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United v West Ham 3rd Round Replay

United v West Ham 3rd Round Replay

Manchester United welcome West Ham United to Old Trafford, this Wednesday, for an FA Cup 3rd round replay.

United, as they have done so many times in the past, scored a late goal, courtesy of Robin van Persie, to rescue what looked like an early cup exit at Upton Park, hopefully, we`ll not leave things that late tomorrow.

For the fixture, Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to welcome back Wayne Rooney to his starting eleven with the striker having been out injured since picking up a knee injury in training on Christmas Day.

Another being welcomed back is Nani with the Portuguese flyer now back after a two month lay-off with a hamstring injury.

But, it is likely that we`ll not be witnessing Nemanja Vidic and Ashley Young in the starting eleven. Both players picked up knocks in the fixture against Liverpool, on Sunday. Scans have subsequently revealed no serious problems but neither are expected to be risked.

As for our opponents, they too have injury problems with Sam Allardyce struggling for defenders. Joey O`Brien, James Collins and George McCartney all ruled out leaving Sam with just three fit defenders.

Elsewhere in the West Ham squad, Sam has problems up front. His new signing, on loan, Marouane Chamakh is cup-tied, Andy Carroll is still injured whilst Modibo Maiga is away on African Nations Cup duty.

Sam could turn to his new signing, the wonderfully named Wellington Paulista but is likely to turn to Carlton Cole and Ricardo Vaz Te.

With the tie being shown live on ITV and with the tie having to be settled on the night, we`re hoping that United can sweep aside West Ham and set up a 4th round tie against the winners of the replay between Blackpool and Fulham.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Red Boy
Date:Tuesday January 15 2013
Time: 6:08PM


Given your upcoming fixture congestion and problems in defence, what's the betting that your manager sees the FA cup as a lower priority and rests quite a few of your first team?
16/01/2013 09:41:00
Not sure fcb Fergie said himself only a few week ago about us not winning it in a while with players such as Rio not having won it. Don't think it will be a full strength squad but it won't be far off.
16/01/2013 10:32:00
In my opinion unless the FA cup threw up a fixture where braggng rights were at stake Fergie has always treated the competition with contempt.
16/01/2013 16:42:00
Unrelated to us but to hopefully deter vitalchelsea trolls from trolling some more its hysterical that after abramovichs repeated desperate attempts to sign Guardiola as the manager of Chelsea by throwing ridiculous amounts of money at him he turns them down yet again to sign for Bayern. All their ridiculous plans of trying to emulate Barcelona and the millions theyve spent trying to achieve it have imploded and now they look pretty stupid.
16/01/2013 16:53:00
Apologies fcb won't be second guessing squads again for a while. Least we got the result but should have scored a few more. Was Hernandez blind folded? Not like him to not put chances like that away when presented with them. Rooney looked good though for a first game back from injury. Normally takes a few games to get back into the swing of things.
17/01/2013 08:31:00
On the subject of Pep ha ha gutted Chelsea. Only got the trigger happy Russian to blame for that miss. Absolute joke of a team I've a good mind to rock over to VC and troll see how they like it. Probably won't though got better things to do with my time.
17/01/2013 08:38:00
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