As Manchester United prepares for their FA Cup quarter-final against West Ham this afternoon at Old Trafford, manager Louis van Gaal and the whole team will be looking to put Thursday nights disaster against Liverpool behind them while knowing they are just two wins away from a trip to Wembley.
With a few players returning to the fold LVG does have some options that were not available to him last week, and while we think Daley Blind has done a good job filling in where ever he was asked to, its time to give the Dutchman a day off after having played in every game since October.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah has the strength and power to give the Reds back line some grit if not experience and could be a good match against a physical West Ham.
United struggled in central midfield at Anfield allowing Liverpool far too much of the ball and while German international Bastian Schweinsteiger’s return should add a bit more control in the centre of the park, United must keep more of the ball if the Red Devils are to control the tempo of the game.
Antonio Valencia could also add some impetus to the attack on the right wing in place of the ever increasing disappointing Memphis, another player who seems to have lost his way under Louis van Gaal.
Jesse Lingard is back from suspension and Ander Herrera can come back in to replace the suspended Juan Mata as the No.10.
It is hard to make a prediction on this game, but if you go with the experts at the Manchester Evening News they all give West Ham the win, but given David De Gea’s performance against Liverpool, we think that if he can produce the same form he showed on Thursday, United can sneak a win or failing that a replay. 2-1 to United.