(Football news) It was a packed Old Trafford as Manchester United took on struggling Everton in the third round of the FA Cup. It didn’t take long for the Red Devils to take the lead as Antony found the back of the net just four minutes after kick off courtesy of Marcus Rashford’s assist but Everton’s Conor Coady levelled the score just 10 minutes later, capitalising on a bizarre error by goalkeeper David de Gea.
If that wasn’t all, the 29 year old found the back of the net once again in the 52nd minute, but this time it was his own to give Manchester United a 2-1 lead. Marcus Rashford then gave his side a two goal cushion in the 90 + 7th minute, scoring from the spot after Alejandro Garnacho was fouled inside the box.
Erik ten Hag’s side now have seven wins in a row in all competitions and are looking like a solid side ahead of a busy run of fixtures. The Dutchman made four changes in the starting lineup with Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane and Tyrell Malacia featuring in defence while Luke Shaw played in centre back. Brazilian winger Antony replaced the injured Donny van de Beek while Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan Bissaka were dropped to the bench.
As for Everton, Frank Lampard also made four changes as Ben Godfrey returned to the lineup while Seamus Coleman replaced Nathan Patterson at right back. Having served a one match suspension, Amadou Onana was reinstated in central midfield while Neal Maupay came in for Dominic Calvert-Lewin in attack. It was another sublime performance for in-form Marcus Rashford who scored a goal, provided an assist and was also instrumental in Conor Coady’s own goal, which meant that he deservedly was named Man of the Match.
“Again, a great performance. I think Marcus was the one who went in front and showed confidence, showed belief, good movement behind, taking players on. I think he was a threat for 90 minutes for the defending part of Everton. You can never say that with football. How can you measure it?
Of course, as a striker, you measure goals and assists. Today, he had two assists and a goal so that was great. He has fantastic skills. When he has that mental stability he keeps going but that demands a lot from him and also a lot from us as a team to make sure that we have the right organisation, the right environment, the right structure. But when he remains focused like this I am sure he can keep this going.” – Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag
“The players were very, very good in the sense of the organisation, the game plan, the work ethic, the togetherness – things that should be basics in football, but people question them when you have a performance and result like we did the other night. We were really good, we had the better chances I think – good chances for us and a goal disallowed. Marcus Rashford was probably the difference between the teams because individual talent can do that to you.”
“That’s not under my control (his future), so it’s not for me to focus on that. It’s to focus on what I saw tonight, which is a performance that every manager wants, with the attitude of the team and the focus. Our only focus now is Southampton because this league can change very quickly and when you’re in a difficult run, you have to work really hard to get out of it and the picture can change.” – Everton manager Frank Lampard
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