Things we noticed against West Ham United
Manchester United came from behind in the last 15 minutes to beat West Ham United 3-1 in the FA Cup fifth round.
Said Benrahma opened the scoring after the east Londoners had several chances to test David De Gea in the United goal. But after Casemiro had a goal disallowed by VAR for offside, United found an equaliser when Nayef Aguerd's own goal brought the tie level.
The drama only increased in injury time when Alejandro Garnacho's incredible curling effort in the 90th minute handed Erik ten Hag's men the lead, before Fred tucked home a late goal to clinch the Reds' progress into the the quarter-finals.
All the goals are among the talking points, but what else did we see during this dramatic tie? Read on to find out more...
TROPHIES AND AWARDS BEFORE THE GAME
Before the clash, several individual and team awards were on show by the Reds. First, Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes held the Carabao Cup in front of the Old Trafford crowd, displaying our first major trophy in six years. Following that, Casemiro and Mary Earps both took to the pitch showing off their FIFA’s ‘The Best’ awards before David De Gea stood beside Sir Alex Ferguson as he was awarded his prize for the most clean sheets in the club's history with 181, overtaking Peter Schmeichel on Sunday against Newcastle United. And after the celebrations were concluded, both sides took to the centre circle to pay tribute to legendary commentator John Motson, who sadly passed away last Thursday at the age of 77.
HAMMERS UP FOR THE FIGHT
Twenty-five minutes into the tie and United had full control of the tie, with 60 percent possession with four shots with two on target. Marcel Sabitzer’s strike just moments into the game was the Reds' best chance of the half. But despite having major control of the early exchanges, it was the Hammers who had the best opportunity. Michel Antonio’s breakaway forced De Gea to make a wonderful low save, before Said Benrahma’s shot was straight at the Spaniard. West Ham continued to threaten De Gea’s goal into the second half, which resulted in Benrahma curling the opener to give the visitors the lead.
MORE SUPER SUBSTITUTIONS
At half-time, Erik ten Hag made the decision to take off Scott McTominay for Casemiro and after conceding the goal, the boss brought on Marcus Rashford and Lisandro Martinez in place of Victor Lindlelof and Antony.
With three subs on, United tried to rescue the situation after a sub-par display after 60 minutes of play. Casemiro tested Alphonso Areola from distance before having a goal disallowed in the 73rd minute by VAR for being offside from a Bruno Fernandes free-kick. Another sub, Fred, would go on to clinch the tie in the dying seconds with the killer third.
WELL WORKED SET-PIECES
United always looked dangerous every time we had a free-kick or corner. Casemiro’s aforementioned disallowed header sparked the Reds and when Fernandes whipped another delightful ball into the danger area, the ball was headed in by Aguard to bring the scores level. And history nearly repeated itself in the 82nd minute when Casemiro managed to steer another header towards goal from a Fernandes free-kick, but Areola was there to meet it that time.
LATE, LATE SHOW
After the first goal, United looked to pile the pressure on the West Ham goal, but all the drama came in time added on when Wout Weghorst’s shot deflected off and fell to Garnacho. The Argentina Under-20 wing wizard only needed one touch to control the ball before curling it past the goalkeeper. But that would not be the end. The Hammers' defence could not deal with a late Bruno Fernandes cross, allowing Weghorst to pressure Aguard enough to tee up Fred to smash in a third and complete the comeback
Opta published on Twitter to say United have now won 30 games in all competitions after 41 games. Only in 2006/07 and 2012/13 (after 40 matches) have we reached this win total sooner. On both occasions, of course, we went on to win the Premier League. The BBC reported that the Reds have now scored in our last 25 home ties in the FA Cup as we stretched our Old Trafford record to 17 wins in our last 19 outings, with the exception being draws against Newcastle United and Leeds United.