West Ham fans have taken to Twitter to urge David Moyes to think carefully about playing Michail Antonio against Manchester United in the FA Cup.
The Hammers will face the Red Devils at Old Trafford tomorrow night looking to progress to the quarter-final.
Antonio has scored five goals and claimed three assists during 2020/21 and is very much West Ham’s main talisman.
A failure to sign a striker during January means the 30-year-old is very much the main talisman in Moyes’ squad.
Sebastien Haller was sold to Ajax during the transfer window and some supporters have criticised the decision not to sign a replacement.
Now, with a tough-looking trip to Manchester United on the horizon, Moyes is facing a tough decision.
Having beaten Stockport and Doncaster in the competition so far, West Ham will want to continue their run and reach the latter stages.
The Hammers would probably have a better chance of success if the £70,000-a-week Antonio does play but they have to think of the rest of the campaign.
It would seem as though plenty of West Ham fans agree.
Ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Manchester, we looked at what supporters were saying regarding Antonio’s possible involvement.
— Romzy ⚽️ (@FplRomzy) February 8, 2021
— 🤟🏻Rajveer🤟🏻 (@RedFalcon_30) February 8, 2021
He needs to rest. The PL is more important. https://t.co/aLVmTnNGhM
— Dotun of the Black Tower (@Itz_Deedot) February 8, 2021
Literally everyone saw this coming. We are going to have a one on and off striker for the rest of the season https://t.co/6Z81bt3zwq
— SAMBOSS (@Samboss_) February 8, 2021
It’s infuriating. Either keep Haller or find someone to backup a striker who can, at best, play one game per week. Literally ANY striker on loan for 6 months. https://t.co/KmUteYGrdV
— Tom Rennie (@thomasjrennie) February 8, 2021
Was always going to be the case that Antonio gets worked to the point of injury or enforced rest – ridiculous decision not to opt to bring in striker to provide back up and rotation; especially given this could be one of the best seasons West Ham have had in years if no injuries.
— Josh Verrills (@WestHamJoshV) February 8, 2021
Why are we risking further injuries to Antonio, we should have got cover in the window regardless of how limited the choice of players was. A loan deal should have been done for someone
— Trevor Leak (@LeakyHammer) February 8, 2021