LiveReaction: Man Utd 1-0 Sheff Utd

Summary

  1. Injury-time penalty sends Man Utd through
  2. Man Utd have only two shots on target
  3. Fourth-round draw takes place on Monday

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By Luke Reddy

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It's the FA Cup, anything could happen.

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It nearly did at West Brom, it nearly did at Eastleigh and we nearly saw a big story at Old Trafford.

Our live matches may well be over but the reaction is not. Paul Scholes has sounded off over Manchester United's failings, you can read that on this website shortly.

There's a live text running from 22:00 GMT which will accompany Match of the Day, bringing you all the best stats and reaction to a fine day of FA Cup action.

More live texts for tomorrow's games too of course.

For now though, thanks for the many texts and tweets, I hope your team is still in it.

United not alone in misfiring...

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Former Manchester United player Pat Crerand on MUTV: "Sheffield United defended magnificently. Could you see Manchester United scoring? No we couldn't. Not a great performance from Manchester United.

"You look at all the cup matches over recent days, the Premier League sides have had nightmares in most of them. There have been crazy results in cups and there will be more to come."

Manager reaction

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal speaks to BBC Sport: "You have to see also how the opponent is playing. Everybody shall give applause to Sheffield United. They were very organised but it is much more difficult to attack than to defend.

"Again a clean sheet is also the benefit of our organisation. I'm very disappointed that we are not creating too many chances, that we have to improve."

Can you see a run in the FA Cup this season? "We have to play better than today."

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It remains to be seen as to how serious this moment turns out to be...

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Bastian Schweinsteiger battled on in the closing stages but was in clear pain. A 50-50 tackle on Chris Basham left him sprawled on the deck.

When we know more on the injury it will be straight on our website. Surely he will miss Newcastle away on Tuesday?

Manager reaction

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More from boss Louis van Gaal on BT Sport:

"We can improve but how many chances have Sheffield United created? No one is talking about that. Everyone is talking about the fantastic defence of Sheffield United.

"Wayne Rooney was the third man. I changed one and two, he was lucky. The fans were waving to me, I waved back, it was politeness.

"I don't think it is wise to purchase players in January. When we think he can give us a contribution, of course we shall do it, but normally we don't do that."

Manager reaction

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal on BT Sport:

"Escape from jail? I don't think so. It is always difficult to play against such opponents.

"They are defending with 10, 11 behind the ball. You have to play quicker than we did in the first half.

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"In the second it was a little bit better, we created a little bit more. It is easier to defend than attack.

"It was a deserved penalty and we win the match,the most important thing. I said to the boys the most important thing is we are in the second round.

"We have to play quicker with the ball."

Lots of passes, few key

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Manchester United played 672 passes to just 279 from the visitors. The Red Devils completed 87% but according to Opta, only seven were classed as 'key' or became assists.

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Matt in Surrey: In all honesty I couldn't care less if we were battling for the league or advancing in Europe as I take no pleasure in watching my Manchester United play. Complete and utter boredom on the pitch sours any success. I'm not asking to win with overwhelming style but just with a flirtation of a smile.

Player reaction

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Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini: "Most important is we are through. 

"The other team defended well, we kept the ball well, tried to create chances. We knew it would be difficult but in the end we win."

'Give it to Giggs'

Robbie Savage

Former Leicester midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live 606

"When Man Utd were in the Champions League and still challenging for the title then I thought you can't get rid of Louis van Gaal.

"But they're not going to win the league now, they're out of the Champions League.

"Look at Zinedine Zidane, a club legend, taking over at Real Madrid. So why not give the job to Ryan Giggs?"

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Why all the fuss...

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There's no doubt Manchester United dominated, but was it enough for you? Just two shots on target against a side 47 places below them is pretty damning.

'Thumbs down'

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Robbie Savage

Former Leicester midfielder on Radio 5 live 606

"When Louis van Gaal walked down the touchline there is usually applause but I saw a lot of fans with their thumbs down. Is this what Manchester United fans really want?"

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Ed Sharples: Says a lot that I'm almost disappointed Manchester United have scored as it buys Louis van Gaal more time! #BBCFACup.

Eteyen Adegoke: That goal simply papers over the cracks. The play needs to change, Louis van Gaal needs to evolve, philosophy not working.

James Liggins: Talk about get out of jail for Man Utd… this lot just got out of Alcatraz with that penalty. #FACup #bbcfacup.

'Van Gaal must go'

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Robbie Savage

Former Leicester midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live 606

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"I thought it was a penalty but it was an absolute shocking performance from Manchester United. For me, Van Gaal, I'd get rid of him."

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Chris Waddle

BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

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"Man Utd struggled all game but in fairness to Sheffield United they came with a game plan and it nearly worked.

"The hosts just had to bring on Memphis Depay - he ran and committed defenders even if it was a soft penalty.

"It wasn't good from Man Utd but they're in the hat on Monday."

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Chris Waddle

BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

"Sheffield United have defended all game long but now they've gone behind they're just throwing bodies forward at a terrific tempo."

GOAL - Man Utd 1-0 Sheff Utd

Wayne Rooney (90 + 3 mins)

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No nonsense from Wayne Rooney. Right footed, low into the left of the goal as the goalkeeper goes the other way.

A big sigh of relief and Rooney punches the air with both arms. 

Penny for your thoughts Louis van Gaal? 

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PENALTY TO MANCHESTER UNITED

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Disaster for Sheffield United. Manchester United substitute Memphis Depay has been relatively bright and he beats John Brayford in the area, Dean Hammond is next in line and down goes the Dutchman. PENALTY GIVEN.

Is it though? It looks like a dive based on Depay's reaction but there is contact. What a chance to at least soften what will be some negative headlines for the home side.

SUBSTITUTION

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Conor Sammon signals his race is run, he waves his hands and will have to come off. The ex-Wigan striker fills his shirt with muscle, a big man.

Matt Done is on and we will have SIX ADDED MINUTES.

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Alan Green

BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

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"A lot of Man Utd fans are heading to the exits, that's the faith they have in their team this season."

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In comes the free-kick, headed down... ANTHONY MARTIAL... what a block by John Brayford on the six-yard box.

That was on target and he stood there and took it like a heavyweight punch. A great chance for Martial some 10 yards out.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger is in pain. His hands are on his knees in his own half.

Jesse Lingaard comes forward down the right, tackled, the Premier League side get a free-kick though as Anthony Martial is fouled. That was more like it, slippery running by Martial and this is about 35 yards out, right of centre.

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There's a relief for Manchester United fans as that old warhorse Bastian Schweinsteiger is on his feet, he walks slowly off and looks like he can carry on.

A crunching tackle from Chris Basham caused the damage. It seemed the German had his leg slightly open, his weight wasn't behind the challenge and he came out of it badly.

On he comes again, a cautious jog.

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Alan Green

BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

"I've seen a lot of Man Utd this season - they're fifth in the Premier League, which is ok but really they've been poor.

"Yet I don't remember anything worse than this. There's been no threat."

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Chris Waddle

BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

"There's a few Man Utd players you could take off, there's no doubt about that."

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Earlier I described Nigel Adkins as a man of positivity and he is not disappointing. Up out of his dugout he's hollering and clapping like a child at Sea World.

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Alan Green

BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

"If anything Man Utd are worse than they were in the first half - at least then they were finding colleagues with their passes.

"No risks and no decent passing at the minute."

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Alan Green

BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

"It will be interesting to hear the reaction of the home crowd when the half-time whistle goes. They can't be happy."

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Sometimes the average position graphics we use show us a side with good shape over the course of the half.

Today it seems Sheffield United are lovers of rush defending as there are plenty of gaps between their men. You can see a back four though, Martyn Woolford (17) on the left flank is helping his full-back a great deal. The pair of Dean Hammond (35) and Chris Basham (6) in front of the back four are offering some shield.

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Just five minutes to the break. I wonder if we may get a few boos here. This has been pretty dire fare by Manchester United.

Dean Hammond commits a foul and the home side will have a free-kick some 40 yards out.

For now though treatment is needed for Paul Coutts and he will leave the field briefly - fine to carry on.

Billy's sharp, Man Utd are blunt

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Alan Green

BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

"It's within eight minutes to half time and Man Utd haven't had a single effort struck at goal. If anything David De Gea has been the busier of the two goalkeepers."

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Chris Waddle

BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

"It's a great ball by Daley Blind and a great run by Bastian Schweinsteiger but just head it.

"He's six yards out, just put your head on it."

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Chris Waddle

BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

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"I'd like to see Rooney behind Martial."

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Surely Wayne Rooney is being wasted in this system? Just eight touches so far - only Billy Sharp (6) has less.

The home side cannot get their front man on the ball, it's a struggle.

He comes deep to get in the play and arrows a ball at Matteo Darmian but Jay McEveley intercepts, volleying the ball against the head of Darmian, much to the delight of the away fans.

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Alan Green

BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

"We haven't had a chance here yet and it's not been very good."

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Juan Mata will race onto Chris Smalling's long pass... no he won't, the greasy surface skips the ball through.

Sheffield United look well set as play builds again, a good shape with two banks of four facing their hosts - "come and beat us" it screams.

Can Matteo Darmian find any joy down the right flank? He's held off by Jay McEveley and goalkeeper George Long has the ball in his hands.

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Sheffield United corner comes in fizzed to the near post... Marouane Fellaini gets up and scrapes his head on the moon to clear. Some leap, good defensive header.

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Chris Waddle

BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

"It was a lovely weight of pass from Matteo Darmian behind the left back.

"Wayne Rooney does everything right going round the keeper but he can't find the ball to Juan Mata and it's good defending by Sheff Utd to recover."

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Conor Sammon briefly prompts a collective intake of breath at Old Trafford as his volley needs a tip over. There was a handball in the build-up though. At the other end, Wayne Rooney has a lash and the ball settles high into the crowd behind the goal.

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Alan Green

BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

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"It's just two years since a League One side reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup and that was Sheffield United.

"That was a great run. This is a big club, they're the big timers in League One."

Chris Waddle: "They're definitely the scalp everyone wants in that league."

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Plenty of possession and more importantly territory for Manchester United but nothing too threatening arriving. Marouane Fellaini threatens to leap into orbit at the back post as a corner comes in but his header loops into the goalmouth and gets hacked away.

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Manchester United are stroking the ball about nicely but not breaking through the closed ranks of the Blades yet. Juan Mata tries to bend a ball over the line of defenders but Anthony Martial can't get on the end of it.

Pre-match stat alert

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Sheffield United's own record in recent seasons isn't too shabby either...

Against higher-ranked opponents, the League One side have won five of their last six ties.

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Louis van Gaal is pulled to one side in the tunnel by a steward. It looks like he's being asked if he's trodden on something and walked it into the carpet. Surely not.

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Old Trafford is nice and full, rocking to the a Stone Roses mix. Nice.

'I'll know I've arrived'

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Nigel Adkins never got the chance to manage at Old Trafford during his days with Southampton.

The 50-year-old was dismissed weeks prior to the Saints visiting today's hosts in 2013 and though he admits he wishes Sir Alex Ferguson was still in the opposing dug-out, his excitement is evident.

"It will be a privilege to meet a coach as successful as Louis van Gaal and when I look out I'll see Sir Alex's name on the opposite stand," he says. "That's good enough for me. I'll know I have arrived then."