Manchester United will step into this FA Cup quarter finals clash against West Ham on the back of two back-to-back defeats. Louis van Gaal’s boys lost unexpectedly to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday in the league, as Juan Mata received a red card early on. Weekend’s disastrous performance followed with another shameful display and saw United lose to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at Anfield in the Europa League. The Red devils will certainly feel the weight on their shoulders ahead of tomorrow’s game after recent speculation over van Gaal’s future at the club, but with home advantage on their side the frustrated fans will be expecting an instant response from their disappointing form this week.
Meanwhile, West Ham should be high in spirits; their six-game unbeaten run includes an impressive 5-1 win over Blackburn Rovers in the previous round of the cup and the brilliant fightback in the league at Goodison Park, where they were 2-0 down with 12 minutes to go. But this is the fixture in which United have historically done well, they have eight wins from the last nine home meetings in all competitions, with the last defeat coming in May 2007. That league clash between these two teams at Old Trafford in December ended goalless.
Goalkeeper: David de Gea is certainly keeping his place in goal after another exceptional performance against Liverpool on Thursday. The Europa League tie would be all but over if not for the Spaniard.
Defence: van Gaal is likely to recall Matteo Darmian this weekend with Guillermo Varela dropping out while Chris Smalling is certain to keep his place in the back four despite his costly error during Thursday night’s Europa League defeat at Anfield. He was Stacked in the box to gift Sturridge a big first-half chance but showed improved performance in the second half.
Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo should also retain their places in the back four while Phil Jones and Luke Shaw remain unavailable with injury. Blind showed a versatile display at Anfield, stayed neat in the middle before moving to the left in the second-half. His calm authority was certainly useful, while Rojo worked hard throughout.
Midfield: Bastian Schweinsteiger made his long-awaited return off the bench against Liverpool so the German could now come back in to the starting eleven to partner Michael Carrick in the middle of the park with Morgan Schneiderlin and Marouane Fellaini both dropping out after poor displays in their last outing.
Attack: Jesse Lingard is back from suspension and he could get a recall along with Ander Herrera, who has been really unfortunate to miss out in recent games. LVG may choose to start Lingard in place of Mata, while Herera at the centre. Martial as usual in his left position. Marcus Rushford was hauled off at half time against the Reds after he was placed on the right flank reigniting van Gaal’s tactical decisions and I think we’ll see the youngster upfront where he can produce his best performance infront of goal.
Here is how we think United will line up: