COMMENT by Amir Mir
Manchester United host West Ham at Old Trafford on Wednesday night with a place in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup up for grabs.
The Premier League duo met on Sunday and recorded a 1-1 draw with striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic cancelling out Diafra Sakho’s early opener.
Here, Football Insider analyses the three United players who will be key to helping them move a step closer to silverware for the 2016/17 campaign.
The highly-criticised England captain has scored three goals and provided eight assists in 18 games in all competitions this term.
He came off the bench during the weekend fixture and could start against the Hammers on Wednesday night.
If selected, he could provide the home side with a much needed knowhow of winning difficult cup ties against attacking Premier League opposition.
The German World Cup winner has failed to make a single appearance for United this season, but is expected to start for Jose Mourinho’s men on Wednesday.
The experienced midfielder will dictate the tempo in which the home side play at and depending on his performance, it could prove to be difference from Mourinho’s side winning or losing.
Defender Blind, who was an unused substitute against Slaven Bilic’s side at the weekend, could now start in the cup fixture.
Blind’s calmness and experience will be crucial for the home team against a side with an abundance of attacking talent.
In other West Ham team news, these three Hammers players will be crucial for their cup fixture against Manchester United.