Manchester United will take on West ham on Wednesday night for the 2nd
time in 4 days. The teams will battle it out in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup and both teams will be on the hunt for a result after their 1-1 Stalemate in Sunday’s premier league encounter.
United were frustrated by West Ham on Sunday as Mourinho was sent off for the 2nd
time this season. Zlatan was able to cancel out Diafra Sakho’s early goal but they went on to struggle for the rest of the game as an on form Darren Rudolph fought hard between the pegs to deny several chances.
Man Utd have been struggling to get results lately even though their performances have arguably not been that bad. Mourinho claims that his men have stuck to the game plan and have simply been unlucky with their chances. The stats do back up the general feelings as United have had 163 chances so far this season but have only scored 18 goals. United will have to do without record signing Paul Pogba as well as Marouane Fellaini who are both suspended after reaching 5 yellow cards each. The Missing players, however, should not have too big of an impact on Mourinho’s choices as he has generally chosen to rest big players in the EFL so far this season.
The Hammers, on the other hand, will still be happy with their 1-1- result at Old Trafford on Sunday but will need to secure more than a draw if they want to progress in the EFL. Much like United, West Ham are feeling the pressure to perform and with a less than convincing start to the season will be on a mission to make an impact. Wednesday night might be time for a return for Andy Carroll after Diafra Sakho has been confirmed as a doubt after he picked up an apparent hamstring injury in Sunday’s game. Ashley Fletcher, who caused some trouble for De Gea on Sunday may also be in the running to start.
The game is a tough one to call after Sunday’s result and United will be hoping to create some fire as a result of the frustration from the 1-1 draw on the weekend while the Hammers will be looking to take advantage of that frustration in a bid to expose the Reds. It is a game that can go into extra time and even penalties which will certainly spark an effort from both sides who will both be looking to avoid knockout.
Elsewhere, Hull City will take on Newcastle and Liverpool will host Leeds United on Tuesday night while Arsenal try their luck at home to Southampton on Wednesday. Manchester United vs West Ham Stats (After Sunday’s draw)
Shots: MUFC 17 - West Ham 6
Pass accuracy: MUFC 88% - West Ham 72%
Chances created: MUFC 14 – West Ham 5
Possession: MUFC 60% - West Ham 40% (At the time of writing):
Man Utd: 1.44
West Ham: 6.48