Ratings: Manchester United 1-1 West Ham United – Emirates FA Cup 2015/16

Manchester United faced West Ham United at the Theatre of Dreams in Sunday in a bid to keep their season a live. The Emirates FA Cup is a trophy which has eluded United for twelve years and a trophy that they could win this season, providing the players are hungry for success. Louis van Gaal has a stronger team available and seems to have made a few changes in his squad since the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Thursday evening. Michael Carrick replaced Morgan Schneiderlin, Jesse Lingard is back from European suspension and Ander Herrera has been moved forward into the number ten role with Juan Mata suspended for this fixture after getting himself send off in the league last weekend. United have the strength to deal with West Ham United, but the Hammers were in-form heading into this match.

United started off well, but it was West Ham who soon took charge of much of the match, looking like the team that wanted the victory much more than United. At times though, United looked lively, which was goo to see. Both sides were unlucky with the referee, Martin Atkinson, who had a shocker of a game with some of his decisions. The standards really are low in terms of referees this season, which is getting worse, not better. Demetri Payet looked to have won the match for the visitors after scoring a sublime free-kick in the 68th minute, but Ander Herrera put in a good assist for Anthony Martial to level the match with seven minutes plus stoppage time to play. The match ended in a draw, United will be in the semi-final draw on Monday evening, but to get to Wembley this season, they will need to beat the Hammers at the Boleyn Ground, which will be the last time an FA Cup clash will take place there with West Ham moving to the Olympic Stadium from the summer.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spaniard made a few good saves, but could not get the Payet's free kick to deny the visitors from scoring.


Guillermo Varela

The Uruguayan defender was not backed up at times he needed a bit of assistance. He offered his side something extra going forward.


12 Chris Smalling

Looked better at the heart of defence against the Hammers than he did against Liverpool. Had little to deal with from Carroll and won most of his aerial duels. Put in a few last-ditch tackles.


17 Daley Blind

Did well in defence and distributed the ball fairly calmly, rather than hoofing the ball clear of his area. Seemed a bit impatient on the tackle and gave away the free kick which Payet scored the opening goal.


5 Marcos Rojo

The Argentinian looked rusty at times, but was give space to get some crosses in from the flank. He seemed clumsy at times, which just did not look like the great display needed.


16 Michael Carrick

Looked better in midfield as opposed to the centre of defence, which was where he played a few matches ago, and on Thursday against Liverpool. Was good in distribution and started some promising over for his side.


27 Marouane Fellaini

The Belgian made his presence known, throwing his weight around. Fellaini lacked imagination and seemed to be out of place in United's midfield.


14 Jesse Lingard

The England U21 international out in a lot of effort against the Hammers, but lacked the quality needed in the final third to get United ahead. His final pass barely beat his man, which was frustrating. Learning curve maybe.


21 Ander Herrera

The Spanish midfielder looked effective in the number ten role, despite looking good in the box-to-box role recently. Stretched the Hammers on occasion and put in a sublime cross to Martial for United to level the tie for the replay.


11 Anthony Martial

The Frenchman had Antonio in his pocket for much of the match, which was good to see. Martial worked hard and showed determination, which saw his get onto the end of Herrera's cross to equalise and earn a replay.


19 Marcus Rashford

Looked a threat with his running and pace, which is something United lack at this moment in time. Misplaced a few passes, but showed his confidence talking on the opposition. If he does this at the age of 18, in a few years he could be unstoppable.



Ratings: Manchester United 1-1 West Ham United – Emirates FA Cup 2015/16

Replaced Rashford. The Dutchman was lively, but his final ball needs some improvement. After some good form late last month, he seems to have gone backwards again.


Ratings: Manchester United 1-1 West Ham United – Emirates FA Cup 2015/16

Replaced Fellaini. The German added a calming influence to the midfield. He played a part in the equaliser nudging Randolph away from the ball for Martial to score.


36 Matteo Darmian

Replaced Varela. Introduced late into the match for the tired Varela, who looked like he could not continue.



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