Slump­ing Man U seek League Cup pay­back

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

MANCH­ESTER United mid­fielder An­der Her­rera says his side will be out for “re­venge” when they wel­come West Ham United back to Old Traf­ford in the League Cup quar­ter-fi­nals to­day.

West Ham held Her­rera and his team­mates to a 1-1 draw on Novem­ber 27 in a Premier League match that saw United man­ager Jose Mour­inho sent to the stands for an­grily kick­ing a wa­ter bot­tle (see story on page 23).

United have made their worst start to a league sea­son since 1989, draw­ing their last four home games, and Her­rera warned Slaven Bilic’s West Ham play­ers to brace them­selves for a back­lash.

“It’s pos­i­tive that we are play­ing on Wed­nes­day, when we can get re­venge. We can turn our luck in the next game in the EFL Cup,” said the Spa­niard, who won the FA Cup with United last sea­son.

“It doesn’t mat­ter the com­pe­ti­tion, it doesn’t mat­ter the game; we just want to win. We want to fight for ev­ery­thing and we want to make our fans proud.

“West Ham are a good side – it is not easy to stop them cre­at­ing chances. They have [Manuel] Lanzini, they have [Di­afra] Sakho, they have [Dim­itri] Payet, they have [Michail] An­to­nio. They have very good play­ers.

“But they just cre­ated two chances in the whole game. We were the dom­i­nant team, so hope­fully on Wed­nes­day we can cre­ate as many chances as we did [on Sun­day] and nor­mally we should win.”

United will be with­out mid­field­ers Paul Pogba and Marouane Fel­laini through sus­pen­sion.

Hav­ing started on the bench against West Ham on Novem­ber 27, cap­tain Wayne Rooney will hope to re­turn to the start­ing XI as he chases a record-equalling 249th United goal.

Arse­nal will have a spring in their step ahead of their home game with Southamp­ton, also to­day, after end­ing a run of three suc­ces­sive draws by beat­ing Bournemouth 3-1 on Novem­ber 27.

But Southamp­ton were also bol­stered by a pos­i­tive weekend re­sult, hav­ing con­signed for­mer man­ager Ron­ald Koe­man to a 1-0 de­feat on his re­turn to St Mary’s with Ever­ton.

“I felt it played a lit­tle bit on the con­fi­dence of the team when you do not win for three games,” ad­mit­ted Arse­nal man­ager Arsene Wenger, who has never lifted the League Cup.

“Sud­denly, there’s ques­tions. ‘Why do we not win?’ And the flu­ency goes a bit. Th­ese three points [against Bournemouth] will help us.” –

Photo: AFP

Manch­ester United’s English striker Wayne Rooney (left) will look to set a goal-scor­ing record for Manch­ester United to­day in a re­match against West Ham United at Old Traf­ford in Manch­ester.

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