United seek League Cup ‘re­venge’ Wal­cott tar­gets more goals

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MANCHESTERRMANCHESTER 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 quar­ter­fi­nals to­day.

West Ham held Her­rera and his team­mates to a 1-1 draw on Sun­day in a Premier League match that saw United man­ager Jose Mour­inho sent to the stands for an­grily kick­ing a wa­ter bot­tle.

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 Sun­day, 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 on Wed­nes­day, af­ter end­ing a run of three suc­ces­sive draws by beat­ing Bournemouth 3-1 on Sun­day.

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. ARSE­NAL for­ward Theo Wal­cott is ea­ger to con­tinue his rich vein of form by scor­ing 10 goals be­fore Christ­mas, which he plans to cel­e­brate y re­ceiv­ing a cof­fee ma­chine as a gift from his wife.

The Eng­land in­ter­na­tional scored in Sun­day's 3-1 Premier League vic­tory over Bournemouth to take his tally up to nine goals in 15 ap­pear­ances this sea­son.

"I want to get 10 (goals) so I can get a cof­fee ma­chine for Christ­mas from my wife. She said 'if you get 10 goals be­fore Christ­mas I'll buy you this cof­fee ma­chine'," Wal­cott told Bri­tish me­dia.

"So I can't wait for that and hope­fully it will hap­pen. Com­ing from the wing as well, I'm ob­vi­ously de­lighted with my goals so far. There's been a lot of ups and downs but hope­fully... we're back to the level we want to be at."

Winger Alexis Sanchez has ex­celled since mov­ing b

"Sud­denly, there's ques­tions. 'Why do we not win?' And the flu­ency goes a bit. These three points (against Bournemouth) will help us."

Mean­while, Manch­ester United man­ager, Jose Mour­inho is set to make a shock move to bring his into a cen­tral role this sea­son, hav­ing scor­ing 10 goals in 18 ap­pear­ances, and Wal­cott has said that he had also ben­e­fited from the Chile in­ter­na­tional's po­si­tional shift.

"Ob­vi­ously me and Alexis are hav­ing a very good re­la­tion­ship at this mo­ment in time. At the start of the sea­son we cre­ated a lot of goals for each other and ev­ery­thing was hap­pen­ing," Wal­cott said.

"But Alexis has def­i­nitely stepped up to mak­ing this po­si­tion. I think he's en­joy­ing it. I can see the smile he's play­ing with. He even did an in­ter­view to­day in English, which he never does."

Arse­nal are fourth in the ta­ble on 28 points, three be­hind leaders Chelsea af­ter 13 games.

The Gun­ners host Southamp­ton in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the League Cup on Wed­nes­day be­fore trav­el­ling to face Lon­don ri­vals West Ham United in the league three days later. — Reuters

for­mer mid­fielder, Mikel John Obi to Old Traf­ford from Chelsea.

Su­per Ea­gles cap­tain, Mikel, has not played un­der new Chelsea man­ager, An­to­nio Conte and there are no plans to re­new his con­tract which runs out this sea­son.

The Sun re­ports that Mour­inho is ready to take ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion with a cut-price New Year of­fer for the Nige­ria in­ter­na­tional mid­fielder the Red Devils thought they had signed 10 years ago.

Mikel had just turned 19 when the Old Traf­ford out­fit an­nounced on their web­site that they had signed him on a four-year con­tract from Nor­we­gian club FC Lyn-Oslo.

The £4 mil­lion trans­fer was done di­rectly with the player and his club — by­pass­ing his agents and he was even pic­tured in a United shirt.

But Chelsea an­grily claimed they had an agreement with the agents to buy him.

Things turned nasty when it was re­ported Mikel started to get threat­en­ing phone calls and ended up hav­ing to take refuge in a safe ho­tel with a se­cu­rity guard.

He then went miss­ing from Lyn amid stories he had been kid­napped.

The mat­ter was re­solved when Chelsea paid United £12 mil­lion and FC Lyn-Oslo £4 mil­lion.

Theo Wal­cott

An­der Her­rera

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