Manchester United live to fight another day in the FA Cup after Anthony Martial’s late equaliser ensured that the Reds drew with West Ham at Old Trafford today.
Louis van Gaal would have been expecting a response from his charges after a poor performance against Liverpool in the Europa League in midweek, but it was the same old story from United today – lots of possession of the ball but no end product in sight.
And it seemed as if United would be heading out of the FA Cup after the Hammers took the lead with nearly twenty minutes remaining. Dimitri Payet – who could have been sent off for a dive in the penalty box minutes earlier – curled home a stunning 35-yard free kick, sending the away fans into raptures.
However, it was that man Martial who saved the day again for United, tapping home after a great cross from Ander Herrera down the right-hand side with seven minutes left on the clock.
It would finish 1-1 and both sides will face each other again at Upton Park for a place in the semi-finals. In the meantime, both teams will go into the hat for the semi-final draw tomorrow night.
Here’s our United player ratings for today’s game: