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Harry Maguire hails Man United’s ‘great spirit’ in FA Cup win vs West Ham

Manchester United captain and the BBC’s ‘Man of the Match’ Harry Maguire has spoken following his side’s 1-0 win over West Ham United in the FA Cup’s Fifth Round.

United edged their way past David Moyes’ Hammers in what was largely a drab and dull affair.

Despite being named on the bench, new signing Amad Diallo failed to make his long-awaited debut, however, thankfully, it turned out the exciting youngster wasn’t needed.

An extra-time winner from midfielder Scott McTominay was enough to send the Red Devils through to their fourth consecutive quarter-final.

Speaking after the match, skipper Maguire took the time to hail his team-mate’s ‘great spirit’ to bounce back with a win following a disappointing 3-3 draw in the Premier League against Everton last weekend.

“I thought the performance was good,” Maguire said (as quoted by MEN). “We could have been a bit more clinical.

“They had a spell but we dealt with it a lot better than at the weekend and we felt we got the win we deserved in end.

“Last Saturday was tough – especially in the second half. We were so disappointed with conceding with the last kick.

“We showed great spirit and a good mentality to come back and perform. We know it’s a long season and tonight was perfect. It’s important to get through.”

In light of tonight’s win, United are now one step closer to lifting some much needed silverware; something they have failed to do since Jose Mourinho guided the side to the Europa League in 2017.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will now be preparing his side for a league clash against West Brom when the two teams meet at the Hawthornes on Valentine’s Day.

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