Emirates FA Cup quarter-final :MANCHESTER UNITED 2 BRIGHTON 0

Manchester United are back at Wembley as goals from Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic steered the Reds to an Emirates FA Cup semi-final spot next month.

Jose Mourinho had highlighted the star contribution of Lukaku and Matic in his memorable Friday press conference and the pair paid back there compliments with the goals that see United in London on the weekend of 21/22 April.

Old Trafford fans were looking for a quick response from the team following the huge disappointment of the Champions League exit to Sevilla last Tuesday. Mourinho had produced his own riposte as a result of the Euro KO with his impassioned speech to the media. Now it was the time for the team to give their answer.

There was a mini blizzard at the start of the game that left the surface with a light dusting of snow but it took the Reds a little bit of time to warm up in the Arctic conditions. But for there most part it was a case of United camping out in the Brighton half.

Early shots from top scorer Lukaku and Jesse Lingard failed to trouble Brighton goalkeeper Tim Krul. Anthony Martial was always threatening danger and a tight link up with Juan Mata after 29 minutes saw a series of one-twos force United through the Brighton defence but Mata’s shot was deflected wide. Chris Smalling almost had the breakthrough from the resulting corner as he stabbed a shot against the woodwork in a near-post scramble.

There wasn’t a lot of danger coming from Chris Hughton’s side but there was a warning after 32 minutes when captain Lewis Dunk powered a header that needed a pair of strong gloves from Sergio Romero to keep the effort out.

United’s build-up remained patient and measured and they got the reward after 37 minutes. Matic serviced Lukaku with a swinging long cross to the far post which the Belgian met with a header to beat Krul for his 25th goal in all competitions in his Reds debut campaign.

There was a quiet, discreet fist pump towards Mourinho from the striker and the manager responded in kind. It was Lukaku’s 10th goal in 14 matches in 2018 and just what United needed.

Brighton had been neat and tidy and looked like the plan was to contain the Reds and strike on the break. Lukaku left that blueprint in tatters and the Seagulls second-half tactics showed a bit more threat with Pascal Gross and Jergen Locadia threatening Romero’s goal early in the second 45.

Locadia’s second attempt after 57 minutes was the most dangerous of Brighton’s response as the Dutchman turned and fired a left foot shot that Romero sprang spectacularly to keep out.

United were finding it a struggle to add to Lukaku’s first-half goal and were unable to test Krul as Brighton continued to add to their goal attempts stats. Locadia was adding the most to that and hearts were in mouths when he was free at the far post but directed his header over the bar.

The Reds continued to find chances hard to come by to alleviate the growing anxiety of a potential equaliser and extra time, but finally as the temperatures dipped Matic relieved the stress with the second goal seven minutes from time.

Half-time substitute Ashley Young, who had replaced Luke Shaw, floated in a free-kick to the far post and Matic did what Lukaku had done earlier and met the delivery with a headed finish in front of the Stretford End. Wembley here we come!


United: Romero; Valencia (c), Bailly, Smalling, Shaw (Young 45); Matic, McTominay; Mata (Rashford 73), Lingard (Fellaini 88), Martial; Lukaku.

Subs not used: De Gea, Lindelof, Young, Pogba, Alexis.

Brighton: Krul; Schelotto, Dunk (c), Duffy, Suttner; Beram Kayal, Propper, Gross; Locadia, Ulloa (Murray 76), March (Izquierdo 69).

Subs not used: Maenpaa, Bruno, Goldson, Sanders, Baldock.


United have a lot to thank Romelu Lukaku for this season, particularly as the Reds chase the one piece of silverware left on offer. The Belgian has scored five of United’s 10 goals in the FA Cup having struck against Derby, Yeovil, twice at Huddersfield and now Brighton. Let’s hope he can keep it going under the Wembley arch.

United will discover our Wembley opponents in the last four on Sunday afternoon following the last quarter-final of the weekend when Leicester City play Chelsea at the King Power Stadium. The draw will be live on BBC One and United will be ball no.2.

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UEFA Champions League last-16 second leg :MANCHESTER UNITED 1 SEVILLA 2


Manchester United’s Champions League hopes were killed off with a dramatic late double by Sevilla substitute Wissam Ben Yedder.

The tie was heading towards potential extra time when Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella made the breakthrough with a change of personnel.

Within six minutes of appearing off the bench, Frenchman Ben Yedder had scored twice to stun Old Trafford and end hopes of progression to the quarter-finals for Jose Mourinho’s side. Not even a late goal from Romelu Lukaku could fire a recovery for the Reds in front of the heartbroken home faithful.

It had been four years since the nerve-shredding tension of Champions League football at Old Trafford and this was as stressful as ever. At this last-16 stage in 2014 United recovered from a dismal night in Athens after David Moyes’ side lost to Olympiakos. By virtue of a sensational Robin van Persie hat-trick, the Reds turned the tie around 3-2 on aggregate.

United were in a far more comfortable situation this time following the 0-0 stalemate in the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville last month. But as Champions League experts had warned it wasn’t always as good a result to bring back to England as you would imagine. The fact Sevilla could afford a score draw on the night in Manchester meant the electric atmosphere was under-pinned by a certain amount of stress.

The anxiety could have been relieved in the opening seconds as Romelu Lukaku made a bright and dangerous start. He used his power to hold off defender Simon Kjaer. The Belgian laid off to Jesse Lingard, went for the one-two but blast his shot into the East Stand.

Sevilla were quick to get over the scare and a header from Joaquin Correa and a shot from Franco Vazquez were warnings to United. Montella’s side were proving they wouldn’t shrink in the cauldron and Luis Muriel dragged a shot just wide in the 27th minute as they increased their shots stats.

Sevilla are fifth in La Liga and way off the title race dominated by Barcelona, but they’ve got quality and Old Trafford sensed something might be brewing if United didn’t respond. It came down to Marouane Fellaini to unsettle the visitors with a stinging left foot  shot in the 38th minute that keeper Sergio Rico kept pawed away for a corner.

United’s hearts were in their mouths early in the second half when a dangerous attack was thwarted by a huge tackle from Eric Bailly as Correa went to pull the trigger in the penalty box. The Reds’ response saw Lingard’s shot touched away from the danger area by keeper Rico as Old Trafford rose to try and inspire the side.

As every minute passed the anxiety levels stepped up another notch as a classic knockout match unfolded with both sides knowing they needed a goal. To that end manager Mourinho brought on Paul Pogba for Fellaini on the hour to give the Reds more thrust in the engine room. United were struggling to find the fluency or fervour of the Liverpool win and paid the price in the 73rd minute.

Sevilla substitute Wissam Ben Yedder had only been on for a minute when a United move broke down and the Spaniards slickly went forward to set up the striker. David De Gea had been the hero of the first leg but couldn’t keep out the low drive.

It left United with 18 minutes to find two goals. Juan Mata and Anthony Martial were immediately brought on but before they could get into the match Ben Yedder had done it again as his close-range header spun over the line despite De Gea’s attempt to keep it out.

There was an inevitable spirited effort by United to stage a possible fairytale late climax when Lukaku blasted in from close range. But the task set by Ben Yedder proved too much for Mourinho’s men and the quest for a quarter-final place was over.


De Gea; Valencia (c) (Mata 77), Bailly, Smalling, Young; Matic, Fellaini (Pogba 60); Lingard (Martial 77), Alexis, Rashford; Lukaku. Subs not used: Romero (GK), Lindelof, Darmian, McTominay.

Booked: Rashford.

Sevilla: Sergio Rico; Mercado, Kjaer, Lenglet, Escudero (c); N’Zonzi, Banega; Sarabia, Vazquez (Pizarro 87), Correa (Geis 89); Luis Muriel (Ben Yedder 72). Subs not used: Soria (GK), Arana, Pareja, Nolito.

Booked: Banega, Correa, Sarabia.


All or nothing in the FA Cup

United are surely comfortably home and dry for a return again to the Champions League next season in the Premier League top-four race after dismantling Liverpool. But if any silverware is to be added to Jose Mourinho’s United CV this season, then an FA Cup success is the only avenue left open. If the Reds can replicate the domestic form that despatched Liverpool last Saturday, and beat Brighton on Saturday, then a Wembley semi-final will go a long way to easing the pain of this Euro exit.

Lukaku looks the part in the Champions League
If any United player was unfortunate not to be stretching the Champions League experience  to the next round then was Lukaku. It’s his first campaign at this level and was a powerhouse against the Spaniards and added to his goals tally for an impressive campaign.

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Marcus Rashford at his brilliant lethal best was Jose Mourinho’s ace up his sleeve that saw Manchester United beat rivals Liverpool in an Old Trafford thriller.

The Mancunian scored twice in the first half as United made an electrifying start but the hosts then had to endure an attempted comeback by the Merseysiders, boosted by an Eric Bailly own goal in the 66th minute.

A stubborn response to Liverpool’s recovery and a rediscovered taste for the big-rival scalps – Chelsea were beaten in the last home game, of course – meant that United survived a nail-biting finale and extended the gap between second and third place to five points ahead of the weekend’s other Premier League fixtures.

There was a debate in the build-up to this much-awaited match as to how Mourinho would play this one tactically. Many considered opinions were that it might be a safety-first approach but the inclusion of Rashford in the starting XI was the first hint that the guessers were going to be wide of the mark.

It didn’t take long for the returnee to the opening line up to prove it was going to be an all-guns-blazing United who were set on shaking Liverpool to their foundations.

Rashford hadn’t begun a Premier League match in 2018 with his last start coming on Boxing Day against Burnley. It was a masterstroke by Mourinho to thrust him back in against Jurgen Klopp’s men. The 20-year-old came out of the traps breathing fire and destroyed his opposition marker Trent Alexander-Arnold with a blistering opening 24 minutes that had Old Trafford bouncing.

Romelu Lukaku proved his threat as a powerful front man when he headed David De Gea’s goal-kick into Rashford’s path in the 14th minute. Quick as a flash, the Mancunian had turned right back Alexander-Arnold and rifled a right-footed low drive past goalkeeper Loris Karius.

It was breathtaking stuff and that didn’t relent.

Liverpool’s famed strike trio of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were being kept quiet but defender Virgil van Dijk did stop a few hearts in the Stretford End when he almost equalised after 23 minutes. Had the £75million defender connected with his head instead of his shoulder it may well have been a different story.

But as Liverpool bemoaned the miss, United immediately added to their misery. Again Lukaku’s powerful doggedness was key as he fought to keep a chance alive, the ball was whipped off Juan Mata’s toes but became a gift for Rashford. His execution for the second goal was identical to his first as he fired in low with his right foot.

It almost got gloriously even better just before half-time when Mata was left in space in Liverpool’s half to latch onto Alexis’s cross. The Spaniard almost matched his Anfield overhead kick from almost three years ago but saw his effort drift agonisingly wide.

Liverpool must have needed smelling salts at half-time and they did recover after the interval and began taking the game to United. However, their high-octane, high-line game was being met with brilliant resistance by Mourinho’s men.

However, after 66 minutes United’s defence was breached. Bailly had his back to goal and attempted to clear Mane’s cross but the Ivorian couldn’t get his balance or feet right and turned the ball into his own net.

It prompted more pressure from Klopp’s side but United’s defending was stoic and first class, enabling David De Gea not to have to pull off one of his customary huge stops.


United: De Gea, Valencia (c), Bailly, Smalling, Young, Matic, McTominay, Mata (Lingard 88), Rashford (Fellaini 69), Alexis (Darmian 96), Lukaku. Subs not used: Romero, Lindelof, Carrick, Shaw.

Booked: Rashford, Valencia.

 Karius, Alexander-Arnold (Wijnaldum 80), Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson (Solanke 84), Can, Milner (c), Oxlaide-Chamberlain (Lallana 62) Mane, Salah, Firmino. Subs not used: Mignolet, Gomez, Henderson, Matip.

Booked: Oxlade-Chamberlain. TALKING POINTS

Rashford is off to Russia
Jose Mourinho declared recently that Marcus’s absence from United’s starting XI wouldn’t harm the striker’s hopes of playing for England in the World Cup as long as the manager trusts him. England boss Gareth Southgate knows enough about the Mancunian to trust him but as a gentle reminder this wasn’t bad. With Southgate in the VIP seats at Old Trafford, Rashford was back in devastating and devilish form.

The Beast is back
It had its downside but generally Eric Bailly’s return was a success. The central defender hadn’t begun a match since the defeat at Chelsea in the first week of November but you would never have guessed. Following knee surgery, he has been nursed back since regaining fitness and had been named on the bench in United’s four previous fixtures and appearing as a sub in two of them. The Ivorian was thrown back in against one of this season’s most revered attacking units but he overpowered all-comers until his unfortunate own goal.

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Manchester United fought back from two goals down to claim a sensational victory thanks to a Nemanja Matic winner in added time under the lights at Selhurst Park.

Andros Townsend put Crystal Palace ahead in the first half and Patrick van Aanholt doubled their lead early in the second, but the Reds roared back with goals from Chris Smalling, Romelu Lukaku and, with a stunning last-gasp strike, Matic.

The Serbian’s first goal in the United shirt, a dipping, left-footed effort from distance, sent the travelling fans into delirium and lifted the Reds back into second place in the Premier League table.

Palace found themselves with a corner in the opening five minutes, which yielded the first chance of the match as James Tomkins tried an overhead kick, but his effort lacked any accuracy.

A minute later, the Reds had a first attempt on goal when Alexis Sanchez leapt for a header in the box; Wayne Hennessey was off his line quickly to block the Chilean’s effort.

It was Palace who struck first when a quick break allowed Christian Benteke to slide the ball across the edge of the area to Townsend. His strike took a wicked deflection off Victor Lindelof and flew into the top-right corner, past a helpless David De Gea.

Looking to double the hosts’ advantage shortly after, Alexander Sorloth would have hoped for better than the tame shot he rolled through to De Gea after cutting in from the right wing.

Despite having more than 70 per cent of the ball in the first half, the final pass needed to slice open the Eagles’ defence was lacking for Jose Mourinho’s side, but there were signs that it might not have been far away.

First, Paul Pogba’s cross left Hennessey flapping, but the Welshman did enough to keep the ball out of the path of United’s front men, then Jesse Lingard could only drag a shot wide.

There was uproar among the home fans when Sorloth looked to have beaten Matic, but he was rightly called back by referee Neil Swarbrick for pulling the Serb back by the shoulder.

Marcus Rashford came on for Scott McTominay at the interval but a nightmare start to the second half saw Palace net a second after just three minutes. A quickly taken Jeffrey Schlupp free-kick allowed van Aanholt to escape the United defence and fire the ball past De Gea, who was left rooted to the spot.

United were stunned but immediately looked to strike back quickly and Smalling found himself in a battle with Tomkins at the back post, but he couldn’t direct his header on target.

Two minutes later and again from a corner, the ball came out to Antonio Valencia who lifted it to Smalling, allowing him another chance in the box. The Englishman made no mistake this time, heading the ball across goal and into the net for his second goal of the season.

Mourinho sent on Luke Shaw and Juan Mata as he pushed for an equaliser, and Pogba produced a dangerous curling effort from the edge of the area that Hennessey was equal to, although he was only able to turn it behind.

Matic then fired an effort goalwards from the edge of the six-yard box, but was denied on the line by Benteke. However, the equaliser wasn’t long in coming.

Lukaku collected the ball inside the box after Alexis’s deflected shot had hit the crossbar and, after keeping his cool and picking his spot, United’s top scorer made it 23 goals for the season.

United were now in command but De Gea was called into action almost immediately from the kick-off, as Benteke was prevented from putting his side back ahead by yet another incredible reactive save from the Spaniard.

As the game entered stoppage time, it looked like United would have to settle for a point. That was until the ball dropped to Matic outside the box and he fired home a glorious effort, with no time for a Palace response.


Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Tomkins, van Aanholt; Townsend, McArthur, Milivojevic (c), Schlupp (Riedewald 80); Benteke, Sorloth.
Subs not used: Cavalieri, Delaney, Jach, Souare, Rakip, Lee.
Booked: Townsend.

United: De Gea; Valencia (c) (Shaw 67), Lindelof, Smalling, Young (Mata 67); McTominay (Rashford 45), Matic, Pogba; Alexis, Lukaku, Lingard.
Subs not used: Pereira, Bailly, Darmian, Carrick.
Booked: McTominay, Young, Matic.

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