STAR PREVIEW Weds: Manchester United v West Ham
In a replay of Sunday’s thrilling fixture, West Ham United have the chance to get immediate revenge on Manchester United at Old Trafford in this third round clash of the Carabao Cup.
The script was written for former Hammers loanee Jesse Lingard to get the winning goal at the weekend and so it turned out to be. As the clock struck 89 minutes, Lingard made amends for his mistake against Young Boys in midweek and fired in the winning goal to break the hearts of the fans who were signing his name just a matter of months ago.
Drama was to follow, though, as David Moyes’ side won a penalty in the dying seconds of the match. They brought on veteran midfielder Mark Noble to take, but he was denied by David De Gea and the chance to salvage a point was blown.
A raft of changes can be expected from both sides here. Manchester United are very likely to shuffle the pack a little bit and give opportunities to players who are currently on the periphery of the first-team squad.
The likes of Donny Van De Beek and Dean Henderson will almost definitely slot straight into the team and there could even be a recall for Phil Jones who has missed close to two years of action through injury.
The Carabao Cup won’t be especially high on the priority list for Ole Gunnar Solksjaer as they look to end their run without Premier League success, but winning matches is a nice habit to get in to and that’s what they’ll be aiming to do on Wednesday night.
Manchester United v West Ham United
Carabao Cup Third Round
19:45 Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Ultra HD
(Maximum 10 matches)
SEP 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 1-2 Man Utd
MAR 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Man Utd 1-0 West Ham
FEB 2021 FA CUP Man Utd 1-0 West Ham
DEC 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 1-3 Man Utd
JUL 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Man Utd 1-1 West Ham
SEP 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 2-0 Man Utd
APR 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Man Utd 2-1 West Ham
SEP 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 3-1 Man Utd
MAY 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 0-0 Man Utd
AUG 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Man Utd 4-0 West Ham
It is now three games without a Premier League win for David Moyes’ men after the weekend’s dramatic defeat to his former employers Manchester United.
Michail Antonio will come back into the fray, though, after serving his suspension for the red card he received against Southampton. The Jamaica international has been in fine form for the Hammers this season, recently becoming their record goal scorer in the Premier League era.
Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek, who have been key figures within this West Ham team once more this season, have probably earned rests and could make way for Noble and Alex Kral.
Just like Sunday, I think this has all the hallmarks for an entertaining match. We’re backing Manchester United to progress to the next stage of the competition but both teams to find the back of the net.
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