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Ratings: Sanchez MOTM, Carrick and Lingard closely followed; Gomes a class act

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.

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′

Manchester United

22 Sergio Romero

The Argentinian kept a clean sheet, United's sixth in a row, five in 2018 alone. Made a few saves in the first half, seldom had anything to do in the second.

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Matteo Darmian

Darmian struggled against this League Two side and was exposed at times as United's weak link. Will not have impressed, even with his assist for United's third. Needs to go in the summer.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The Swede was tested a few times but also had his own position and the right-back role to keep an eye on. Played a good game and it will help build is confidence.

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16 Marcos Rojo

Was fouled in the first minute and gave a good physical battle. Got an assist in added time and played to the best of his abilities. A clean sheet well deserved.

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23 Luke Shaw

Shaw played well, was composed and quick on his feet. Played well on the left with Sanchez. Will have impressed the manager.

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16 Michael Carrick

Hard to spot the fact he had not played for four months. Literally ran the entire midfield. Good to see him back in what will be his final season as a United player.

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21 Ander Herrera

Got his second goal at Hush Park, three years after his first. He was difficult for Yeovil to handle and did the dirty work for Carrick. Great game for the Spaniard.

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8 Juan Mata

Helped United tick and made some good passes. Scored himself but it was ruled offside.

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39 Scott McTominay

The Academy graduate nearly scored but the Yeovil keeper made the save. Looked dangerous at times. Was booked for a challenge and seemingly riding his luck late on.

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Alexis Sanchez

Man of the Match for me. The Chilean worked hard and clearly lacked match fitness but continued to do his thing. Got an assist on his debut, unlucky not to score a goal.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Scored the opening goal cooly and calmly from inside the box. Played in three positions throughout the game. His confidence will be boosted after not scoring since the 10th December.

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Substitutes

Romelu Lukaku

Replaced Mata 65'. Bagged his 18th goal of the season deep in injury time. Pressured the League Two side and will be ready for Spurs on Wednesday.

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14 Jesse Lingard

Replaced Sanchez 72'. Scored his 12th goal of the season with a sublime strike. One of the most improved players at the club this season.

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28 Angel Gomes

Replaced Rashford 88'. Got his FA Cup debut, playing two minutes plus stoppage time. Could have scored on his first attack, which hit the side netting. Mourinho has spotted his potential.

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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′

Confirmed Starting XI: Alexis Sanchez starts for Manchester United

Manchester United will be looking to continue their winning run of 2018 winning all four matches of the year so far. United will travel to Huish Park to take on Yeovil Town in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup, a familiar ground as United played a match here during the 2014/15 season where United won 2-0 with Ander Herrera scoring in the 64th minute and Angel Di Maria scoring a goal in stoppage time. This time, with Jose Mourinho as the manager, not Louis van Gaal, United will be seeking a better result as it took more than an hour for United to break the League Two side down. It has been a good week for United supporters with Alexis Sanchez being confirmed as a United player on Monday and Mourinho signing a new contract earlier on Thursday.

Manchester United:

Romero;

Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw;

Carrick, Herrera;

Mata. McTominay, Alexis;

Rashford

Substitutes:

Pereira; Smalling, Young; Lingard, Matic, Gomes; Lukaku

Manchester United and Yeovil Town have played three competitive matches in the history of both clubs – all in the FA Cup. The first match was played on the 8th January 1938 at Old Trafford – a 3-0 victory for United with Thomas Bamford, Stan Pearson, and Henry Baird scoring the goals. The next match came just over a decade later but was played at Maine Road after the damage caused to Old Trafford by German bombers during World War II. United won that match 8-0 with Jack Rowley scoring five goals, Ronnie Burke scoring a brace and Charlie Mitten scoring the other goal in the game. United last played Yeovil just over three years ago, winning 2-0 with Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria scoring the goals at Huish Park.

How Manchester United could look in a 4-2-3-1 formation against Yeovil Town in the Emirates FA Cup

Manchester United travel to Huish Park to take on Yeovil Town in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup on Friday evening. On the day it was confirmed that Jose Mourinho had signed an extension to his current contract at the Theatre of Dreams and at the end of the week where Alexis Sanchez had his transfer from Arsenal confirmed, the Red Devils will be excited ahead of this match which will see United go head to head with the League Two side for the second time in the last three years.

Back in 2015, United had drawn Yeovil in the third round of the FA Cup, led then by Louis van Gaal. United eventually won the match 2-0 but took more than an hour to find the breakthrough with Ander Herrera scoring the opening goal of the match. Former United number seven Angel Di Maria scored the second goal of the game in stoppage time. Jose Mourinho will be seeking to get the better of the League Two side early in the match so he can rest some of his star players ahead of their visit to Wembley on Wednesday where they face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

Predicted Starting XI and Formation (4-2-3-1):

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Goalkeeper: Sergio Romero

Sergio Romero has been the man who has played on domestic cup competitions this season, leaving David De Gea fit for the Premier League and UEFA Champions League matches. Against League Two opposition, De Gea could be rested, giving him some time to prepare for the clash with Spurs at Wembley next week. Romero last player for United in the 2-0 victory over Derby County at the start of the month, which was his sixth appearance for United this season. Romero is a great stand in for De Gea, although United have suffered two defeats; Basel and Bristol City with the Argentinian playing ahead of De Gea. Two defeats in six is not that bad really.

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Back Four: Matteo Darmian, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw

United’s defence has been strong this season with seven central defenders to choose from for much of the season. Eric Bailly has been on the sidelines through injury for a number of months and Axel Tuanzebe has been loaned out to Aston Villa for the remainder of the season today, which leaves Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling and Daley Blind, along with Bailly as United’s experienced central defenders. Blind has been on the sidelines through injury recently, so I have picked Lindelof and Rojo being that they have not played for a period with Jones and Smalling pairing up for the last few matches. Luka Shaw, the best left-back United have and Matteo Darmian could come in for this match, giving Antonio Valencia some rest ahead of the next Premier League match, which Shaw should be able to play in also.

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Midfield: Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba

United currently have five fit central midfielders; Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, and Scott McTominay. I would imagine Matic will be given a rest ahead of the testing fixture against Spurs next week, which will leave four of the five fully fit midfielders. I have selected Fellaini and Pogba as that gives United enough to contend with Yeovil. Matic may well be on the bench along with one of Herrera and McTominay, probably the former. Perhaps Mourinho will select McTominay ahead of either Fellaini or Pogba, giving one of them a rest as well ahead of the clash with Spurs.

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Attacking Midfield: Alexis Sanchez, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial

This is probably the part of the team that every United supporter is looking forward to seeing. As Mourinho was seeking a right-winger, I have put Alexis Sanchez in this position with Jesse Lingard playing at the number ten and Anthony Martial on the left-wing. Between them this season, they have scored 30 goals between them (Sanchez scoring eight for Arsenal) and created 17 assists (Sanchez has for assist from his time at Arsenal). Obviously, there is a few players who can now compete for these three positions, if Mourinho continues to opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation, which will bring out the best of all players as they fight for a place in the starting XI ahead of each match.

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Striker: Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian striker has made 34 appearances for United (in all competition), scoring 17 goals, assisting a further seven goals. Lukaku has been criticised by sections of the United support for not doing enough – what more do they want. 17 goals at this stage of the season is a great number already, let alone the assists he has made also. If he can reach 30 goals this season, he will beat what Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored for the club last season and it will be a great barometer for his future success at the Old Trafford club.

Preview: Alexis Sanchez to make his Manchester United debut against Yeovil Town?

Yeovil Town -v- Manchester United

Huish Park, Yeovil, Somerset

Emirates FA Cup 2017/18

Friday 26th January 2018; KO 19:55 GMT

Live on BBC One HD (United Kingdom only)

Manchester United will be looking to continue their winning run of 2018 winning all four matches of the year so far. United will travel to Huish Park to take on Yeovil Town in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup, a familiar ground as United played a match here during the 2014/15 season where United won 2-0 with Ander Herrera scoring in the 64th minute and Angel Di Maria scoring a goal in stoppage time. This time, with Jose Mourinho as the manager, not Louis van Gaal, United will be seeking a better result as it took more than an hour for United to break the League Two side down. It has been a good week for United supporters with Alexis Sanchez being confirmed as a United player on Monday and Mourinho signing a new contract earlier on Thursday.

This season, United are starting to show signs of the team they once were, commencing their challenge in the Premier League, despite sitting 12 points adrift of rivals Manchester City. Mourinho will be seeking his side continue their winning run to the season and will be in much better shape than City, who have played two extra matches this month already, playing Bristol City twice in the Carabao Cup, earning a place in the final, where they will face Arsenal. United will face a trip to Wembley to be pitted against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, their final match of the month. Then United can concentrate on the UEFA Champions League returning, and a fifth round in the FA Cup, should they beat Yeovil, which seems to be on the cards.

Form: Manchester United have the better form going into the Emirates FA Cup fourth round

Manchester United: WWWWD – Burnley 1-0 W, Stoke City 3-0 W, Derby County 2-0 W, Everton 2-0 W, Southampton 0-0 D

Yeovil Town: LDWWL – Chesterfield 2-1 L, Port Vale 1-1 D, Forest Green Rovers 2-0 W, Bradford City 2-0 W, Crawley Town 2-1 L

Previous Matches: Manchester United are in the driving seat to glory based on the last three matches, scoring 13 goals without reply

Manchester United and Yeovil Town have played three competitive matches in the history of both clubs – all in the FA Cup. The first match was played on the 8th January 1938 at Old Trafford – a 3-0 victory for United with Thomas Bamford, Stan Pearson, and Henry Baird scoring the goals. The next match came just over a decade later but was played at Maine Road after the damage caused to Old Trafford by German bombers during World War II. United won that match 8-0 with Jack Rowley scoring five goals, Ronnie Burke scoring a brace and Charlie Mitten scoring the other goal in the game. United last played Yeovil just over three years ago, winning 2-0 with Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria scoring the goals at Huish Park.

Team News: Alexis Sanchez to make his Manchester United debut at Huish Park?

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that new number seven Alexis Sanchez will be in the squad to face Yeovil Town in the FA Cup on Friday evening. Whether the Chilean makes the starting XI remains to be seen though. United could be without Eric Bailly, Michael Carrick, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the Emirates FA Cup fourth round fixture but Mourinho could rotate several key players ahead of the visit to Wembley to face Spurs on Wednesday evening. Yeovil Town player and former United trainee Otis Khan will miss the fixture which will have disappointed him.

Predicted Starting XI:

Predicted Score:

Yeovil Town 0-3 Manchester United

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