)
Stat Pack: West Ham have only earned one victory (D4L15) in their last 20 trips to Old Trafford across all competitions.
West Ham Team News
Central defender Kurt Zouma (thigh) and winger/fullback Maxwel Cornet (calf) have now resumed training after having spent a prolonged period on the sidelines. They will now work/ease their way back into the team.
Just as the Hammers injury list gets shorter by a pair, it is at the same time elongated by a fresh duo.
The big win over Nottingham Forest on the weekend came with a price. Vladimir Coufal (heel) and Lukasz Fabianski (eye socket- that sounds really painful) were both forced out of the match early, and we’re awaiting further assessment.
Don’t expect either one to feature in this midweek clash..
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