Yeovil 0-2 Manchester United: Gary Johnson hoping for revival

Manager Gary Johnson hopes Yeovil's spirited display in their 2-0 FA Cup defeat by Manchester United will aid their League One survival battle.

The Glovers, who are bottom of the third tier, kept the Premier League side at bay until the 64th minute at Huish Park.

But goals from Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria sent the 11-time winners into the fourth round of the competition.

"Hopefully we can pick up our league form because of this," said Johnson.

"I'm not sure how many chances they had in the first half, but it wasn't many. We kept some great players down to very few chances. It's a credit to the boys.

"I'm feeling proud of them. They gave everything."

Gary Johnson and Louis van Gaal
Yeovil boss Gary Johnson gave his Manchester United counterpart Louis van Gaal a warm welcome to Huish Park

Striker Kieffer Moore, who was signed from Dorchester in 2013, had Yeovil's best chance in the second half, but scuffed his shot into the palms of David De Gea, while captain Joe Edwards saw his header cleared off the line.

It took Spaniard Herrera's spectacular shot and British record signing Di Maria's lofted chip over Jed Steer to send the visitors through.

"We now know what it's like to play Man Utd; what it does for the club, the town, the supporters and your bank balance," Johnson told BBC Somerset.

"Hopefully now we can do a bit of business in the January window."

Yeovil's Moore rues missed chances

Yeovil were relegated from the Championship last season and currently sit five points from safety in League One, with only five wins from 23 games.

But Johnson is confident the Glovers, who he took from non-league to League One during his first spell at the club, will be able to recover.

"It's what everyone wants. We've done it before from this stage, when we were below the relegation line. The club always seems to survive," he added.

"We've got to do it again. It will take a real effort, some good play and some goals."