December 5, 2021


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Unlikely hero edges Man Utd through after West Ham force extra time

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Man Utd secured passage into the quarter finals of the FA Cup after an extra...

Man Utd secured passage into the quarter finals of the FA Cup after an extra time strike from Scott McTominay broke West Ham hearts.

A tentative opening 10 minutes saw little in the way of goalmouth action until Anthony Martial sprung into life.

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An incisive through ball from Alex Telles set the Frenchman away down the left, but Angelo Ogbonna recovered well to block the shot and eliminate any danger.

The centre-half took a blow to the ankle during the intervention, however, forcing West Ham into an early change with Issa Diop deputising.

Andriy Yarmolenko and Mason Greenwood then both saw chances come and go as the game gradually began to open up.

The breakthrough nearly came mid-way through the first-half from the unlikely source of Victor Lindelof.

The Swede rose highest to meet a Telles corner, but his header was expertly tipped on to the post by Lukasz Fabianski.

The rest of the half played out with little of note beyond a worrying clash of heads between Diop and Martial that thankfully, both recovered from.

Man Utd came close to breaking the deadlock soon after the restart.

Greenwood’s low cross took multiple deflections en route to Marcus Rasford at the far post. But despite being unmarked, the hitman could only fire his strike directly at the onrushing Fabianski.

West Ham spurned an excellent chance to counter after Lindelof surrendered possession on the half-way line as a three-v-two came to nothing.

With 20 minutes to go, neither team looked like scoring as the threat of extra time began to loom large.

With this in mind, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shuffled his deck and brought on deadly duo Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani to replace Donny Van de Beek and Greenwood.

On the stroke of full time, Craig Dawson has his head in his hands after failing to generate the contact required on a glancing header from a corner.

Seven minutes into extra time, Man Utd put one foot in the quarter final stages after Scott McTominay notched the game’s first goal.

A deft flick into the Scot’s path from Rashford allowed McTominay to hit the ball in stride as he gave Fabianski no chance to preserve parity.

Said Benrahma came close to levelling the scores as time quickly ran out. Had his free header been more accurate, however, the offside flag would’ve come to Man Utd’s rescue.

That would prove to be the last meaningful action as Man Utd would go on to secure a 1-0 victory that keeps their FA Cup dreams alive.


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