Preview: Manchester United v West Ham

westham.jpgWest Ham look set to face one of their old boys when they take to the field at Old Trafford this evening.

Former Irons star Rio Ferdinand looks set to return to the home defence after serving a four match ban, and will be looking to help inflict some misery on his old side.

Last Saturday's 3-0 win over Hull bolstered West Ham's hopes of avoiding the Premier League drop this season, but they will face a stiffer challenge against the champions than that posed by the Humberside outfit.

Manager Gianfranco Zola could ring the changes if he decides to rest players after last Saturday's exertions, while Benni McCarthy remains doubtful with a knee injury.

But the Italian was playing his cards close to his chest when quizzed about his plans.

He said: "The momentum is on our side so we are going to go there and work very hard.

"I won't rest all our players. Our next game against Bolton is not until March 6, but there may be players who need a rest because of the Hull game."

One player who won't play the full 90 minutes will be Carlton Cole, who is still finding his way back to full fitness, but his value to the side means he is likely to feature at some point.

United won 4-0 at Upton Park in December but West Ham and will be looking to make up for last Saturday's defeat at Everton. It could be a difficult evening for Zola and his men.

West Ham (from): Green, Stech, Spector, Faubert, Ilunga, Upson, Tomkins, Da Costa, Daprela, Parker, Behrami, Noble, Collison, Kovac, Diamanti, Stanislas, Cole, Mido, Ilan, Franco, McCarthy.

Venue: Old Trafford

Kick-off: 8pm

Referee: Alan Wiley