29th of November 2016 Author: Johnny Karp
Two struggling teams meet for the second time in just a few days as Manchester United host West Ham United at Old Trafford on Wednesday in the League Cup quarter-finals. The two teams have met on Sunday, also at Old Trafford, and the result was a 1-1 draw. Diafra Sakho had opened the scoring after just two minutes, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic made it all square before half time. These two teams have met four times last season, twice in the Premier League and twice in the FA Cup, the result was one win apiece and two draws. West Ham have not won at Old Trafford since 2007.
Manchester United have won just two of their last six matches in all competitions and have not recorded consecutive wins since September. Manager Jose Mourinho is under pressure to deliver the results that he has promised when he was appointed, but so far the team's performances have been quite disappointing. The Portuguese manager might give Bastian Schweinsteiger the chance to play his first match for the Red Devils after eight months considering that both Paul Pogba and Maraoune Fellaini are suspended.
West Ham have been quite disappointing so far this season, they are just one point above the relegation zone in the Premier League after a four-match winless streak with two defeats in the process. The League Cup might be their best chance to dream of European football at the end of this campaign, so they will surely take this one seriously. Gokhan Tore, Sam Byram and Arthur Masuaku are injured and won't be able to play, while Diafra Sakho picked up a knock last weekend and might miss out as well.
Man United: Romero - Valencia, Jones, Blind, Shaw - Schweinsteiger, Herrera - Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Martial - Ibrahimovic
West Ham: Randolph - Kouyate, Reid, Ogbonna - Antonio, Noble, Obiang, Cresswell - Lanzini, Payet - Ayew
My prediction: 1-1 draw.
Here are the odds for the match at Bet365:
Man United win - 1.44
Draw - 5.00
West Ham win - 7.50
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Obviously there will be few changes in the line-ups especially in that of Manchester United.
There's improvement in the performances of the both teams lately although that still didn't reflected over their results.
I don't think Pogba and Ibrahimovic should play in every MU fixture because the season is too long and there's still Christmas and New eve's marathons where there's too many games in the short period of time so Mourinho risks to overload and even some of his top players could be injured so not smart politic using them in games like those in UEFA league and League Cup - tournaments in which he should use a wider squad I think, players like Carrick, Martial, Blind and some of the others should be awarded with more playing time as a whole.
It's a much needed rest for Pogba who started very well against West Ham but the last half an hour of the game he was not the same player and I think the biggest reason for that was the tiredness.
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