We learnt three things as Man United staged a comeback to beat West Ham United 3-1 on Wednesday and secure a spot in the FA Cup quarterfinals.
Man United gave a stunning response to Said Benrahma’s early 2nd-half goal to earn the 3-1 victory at Old Trafford against West Ham. The Red Devils equalised through an own goal by Nayef Aguerd, before Alejandro Garnacho and Fred scored in the dying minutes of the game, sealing the win for the hosts.
This impressive performance against David Moyes’ side came only three days after Manchester United’s triumph in the League Cup final. With this win, the team remains in contention to achieve a rare quadruple this season, although they face a very tough challenge in the Premier League title race.
1. Garnacho Turning Into the Next ‘Rashford’
Man United academy gradute, Alejandro Garnacho, scored a stunning goal in the 90th minute to put his team ahead over West Ham before Fred added a third goal in injury time to seal the victory in their fifth-round FA Cup match. Erik ten Hag revealed that he had demanded before the game for the Argentinian to make an impact as a starter.
The Dutchman praised the 18-year-old for his bravery, which he identified as one of the winger’s greatest strengths. United are reportedly in advanced talks with Garnacho, who is under contract until 2024, over a new deal and are keen to secure his long-term future at the club.
2. David de Gea Kept United in the Game
United’s performance was not impressive, but David de Gea’s brilliance between the sticks proved to be crucial in securing their victory. Despite criticism for his reluctance to come off his line alongside having poor distribution, which have led the club to look at other options, the Spaniard has been one of the most consistent performers for United throughout the last decade.
De Gea’s exceptional shot-stopping ability cannot be denied, especially in saving long-rangers, where the opponent has ample time to set up a perfectly-directed powerful shot. His outstanding performance on Wednesday was exemplified by two crucial saves to deny Michail Antonio.
3. David Moyes Disappointed With Loss
West Ham manager David Moyes expressed his disappointment following the loss against Man United. While they had several opportunities to score and potentially win the game, they ultimately allowed three goals in the last 13 minutes, which cost them the game.
Despite this, Moyes believed that they had played well for most of the game and had a good chance to progress to the next round of the FA Cup. He also mentioned that they had missed some great chances, including a cross that almost found Tomas Soucek, and could have gotten a second goal to secure their victory.
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Manchester United’s focus now turns to the highly anticipated match against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. The Red Devils are eager to secure another victory against their arch-rivals and complete a memorable double over them this season.
Under the guidance of their head coach, Erik ten Hag, the Red Devils have been enjoying a great run of form, winning important matches and keeping their title aspirations alive. The team will be looking to carry this momentum into the upcoming fixture and extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League.
In addition to their Premier League commitments, Manchester United also have the FA Cup to fight for. The draw for the quarter-finals has been announced, and the Red Devils are set to face Fulham in the quarter-finals.
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