Report: Sanchez’s debut ends with an assist in 4-0 victory at Yeovil; Gomes makes FA Cup debut delight


Manchester United beat Yeovil Town 4-0 in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup and are into Monday’s fifth round draw. Marcus Rashford opened up the scoring in the 41st minute of the match, with Ander Herrera scoring the second goal in the 61st minute. United did not finish there with Jesse Lingard scoring in the 89th minute and Romelu Lukaku scoring in stoppage time.

Jose Mourinho made ten changes from the team which beat Burnley at the weekend, selecting Alexis Sanchez to start the match on the left-wing with Anthony Martial being rested this evening. Angel Gomes was included in the travelling squad, occupying a place on the bench against Yeovil.

United started well and it was an early yellow card for Yeovil after Francois Zoko thundered in with an over-zealous challenge on Marcos Rojo. Yeovil had a chance on goal in the eighth minute of the match with Jordan Green striking the legs of Sergio Romero before United made the clearance and Scott McTominay was fouled.

United broke through into the Yeovil area in the 16th minute of the match but his pass to Marcus Rashford in the box was not strong enough and Yeovil cleared the threat. Before this action, Yeovil had another shot on goal with Omar Sowunmi heading straight to Romero. It seems United thought this might be easy, but Yeovil were giving them a game in the early stages.

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United were playing a bit better around the 20-minute mark of the match, pressuring Yeovil in their own half trying to create space to have a decent shot on goal but the home side were able to do enough to make it tricky for this United side. In the 24th minute of the match, United created some play, setting up McTominay for a shot on goal which the Yeovil keeper managed to save.

Nathan Smith was booked for a challenge on Sanchez in the 30th minute of the match, the second booking for the home side this evening with an hour of the match remaining. United won a free-kick, which was taken by Sanchez, on target but the keeper made the save to deny United from scoring the opening goal of the match.

Yeovil won a free-kick at the edge of United’s box after Michael Carrick, the United captain made the foul. The free-kick was straight at Romeo, clearing the effort off his palms with United attempting to gain ground and threaten at the other end of the pitch. Yeovil were asking many questions of United in the first 38 minutes of the match.

United, after some good interplay going forward, gained some ground and strung a few passes around the pitch. Sanchez on the ball attempted a shot on goal, which was just wide of the target. In the 41st minute of the match, Sanchez was in space, passed to Rashford in the middle and despite being crowded in the box, the 20-year-old found the back of the net for his club.

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At the start of the second half, Sanchez was fouled by Sowunmi, the third Yeovil player to be booked in this match, still with more than 40 minutes of the match remaining. United started an attack minutes later with Darmian putting in a cross for Sanchez which was too high and hit too hard to give United anything. The Italian should be one of the first out of the door in the summer.

Rashford could have scored his second goal of the evening, doing it alone in the box, getting past defenders and earning a corner. Juan Mata then clipped the crossbar, which was unfortunate, but has shown the class divide between the two clubs. Yeovil seem to have put in cynical challenges and United try to ooze their class.

In the 61st minute of the match, United were through on goal with Sanchez on the ball but instead of taking a shot himself, he passed to Ander Herrera who scored United’s second goal of the match. It was almost the same minute he scored three years ago at the same end of the pitch. A great way to mark his 150th appearance for United.

In the 64th minute, as Mourinho was readying Romelu Lukaku to come on, United found the back of the net against, through Juan Mata, but the goal was ruled out for offside. Mata then made way for Lukaku in the 65th minute of the match. United won a corner through McTominay in the 70th minute of the match, Sanchez taking the corner and Yeovil regaining possession.

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In the 72nd minute, Jesse Lingard replaced Sanchez with Mourinho making his second change of the evening. Scott McTominay was the first United player to be booked in this match for his challenge on Zoko in the 81st minute. In the 88th minute, Mourinho made his final change of the evening with Rashford coming off and Angel Gomes coming on – the 17-year-old was unlucky not to score himself.

Jesse Lingard continued his goalscoring run, scoring United’s third goal in the 89th minute of the match to win the tie for United, not that they were not winning before the goal. Matteo Darmian got his second assist of the season, which was a surprise. United scored their fourth goal deep in injury time with Romelu Lukaku scoring his 18th goal of the season, assisted by Marcos Rojo.

United are into the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup, the draw coming on Monday evening. United will now be thinking about their trip to Wembley on Wednesday as they face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. Job done for Jose Mourinho, who turned 55 today, which also marked his 100th match as United manager.

Key Moments: 100 games for Jose Mourinho, 150 appearances for Ander Herrera, and Alexis Sanchez’s debut

Jose Mourinho managed his 100th match for Manchester United, on his 55th birthday. Ander Herrera made his 150th appearance for United. The last time he faced Yeovil, he was on the scoresheet breaking the deadlock after the hour mark of the match, as he was again in this match.

Alexis Sanchez made his Manchester United debut against Yeovil Town, the first time United have fielded a number seven since Memphis Depay played his last match for the club against Feyenoord in the UEFA Europa League on the 24th November 2016. Sanchez registered his first assist for United for Herrera’s goal in the 61st minute.

Marcus Rashford scored his first goal in 11 matches, the consolation goal against Manchester City on the 10th December, to put United 1-0 up against Yeovil Town in the 41st minute of the match. Ander Herrera scored his 16th goal for United to mark his 150th appearance for the club in the 61st minute of the match, assisted by Sanchez.

Angel Gomez made his debut in the Emirates FA Cup, replacing Marcus Rashford in the 88th minute of the match, nearly scoring in his first attack. United then made it 3-0 through Jesse Lingard in the 89th minute, his 12th goal this season, assisted by Matteo Darmian before Romelu Lukaku was set up by Marcos Rojo in stoppage time, the Belgian scoring his 18th goal this season.

Man of the Match: Alexis Sanchez

The Chilean became the first from his country to play for United ths evening in Yeovil. During the majority of his time on the pitch, he was playing all over and was the main man trying to orchestrate his side to victory. He gave the ball away a few times in the first half, but also demanded the ball from his teammates at times, looking to create or even score. It will be a big job to fill that famous number seven shirt, with many players failing to find their best form which donning the number. Cristiano Ronaldo was the last player to set the world alight in that shirt, Sanchez has what it takes to eclipse that feat.

Match Statistics:

Goals: Marcus Rashford 41′, Ander Herrera 61′, Jesse Lingard 89′, Romelu Lukaku 90+3′

Assists: Alexis Sanchez 61′, Matteo Darmian 89′, Marcos Rojo 90+3′

Manchester United: Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw; Carrick, Herrera; Mata (Lukaku 65′), McTominay, Alexis (Lingard 72′); Rashford (Gomes 88′)

Substitutes Not Used: Pereira; Smalling, Young; Matic

Bookings: Scott McTominay 81′

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