Old Trafford, Manchester
EFL Cup 2016/17
Wednesday 30th November 2016 – KO 20:00 [Live on Sky Sports]
Referee: Michael Jones
Assistant Referees: Richard West and Adrian Holmes
Fourth Official: Graham Scott
Manchester United face West Ham United in the EFL Cup for the second time in three days on Wednesday evening at Old Trafford. Sunday’s match saw United concede a goal inside the first two minutes of the match and Jose Mourinho sent to the stands for the second time at home this month. United once again played well, creating a number of chances and shots on goal with West Ham’s goalkeeper really putting in a performance against the Red Devils, something he really needs to be doing each match for his club, but isn’t. The Hammers fans will be happy with the draw in the league, as it stopped them from falling into the relegation places in the league, really being a different West Ham side this season. It is a shame their players were not funded by the taxpayer, like the rest of the club. What a shambles that is. Not to mention that fact that many of their fans need locking up for their poor behaviour, even within their new ‘funded’ stadium.
United really need to start finding some form as people are suggesting that nothing has changed since Louis van Gaal managed the club, when in actual fact, the football has changed massively. Gone are the day of possession football, not United are keeping the ball, for much of the time at least, and doing something with it, whether that be creating chances, or taking them. Not all chances are goalscoring opportunities, though, with the current problems at the club, few seems to be goalscoring opportunities, that is the only thing that needs to change, in my opinion anyway. Some players need to be shown the door, with others being given chances from the club’s Academy, or Mourinho bringing some more players to the club in the January transfer window. One thing is for sure, the team Mourinho has is not his team and attempts to make them his team do not seem to be working, so more changes will be in the offing.
West Ham did very little against United on Sunday, they had some chances, but nothing special. Their fans are happy as they avoided defeat at Old Trafford, something that has been the case the last three times in the Premier League and the FA Cup. Winning at Old Trafford is a different kettle of fish, as that has not happened for some years, and in their current form, I doubt they are capable of doing so. West Ham may see themselves as one of the biggest clubs in London, but in terms of success, they are not even on the radar. This season might end up taking them off the Premier League radar altogether, which is something they deserve, but that will mean they will be funded by the taxpayer even more. Slaven Bilic has a great West Ham side last season, but this season, with the same team. United seem to be suffering from similar problems, players bottling out of chances, and that is something that will need to improve.
Manchester United Form:- DWDWL
West Ham United 1-1 D, Feyenoord 4-0 W, Arsenal 1-1 D, Swansea City 3-1 W, Fenerbahçe 2-1 L
Manchester United played some good football against Feyenoord at Old Trafford on Thursday evening, yet when it came to West Ham United in the Premier League, everything gained from that big victory, the biggest under Jose Mourinho, was forgotten. United conceded inside the first two minutes after conceding a free-kick on the edge of the area, then not defending it properly. United then battled to get back into the game, did so through Zlatan Ibrahimovic, then struggled to get ahead, despite the chances being created, but not taken by the players. United need to sort this out. creating chances is all well and good, but when they are not being taken, that is the difference between winning and losing matches.
West Ham United Form:- DLDLW
Manchester United 1-1 D, Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 L, Stoke City 1-1 D, Everton 2-0 L, Chelsea 2-1 W
West Ham United were a team to beat last season, this season, they are a beaten team. The move to the tax-payer funded London Stadium seems to have been the kiss of death to the coin throwers, which is even funnier to watch. Three wins in the Premier League this season show that the only scrap the London side could have this season is a relegation battle, which would not be a huge loss if they ended up back in the Championship. Slaven Bilic’s West Ham just do not seem like they are pushing for anything, which must be frustrating for their fans. West Ham were on top at times against United on Sunday, they need to stay on top of them, of the same thing will happen on Wednesday.
Manchester United Top Scorers:
9 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 5 – Juan Mata, 4 – Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, 3 – Jesse Lingard, Wayne Rooney, 2 – Anthony Martial, 1 – Michael Carrick, Own Goal, Ander Herrera, Chris Smalling
West Ham United Top Scorers:
6 – Michail Antonio, 3 – Cheikhou Kouyaté, Manuel Lanzini, 2 – Mark Noble, Dimitri Payet, 1 – James Collins, Sofiane Feghouli, Edimilson Fernandes, Own Goal, Winston Reid, Diafra Sakho
Manchester United Squad;
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone
Defenders: Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Axel Tuanzebe
Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Memphis Depay, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin
Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford
Injuries and Suspensions: Eric Bailly (knee), Chris Smalling (foot) – Paul Pogba (one match), Marouane Fellaini (one match)
West Ham United Squad:
Manager: Slaven Bilic
Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph, Adrián, Raphael Spiegel
Defenders: Winston Reid, Aaron Cresswell, Álvaro Arbeloa, James Collins, Angelo Ogbonna, Sam Byram, Doneil Henry, Arthur Masuaku, Reece Oxford, Declan Rice
Midfielders: Håvard Nordtveit, Sofiane Feghouli, Cheikhou Kouyaté, Manuel Lanzini, Pedro Obiang, Mark Noble, Gökhan Töre, Dimitri Payet, Michail Antonio, Domingos Quina, Djair Parfitt-Williams, Marcus Browne, Moses Makasi
Forwards: Andy Carroll, Simone Zaza, Diafra Sakho, André Ayew, Ashley Fletcher, Jonathan Calleri, Antonio Martinez
Injuries and Suspensions: Reece Oxford (ankle), Gökhan Töre (thigh), Sam Byram (hamstring), Arthur Masuaku (knee), Andy Carroll (knee) Daifra Sakho (hamstring)
Predicted Starting XI:
Manchester United 2-1 West Ham United