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Player ratings as Rashford shines in FA Cup win

Player ratings as Rashford shines in FA Cup win

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Manchester United reached the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 3-1 win over Everton at Old Trafford, their seventh straight win in all competitions.

Antony put Erik ten Hags United ahead before Conor Coady equalized for the visitors after a howl from David de Gea and then accidentally restored the deficit with an own goal. Marcus Rashford completed from the penalty spot in stoppage time.

Coming into the game with Frank Lampard holding on to his job after a terrible stash at Brighton hands, Everton made the worst start. It was too easy for United as Antony scored a breakthrough in the third minute. James Tarkowski was weak in the tackle and Ben Godfrey did a poor job trying to push Rashford wide when he shot at Antony at the far post.

Just moments later, Anthony Martial had a chance to double the lead when he went just short of the target. But while it looked like Everton were in for a tie, the score was 1-1 with 15 minutes left on the clock and a second goal from an even more unfortunate defense.

De Gea was the culprit, having only just survived a scare when a shot from Demarai Gray sped off the post into his back but ricocheted to the corner. He somehow let the ball squirm through his legs for the equalizer when Neal Maupay tried to swipe it over the goal from a corner in the second period, and Coady couldn’t believe his luck from a meter away.

The pace was high and Martial soon had more chances, one well saved by Jordan Pickford after being brought in with pace by Rashford, the other unconvinced and blocked. After half an hour, Pickford had to be alert to block a nasty shot from Rashford that ricocheted off in front of him.

With Everton unable to muster any further effort since the goal before half-time, United were on the verge of restoring their lead once again when Christian Eriksen curled one just over.

The visitors suffered a blow early in the second half when Alex Iwobi twisted his ankle painfully in a tackle and left the pitch on a stretcher, made worse when United regained the lead through an own goal shortly afterwards. Rashford, on the other hand, managed to turn Seamus Coleman inside out and drive the ball deep into the box. Coady’s attempt to clear him only got him on the net.

De Gea denied Everton a possible second equalizer on the hour and showed why he’s usually so good at saving with his legs, throwing out a foot to block a Coleman shot. Not to be outdone, Pickford spectacularly overturned an evasive attempt by Bruno Fernandes at the other end.

Without extending their lead, United still lived a little dangerously, underscored when De Gea came flying from the area and risked colliding with Diogo Dalot, as well as moments later when VAR intervened to save a Dominic Calvert-Lewin goal rule out offside under construction.

Pickford’s fingertips pushed a Rashford free-kick over the bar in the closing stages. But after setting up the first two goals for his team, the United star finally scored one of his own in the 97th minute, sending Pickford the wrong way from 12 yards out after Godfrey’s substitute Alejandro Garnacho fell in the box had been.

David de Gea

A bad night for David de Gea/Naomi Baker/GettyImages

TW: David de Gea – 3/10 – Only he will know what he was thinking as he let the ball run through his legs at the near post. Really bizarre miscalculation. He later risked another roar when he flew out of his goal in the second half and nearly collided with Dalot.

RB: Diogo Dalot – 7/10 – Saw a lot of ball and made good forwards.

CB: Raphael Varane – 6/10 – Stepped forward more than once in open play to join attacks.

CB: Luke Shaw – 6/10 – Back on center defense and again did a decent job.

LB: Tyrell Malacia – 6/10 – Played with the tenacity fans have come to expect.

CM: Casemiro – 6/10 – Surprisingly muscular by Onana when Everton equalised. It’s been a rare mistake since joining the club but is otherwise still dominant in midfield.

CM: Christian Eriksen – 7/10 – Almost scored a spectacular curl. Kept it neat in midfield and often seemed to line up at the edge of the Everton box looking for a key pass.

RW: Antony – 7/10 – Scored his first goal since facing Everton in October. It seemed to do his confidence good and the tricks were out.

AM: Bruno Fernandes (c) – 6/10 – forced Pickford to make a good save, but probably not as sharply as he or his manager had hoped.

LW: Marcus Rashford – 9/10 – Started off brilliantly and looked really menacing as he exploited the gap between Everton’s full-back and right-back. He effectively got away with two assists, setting up the first for Antony and then forcing the own goal. Received a goal of his own late.

ST: Anthony Martial – 6/10 – Took good positions in dangerous areas but missed some chances.

substitute

SUB: Fred (71′ for Casemiro) – 6/10

SUB: Alejandro Garnacho (71′ for Martial) – 7/10

SUB: Lisandro Martinez (77′ for Shaw) – 7/10

SUB: Harry Maguire (83′ for Eriksen) – N/A

SUB: Scott McTominay (84′ for Antony) – N/A

Manager

Erik ten Hag – 8/10 – Whatever he did with Rashford worked wonders. Started with a strong formation but later took full advantage of his bench.

Conor Coady

Conor Coady scored for both teams / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

TW: Jordan Pickford – 7/10 – Made a number of important saves that kept Everton a chance.

CB: Ben Godfrey – 4/10 – Had struggled against Rashford’s direct pace from the opening minutes and had his work cut out just to keep his head above water. Given away a death penalty.

CB: Conor Coady – 5/10 – A goal and an own goal, both in the same net in both halves.

CB: James Tarkowski – 4/10 – At fault for the early goal with a poor attempt at a tackle in the middle of the pitch. Trampling seemed out of step.

RWB: Seamus Coleman – 5/10 – Run ragged from Rashford for the second goal but got forward a few times and led De Gea to pull off a save.

CM: Alex Iwobi – 5/10 – Looked in great pain as he left the field on a stretcher.

CM: Idrissa Gueye – 5/10 – His night was kind of summed up when he got roasted by Raphael Varane of all people. Didn’t give away the ball often but didn’t win it back enough.

CM: Amadou Onana – 7/10 – Played a big part in Everton equalizer through bodyrolling Casemiro. Sat down and was later booked for a late tackle on Martinez having only just served a suspension.

LWB: Vitalii Mykolenko – 5/10 – Had a clear view of Antony in United’s opening game but failed to follow the player’s run, which he should have been covering.

ST: Neal Maupay – 6/10 – Made the equalizer possible by putting the ball across the box, although it was a huge stroke of luck. Didn’t offer much otherwise.

ST: Demarai Gray – 7/10 – Hit the post with a potshot in the first half. It looked like he could have posed a real threat if he’d been a little more consistent with the ball. Slightly offside for a possible second equalizer from Calvert-Lewin.

substitute

SUB: Abdoulaye Doucoure (51′ for Iwobi) – 6/10

SUB: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (69′ for Maupay) – 6/10

SUB: Anthony Gordon (81′ for Coleman) – 6/10

SUB: Dwight McNeil (81′ for Mykolenko) – 6/10

Manager

Frank Lampard – 6/10 – Will have been disappointed to fall behind so early and the nature of that through avoidably poor defence. So the fight for his job had no choice but to really step on the gas with offensive substitutions in the second half.

Player of the Match – Marcus Rashford (Man Utd)

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