Manchester United ease into the FA Cup fifth round
Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera,Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku were United so seal their place in the draw for the FA Cup fifth round as they eased past Yeovil Town on Friday night.
The main talking point going into the game was a debut for Alexis Sanchez after he completed his move from Arsenal on Monday. The Chilean lined up on the left of an attacking three alongside Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata and fizzed around, looking busy if not at his incisive best on his United debut. Yeovil started the game well and had the first chance of the tie as Jordan Green burst through the United rearguard after being found by Sam Surridge out on the left but the former Fulham trainee’s low effort was blocked away by Sergio Romero. Green was involved again as Yeovil went close with 15 minutes gone. The winger was brought down by Matteo Darmian and from the ensuing free kick Omar Sowunmi should have done better, managing only to head straight at Romero after escaping the attentions of Luke Shaw.
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That was the wake up call that United needed as they began to dominate possession. Artur Krysiak in the home goal was forced into a sharp save down to his right when Scott McTominay took aim from the edge of the box after being found by Sanchez, whilst the new boy had an effort of his own saved when he tried his luck with a 30-yard free kick. Yeovil’s Tom James saw a free kick of his own well saved by Romero but it was the defender who would gift United the lead just before half-time. Sanchez found Marcus Rashford on the edge of the Yeovil box but the danger seemed to have gone when James got in between the United man and the ball. However, a moment of hesitation allowed Rashford to nick in and sweep past Krysiak to give the visitors the lead at the break.
Premier League class As expect, United stepped up their performance after half-time and never really looked like surrendering their lead. Rashford went close to doubling his tally for the night when he cut in from the left, only for his effort on the stretch to be deflected behind for a corner. From the ensuing corner United caught their opponent out by taking it quickly, but Juan Mata saw his effort from a tight angle clip the bar on the way over. It seemed only a matter of time until United selaed the win though and they did so just after the hour mark. Untied countered at pace following a Yeovil set-piece and Alexis Sanchez drove for goal. As he approached the box, the Chilean kept his head to find the overlapping Ander Herrera on the left and he duly rifled low part Krysiak to mark his 150th United appearance with a goal.
Mata had the ball in the net again just minutes later but he was correctly adjudged to have been offside when Matteo Darmian crossed. United's superior quality told in the second half as two substitutes entered the fray to add some gloss to the scoreline late on. First, Jesse Lingard burst forward from deep before firing into the far corner from 18 yards with just a minute of the ninety to go, before Romelu Lukaku was on hand to turn home Marcos Rojo's cross from close range with the last kick of the game. It was a comfortable victory in the end for Jose Mourinho's men, who can now watch the rest of the weekend's action unfold ahead of Monday's draw for the fifth round.