Manchester United lived to fight another day in the FA Cup on Sunday.Yet another 90 minutes of play and once again an afternoon with frustration for Old Trafford faithful who have now grown sick to see the same lack of ambition and quality displayed by this United squad.
Yet another 90 minutes of play and once again an afternoon with frustration for Old Trafford faithful who have now grown sick to see the same lack of ambition and quality displayed by this United squad.
Rather it was West Ham with their flair and cutting edge thanks to Dimitri Payet controlled this quarter-final clash and although Payet shouldn’t have been on the pitch to strike his stunning 67th-minute free-kick opener, nobody of a red persuasion actually could begrudge the fighting visitors their goal. Manchester United all day long huffed and puffed, but Martial, at least, gave them an opportunity for a second bite in the replay as he volleyed in Ander Herrera’s perfect cross from close range on the 83rd minute.
After a compelling FA Cup tie here is a look at the players who made a difference at Old Trafford on Sunday.
DAVID DE GEA: 7/10
Not even he could keep out Dimitri Payet’s exceptional free-kick as he was too far to his left but was otherwise largely untested until displaying a great save from Michail Antonio late on.
GUILLERMO VARELA: 6/10
Managed to see a lot of ball as he tried to attack in the first half but had some awkward moments up against Aaron Cresswell.
CHRIS SMALLING: 6/10
He was kept really busy by Andy Carroll, but generally assured; was competitive. But his passing, yet again, was terrible.
DALEY BLIND: 5/10
Was caught napping in the early stages of the match and also looked in great shape when bringing the ball out of defence, rather than having to stop attacks.
MARCOS ROJO: 5/10
Was stretched in front of West Ham’s hard-working, attacking players. He Relentless in attack and reasonable in defence was full of fight.
MICHAEL CARRICK: 5/10
Tried to keep his team ticking over but was then overshadowed by Mark Noble. Even urged Varela to calm down in the first-half but it was the last thing Manchester United needed to do. Was also too slow on the ball.
MAROUANE FELLAINI: 6/10
As usual a forceful presence and gave the visitors plenty to think about but United eventually went for a different kind of approach. But he didn’t deserve the sarcastic cheers which followed his withdrawal. Struggled to make an impact in a defensive role.
ANTHONY MARTIAL: 7/10
Endured a frustrating spell on the left despite being always hungry for the ball, but the late switch to a central role paid dividends with the equaliser.
ANDER HERRERA: 7/10
Picked space frequently and displayed some good touches, providing some of Manchester United’s better moments and set up the equaliser.
JESSE LINGARD: 6/10
Brought some pace and had an early half-chance but the Hammers were able to handle him. Relied very much on Varela to have an impact down the right.
MARCUS RASHFORD: 5/10
Was restored to his favourite centre-forward’s role but failed to get into the game on this occasion; was well contained by the seasoned Winston Reid and Cheikou Kouyate.
BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER (for Fellaini, 76 mins):
Made a good run within moments of coming on as the Red Devils upped the tempo and also his leadership helped to equalise.
MEMPHIS DEPAY (for Rashford, 76 mins):
Was sharp and threatening as United were desperate for a late winner.
MATTEO DARMIAN (for Varela, 87 mins):
Came on late on to organise and make the defence sharp.