Manchester United reached the FA Cup quarterfinals with pain and difficulty, following a difficult victory over West Ham United. Donny van de Beek got another chance in the base, but his match ended after 75 minutes out of 120 minutes: Scott McTominay took care of the decision in the extension.
The Red Devils and The Hammers are only four places away from each other — second at sixth — but Tuesday night there was only one team making the game. That didn‘t have a lot of effect: West Ham actually only stopped and did so quite well. The guests had to give away only one big chance: Victor Lindelöf seemed to take care of 1-0 after a corner, but Lukasz Fabianski pared.
Also in the second half of the regular playing time there was not much for the goals. Fabianski also had to stop Anthony Martial from scoring, but the Pole didn’t get much to do. While the snowflakes arrived at Old Trafford, Bruno Fernandes had to take action: Van de Beek had to give way to his Portuguese colleague.
However, Fernandes could not prevent the cup confrontation from turning into an extension. After six out of thirty extra minutes, the ban was broken. A half-rejected Manchester United attack was revived by Marcus Rashford, after which McTominay pulled the trigger. That counter hit did not bring more inspiration to the guests from London, who did not come close to the equalizer for a moment. Only Saïd Benrahma tried, but Dean Henderson didn‘t have much trouble with his efforts.
Manchester United is on to the quarter-finals, scheduled for mid-March. Before the time comes, the top players are waiting against Chelsea and Manchester City and the Europa League diptych with Real Sociedad.
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