Louis Van Gaal praised the character of his young players after a largely inexperienced Manchester United side beat Midtjylland 5-1 on Thursday night to book themselves a place in the draw for the Europa League round of 16 after winning the tie 6-3 on aggregate.
Anthony Martial was the latest United player to suffer an injury, as he complained of a hamstring problem during the warm-up, but the Frenchman was brilliantly replaced by Marcus Rashford, who scored twice on debut to swing the tie his side’s way.
Romero; Varela, Carrick, Blind, Riley; Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera; Lingard, Mata, Memphis; Martial.
Subs: J.Pereira, Rojo, Poole, McNair, Love, A.Pereira, Rashford.
Manchester United put criticism and speculations over Louis Van Gaal’s future momentarily aside as they booked their ticket to the quarter finals of the FA Cup after beating Shrewsbury Town 3-0.
After a slow start, United eventually began to take control of proceedings in the first half and went ahead through a goal from Chris Smalling, before Juan Mata made it 2-0 with a wonderful free-kick just before halftime.
Jesse Lingard added a third in the second half and United could have, and in fact probably should have, added a couple of more.
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Manchester United booked their spot in the quarter finals of the FA Cup after beating Shrewsbury Town 3-0 on Monday night.
Chris Smalling opened the scoring in the first half before Juan Mata made it 2-0 with a wonderfully struck free-kick, while Jesse Lingard clinched United’s third after capping a wonderful counterattacking move.
United’s starting XI vs Shrewsbury Town: Romero, Varela, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Memphis, Mata, Lingard, Martial.
Subs: Henderson, McNair, Poole, Carrick, Pereira, Riley, Keane
Louis Van Gaal has urged his Manchester United to pick themselves up after a dismal couple weeks and book themselves a place in the quarter finals of the FA Cup by beating Shrewsbury Town on Monday night.
The Dutchman, who remains on borrowed time at the club amid growing speculations he will be replaced by either Jose’ Mourinho or Ryan Giggs, has told his players every game between now and the end of the season is a must win game, starting with tonight’s trip to the League One outfit.
Louis Van Gaal has admitted Manchester United have lost their fear factor and conceded the speculations over his future haven’t helped his side during an extremely difficult season, which could take a turn for the worse over the next seven days.
United travel to Shrewsbury for the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday night before welcoming Midtjylland in the return leg of the round of 32 of Europa League and then face Arsenal at home three days later in a match that could effectively end their already slim hopes of securing a top four finish.
Chris Smalling has urged his teammates to start rewarding the supporters, after they spent £71 to see Manchester United beaten by FC Midtjylland in the Europa League on Thursday.
It was a new low for United in what is turning out to be their worst ever season in the Premier League as distress on the pitch is exacerbated by the uncertainty surrounding Louis Van Gaal’s future off it.