By Kiran Thakare
- Rooney included in squad after playing an hour for under-21s
- Semi-final against Everton at stake
Manchester United face West Ham in the FA Cup quarter-final replay in the last ever FA cup tie to be played at Boleyn Ground.
The Red Devils will be looking to bounce back from a humiliatng 3-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspurs on Sunday.Manchester United fell further back in their quest for top four and would be looking to salvage some pride this season by going all the way in Emirates FA cup.
West Ham also faced a setback in their bid to finish in top four after a 3-3 draw against Arsenal on Saturday.The Hammers remain one point behind United in the Premier League.
In the pre-match conference for the Spurs game Louis Van Gaal admitted that there can be a surprise return from Wayne Rooney for the West Ham game after being out for two months. The BBC and Telegraph also reported on Tuesday that Rooney is going to be included in the squad for the game against the Hammers.
Apart from Rooney, Phil Jones could also make a return to the squad after gaining minutes in two U21 games in last two weeks. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Luke Shaw are the only first team players who will not be available for this game.
Van Gaal is likely to change the back four as Timothy Fosu Mensah suffered a knock against Spurs. Matteo Darmian will take his place at right-back.
Michael Carrick and Morgan Schneiderlin are most likely to form a pivot of defensive midfielders supporting the attacking quartet of Lingard, Mata, Martial and Marcus Rashford.
West Ham United have one of the surprise teams of this season and Saven Bilic has done a very good job after taking over in the summer. The Hammers have been a giant killer in Premier League as they have beaten almost every top six side apart from Leicester City and Manchester United.
They are a very dangerous side on counter as they boast the likes of Antonio,Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini. Payet has been one of the signings of this season as he has scored some special and important goals this year along with a splendid freekick at Old Trafford.
The Hammers are also a threat from setpieces as the tall Andy Caroll has the potential to score headers and he showed it against Arsenal on Saturday after scoring a quick hattrick. The Red Devils will have to be very good positionally while defending to nullify the attack prowess of Payet and co.