By Kiran Thakare
- Fosu-Mensah, Rojo, Carrick and Fellaini all restored to starting line-up
- Fellaini opened scoring for United
- Martial strikes injury time winner
Manchester United are through to the final of Emirates FA Cup after a thrilling 2-1 win over Everton at Wembley on Saturday. United will face winner of the second semi-final to be played between Watford and Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Louis Van Gaal made four changes to the side that faced Crystal Palace on Wednesday. Rojo and Fosu Mensah replaced Darmian and Valencia respectively in the back four.
Carrick return at the base of a midfield three replacing Schneiderlin. Fellaini took the place of Mata alongside Rooney. The attacking trio remained Rashford, Martial and Lingard.
Manchester United started the game on front foot as Martial terrorised the Toffees right-back Besic with some swift movement on the flank. He almost got the opener for United after beating his man but only for shot blocked by Stones.
Everton got the first chance of the game when Lukaku won a header against Carrick and dribbled past Fosu Mensah making a one on one situation with De Gea. The Belgian striker was able to beat De Gea but his shot was cleared off the line by Rooney with a great header.
United dominated the possession and started unlocking Everton’s defence. Lingard was through the defence line when Rooney found him with a brilliant long ball only for the winger to shoot straight at the keeper.
They were finally rewarded for their domination after some clever work from Martial on the left flank which helped the Frenchmen to play the ball in the path of Fellaini in the box who finished it at the near post. United were able to see off the half as Everton hardly caused any problems.
Everton started the second half strongly as they pressed well and United were not comfortable on the ball. They got a great chance after 55 minutes when Fosu Mensah brought down Barkley in the box,but De Gea made a brilliant save to deny Lukaku from scroing from the spot.
Everton continued to mount pressure on United as Cleverley got two good chances to equalise. Martial on the other hand created a very good chance to wrap the game when he played a delicate ball to Fellaini in the box but Jagielka blocked the shot with his hand and United were denied a penalty.
Everton got the equaliser in the final quarter off the game when Deulofeu played a dangerous ball in the box which was misjudged by Smalling and led to an own goal.
The Merseyside club pressed for a winner when Delulofeu’s shot was saved and Lukaku’s shot was blocked by a last ditch challenge by Fellaini. United were certain that the game will go into extra time as they kept the ball in the final minutes of the game.
French forward Martial had another script in his mind, he initiated the move from the flank with good one-two with Rashford and Herrera and then ending the move with a sublime finish to win the game for United in 93rd minute. United had a contrasting halves but deserved to go into the final as they were clinical with their chances.
Manchester United: De Gea, Fosu-Mensah (Valencia 61), Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Fellaini (Herrera 87), Rooney, Lingard, Martial, Rashford Substitutes Not Used: Romero, Darmian, Schneiderlin, Mata, Memphis