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Manchester United 3-1 Everton: Three talking points as Marcus Rashford is the saviour again

Manchester United cruised into the next round of the FA Cup after beating Everton 3-1 at Old Trafford last night.

Antony scored the opener after Marcus Rashford did all the hard work by skipping past Ben Godfrey on the left flank and floating a grounded cross. 

Everton responded quickly via Conor Coady who made full use of David De Gea’s howler to bring the score back to parity.

Rashford was the difference again as he showed incredibly quick feet to fool two of Everton’s defenders before drilling a cross towards the six-yard box. Coady tried to clear the ball but guided it back into the net to hand United the lead.

The visitors thought they had equalised for the second time, but United were saved by the linesman’s offside flag.

United won a penalty in the last few seconds of the match when Godfrey fouled Alejandro Garnacho inside the box. Rashford stepped up and took the spot kick with aplomb, helping his side to progress in the FA Cup.

Here is what we made of United’s performance against Everton.

Manchester United carved open too easily

Erik ten Hag’s men have performed exceedingly well in the last few games. 

This was their seventh consecutive win, but the nerviest one of the lot. Everton have been struggling under Frank Lampard, yet they found ways to trouble United. 

United’s midfielders failed to show authority in the centre of the park. The Toffees showed fight and determination to threaten De Gea continuously.

With Manchester City visiting the Theatre of Dreams next, the manager will want a more stable performance from his side.

David De Gea’s off night

Just when you think that De Gea is back to his best, he produces a howler which no one would expect from him. 

Neal Maupay’s cross went between the 32-year-old’s legs, giving Coady an easy tap-in.

He should also have done better for Everton’s second, which was ultimately flagged offside. 

De Gea stood his ground without attempting to gather or punch the cross, which was met by Dominic Calvert-Lewin. 

It was a night he would like to forget, and he should do that quickly with games coming thick and fast.

Marcus Rashford – The man in the post-Ronaldo era

The England international has been in sensational form this season. He set up the first goal beautifully and then forced the own goal just minutes into the second half.

He took responsibility by taking the penalty in the 97th minute to end the night with a goal to his name.

With this strike, his total tally has increased to 13 goals this season. His perseverance and quality were the difference between the two sides.

In the last five games, he has bagged five goals and recorded two assists. Rashford is the new talisman of the Red Devils who are dreaming of silverware this season.

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