Manchester United beat Everton 3-1 in the third round of an exciting FA Cup tie at Old Trafford as Conor Coady scored for both teams.
Coady leveled for Frank Lampard’s side, canceling Antony’s early goal after taking advantage of a bizarre David de Gea error in the Manchester United goal. But the defender put the ball past his goalkeeper in the second half.
Everton almost had a second equalizer but Dominic Calvert-Lewin was disallowed due to offside in a match-fixing situation. Man of the match Marcus Rashford instead secured victory with an injury-time penalty after Alejandro Garnacho was fouled.
Everton’s focus turns back to the battle for relegation in the Premier League, while Erik ten Tag’s title race continues. That’s seven straight wins for United.
Manchester United: De Gea (5), Dalot (6), Varane (7), Shaw (7), Malacia (7), Casemiro (7), Eriksen (6), Fernandes (6), Antony (7), Rashford (8) , Vo (6).
Prep: Fred (6), Garnacho (6), Martinez (7), McTominay (6), Maguire (6).
Everton: Pickford (6), Coleman (5), Godfrey (5), Coady (6), Tarkowski (6), Mykolenko (6), Onana (6), Gana (6), Iwobi (6), Gray (7), Maupay (5).
Prep: Doucoure (5), Calvert-Lewin (7), Gordon (6), McNeil (6).
Man of the match: Marcus Rashford
How Man Utd beat Everton
United could not have hoped for a better start, the front trio coordinated excellently to score the opener. Anthony Martial held the ball well to pass it to Rashford and the England striker edged past his keeper before seeing Antony dash in in the far corner.
The text was on the wall for Everton at the time as Ten Hag’s team had not conceded a goal in their previous four games since the World Cup but De Gea’s mistake strangely changed that when he was inexplicably inexplicable with Neal Maupay’s pass.
That is if the United goalkeeper doesn’t appreciate the fact that he can use his hands when leaning against the post and when he finds himself in a jumble, Coady is the fastest to react – the former Liverpool defender is certainly on the mend. enjoy his goal at the Stretford End .
In fairness to Everton, Demarai Gray warned of the threat with a long shot that sent the ball wide in front of their goal, but it was the home side that pressed the most and had to make a move. Jordan Pickford’s smart save could score. out Martial when one-on-one.
Erik ten Hag made four changes to Manchester United The team beat Bournemouth 3-0 on Tuesday. Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane and Tyrell Malacia were named in the quarterback, with Luke Shaw moving back into center-back after impressing in his usual full-back role on Tuesday. The other change was Antony, who returned to replace the injured Donny van de Beek. Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are all on the bench.
Frank Lampard has made 4 changes to his squad Everton side and returned to play as a fifth defender after defensive difficulties against Brighton on Tuesday. Ben Godfrey returns to the starting line-up tonight at centre-back, while Seamus Coleman kicks in at right-back for the injured Nathan Patterson. Amadou Onana was introduced into the center of midfield after serving a one-match suspension, while Neal Maupay came on for Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front.
Christian Eriksen fired a shot straight into the top corner of goal but Everton, encouraged by their equalizer, stabilized the game and threatened to repeat the draw they were able to earn against Manchester City in the match. on the field before.
But the second half did not go according to Lampard’s wishes. First, Alex Iwobi flipped his ankle in a challenge with Tyrell Malacia and was carried off the field on a stretcher. Then there was the second United goal. Rashford passed Seamus Coleman on the left and Coady could only redirect the cross into the back of the net.
‘Everton has a lot of bad players’
Roy Keane told ITV:
“They have a lot of bad players, Everton, really bad players. I look at the group of players. Some of them I’m not even sure are up to Premier League standards, never mind Everton. So there are big problems for Frank.
It was a spirited effort from the Toffees until the last minute and there were chances. Diogo Dalot thwarted Vitaliy Mykolenko’s effort from near the line and shortly thereafter there were wild celebrations in the away half as the fans thought they had a second goal.
Calvert-Lewin, coming on as a substitute, did well to save Gray’s dangerous finish from close range but the winger was offside in the assist. All hopes of a late equalizer were dashed when Garnacho was knocked out by Ben Godfrey. Rashford converted. The game won.
Man of the Match: Marcus Rashford
He had to wait on the occasion but Rashford’s penalty he scored against England teammate Pickford means he has scored in five consecutive games since returning from the World Cup. This could be the best form of his career.
Rashford had been announced as man of the match even before scoring. He’s been instrumental in both United’s previous goals, the assist for Antony and the cross that Coady scored for his own goal. He is enjoying himself.
Ten Hag: Rashford’s great performance
“Again, a great performance. I think Marcus is the one who comes forward and shows confidence, shows confidence, moves well in the back, attracts the players. I think he is. was a threat for 90 minutes for Everton’s defence.”
When asked if there was more progress to be made, Ten Hag added: “You can never tell football. How can you measure that? Of course, as a striker, you have to measure goals and assists. Today, he had two assists and one goal. That’s great. He has great skills.
“When he has mental stability he will carry on but that requires a lot from him and also a lot from us as a team to make sure we have the right organization. Right environment, right structure, right structure. But as long as he stays focused like this I’m sure he can continue this.”
Lampard: We had better chances
Talking to TVLampard said: “The players are very, very good in terms of organisation, game planning, work ethic, unity – things that should be fundamental in football, but people doubt them. when you have the performance and results how we did the other night.
“We played very well, I think we had better chances – good chances for us and a goal disallowed. Marcus Rashford was probably the difference between the teams because of the talent. individuals can do that to you.”
When asked about his future at Everton, he added: “It’s not in my control, so I don’t need to focus on that. It’s focused on what I’ve seen. Tonight, it’s the performance every coach wants, with the team attitude and focus.
“Our only focus right now is on Southampton because this league can change very quickly and when you get stuck you have to work very hard to come out of it and the picture can change.”
Analysis: Everton’s unrest deepens
Everton have provided huge support for Manchester, thanks to the increased ticket allocation allowed in the FA Cup, and they have voiced opposition to running the club with chants of ‘fire the board’ resounded throughout Old Trafford before the game started.
Frustration is understandable, although this is an effort that has greatly improved following a 4-1 home defeat to Brighton. They were a threat throughout and even after conceding early in the game, United had to score an own goal and a penalty to add to that.
But the feeling that this is a club in need of clearer direction remains. Half of the players starting at Old Trafford are the signings of Lampard but especially Neal Maupay is struggling. It was a goal in 15 appearances for a £15m summer signing from Brighton.
Lampard has recruited the mainstay of this team – two central defenders and two central midfielders – but still lacks identity. Perhaps the positive here is that they have avoided a heavy defeat and can now focus on the upcoming relegation battle.
But with supporters channeling their anger into the club’s hierarchy – the official fan forum sent an open letter to major shareholder Farhad Moshiri earlier in the day – solidarity helping them sustain last season has dissipated. Tough times ahead for the Toffees.
by Manchester United Next match is at home of League One team Charlton in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday – starting at 8pm.
United then host the opponents City of Manchester in the Premier League on Saturday, January 14 – starting at 12:30pm.
by Everton The next match is at the home of the Premier League fighters Southampton in a key clash on Saturday January 14 – starting at 3pm.