Nemanja Matic stars as Manchester United advance to the FA Cup semis

Nemanja Matic stars as Manchester United advance to the FA Cup semis
From ESPN - March 17, 2018

Following the disappointing Champions League exit on Tuesday, the pressure was on Jose Mourinho to get a result against Brighton on Saturday night.

Manchester United were worthy of their 2-0 win, with the visiting side posing few problems in the first half, before a brighter second-half performance that United managed to contain.

Romelu Lukaku put United ahead in the first half, after his side had largely dominated without doing an awful lot with the ball.

Nemanja Matic wrapped up the win with a late header to book United's place in the semifinals, which was a very much needed boost for the club.


Lukaku's fantastic goalscoring form of 2018 continues with him finding the back of the net in another important game. He's scored 10 goals and assisted 4 others in the 14 appearances he's made in 2018. Matic's upturn in good form continues with a goal and an assist.


Luke Shaw's time at the club has probably come to an end. Having been left out of the team for weeks, he was subbed off at half-time for tactical reasons, and Mourinho voiced his unhappiness with the left-back's performance after the game.

Manager rating out of 10

6 -- Mourinho's team selection was good and he got the desired result. Did not set the world alight though.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Sergio Romero, 7 -- Made a good save from a powerful Brighton header five minutes into the first half, before making an impressive stop in the second.

DF Antonio Valencia, 6 -- Typical performance from Valencia. Supported the attack and largely did what was asked of him defensively.

DF Eric Bailly, 6 -- Solid at the back but did not have too much to deal with.


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