The Old Trafford curse struck again on Sunday as Manchester United were held by West Ham.
Jose Mourinho must be growing incredibly frustrated with his side’s home form – the last time they won at the Theatre of Dreams in the league was September 24, when they beat struggling Leicester 4-1.
Since then, it’s been draws with Stoke City, Burnley, Arsenal, and now the Hammers. The only thing that’s given United season ticket holders their money’s worth has been the cup games.
And so, as they prepare to face West Ham for the second time in a week, Mourinho knows a win is important. A domestic cup wasn’t enough to save Louis van Gaal from the axe, but it would do a lot to take the pressure off Mourinho if he could guide his side to Wembley at the first available opportunity.
Of course, this is only the quarter-finals, but United will still be out for revenge after being thwarted by Slaven Bilic a few days ago.
That could be easier said than done. The Londoners have been looking improved, albeit only slightly, so 8/1 on them to win isn’t a completely ridiculous bet.
The match to go to penalties is at 10/1, which is also potentially worth a risk, as neither side are prolific goalscorers this season and could cancel each other out.