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Published: 11:08 | 11/3/16

Bilic expects United improvement


West Ham manager Slaven Bilic expects a better performance from Manchester United when the two sides meet in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

United struggled against Liverpool in their Europa League last-16 first-leg tie at Old Trafford on Thursday, failing to create any genuine scoring opportunities as they were beaten 2-0 by Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The performance came just five days after their four-game winning run was ended by West Brom and they have just three days to recover from the defeat before West Ham visit Old Trafford.

Bilic has defended Louis van Gaal's side and believes they will be much better when they play in front of their own fans.

"Last night it was not a game you can take as a normal game for Manchester United. It was intimidating for them and it is hard to play away," he told his pre-match press conference.

"We're expecting a good side to play in front of their own fans and we are expecting a better performance from them.

"They had a great performance against Arsenal at home. They are a massive club and have one of the biggest managers in the business."

West Ham go into Sunday's game on the back of four straight wins and, while Bilic expects a big performance from his team, the manager is not thinking about a Wembley date.

"We are confident of getting a result on Sunday as we are playing well and have more options now as players are back from injury," he explained.

"We are going to one of the biggest stadiums and it will be very difficult. But we are very confident going into the game.

"We are not thinking about Wembley. We are focused on the game this weekend and it is a massive game for us."


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