United ease past West Ham to progress to FA Cup quarter finals

Man United return to winning ways as substitute Scott McTominay’s extra time winner sends Ole Gunnar Solsakjær’s side into the FA Cup quarter finals…

The second of this years FA Cup 5th round ties was just the 5th time these two sides have met in the competition this century, with United winning all but one of the games.

The first half was a fairly drab affair with neither side offering much going forward, with the first shot on target not arriving until just before the half hour mark when Victor Lindelof’s glancing header from Alex Telles’ corner had to be tipped onto the post as Fabianski was called into action for the first time in the half.

The Hammers spent most of the half with nine men behind the ball making it almost impossible for the front three of Greenwood, Rashford and Martial to get a clear sight on goal. David Moyes’ side had their first real chance after 33 minutes when Jarrod Bowen was chasing down on the United goal but Telles was quick to recover and the chance to shoot never came.

The second half started out much the same as the first with United struggling to break down a resilient West Ham back line which now consisted of three centre backs after the introduction of Ben Johnson for during the break.

The double change which also saw Ryan Fredrick come on meant that the Hammers were now proving much more threatening on the counter attack but Dean Henderson was never really tested in the United goal.

The same can be said for Fabianski at the opposite end as his only real stop came when a deflected cross made its way all the way through to Marcus Rashford at the back post who controlled the ball beautifully but spent took too long on the ball and Fabianski closed his shot down.

Not even the introduction of Bruno Fernandes could inspire a forward surge for United as the 90 minutes ended 0-0.

The second half was more of the same defence against defence with neither side willing to commit too many men forward. However, the deadlock was finally broken after just seven minutes of extra time as West Ham failed to clear their lines and Rashford laid the ball off for McTominay to slot the ball home as he continued his hot run of form with yet another goal, the goal which ended up being the only one of the 120 minutes of football sending Man United through to the next round of the FA Cup in a very forgettable cup tie.

Perhaps the most notable thing to take away from the game was Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s decision not to use substitute Amad Diablo who is yet to make his first team debut despite impressing in the U23 team so far having already gotten three goals and four assists in just two games since his arrival in January.