Martial rescues a replay for Red Devils

MUFC-WUFC-FA-16All is not lost for both Manchester United and West Ham in the FA Cup competition, as it required a crucial late equalizer from Martial for United to take the quarter-final tie into a replay, while it looked like Payet had gifted West Ham the qualification for the semi-finals with a brilliant free-kick into the second half.

The Red Devils started the match very well, but it was the visitors which threatened first as Emenike dragged his shot wide, then Carroll thumping a header over the bar. Emenike then rose unmarked to head towards goal, only for De Gea to dive and block the ball. United had barely a shot on target at that time, and the closest they came was thru Herrera, who still volleyed off target. 0-0 at half-time, United came back with better intentions in the second half, but again lacked the finishing touch upfront. Instead it was West Ham which went ahead on the scoresheet on the 68th minute. Payet won a free-kick from around 30 yards, and stepped up to take it himself. It was a perfectly taken one, as the ball dipped on De Gea’s right post, clipping it on its way in, giving the United keeper no chance whatsoever to reach it. Memphis and Schweinsteiger were brought on as LVG tried to rescue the game, and the equalizer eventually arrived on the 83rd minute thru Martial. Lingard and Herrera linked up well on the right flank, with the latter sending in a far post cross, and Martial hooked the ball into the net from close range to make it 1-1. Carrick then came close as he drilled a shot just wide of the post, and at the other end, Antonio forced De Gea into a save to ensure both teams have to battle out again at Upton Park to reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

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