Shrewsbury 0 - 3 United
Varela Smalling Blind Borthwick-Jackson(Riley)
Lingard Mata(Perreira) Memphis
What a game! What a result! That was a European cup winning performance by our boys! Hah, I am obviously taking the piss.
This wasn’t a tricky game. It was a game that we were expected to win and we did just that. Shrewsbury had no intention of winning the game; all they cared about was to come out of it with a respectable scoreline. For this reason, we had to deal with a congested Shrewsbury box but we were in control from the first whistle and a goal or two were inevitable, despite Shrewsbury’s huffing and puffing.
The player I least expected to break the deadlock, came up with his first goal of the season a few minutes before the end of the first half. I have no idea what Chris Smalling was doing in Shrewsbury’s box but I think he might have gotten a tad bored at the back. Anyway, thank heavens he opened the score because if we hadn’t scored before the end of the first half, some sort of nervousness might have crept into our team at half time. The game was put to bed when Mata scored a delightful free-kick during the first half’s added time. When was the last time we’ve seen a goal from a free-kick?!!
We could have scored more goals during the second half but only scored one. Lingard finished Herrera’s excellent lobbed pass to round of a decent display albeit against a weak side. Not a performance to get too excited about but it was good to see the likes of Memphis trying hard to make something happen.
We’re now in the semi finals and a step away from playing at Wembley. Been a while since we last played a competitive game there! I still think it’s stupid to play a semi-final at Wembley because this has obviously put a dent to the prestige of playing at Wembley for the final.....but anyway. We’ll play West Ham at home in our next round. Not the hardest of draws so I expect us to have a real go at winning this cup especially with Spurs, Liverpool, City and either Chelsea or Everton out of the competition. Arsenal also have to deal with an away replay against Hull City.
Speaking of Arsenal, they will be visiting Old Trafford this Sunday. I don’t want them to win the league so hopefully we can make them drop some points. We’ve done reasonably well against the big teams this season so there’s no reason why we cannot win this game. Come on United!
Oh, I forgot! We've got the Europa League this Thursday! Yes, we lost away from home but losing to this Danish side at Old Trafford would be a travesty.