So once again our ‘other’ eleven did us proud, with Ole opting for ten changes from the team that had beaten Brighton on the same pitch last Saturday. Only Lindelof retained his place. In torrential rain, United maintained control of the match, without the controversies of 5 days ago.
My Man of the Match has to be Juan Mata. Although he was quiet at points during the game, he popped up all over the pitch to pull the strings for United. Just before the break, he showed he still has pace by making a surging run into Brighton’s territory and drawing a foul from his pursuer. Scott McTominay subsequently opened the scoring by heading home Juan Mata’s precise free-kick. In the second half, starting and finishing a move himself, he latched onto a cheeky flicked pass from his new team-mate Donny van de Beek and then found the bottom corner. This was Mata’s 50th goal for Manchester United. He was a masterclass for the younger players on how a football brain and positive attitude can be more important than all the power, speed and strength in the world.
The quarter final draw will be made later tonight, with matches being played on the week commencing December 21st. The final for the Cup will be held at Wembley on February 28.
Next up, United welcome back to Old Trafford ex-boss Jose’ Mourinho when on Sunday they take on Spurs.
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