Manchester United vs West Ham United: prediction, preview & team news| FA Cup 2020-21

Manchester United and West Ham United will lock horns at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening with a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on offer to both teams.

The Hammers come to Old Trafford having won four of their last six matches in all competitions, including a dominant 4-0 victory in the fourth round against League One side Doncaster Rovers, but were held to a goalless draw at Fulham on Saturday. 

The Red Devils will draw inspiration from their 3-2 win over Liverpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Red Devils are the second most successful team in the competition and they had made it to the semi-finals last term.

The Hammers didn’t make the most of their chance to climb to fourth on the Premier League table but they remain fifth, just a point behind reigning champions Liverpool. Their FA Cup fourth round outing featured nothing to write home about as they just about got the better of Stockport County, beating them 1-0.

Key Stats:

  • Manchester United have progressed from their last three FA Cup ties with West Ham United, with the most recent success coming in the 2015/16 season.
  • West Ham United have failed to win their last 15 away games against Manchester United in all competitions, since winning 1-0 in the Premier League in May 2007.
  • Manchester United have won each of their last eight home fixtures in the FA Cup.
  • West Ham have not won any of their last eight FA Cup away games against Premier League opponents, since beating Manchester City 2-1 in March 2006.
  • Four of West Ham’s last five league games have seen both teams score.
  • The Hammers have scored in their last nine games.
  • The visitors have lost once in their last 11 games.

In the last ten matches between Manchester United and West Ham United, the former has been the dominant side. The Red Devils have won five of their last ten matches against the Hammers and have drawn thrice and lost twice.

The last time these two sides met was in the Premier League at the London Stadium, when Manchester United came from behind to register a 3-1 win thanks to goals from Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.

This will be the first time the sides have met in the competition since the 2015-16 quarter-finals, when goals by Marcus Rashford and Marouanne Fellaini earned the Red Devils a 2-1 win in a replay at Upton Park after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

West Ham’s form in 2021 has been nothing short of remarkable and a trip to Old Trafford will hold no fears for a side that have won exactly half of their away matches in the League this term, losing only three. Man United will be desperate to bounce back from the disappointment of the Everton draw and we just fancy Solskjaer’s side to edge a tight encounter on Tuesday.

In fact, it will hardly be surprising if West Ham land the opening blow in this game. Manchester United revel in making comebacks and this should be another one in a long list of big wins wherein they come from behind to seal the deal.

Our Prediction: Manchester United @ 1.65

Source: BetInAsia Black

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