Don’t underestimate West Ham: Sir Alex Ferguson anticipates ‘particularly hard’ FA Cup trip for Manchester United

By Paddy von Behr

Sir Alex Ferguson is anticipating Manchester United’s FA Cup tie with newly promoted West Ham United to be a difficult one.

The Red Devils travel to Upton Park today to face Sam Allardyce’s side, who have made an impressive top flight return.

And Ferguson insisted that despite facing tough ties in the competition in previous years, this will be a real challenge.

“We’ve had some really difficult ties over last three or four years,” he said.

“But this is a particularly hard one, they’re in good form and they’re at home.”

“Sam [Allardyce] has done great job there getting them promoted first of all.

“It’s not easy to bounce right back but they’ve done well and their form has been very good. They’ve had some excellent results.”

Despite the challenge presented to him, the United manager will use the cup tie to rotate the squad.

But there will be no return to action for Wayne Rooney, who remains on the injury list for at least another week.

“It’s a surprise as he was meant to be back training now.

“The injury is nothing serious. He just got clipped behind his knee. Nothing shows in the scan but he’s still feeling it.”

He added: “Obviously, the likes of Evra and Carrick – who I took off in the second half as soon as we got the third goal – probably deserve a break.

“They’ve been playing all the games so we’ll have a look at the situation.”

Tom Cleverley should return to first team action, while Shinji Kagawa, Phil Jones and Nani are all pushing to start.

Picture courtesy of Sergio Crahan, with thanks

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