Electric Marcus Rashford sees Manchester United past Everton to reach FA Cup fourth round

Five games, five goals. Marcus Rashford returns from the World Cup in rare form and if the man whose name appears twice in the top scorer list is Connor Coady, who has goals at both ends, then Everton will Knocked out of the FA Cup by Rashford. He has been instrumental in all three of United’s goals, with his 97th-minute penalty aiming to extend his tally of goals scored in every game since his return from Qatar, with crosses proving to be more important than shots important. Two tantalizing low crosses needed only touches: first Anthony and then the hapless Coady was signed as United entered the fourth-round draw as a first-team.

By doing so, they ensured that Everton’s wait for the title going back to their 1995 final win over Manchester United lasted until at least 2024. It remains to be seen whether Frank Lampard will oversee their next FA Cup game or next week’s relegation six-point tie with Southampton, but this dynamic display shows he is the player he has been support since.

There’s a “Morning Fire” chorus, but it’s from Stretford. A voting line of 9,000 traveling Evertonians chanted instead: “Fill the board.” They gave no hint that they blamed Lampard for Everton’s woes, and there was certainly plenty of bravery at Old Trafford. A place to admire. He celebrated his second equalizer,


In contrast, Manchester United have now achieved seven consecutive victories. Victories became Erik ten Hag’s happy habit, and even David de Gea’s roar, which seemed to be a thing of the past, didn’t prove costly. Rashford’s revival is one of the reasons for their revival. As well as an assist – United’s second goal was an own goal and his other was blocked – his evening included a defence-breaking pass as Anthony Martial was saved by Jordan Pickford Germany banned, a goal was blocked by the goalkeeper, and a free kick was taken by his teammate from a free kick in England.

Rashford eventually won their duel when Ben Godfrey nudged substitute Alejandro Ganaccho, with the Manchester man free-spirited for a penalty. Everton were booked for fouls on Rashford by two players, but they were unable to stop him. He was too fast, too ruthless, and too confident to stop him at all.

He wasn’t the winger always called a flanker, but set up two goals early in each half with a low centre-forward. First, he sped past Godfrey before Anthony slipped in for the finishing touches. It was the Brazilian’s first goal since United’s last meeting with Everton three months ago.

Rashford then spun and spun past Seamus Coleman in search of Martial and Coady, who headed the ball into his own goal.
If it took until injury time for a second United player to find the net, they certainly created enough chances before then. Christian Eriksen curled a shot just over and the excellent Pickford repelled a long-range strike from Bruno Fernandes.

This was more eventful than Everton’s draw at Manchester City, though Lampard had seemed to seek the same formula by reverting to a back five and recalling Godfrey. If a blueprint of safety in numbers in their own box appeared redundant when his side conceded inside three minutes, Everton then defended with great determination, with James Tarkowski making his usual host of blocks, and got a defender turned scorer, albeit with the aid of United’s goalkeeper.

There was a freakish element to the leveller, Neal Maupay’s low shot from an acute angle going through De Gea’s legs and leaving Coady with a tap-in. The Spaniard tends to stop more shots with his legs than most keepers but acted as if unaware he could use his hands. But De Gea’s footwork was altogether better when he saved Coleman’s shot in the second half and if Everton’s veteran captain had some awkward moments against Rashford, he led the charge in their bid to draw level for a second time. It was the rampaging Coleman who fed Gray before the substitute Calvert-Lewin put the ball in. With Gray excellent, Everton contributed to a rousing tie but while Ten Hag finished with five defenders, his attacking replacement, Garnacho, helped seal victory.

Everton’s losses extended beyond the result. Alex Iwobi was stretchered off after a challenge from Tyrell Malacia, the midfielder’s foot catching in the turf after he had charged 40 yards on a typically wholehearted burst. Iwobi had been an emblematic player for Lampard’s Everton. With the immediate impression being that he could be out for quite some time. He may have played his last game for Lampard.
Five games, five goals. Marcus Rashford has returned from the World Cup in rare form and if the man whose name was imprinted twice on this scoresheet was Conor Coady, who struck at either end, Everton were eliminated from the FA Cup by Rashford. He played a huge part in all three Manchester United’s goals and, composed as his 97th-minute penalty was as he extended his record of finding the net in every game since he came back from Qatar, his crossing proved more significant than his shooting. Two inviting low crosses that only required a touch: first Antony and then the luckless Coady obliged and United became the first side to enter the fourth-round draw.

In the process, they ensured Everton’s wait for major silverware, which dates back to their 1995 final win over United, will extend at least until 2024. Whether Frank Lampard is in charge to oversee their next FA Cup campaign, or indeed next week’s relegation six-pointer with Southampton, remains to be seen but this was the kind of spirited display to suggest he retains his players’ backing.

There was a chorus of “sacked in the morning” but it came from the Stretford End. The vocal contingent of 9,000 travelling Evertonians instead chanted: “Sack the board.” They gave no indications they hold Lampard responsible for Everton’s plight and, indeed, there was plenty to admire about a gutsy display at Old Trafford. He had celebrated a second equaliser, only for Demarai Gray to be ruled offside before Dominic Calvert-Lewin chested in his cross. There was no second draw in seven days in Manchester but, once again, Everton acquitted themselves well. The problem, augmented by the midweek meltdown against Brighton, is the bigger picture of six defeats in seven games and no wins since October.

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