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Manchester United progress to FA Cup quarter final despite early scare against West Ham

Despite conceding the opening goal in last night’s 5th round FA Cup clash at Old Trafford, Manchester United managed to overturn their deficit in second half added time, with goals from Alejandro Garnacho, and Fred sending United to a quarter final outing at home against fellow Premier League side, Fulham.

Returning to Old Trafford for the first time since striking silverware last Sunday at Wembley Stadium in a resounding 2-0 win over Newcastle, United paraded the Carabao Cup before last night’s FA Cup tie, with club captain, Harry Maguire lofting the trophy alongside Portuguese midfielder, Bruno Fernandes.

And prior to kick-off, Brazilian midfielder and serial UEFA Champions League winner, Casemiro was heralded and presented with his award by FIFA after his inclusion in the Team of the Year, while Spanish shot stopper, David de Gea also celebrated after breaking United’s cleansheet record. 

However, last night’s outing at home saw de Gea concede for the second time at Old Trafford in a week, with West Ham United winger, Said Benrahma netting in the second half – following a technical difficultly which left UK and Ireland viewers without picture for the Algerian’s goal attempt. 

Resting the likes of Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez, Fred, Marcus Rashford, and Luke Shaw for last night’s 5th round clash, the initial quartet of names were introduced before the end of 90 minutes, with manager Erik ten Hag attempting to sway the result.

Making an immediate impact, Casemiro thought he had netted from a header for the second match running, however, timing his run just a tad early, the former Real Madrid midfielder’s goal was overturned by VAR after he had strayed into an offside position.

With just less than 15 minutes remaining to save their campaign in the FA Cup, United drew level from a corner, with Moroccan defender, Nayef Aguerd guiding the ball into his own net.

In added time, spilling a shot from Dutch forward, Wout Weghorst, French goalkeeper, Alphonse Areola conceded for the second time, with Argentine winger, Garnacho cutting in on his right hand side just inside the area, and finding the bottom corner.

Booking their place in the quarter final, United then forced a mistake at the back though immense pressing from Weghorst, with Brazilian midfielder, Fred continuing his scoring form – adding a third from inside the area. 

With the results from the remaining 5th round clashes available online as well as other basketball results, United have been drawn at Old Trafford once more for another home clash – taking on Fulham who managed to traverse past Leeds United with a two-nil victory at Craven Cottage last night to boot. 

Returning to the road this weekend following their Carabao Cup success and UEFA Europa League two leg tie victory against FC Barcelona, Manchester United take on the struggling, Liverpool – who managed to record a two-nil win of their own over Wolves at Anfield last night in a Premier League clash. United’s outing with Fulham will take place on March 18.

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