Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini scored the goals that sank West Ham in the FA Cup quarter-finals and breathed life back into Manchester United’s season.
The 18-year-old striker notched a delightful, curling, goal 10 minutes into the second half of the replay at the Boleyn Ground, before his Belgian team-mate doubled the advantage with a shot that went in off his shin after some poor defending from the home team.
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James Tomkins gave Slaven Bilic’s men a lifeline on 79 minutes with a header and West Ham spent the remaining minutes peppering David De Gea's goal with attempts; Cheikhou Kouyate got the ball into the back of the net with one minute of normal time left, but the flag had been raised for offside.
Ultimately all the effort was not enough as United boss Louis van Gaal and his team bounced back from a 3-0 defeat at Tottenham in the league at the weekend, which leaves them struggling to make the top four.
In more good news for the Dutch manager, Wayne Rooney made a final-minute cameo from the bench after returning from injury and could feature when his team face Everton in the semi-finals.

Marouane Fellaini scores the second goal for Manchester United

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It was an evening full of emotion and sentiment, marking the final FA Cup game at the famous old ground.

TALKING POINT

Can Manchester United actually end this season of overwhelming mediocrity with a trophy? This was a decent display with an impressive performance - again - from Marcus Rashford, but Marouane Fellaini could also be hitting a patch of form - and goalkeeper David De Gea was simply exceptional. And if Van Gaal wins the FA Cup, will that stop the Jose Mourinho rumours? (No.)

MAN OF THE MATCH

David De Gea (Manchester United). Kept his team in it with bravery and brilliance.

PLAYER RATINGS

West Ham: Randolph 8, Cresswell 8, Tomkins 8, Kouyate 7, Carroll 7, Valencia 7, Noble 7, Ogbonna 7, Payet 7, Lanzini 7, Antonio. Subs: Adrian, Obiang, Collins, Moses 8, Emenike 7, Hendrie, Oxford.

Marcus Rashford celebrates after scoring the first goal for Manchester United

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Manchester United: De Gea 9, Rojo 7, Martial 7, Smalling 7, Carrick 7, Blind 7, Herrera 7, Fellaini 8, Lingard 8, Rashford 8, Fosu-Mensah 7. Subs: Romero, Memphis, Mata, Rooney 5, Young, Valencia 6, Schneiderlin 6.
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KEY MOMENTS

54’ GOAL! What a lovely goal it is too! Marcus Rashford takes his opportunity, sandwiched between two West Ham defenders, and he bends it into the top corner. Marvellous stuff.
67’ GOAL! Marouane Fellaini takes advantage of some chaotic defending, bouncing the ball in off his shin.
75’ CARRY! OK, that was the best thing - Mark Noble has just picked Ander Herrera up and CARRIED HIM OFF THE PITCH. Not to be nice, mind, just to hurry things up as West Ham chase a goal.
79’ GOAL! And the second corner is headed down by Carroll at the back stick towards Tomkins in the middle, who nods that over the line.
88’ SO CLOSE! Andy Carroll leaps brilliantly in the middle to meet Cresswell's cross, but he can't quite direct it.

KEY STATS

Manchester United have reached the FA Cup semi-final for the first time since 2011.
Marouane Fellaini scored his first goal for Manchester United since December, ending a run of 12 games without scoring.
Manchester United's 22 games in 2016 have been goalless at half-time.

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