Yeovil Town 0 - 2 United
Rafael(Evans) Smalling McNair Blackett
Fletcher Rooney Herrera Shaw(Mata)
Falcao(Di Maria) Wilson
Not the best of performances, again, but at least we are in the next round of the FA Cup. LVG must have learned his lesson after that dreadful MK Dons performance in the League Cup as he put out a pretty strong team. There were some youngsters playing but they've played enough games this season to know how to handle such a game. Having said that, it was another learning experience for them.
Yeovil weren't half bad and could have scored on a couple occasions. Their striker fluffed a really good chance and Di Maria cleared a ball of the line after a good header. We only tested their goalie three times; we scored on two occasions and had a shot by Herrera saved. There was nothing special about our performance with the exception of the two goals. The first was an excellent shot by Ander Herrera who looked over the moon with his goal and equally bemused after he was yellow carded for his celebrations. The second was beautifully crafted and expertly finished by Rooney and Di Maria respectively. Good to have Di Maria back. He hasn't had a proper run in the team for quite some time now.
The defending was a tad worrying, as usual. A better team would have swapped us out of the FA Cup today but we live to fight another day. Hopefully, we give this year's FA Cup a good shot. It's our only real chance of silverware.
You'd expect a bigger scoreline against these kind of teams but Yeovil's players were playing the game of their life and that makes a huge difference. When you've got 11 players playing against you who know they won't get another chance to play against Man Utd, you know they are going to give it their all. That's why our players looked like they found it very tough to break this Yeovil team. Well done to all Yeovil players though, they've shown that with a bit of grit everyone is capable of big things. Southampton next.