FA Cup Roundup: Manchester United manages to wriggle past West Ham and into the quarter-finals

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Scott McTominay sends Manchester United through to the quarter-final of the FA Cup with an extra-time goal to the dismay of a dogged West Ham side on Tuesday night.

McTominay struck accurately from a Marcus Rashford‘s setup seven minutes into the additional 30 after West Ham United had managed to frustrate their host for the entire opening 90.

United almost found a breakthrough in the first half but Victor Lindelof’s header was kept out by a superb one-handed Lukasz Fabianski save shortly before the half-hour.

The visitors put in a much-improved performance after half-time although United still enjoyed the best chance, with Marcus Rashford denied by another point-blank Fabianski stop, before Craig Dawson almost won the tie with a glancing header from a corner late on – and in extra-time, McTominay’s finish would make all the difference.

Watch the highlights of the match below

Stats and facts from the match (Backed by Opta)

  • Manchester United have won their last nine home FA Cup matches, their joint-longest home winning run in the competition, equalling their nine consecutive home wins between 1908 and 1912.
  • West Ham have now been eliminated in each of their last four FA Cup ties against Manchester United, losing in a different round each time: fourth round in 2002/03, third round in 2012/13, quarter-final in 2015/16 and fifth round in 2020/21.
  • Scott McTominay has scored seven goals in 30 appearances for Manchester United this season – as many as he scored in his 84 appearances in his first four seasons between 2016/17 and 2019/20.
  • Marcus Rashford registered his ninth assist in all competitions for Manchester United this season, his best return in a single campaign for the club and second only to Bruno Fernandes for the Red Devils in 2020/21 (11).
  • Aged 23 years and 101 days, Marcus Rashford became the fourth youngest player in Manchester United’s history to reach 250 games for the club, behind only Norman Whiteside (22y 192d), George Best (22y 199d) and Ryan Giggs (22y 301d).
  • Both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial played their 250th matches for Man Utd in the same game tonight, only the second time in the club’s history that has happened – the other occasion was also at home against West Ham, in August 1986 when both Mike Duxbury and Frank Stapleton did so.
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