Shrewsbury Town 0-3 Manchester United: Under-Pressure United book quarter-final spot

Shrewsbury Town 0-3 Manchester United

By Andrew Embling

  • Goals from Smalling, Mata and Lingard see United through
  • Further injuries suffered by Borthwick-Jackson and Will Keane
  • 19 year-old Joe Riley makes first-team debut

Manchester United set up an FA Cup quarter final home clash with West Ham as overcame League One Shrewsbury 3-0.

Goals from Chris Smalling, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard sent United through at the expense of their less fancied rivals.

United were never really threatened as they strolled through to the last eight of a competition they have not won for 12 years.

Chris Smalling set them on their way, but it could have been out of sight before the captain on the night sent them on their way.

Smalling had already seen his header go over the bar and Memphis saw his shot turned away by Shrewsbury keeper Leutwiler before the United skipper made the breakthrough.

But with eight minutes to go to half time United took a deserved lead, Smalling firing home with a volley after a corner had ended up at his feet.

Mata added a second just before half time as his free kick from the edge of the area defeated Leutwiler, whilst Martial headed wide from a corner ten minutes into the second half.

19 year-old Joe Riley made his first-team debut as a half-time substitute for Borthwick-Jackson. Van Gaal later revealed that Borthwick-Jackson had suffered a knock in the first-half.

Shrewsbury introduced former United trainee Larnell Cole at the start of the second-half as they made a change in formation in an attempt to get back into the game.

Cole struggled to have an impact on the game, as United continued to dominate possession and more likely to add to the scoreline.

Lingard turned in Herrera’s pass out to make it 3-0 around the hour, but missed another chance to make it 4-0, whilst Will Keane hit the woodwork with 15 minutes to go, only to find himself an added name to the United treatment table.

Ogogo headed wide late on, but United saw it through to book a place in the FA Cup quarter finals and relieve some of the pressure on manager Louis van Gaal.

Manchester United: Romero, Varela, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson (Riley 46), Schneiderlin, Herrera, Lingard, Mata (Pereira 65), Memphis, Martial (Keane 71) Substitutes Not Used: Henderson, McNair, Poole, Carrick

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