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Both sides could only muster draws at the weekend, with David De Gea showing fragility in United’s thrilling encounter with Everton and West Ham drawing a blank for just the fourth time in 23 league outings this term at Fulham.
The Red Devils are unlikely to challenge their city neighbours for the title now, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will view the FA Cup as a fantastic opportunity to get some silverware under the table, while West Ham’s dropped points meant they missed a chance to break into the top four.
There’s been goals galore at Old Trafford of late with the last four matches there all featuring a minimum of three goals, while all but one saw at least five strikes.
That includes back-to-back thrillers with Southampton (9-0) and Everton (3-3) in the past week alone, and we could be set for another swashbuckling display.
David Moyes may have a reputation as being one of those more conservative coaches, but the Hammers’ recent record suggests otherwise.
A goalless stalemate against Fulham at the weekend was somewhat of a surprise, with their previous five outings all seeing at least three strikes, as four of them saw four goals or more.
Both teams also scored in four of those games, as League One side Doncaster also failed to register in the previous round of this competition.
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With that in mind, it’s understandable that over 2.5 goals is on the short side. Man Utd’s attack is purring but the defence still faces question marks, and Eric Bailly remains sidelined with a knock, leaving Solskjaer with a slow partnership of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.
Indeed, the Red Devils have conceded twice at a minimum in their past four at Old Trafford, with even low-scorers Sheffield Utd getting in on the act.
Paul Pogba (Man Utd’s player of the month for January) needs a scan for a thigh complaint and may have been rested here in any case, but is also highly unlikely to feature now with the quick turnaround between games.
David Moyes has greater concerns though with star striker Michail Antonio substituted with fatigue against Fulham, Jesse Lingard cup tied having featured for Man Utd against Watford in the previous round, though will have key man Thomas Soucek available after his harsh red card against Fulham was rescinded.
West Ham are winless in 15 trips to Old Trafford in all competitions, suffering 11 defeats, while the Red Devils have won their past eight at home in the FA Cup since 2016/17.
Home or away, both teams have scored in four of five head-to-heads since 2018/19, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see something akin to the 3-1 win United picked up in the sole league meeting this season so far.