Manchester United dominated the first 45 minutes with the game being played mainly in the West Ham half. Both Martial and Rashford had got into some good positions but couldn’t find a way past a stubborn West Ham defence.
For all of United’s good play it was a set piece that nearly undone West Ham. A Telles corner was met by Lindelof and his header was tipped onto the post by Fabianski. Really good save and it was the closest United had come.
As the game approached half time West Ham finally had a spell of possession in the United half and forced their first corner of the game. United have struggled with set pieces all season so the Hammers would of been disappointed they didn’t make more of a promising situation. United had dominated the first half but had failed to make the most of their dominance. The teams went in at half time with the game goalless.
West Ham’s overall play improved after the break but they were still struggling to offer anything in an attacking sense. David Moyes looked far from impressed. The first chance of the second half fell to United man Marcus Rashford. The ball broke for him in the box but he couldn’t find a way past Fabianski in the West Ham goal. His quick reactions had narrowed the angle for the United forward, good save.
Although United were still in a frightening amount of control, they’d only troubled Fabianski’s goal on that one occasion. Solskjaer decided it was time for a change. Donny van de Beek had started the game but had struggled to have any sort of influence. As a result It was the Dutchman who made way for Bruno Fernandes.
Fernandes started to dictate play almost immediately. His one and two touch passing and sharp movements off the ball were already causing West Ham problems. United got into the West Ham penalty area on a number of occasions but couldn’t find a route to goal. With four minutes left and extra time looming, Solskjaer sent on Edinson Cavani in hope he could be the difference between the two sides. The final whistle went and with the score locked at 0-0 we entered extra time. It would be penalties if neither side could find a winner.
The game needed someone to step up and in the 97th minute sub Scott McTominay did just that. After some good play and a neat lay off by Marcus Rashford, the United midfielder struck a first time shot past the helpless Fabianski to put United ahead. That’s 3 goals in 3 games, its becoming a habit! United lead at the end of the first half of extra time and it was no more than they deserved.
In the second half of extra time you’d of expected West Ham to throw the kitchen sink at United but it never happened. The only chance they could muster was a Said Benrahma header which Dean Henderson dealt with comfortably. In fact it was the only shot on target West Ham had managed in the whole game! Staggering! United could of added a second late on but Fabianski saved well from Martial to keep the score at 1-0. The final whistle went and United were deservedly through to the FA Cup quarter finals.