Alexis Sanchez Leaves His Mark On The Manchester United Performance – Talking Points Of The Match

Jose Mourinho

Manchester United are into the fifth round then, while new man Sanchez has his first assist for the club. Mourinho can be happy with that. Herrera struck the second before substitutes Lingard and Lukaku added a third and a fourth late on. Yeovil struggled to cope with the visitors’ all-star attacking line-up in the closing stages. Yeovil fought hard, but they came up well short of United in the end. The goal just before half-time, through Rashford, was a cruel blow to the hosts’ hopes and they paid the price.

 

Here take a glance how the sides have shaped up before the big occasion :

 

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Romero, Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw, Carrick, Herrera, Mata, McTominay, Sanchez, Rashford.

 

Yeovil (4-4-2): Krysiak, James, Sowunmi, N Smith, Dickson, Green, Bird, Wing, Gray, Surridge, Zoko.

 

Here are the talking points of the match :

 

1. Alexis Sanchez In The Starting Eleven For Manchester United :

 

Alexis Sanchez started for the visitors. The Chilean made his United debut alongside returning captain Michael Carrick among 10 changes to the side that won at Burnley in the Premier League. Only Juan Mata kept his place in the side that faced Burnley in the Premier League.

 

With the return of the Champions League on the horizon, United could do without a replay, too, but they might not have it all their own way against the fired-up hosts, who had won three times at home in the competition already this term. This quite possibly represented United’s last chance of domestic silverware this season and Jose Mourinho, fresh from signing a new contract, would be determined to avoid a shock defeat. For Yeovil, star man and former Old Trafford trainee Otis Khan was suspended as the hosts made two changes.

 2. Rashford Struck Just Before The Half Time Mark :

Rashford punished some woeful Yeovil defending and United got the lead. The visiting forward moved the ball on to Sanchez and then took a return pass, but his progress looked to have been stopped by James in the box. The previously impressive defender attempted to shield the ball back to his keeper, though, and allowed Rashford to nip in again and finish.

 3. Hererra Ended Up Yeovil’s Comeback Opportunity :

Herrera killed off Yeovil with a firm left-footed drive at the end of an exhilarating counter. 0-2 to United. Sanchez had his first assist in a United shirt. Mata holded the ball up for the Chilean to take over and he delayed his pass to slide Herrera in.

4. Lingard Also Joined United’s Scoring Party :

Lingard netted a beauty. He drove at the Yeovil back line and rifles hard and low into the bottom-left corner. 0-3 to United. Darmian played the pass into Lingard, but it was all the England international’s own work from that point onwards. The Yeovil defence did not know what to do with him, although Krysiak might be unhappy with how easily he was beaten.

5. Lukaku Nailed It For United At The Stoppage Time :

Lukaku had his goal. United threw men forward and a cross from the left found the club’s top scorer unmarked to side foot into the net. Complete thrashing with a margin of 4-0 and United have gone through to the next round.

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