By London correspondent Tony Hughes

West Ham co-chairman David Gold expects Michael Antonio to start at right-back in Wednesday’s FA Cup showdown against Manchester United.

Fit-again Sam Byram, who has not played since late February, is cup-tied following his involvement with Leeds in the competition earlier this season.

Gold took to Twitter on Tuesday night to disclose that right winger Antonio is likely to once again fill in at what has become a problem position for the Hammers in recent months.

Asked if Byram would play at Upton Park in Wednesday’s quarter-final replay against Louis van Gaal’s team, Gold replied the January signing was unavailable, and told another supporter: “I would think Antonio will be at right back”.

Antonio has made an excellent impression at West Ham in recent months in an attacking role on the right flank, scoring five goals in eight matches in little over a month between the start of February and early March.

He has looked less comfortable on the right side of the defence and was clearly targeted by Arsenal in last Saturday’s 3-3 thriller at Upton Park.

In other West Ham news, ex-Hammers defender Rio Ferdinand has given his verdict on Andy Carroll.