FA CUP PREVIEW: Manchester United vs. West Ham United

Build Up

Manchester United put their Premier League title chase on hold as they welcome West Ham to Old Trafford in an FA Cup matchup. The winner moving to the quarter-finals. The winner moving to the quarter-finals.

United have beaten Watford and Liverpool to progress to the fifth round of the competition, while West Ham have overcome Stockport County and Doncaster Rovers to advance to this stage.

The Red Devil are the second-most successful team in this competition behind Arsenal, lifting the trophy on 12 occasions, but they have not triumphed since overcoming Crystal Palace in the 2016 final.

West Ham have won this competition on three occasions, the last of which was in 1980, while they reached the 2005-06 final, losing to Liverpool on penalties.

Both teams enter Tuesday on the heals after both teams drawing over the weekends, United blowing a late 3-2 lead over Everton and West Ham drawing against Fulham.

Manchester United Team News

Eric Bailly remains a doubt due to the knock that he picked up ahead of the Everton clash. The home side are also sweating on the fitness of Paul Pogba, who was forced off the field in the first half against the Toffees due to a thigh problem, and its seems unlikely that the France international will be available for this game due to the nature of the issue.

Solskjaer is expected to resist the temptation to make alterations for this match, with Fred for Pogba potentially the only outfield change, although Dean Henderson should come in for David de Gea between the sticks.

Anthony Martial and Nemanja Matic are perhaps the two players pushing the hardest to be involved in the starting XI, but Man United are not back in action after this match until Sunday, and Solskjaer could therefore keep faith with the side that impressed going forward against Everton.

Manchester United possible starting lineup:
Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Rashford, Fernandes, Greenwood; Cavani

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