Manchester United v West Ham United: FA Cup 3rd round replay preview

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Manchester United v West Ham United;
FA Cup Third Round replay, Old Trafford;
Wednesday, 16th January 2013; 20:05 KO.

Team News

Wayne Rooney is back in contention for the Red Devils, and could feature for the first time since damaging his knee in training over the festive period.

Luis Nani is also back in the fold after recovering from a hamstring injury, and has a chance of playing for the first time since November. Jonny Evans is still out, whilst Ashley Young is also unfit after injuring his knee against Liverpool.

James Collins is missing for the visitors with a hamstring problem, with Joey O’Brien, George McCartney and Andy Carroll also unavailable.

Loan signing Marouane Chamakh is ineligible for the competition.

Ferdinand up for the Cup

Rio Ferdinand is looking forward to facing off against his old club in the FA Cup third round replay tonight, with the 34-year-old centre back eager to be involved after missing the first clash at Upton Park.

The Manchester United defender was impressive in the weekend win against Liverpool, and with Nemanja Vidic picking up a slight knock against the Reds, Ferdinand has every chance of featuring against the Hammers.

"West Ham is special for me. I look at West Ham as being a similar club to Manchester United in terms of their history and the way they keep all their people for so many years,” Ferdinand is quoted as saying on the official club website.

“It is a club that is close to my heart because I came through the ranks there. I look out for their results, after Manchester United's results. I am sure it will always be that way."

Yet to win the famous trophy, Ferdinand was hesitant to say that failing to lift the FA Cup would be a black mark on his career if he retired without it, but the desire is certainly within the player to go all the way this season.

“I will only be able to tell you when I retire. It is something I would love to rectify and change. What will be will be. Fingers crossed, we will win it this year,” he concluded.

His thinking certainly hadn’t changed this morning, when Ferdinand told his Twitter fans that he was up for the cup and ready for the clash against Sam Allardyce’s side.

He Tweeted: "Right, I'm off! Big game vs the Hammers tonight #FAcup, let's get in the next round!!"

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