Manchester United and West Ham faced each other at Old Trafford at the FA Cup’s fifth round. We have the player ratings.
It was a snowy evening in Manchester as two of the Premier League’s top-six sides stepped onto the pitch at Old Trafford. West Ham were able to count on Tomas Soucek to start against Manchester United after the red card Mike Dean awarded him was overturned by the FA. Moreover, Solskjaer decided to award Henderson and Van de Beek with a much-awaited chance.
However, David Moyes’ side took a serious blow after Angelo Ogbonna sustained an injury around the 16th-minute mark. The defender, who scored a 120th-minute winner exactly four years ago, limped off the pitch after Martial’s challenge hit him on his left foot.
The highlight of the first half was brought to us through an unlikely source: Victor Lindelof. The Sweden international managed to get a header that was deflected and almost fooled Fabianski. The goalkeeper once again displayed his huge amount of talent.
In the second half, the course of the fixture didn’t change all that much. Manchester United had more possession but neither of the teams displayed enough to secure the win on regular time. However, Solskjaer’s decision to bring out Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay would completely change the match’s history.
In fact, it didn’t take long for McTominay to show why he’s one of Solskjaer’s main men. Bruno Fernandes began a play that was poorly cleared by Soucek. Rashford quickly flicked the ball to a Flash-like McTominay who put it the net with his first-touch.
The Red Devils looked quite secure for the remainder of extra-time, even managing to cause more trouble around Fabianski’s goal. With this win, Manchester United now move on to the FA Cup’s quarter-finals.
Manchester United: Henderson (6), Wan-Bissaka (6), Lindelof (5), Maguire (5), Telles (6), Matic (6), Fred (6), Van de Beek (6), Greenwood (7), Rashford (7), Martial (5).
Bench: McTominay (7), Fernandes (7), Cavani (5), Shaw (5), Williams (5).
West Ham United: Fabianski (7), Coufal (5), Dawson (6), Ogbonna (4), Cresswell (6), Noble (5), Rice (7), Bowen (6), Soucek (6), Fornals (5), Yarmolenko (6).
Bench: Diop (5), Johnson (5), Fredericks (5), Odubeko (5), Benrahma (5), Lanzini (5).
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