Manchester United marched into the quarterfinals of the FA Cup for the 4th time in a row with an untidy win at Huddersfield Town, thanks to 2 well-taken goals from Romelu Lukaku.
Jose Mourinho’s side produced just 2 shots on target all game but Lukaku’s ruthlessness in front of goal and a solid display from their defence ensured United’s progress into the next round. Lukaku opened the scoring inside 3 minutes after being played through by Mata. The rest of the half was completely dominated by the Terriers, however. Mata thought he’d scored but VAR ruled his goal out for offside.
Much like the first half, Huddersfield were the better side in the second but some brilliant link-up between Sanchez and Lukaku saw United doubling their lead in the 54th minute after which Huddersfield lost their impetus. United had more opportunities on the break but couldn’t take them, but Lukaku’s goals ensured that they sailed through safely.
Sergio Romero- 6.5/10
Most of the shots were straight at him and he did well to catch them safely. Made the necessary clearances off crosses when needed to.
Ashley Young- 7/10
Played as a right back, put in an industrious shift and nearly got an assist but Mata’s goal was ruled offside.
Victor Lindelof- 7/10
Huddersfield attackers were on top of him for most of the game but he did well to clear the danger when needed.
Chris Smalling- 7.5/10
Sloppy on the ball but had a lot on his plate throughout the game and came out on top on most occasions. Threw himself into every aerial duel bravely.
Luke Shaw- 6/10
Had some neat dribbles but gave possession away cheaply at times. Was beaten on his flank but that had a lot to do with Sanchez not tracking back.
Nemanja Matic- 6.5/10
A very rusty performance in the first half but made crucial blocks in the second half and grew into the game.
Scott McTominay- 5.5/10
Did nothing wrong as such but another display that showed that he’s not United quality.
Michael Carrick- 7/10
Calm and composed, as he always is.
Alexis Sanchez- 6.5/10
Absolutely anonymous in the first half but provided a brilliant assist in the second and really influenced the game after that with some superb passes.
Juan Mata- 7.5/10
Slick on the ball throughout and the weight on his pass to assist Lukaku was perfect.
Romelu Lukaku- 8.5/10
Brilliant centre-forward display from the Belgian and his clinical nature in front of goal carried United to the next round.
Anthony Martial (Sanchez 75’) – 6/10
Gave his marker a torrid time and looked great.
Jesse Lingard (Mata 81’) – 6/10
Buzzed around for the 10 odd minutes he was on the pitch for.
Eric Bailly (Lukaku 91’) – N/A
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