In 2010, West Ham stunned United 4-0 in the Carling Cup and PaddyPower has that at a generous 100-1 for a repeat performance to send free-scoring Hammers to a Wembley semi-final.
Manchester United had a torrid weekend in London. Spurning chances at one end and then being undone in six minutes as Spurs scored three in the second half to take all the points on Sunday, means that United’s performance on their return to the capital has to be a lot better if they are to reach the FA Cup Semi-Final.
Both teams are still fighting for the all-important fourth berth in the league, but neither will be any less than fully committed to adding some silver to their seasons for very different reasons.
West Ham have simply been a revelation this season under Slaven Bilic who has made The Hammers one of the most feared teams in the league, while playing scintillating football. They have a never-say-die attitude which came to the fore at the weekend as they came from behind from 0-2 to Arsenal to achieve a creditable draw, and could have easily have taken all the spoils from the derby. A cup win would surely cement their credentials as one of the emerging teams for next season.
Manchester United is still in the post-Ferguson era with Louis Van Gaal hardly improving on his predecessors’ mediocrity. Few people believe that Van Gaal will be at the helm at Old Trafford next season, with the likes of Jose Mourinho being touted for the hot seat. However, an FA Cup win, coupled with a place in next year’s Champions League could perhaps earn Van Gaal a slim second chance.
Many have the Red Devils as slight favourites and have had the better league results over the last few meetings. However, in 2010, West Ham stunned United 4-0 in the Carling Cup and PaddyPower has that at a generous 100-1 for a repeat performance to send free-scoring The Hammers to a Wembley semi-final.