Man of the Match: Manchester United vs West Ham (FA Cup)

A much changed United side, that eventually needed the big guns of Fernandes, McTominay, Cavani and Shaw, ultimately saw the Reds through to Thursday’s draw for the quarter finals of the FA Cup. United have now won their last nine home FA Cup matches, their joint-longest home winning run in the competition, equaling their nine consecutive home wins between 1908 and 1912. A 98th-minute goal from Scott McTominay proved decisive.

My Man of the Match has to be Scott McTominay, who in spite of coming on only late in the game ended up the game changer. His classy goal in extra time was his seventh of the season and his third in the last seven days, having scored against Southampton and Everton in the Premier League. He might not have the skill of some of his teammates but there is a winner in this Scot. The Boss commented after the match, “For a defensive midfielder, we’ll have to unleash him and release him forward because he’s a goal threat in the box and he’s got a good strike on him.”

On the result, opined Ole’, “I think we got about 15 to 17 shots in the end but we need to be more clinical. We should’ve finished the game off earlier and finished in 90 minutes but sometimes it doesn’t happen.’ We couldn’t agree more. Is it just me that when United get a corner, my feeling is ‘oh well, another corner’ whilst when the opposition side gets a corner my feeling is ‘Oh dear!”. We would have thought that after the Everton shock we would have learnt our lesson.

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