Manchester United’s run of playing every single game available to them will continue for longer after Erik ten Hag’s men found a way past a resilient West Ham side at Old Trafford.
It looked like it was going to be an awkward evening at the Theatre of Dreams when West Ham took an early second-half lead but a late flurry from the Reds ensured qualification into the quarter-finals.
Casemiro had a header ruled out for offside by VAR but not long after, Bruno Fernandes’ corner was headed into his own net by Nayef Aguerd.
The game was heading into the extra-time but Alejandro Garnacho’s spectacular winner in the 90th minute spared the Reds another 30 minutes, with Fred adding another goal to seal the deal.
Man United Player Ratings
David de Gea – 8
Made a number of vital stops to delay West Ham’s first goal. Could do nothing about Benrahma’s strike.
Diogo Dalot – 6
Not as involved in possession as he usually is.
Harry Maguire – 6
Poor judgement on some occasions but stepped in well on others.
Victor Lindelof – 6
Handled the battle with Michail Antonio fairly well.
Tyrell Malacia – 7
Hot-headed as ever but got the job done.
Scott McTominay – 5
Replaced at half-time after getting himself booked. Not his best outing.
Marcel Sabitzer – 6
Certainly adds something different to the side. Will prove to be a decent addition to the squad.
Bruno Fernandes – 7
Always trying to create and his inch-perfect deliveries eventually got United back into the game.
Antony – 6
Isolated and struggled when West Ham put three men on him.
Alejandro Garnacho – 9
Unstoppable at times – United have a real gem.
Wout Weghorst – 6
Presses like there’s no tomorrow. Improved when he dropped deeper following Marcus Rashford’s introduction.
I never want to see McGuire and lindelof combination again
Maguire and lindelof stupid passing across the area inviting West Ham forward then kicking it out the a West Ham striker! Why not just hit it towards the halfway line, crap defensively never play them again!
He goes past 1,2,3 & 4
He shapes to shoot, you know he’ll score,
That kid from Argentina: Alejandro.
( Apologies to Leonard Cohen’s ghost )