Manchester United faced West Ham United at the Theatre of Dreams in Sunday in a bid to keep their season a live. The Emirates FA Cup is a trophy which has eluded United for twelve years and a trophy that they could win this season, providing the players are hungry for success. Louis van Gaal has a stronger team available and seems to have made a few changes in his squad since the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Thursday evening. Michael Carrick replaced Morgan Schneiderlin, Jesse Lingard is back from European suspension and Ander Herrera has been moved forward into the number ten role with Juan Mata suspended for this fixture after getting himself send off in the league last weekend. United have the strength to deal with West Ham United, but the Hammers were in-form heading into this match.
United started off well, but it was West Ham who soon took charge of much of the match, looking like the team that wanted the victory much more than United. At times though, United looked lively, which was goo to see. Both sides were unlucky with the referee, Martin Atkinson, who had a shocker of a game with some of his decisions. The standards really are low in terms of referees this season, which is getting worse, not better. Demetri Payet looked to have won the match for the visitors after scoring a sublime free-kick in the 68th minute, but Ander Herrera put in a good assist for Anthony Martial to level the match with seven minutes plus stoppage time to play. The match ended in a draw, United will be in the semi-final draw on Monday evening, but to get to Wembley this season, they will need to beat the Hammers at the Boleyn Ground, which will be the last time an FA Cup clash will take place there with West Ham moving to the Olympic Stadium from the summer.