West Ham United succumb to Manchester United 1-2

Stadium: Boleyn Ground . April 13, 2016 . Emirates FA Cup

West Ham United

West Ham United
1
J. Tomkins 79′
Final

Manchester United

Manchester United
2
M. Fellaini, 67′ RasM. hford54′

Emirates FA Cup sixth-round replay | 13 April 2016 | Upton Park | Attendance: 33,505 | Scorers: Rashford 54, Fellaini 67; Tomkins 79

Manchester United booked an Emirates FA Cup semi-final date with Everton at Wembley by impressively overcoming West Ham United in a thrilling sixth-round replay at Upton Park.

Marouane Fellani scored the crucial second goal to help the Red Devils to a 2-1 victory in Wednesday’s sixth-round replay at Upton Park, which booked a Wembley date with his former club Everton on 23 April.

The Belgian told MUTV: “Of course we wanted a reaction from the team – we needed it and we won. We did well for 70 or 80 minutes; we created a lot of chances and kept the ball.

“In the end it was difficult because they pressed so it was more difficult to keep the ball, but today the most important thing was to win the game. Everyone is happy and we have to keep going.”

After Marcus Rashford’s sensational curling strike opened the scoring, there was an element of fortune as Fellaini turned the ball home from close range for the decisive goal after Anthony Martial’s shot deflected into his path.

Manchester United will face Everton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley after showing class and character to beat West Ham United.

In the final FA Cup game at Upton Park before the Hammers move to the Olympic Stadium, visiting manager Louis van Gaal engineered a result when he needed it most.

Marcus Rashford gave Van Gaal’s men the lead in this quarter-final replay after 54 minutes, the 18-year-old collecting a pass from Anthony Martial before curling a magnificent finish into the top corner past West Ham keeper Darren Randolph.

Spanish goalkeeping maestro, David De Gea, was at his best for Manchester United, making eight saves which included a fantastic double save to deny Cheikhou Kouyate and Andy Carroll.

West Ham 1 vs United 2. FA Cup

PhotoMarcus Rashford’s great goal gave Manchester United the lead

Van Gaal happy with FA Cup progress

Photo: Louis Van Gaal is very happy with the Red Devils march to Wembley Stadium to face Everton on 23 April, 2016

VAN GAAL ON FA CUP WIN OVER WEST HAM

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hailed Wednesday night’s “fantastic” Emirates FA Cup sixth-round replay win over West Ham United at Upton Park. Here are the key points from his post-match interviews with MUTV and BBC Sport…

The result

“It was fantastic – I am happy, I’m happy for the players, the club and the fans. Of course it’s a big result and I think we played very well. We played defensively very well – we didn’t give so much away. They lost the ball a lot of times and I believe with a bit more composure we could have finished it much earlier. I said at half-time we had to show composure in the third and fourth phase. We did that better but I still believe we could have finished the game earlier. At the end it was, of course, not so nice but we are the winners, so it’s fantastic.”

The performance

“When you see the match, we controlled the game for 85 minutes and then suddenly they scored the goal through the kick of Payet, the head of Carroll and of Tomkins – it was also quality. At that time it changed the match but David De Gea saved us. It was a fantastic night.”

Marcus Rashford’s goal

“It was a fantastic goal. I was behind him when he dribbled and saw the opening in the corner and thought ‘shoot!’. He did it and it’s more difficult to do it than to shout it!”

Marouane Fellaini’s display

“I liked his performance but I have to say that Fellaini always does great. He wants to perform what we have agreed and that I like of him. He had a great game also and scored an important goal, even if it was a little bit lucky.”

David De Gea

“We kept him and that is because he is one of the best you can imagine. I am very happy with him.”

Reaching the semi-finals

“It [Upton Park] is a difficult place to come – they haven’t lost here since August; it was difficult because they have beaten all the top teams here. After the [Europa League] defeat at Liverpool, the next game was against West Ham in the FA Cup; we were 1-0 down and fought until the end for 1-1. The spirit in the team is very good, you cannot deny that. It was a fantastic result and I’m happy I shall go to Wembley as a manager.”

Managing at Wembley

“I have played and been there as a coach of the Dutch national team when we played against England in 2000, I think. Now it’s a new stadium, different for me so I’m very happy. Now we have to reach the final – then I will be even more happy.”

The importance of winning the FA Cup

“It is not important for me; it is important for the club, for the players and for the team. I said I wanted a title and I am very happy but it is very important for the club.”

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Manchester United’s young guns lead the way at Boleyn Ground on Wednesday night.

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