On a night where Europe was agog with UEFA Champions League football, in England Manchester United and West Ham thrilled fans to a great evening of football in the quarter-final replay of the FA Cup.
Both sides played out a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford and the Hammers were hoping for a massive win at Upton Park in front of their fans but Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini had other ideas as they handed the Red Devils a vital win while James Tomkins got the only goal for Slaven Bilic’s men.
Andy Carroll fresh from his hat-trick against Arsenal at the weekend drew out a save from David se Gea in goal for the visitors while at the other end Belgian Fellaini ghosted into the area but his deflected shot was taped away by Darren Randolph.
Michael Carrick picked up the first yellow card of the game for upending Dimitri Payet – the England international nearly opened scoring but his left foot volley from 25-yards went wide as the first half ended goalless.
The visitors started the second half with a higher tempo and it was no surprise as wunderkind Marcus Rashford curled in a superb effort into the top corner of the net aided by the post.
Louis van Gaal’s men doubled the lead through Marouane Fellaini bundled the ball into net after Anthony Martial’s shot was partially blocked and ricocheted off the midfielder.
West Ham manager Bilic, threw on Nigerian duo Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses and it immediately paid off as the Hammers reduced the scoreline through James Tomkins who headed past the outstanding de Gea from a corner.
Cheikhou Kouyate out-muscled two Manchester United defenders before being denied by De Gea from 10 yards with an incredible spice of goalkeeping which made many wonder why he was snubbed for nomination for the player of the season.
Some piece of goodnews for the Red Devils as Captain Wayne Rooney returned from injury which has kept him out since February to replace Rashford and helped United into the semifinal where they will play Everton in Wembley.