Slaven Bilic is optimistic West Ham can win an “historic” FA Cup quarter-final replay against Manchester United.
Slaven Bilic thinks West Ham will get the better of Manchester United in their FA Cup quarter-final replay at Upton Park.
The two teams drew 1-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday right after Dimitri Payet’s beautiful free-kick was cancelled out by Anthony Martial’s controversial equaliser late on.
Defeat for holders Arsenal earlier on Sunday has the competition wide open – with Crystal Palace, Everton and Watford the confirmed semi-finalists – and Bilic is optimistic that his side will join them.
“We played a seriously very good game and I’m a little bit gutted because of the time we conceded the purpose,” he told BBC Sport. “We could have held on for 1-0 and on counter-attacks I was expecting to create a single, two or three additional clear-cut possibilities.
“Our dressing area was, and nevertheless is, really silent. I am not over the moon, however it implies we’re moving inside a excellent direction.
“Here, it’s extremely tough to play with 75,000 fans and this atmosphere. Manchester United are a various group once they play away and do not have that self-assurance.
“It [the replay] is going to be a hard game, but I fancy us because we are going to become a lot more confident.
“With the history of our stadium it really is going to be another historic game and also you cannot ask for a lot more, but to make history we’ve to beat them – we will not put it within the books if we shed the final game.
“It’s going to become a different epic household FA Cup match and we could not ask for additional, it is like Spielberg!”
Even though reluctant to “moan” about referee Martin Atkinson, Bilic felt Payet must have been awarded a penalty right after being brought down by Marcos Rojo prior to his free-kick and believes goalkeeper Darren Randolph was fouled by Bastian Schweinsteiger for the duration of United’s leveller.
Asked if West Ham should have had a penalty, he replied: “Yes. I’m not moaning now and I do not wish to spoil the game by moaning regarding the referee.
“There have been two vital choices. Firstly, the penalty on Payet. For me it is a penalty, Rojo slides from behind and is nowhere near the ball – a clear penalty.
“The second 1 is definitely an obvious foul from Schweinsteiger on Randy – he would have definitely got for the ball.”