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West Ham v Man United preview

Joe Cole could make his West Ham United debut in his second spell at the club when they take on Manchester United in the FA Cup on Saturday evening.

The midfielder has returned to Upton Park, where he began his career, on an 18-month contract which was confirmed on Friday morning.

But West Ham will still be without injured on-loan striker Andy Carroll and so Carlton Cole is likely to continue in attack.

Mohamed Diame also remains sidelined through injury but James Collins and Kevin Nolan can return after suspension.

Manchester United are set for changes and it is quite conceivable Sir Alex Ferguson could select a completely different starting line-up to the one he picked at Wigan Athletic.

Wayne Rooney will definitely be absent after being ruled out for another two weeks due to the knee injury he sustained at Swansea City on 22nd December.

Darren Fletcher could come into the team in midfield as he has not started a game since 1st December after being involved in three of the previous four.

Shinji Kagawa needs additional match practice after his knee injury, while Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are also searching for full fitness.