Marcus Rashford He assisted two goals and scored another from the penalty spot as Manchester United beat A.J David De Gea Error in the first half to win everton 3-1 in the FA Cup third round at Old Trafford on Friday.
Rashford put United’s first goal on the board for Falah Anthony Only three minutes later and then he did all the hard work from before Connor Cody He turned the ball into his own net and the hosts took the lead seven minutes into the second half.
Then the English striker sealed the victory in stoppage time when he converted a penalty kick after a foul on the substitute Alejandro Garnacho.
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Earlier, De Gea delivered a low cross to allow Cody to equalize for Everton’s struggling Frank Lampard in the 14th minute.
The visitors thought they had a second equalizer after half-time, however Dominic Calvert-LewinThe near end from range was ruled out for offside in the build-up after a VAR check to allow United to claim a seventh successive win in all competitions.
In his first experience in the competition, Manchester United manager Eric ten Hag has shown he takes the FA Cup seriously by fielding an almost full-strength squad, with the exception of Luke Shaw partnership Raphael Varane in the center of defense.
It was a reinvigorated Rashford who stole the show, though, as he made his run of goal contributions to five successive matches for the first time in the 25-year-old’s United career.
“In terms of performance, it’s probably the best I’ve been, so I feel really good on the pitch,” Rashford told ITV. “I’m in positions and areas to score goals. If I keep creating chances, I feel like I’ll keep scoring.
“We are happy to qualify for the next round and most importantly we are keeping our momentum and winning matches.”
He was highly engaged as the home team raced for an early lead. Having scored four goals in four matches since returning from the World Cup, this time Rashford played the creator by slashing past a defender down the left of the penalty area before slotting the ball up against goal for Anthony to slide in and apply the finish.
The goal will be a boost for the Brazilian, who has not found the net since scoring against the same opposition on October 9.
It appeared at that point that United would continue their path to victory, particularly when Anthony Marcial Soon they shot wide from 20 yards.
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To no avail, Everton got a gift-wrapped way back into the competition.
Just moments after getting a break when Demari GrayHis shot bounced off the post and bounced inches off the goalkeeper’s back, and De Gea provided the equalizer for Everton.
Amadou Onana He did well to create space to press in his cross but De Gea was caught completely unaware of allowing the ball to bounce between his legs and fall onto Coady to create a slight pressure.
United continued to threaten to get back up front. Marshall has denied it before Jordan Pickford When put through one-on-one while Rashford has Christian Eriksen As he approached. But Everton, buoyed by the score’s draw, managed to gain more of a foothold in the competition as they sought to halt a winless slide that has seen them since October.
However, the visitors’ resolve only lasted a few minutes into the second half.
immediately after the loss Alex Iwobi Injury worrying, Cody found the net at the Stretford End for the second time, this time slithering around and turning the ball into his own net.
However, the credit goes to Rashford, who puts on a full display of his renewed confidence, bemused Seamus Coleman and reach the byline before Cody meets his curtailment.
Everton continued to show faith and briefly thought they were back on form again, but Rashford’s late penalty ensured they would be left to focus on a Premier League campaign that saw them drop into the relegation zone.
Meanwhile, Man United has clinched a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup for the ninth consecutive season as it seeks its first title of any kind in six years.
Information from Reuters is used in this report.