Man Utd: Defensive frailties frustrate Solskjaer
Manchester United and West Ham meet in the FA Cup fifth round this week, with United having progressed in each of the last three ties against the Hammers. The most recent encounter came in the quarter-finals of the 2015/16 competition. After a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, the Red Devils won 2-1 in the replay at Upton Park before lifting the trophy under then-manager Louis van Goal.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side head into this one after squandering a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Everton at Old Trafford over the weekend.
“Well, of course when you’re in the 94th minute and you’re winning the game I think it feels worse, when you concede in the last minute,” Solskjaer said.
“The first five minutes of the second half, of course, they were hard to take but the rest of the second half we played some good football and we should have been out of sight, really.
“Football is about getting the ball into one net and keeping it out of the other and we didn’t manage to do that. We didn’t manage to keep it out.
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“That’s what cost us because we played some very, very good stuff.
“You know, you can sit and you can talk about the good performance or the domination of possession and chances we had, but still we come away with only one point.”
West Ham make the trip to Manchester following a goalless draw at Fulham that was overshadowed by a controversial red card for Tomas Soucek after a VAR review.
“I don’t think any of us have really enjoyed parts of the game,” said Hammers boss David Moyes.
“I think there’s lots of good things in football at the moment, we’ve got some really exciting young footballers in the country just now, but I think I’m disappointed.
“I think the referees could easily put an end to this and they’re probably the ones who could do it, by saying ‘no we’re not going to continue to give soft free-kicks, we’re not going to react to screaming, we’re not going to react to some of the decisions that are going on’.
“But they look as if they’re a bit frightened not to do what they think is correct at the moment.”
What time does Man Utd vs West Ham kick-off?
The FA Cup clash kicks off at 7.30pm GMT on Tuesday, February 9.
What TV channel is Man Utd vs West Ham on?
BBC One will be televising the FA Cup tie in the UK.
How to live stream Man Utd vs West Ham?
Fans can live stream the action using the BBC iPlayer app.
Additional streaming is also available by visiting the BBC Sport website.
Man Utd vs West Ham match officials
Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistant referees: Constantine Hatzidakis and Ian Hussin
Fourth official: Lee Mason
VAR: Craig Pawson
AVAR: Richard West
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