Manchester United started the New Year as they ended 2012 when hammering Wigan 4-0 at the DW Stadium. Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez got the job done for the league leaders to take United’s goals total to 54 in the league this campaign. They have now also scored 17 times in their past six league matches.
The FA Cup takes centre stage at the weekend as United try to get a decent cup run going for a change. United have not enjoyed the best of luck in the competition and they have a tough assignment at Upton Park to negotiate. It finished 1-0 to United in the earlier league meeting, but that was the first low scoring game in six contests.
The five previous matches accumulated 20 goals. Including the 1-0 result at the end of November, there has been an average of 3.5 goals per game in the past six matches between the clubs.