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Man Utd beats West Ham to reach FA Cup quarters

JUBILATION Manchester United’s Argentinian midfielder Alejandro Garnacho celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Manchester United and West Ham at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. PHOTO BY LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP

LONDON: Alejandro Garnacho and Fred struck late as Manchester United came from behind to beat West Ham 3-1 and reach the FA Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday but Tottenham were stunned by Championship side Sheffield United.

In the evening’s other fifth-round ties, fourth-tier Grimsby embarrassed Premier League strugglers Southampton 2-1 and Burnley beat 10-man Fleetwood 1-0.

Manchester United, who made six changes to the team that started Sunday’s League Cup final win against Newcastle, lacked fluency in front of an expectant Old Trafford crowd.

United goalkeeper David de Gea thwarted Michail Antonio when the West Ham forward bore down on goal midway through the opening period and Emerson Palmieri flashed an inviting ball across the box.

United manager Erik ten Hag brought on Casemiro for Scott McTominay at half-time but the home side remained sluggish.

Said Benrahma made them pay in the 54th minute, rifling the ball past de Gea after the home defenders stopped, thinking the ball had gone out for a throw-in.

The goal prompted ten Hag to introduce top-scorer Marcus Rashford but Antonio had a glorious chance to double West Ham’s lead, only to be denied again by de Gea.

Casemiro had the ball in the net in the 72nd minute but his header from a Bruno Fernandes free-kick was ruled out for offside following a VAR review.

United finally drew level five minutes later when Fernandes sent in a corner and Nayef Aguerd headed into his own goal.

The home side — still on a high after ending their six-year trophy drought at the weekend — poured forward in search of a winner.

They got their reward when Argentine teenager Garnacho produced a superb right-footed curler in the 90th minute to edge United ahead followed by a stoppage-time strike by Fred.

“The best teams never stop believing,” United captain Harry Maguire told ITV. “I am not saying we are one of the best teams yet.

“We have a lot to do but we are getting there, we are taking steps forward… It felt like the Stretford End was sucking the goal in at the end there.”

Tottenham were dumped out of the FA Cup by Championship opposition for the second year in a row after Iliman Ndiaye fired promotion-chasing Sheffield United to a 1-0 win at Bramall Lane.

Spurs, who started Harry Kane on the bench, conceded in the 79th minute and could not find a way back, with Kane heading an Ivan Perisic cross over deep into injury time.

Tottenham assistant manager Cristian Stellini, standing in for Antonio Conte, who is recovering from gallbladder surgery, apologized to the fans.

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