Tony Cottee predicts West Ham versus Manchester United

The two sides meet in the FA Cup quarter-final replay this evening.

Former West Ham United striker Tony Cottee has predicted his old side will beat Manchester United this evening, in comments given to London24.

The two sides meet at the Boleyn Ground for their FA Cup quarter-final replay, having drawn the first game 1-1 at Old Trafford last month.

The tie is finely balanced, with both sides having enjoyed similar league campaigns and sitting fifth and sixth in the table respectively.

The Hammers come into the tie on the back of a scintillating 3-3 derby with Arsenal, while Tottenham Hotspur beat Louis van Gaal’s side 3-0 on Sunday. And Cottee has predicted it will be his old side who progress to the semi-finals to meet Everton, although they will require extra-time to do so.

“It is the last ever FA Cup tie at the Boleyn tonight, it is against Manchester United and I, for one, simply can’t wait,” he told London24.

“We are thinking that now we are favourites and we should go on and win the game, but football doesn’t work like that.

“I am sure the players are going to be up for the game and it is going to be a magnificent atmosphere. I will go for us to win in extra time, 2-1.”

After the weekend’s fixtures, it will certainly be interesting to see how Hammers manager Slaven Bilic lines up his team in this game.

Another start for Andy Carroll looks likely after his hat-trick heroics, with the striker keen to make his mark and earn a regular spot.

It is easy to imagine him enjoying himself against the United back four as well, with a match up against Daley Blind in particular only likely to have only one outcome.

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