FA Cup: Manchester United beat West Ham to reach quarter-finals
An extra-time goal by substitute Scott McTominay powered Manchester United to a 1-0 victory over West Ham United in the FA Cup fifth round. As a result, United have reached the FA Cup quarter-finals for the seventh straight season. Notably, both the sides missed quite a few chances in normal time at Old Trafford. Here are the records broken.
Both the sides were unable to score in normal time. West Ham defender Issa Diop was forced to leave the pitch after a clash of heads. Ryan Fredericks came in as a 'concussion substitute' at half-time, the first in English football since the start of a new rule. McTominay finally gave United the winner with as Marcus Rashford assisted him in the 97th minute.
Manchester United have won their last nine home FA Cup matches, their joint-longest winning streak at home in the competition. They equaled their run of nine consecutive wins between 1908 and 1912. Meanwhile, McTominay has scored seven goals in his 30 appearances across all competitions this season, as many as he managed in his 84 other matches for United, prior to this campaign.
West Ham recorded mere three shots against Manchester United. As per Opta, this is the fewest by a team in an FA Cup match that went to extra-time since Bury against Bradford City in a third-round fixture (January 2016).
At 23 years and 101 days, Rashford has become the fourth-youngest player to make 250 appearances for Manchester United. He is only behind Norman Whiteside (22y, 192d), George Best (22y, 199d) and Ryan Giggs (22y, 301d) on the tally. Along with Rashford, Anthony Martial also made his 250th appearance for United. The duo has been a lethal force for United of late.