Manchester United Wednesday’s Emirates FA Cup sixth-round relay against West Ham as sparked a lot of debates among fans as both sides have good players making it hard to know who will be the scene-setter.
Numerous reports have suggested that United captain Wayne Rooney could make his return from a two-month absence due to a knee injury, after he featured for United’s Under-21 side on Monday, where he played for the first hour.
With the high possibility of Rooney featuring on Wednesday’s game, West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has expressed his concerns, by saying that he fears for his side’s fate if Rooney will play on Wednesday night.
“To be fair I am a massive Rooney fan,” he said. “Since he stepped on the pitch in an Everton shirt. He is for me – I don’t know, I can’t talk about Jimmy Greaves or Bobby Charlton or Bobby Moore or any of them – let’s say my football era, Rooney is the best English player.
“I would rather him not play, put it that way. 100%, 70% fit, I would rather him watch the game. He played last night, him and Phil Jones. I don’t know. On one hand, most of the teams on a good run, they don’t change the team a lot.
“Now because they lost 3-0 (at Tottenham on Sunday) we really don’t know who’s going to play, is it going to be Rooney from the start, is it going to be (Marouane) Fellaini, is it going to be (Ander) Herrera? Is he going to change a lot or stick to the team?”
On the other hand, United boss Louis van Gaal has also concered about the Hammers attacking line that features the like of Andy Carrol, Dimitri Payer and Diafra Sakho who have been on a stunning goal-scoring form.
Speaking about Carrol, Van Gaal said: “I’ve seen the Andy Carroll show and I think our problem against Tottenham was also the miscommunication of our central defenders. I hope that we improve our communication because it is very important this game for us.
“Carroll has special qualities. We have seen that in the match that he played on Saturday. It was also against Arsenal and they have great central defenders but still he could do that.
“So we have to cope with Andy Carroll. And not only Andy Carroll, the other players. They have a certain player called Dimitri Payet, for example; he can also play, and (Manuel) Lanzini can also score goals,” he added.
United’s Anthony Martial has also been featured in the list of scene-setter following his good form since he joined the Old Trafford outfit. Martial scored a dramatic equalizer to conclude last month’s tense 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.