United head south to face West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday 2 April (kick-off 12:45)...
Given the international break, neither side’s played for a fortnight. West Ham, though, have lost just one of their last six fixtures in all competitions, a run of form that’s given the London club a timely boost. United, meanwhile, recovered from a poor start to March (back-to-back league defeats) to end the month with three wins in three separate competitions.
Ins and outs
The Hammers will be without Jack Collison (knee) and Junior Stanislas (pelvis), who picked up serious knocks at the start of March. Otherwise, Avram Grant should have a full squad at his disposal. The news isn’t so rosy for Sir Alex, though. As well as the suspended Jonny Evans and Paul Scholes, the Reds are likely to be without the injured Owen Hargreaves, John O’Shea, Rafael, Wes Brown and Rio Ferdinand. Darren Fletcher’s also been battling illness recently and won't play. There is some good news, though. Nemanja Vidic played 90 minutes for Serbia against Estonia in midweek and has declared himself fit, while Sir Alex says Anderson and Ji-Sung Park are both likely to return.
Oh dear, the less said the better. The Reds’ first defeat of the season came at Upton Park back in November 2010 in the Carling Cup. It wasn’t just a defeat, either: United were trounced. Braces by Jonathan Spector and Carlton Cole earned the Hammers a 4-0 win… and Sir Alex’s men, no doubt, a severe dressing down.
Victor Obinna orchestrated November’s Carling Cup win but midfielder Scott Parker’s the main man in East London. In fact, his influence has been so strong he’s being touted in some corners as