The FA Cup - Third Round
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Yeovil Town 0-2 Manchester United

By Phil McNultyChief football writer at Huish Park
FA Cup archive: Man Utd beat Yeovil in 2015
  • Di Maria scores on return from injury
  • Herrera also on target for Man Utd
  • Rooney and Falcao started for Utd

Manchester United overcame a gallant challenge from League One strugglers Yeovil Town before finally moving safely into the FA Cup fourth round at Huish Park.

Gary Johnson's side - rooted at the bottom of the table - belied their status by matching the Premier League superpower before quality finally told on a misty afternoon in Somerset.

United, however, had the class to avoid a potential giant-killing as Ander Herrera's spectacular strike just after the hour and a second from £59.7m British record signing Angel Di Maria gave Louis van Gaal's side victory.

Yeovil can be proud of their efforts and will rue a miss from Kieffer Moore that could have given the Glovers something to cling to.

United were unimpressive for large portions of the game, with Van Gaal removing both wing-backs Rafael and Luke Shaw at half-time because of injury, but this was a day where the result mattered so much more than the performance.

Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal's side, beaten by MK Dons in the League Cup earlier this season, avoided an FA Cup upset

And ultimately this proved satisfactory for Van Gaal and United, especially as Argentine Di Maria was able to mark his move towards full fitness after a pelvic injury with a goal.

Van Gaal showed his determination to take the FA Cup seriously, believing it is United's quickest route to success, by including captain Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao in his side despite a busy recent Premier League programme.

Yeovil, five points adrift of safety in League One, more than matched United but manager Johnson will know that when the big chance comes along against opposition of such superior quality, it must be taken.

And so it proved after 55 minutes when Moore, signed from Dorchester Town in the summer, could not keep his composure after Samuel Foley's cross landed at his feet. From close range, his finish was weak and United keeper David De Gea made an easy save.

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Van Gaal introduced Di Maria for Falcao shortly after and United were soon ahead, the ball sitting up nicely for Herrera to send a spectacular dipping right-foot effort beyond the grasp of Yeovil keeper Jed Steer.

Yeovil responded with spirit, Di Maria clearing away Joseph Edwards' goal-bound header, but United killed the tie off in the closing seconds when Rooney's pass released the gifted Argentina attacker and he lifted his finish over Steer to send United into the next round.

Sir Alex Ferguson
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson arrived by helicopter for the game
FA Cup
The game at the 9,500 capacity Huish Park was a sell-out
Manchester United
Van Gaal made six changes, although first-team regulars Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao started
Ander Herrera
United have lost just one of their last 40 FA Cup matches against lower league opponents (W33 D6 L1)
Angel Di Maria
Angel Di Maria scored on his return from a hamstring injury

Line-ups

Yeovil

  • 30Steer
  • 15Ofori-Twumasi
  • 26ArthurworreyBooked at 37mins
  • 20Nugent
  • 3Smith
  • 7DawsonSubstituted forBerrettat 88'minutes
  • 11FoleySubstituted forHayterat 88'minutes
  • 4Edwards
  • 16RalphSubstituted forEavesat 69'minutes
  • 23Gillett
  • 13Moore

Substitutes

  • 8Berrett
  • 9Hayter
  • 10Leitch-Smith
  • 12Krysiak
  • 24Inniss
  • 27Eaves
  • 28Smith

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 33McNair
  • 12Smalling
  • 42Blackett
  • 2da SilvaSubstituted forMataat 45'minutes
  • 21HerreraBooked at 64mins
  • 24Fletcher
  • 3ShawSubstituted forEvansat 45'minutes
  • 10Rooney
  • 9FalcaoSubstituted forDi Maríaat 60'minutes
  • 49Wilson

Substitutes

  • 6Evans
  • 7Di María
  • 8Mata
  • 11Januzaj
  • 13Lindegaard
  • 28Oliveira
  • 35Lingard
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
9,264

Match Stats

Home TeamYeovilAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home9
Away18
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away6

Live Text

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    Match ends, Yeovil Town 0, Manchester United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Yeovil Town 0, Manchester United 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ander Herrera (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Darren Fletcher.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Yeovil Town 0, Manchester United 2. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wayne Rooney with a through ball following a fast break.

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    Dangerous play by Juan Mata (Manchester United).

  6. Post update

    Simon Gillett (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Juan Mata.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Yeovil Town. James Hayter replaces Sam Foley.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Yeovil Town. James Berrett replaces Kevin Dawson.

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    Jonny Evans (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Tom Eaves (Yeovil Town).

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Wilson (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ander Herrera.

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    Jonny Evans (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ben Nugent (Yeovil Town).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).

  16. Post update

    Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ángel Di María (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ander Herrera.

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    Offside, Yeovil Town. Simon Gillett tries a through ball, but Kevin Dawson is caught offside.

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    Attempt missed. Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

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    Patrick McNair (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.