Manchester United needed extra time to see off West Ham and make it to the FA Cup last eight
Scott McTominay’s goal in extra time ensured Manchester United reached the FA Cup quarter finals for the seventh year in a row, as they saw off West Ham in an otherwise forgettable affair.
Substitute McTominay reacted well to convert Marcus Rashford’s flick past Lukasz Fabianski in the Hammers’ goal in the 97th minute, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were able to hang on to secure their passage into the last eight.
The 90 minutes of normal time was a largely stale contest, with West Ham barely threatening the United goal, and the home side looking less threatening than they have in recent weeks on a bitterly cold night in Manchester.
Perhaps one of the more interesting incidents was when Issa Diop became the first player to ever be involved in a concussion substitution, as he was replaced by Ryan Fredericks. Diop himself had been a sub, coming on for Angelo Ogbonna in the first half after the Italian clashed with Anthony Martial.
Fabianski was central to the incident that was closest to providing a goal during normal time, as the Polish goalkeeper showed excellent reactions to tip a deflected Victor Lindelof header onto the post.
West Ham were toothless in attack as they struggled without Michail Antonio, as they managed just a single shot on target all night, and extra time was always likely to be needed.
And it was during the additional half hour that McTominay struck his fourth goal of the season to send United through to the last eight, and ensure David Moyes’ wretched record of never having won a game as a visiting manager at Old Trafford continued.