MANCHESTER: Marcus Rashford scored for the fifth game in a row as Manchester United beat Everton 3-1 in the FA Cup third round on Friday, putting pressure on beleaguered boss Frank Lampard.
Everton traveled to Old Trafford in trepidation after slipping into the Premier League relegation zone this week following a 4-1 home hammering at the hands of Brighton.
They got off to the worst possible start, with Brazilian striker Antony scoring just in the fourth minute but equalizing 10 minutes later after Conor Coady pounced on a yell from United goalkeeper David de Gea.
However, the Everton defender put the ball into his own net early in the second half to restore the initiative to the home side.
Rashford extended United’s lead in the dying seconds, scoring from the penalty spot to maintain his goalscoring record in every game since the World Cup.
Confident man of the match Rashford said his goalscoring form matched the level of the best spells of his career.
The England forward also said the players are desperate to end the club’s trophy drought, which dates back to 2017.
“We want to be in the final and in the biggest games,” he said. “At the end of the day, we want to win silverware and a trophy. Hopefully this season we get the chance to do that.”
The Red Devils, who won the most recent of their 12 FA Cups in 2016, sit fourth in the Premier League in Erik ten Hag’s debut season and advance to the League Cup quarter-finals .
The in-form side opened the scoring when the impressive Rashford leaped down the left and into the penalty area before firing the ball across the box into the path of the fast oncoming Antony.
Everton looked like they were facing a tough night, but they were level in bizarre circumstances in the 14th minute.
Amadou Onana recovers the ball at the entrance to the area and feeds Neal Maupay, who hits a low cross.
De Gea could have used his hands but the ball somehow got squeezed between his legs as he clung to the near post with one hand and Coady had the easier finish, changing the mood of the match.
Ten Hag urged United fans to turn up the volume as he walked out after half-time and they were quickly back in front, with Rashford once again playing a crucial role.
The England striker cut from the left and entered the Everton box, beating Seamus Coleman to send in a cross which Coady converted into his own net.
United continued to probe for openings as fans mocked Lampard with chants of ‘you get kicked out in the morning’.
Everton, showing admirable fighting spirit, had the ball in the net through substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin but the goal was ruled out by VAR for offside earlier in the move.
Rashford added shine to the scoreline after substitute Alejandro Garnacho was bundled up in the box, sending Jordan Pickford the wrong way.
It was Manchester United’s seventh successive win in all competitions, either side of the World Cup.
Lampard praised his men for their commitment, saying Rashford had made the difference.
“It was a performance that every manager wants with team attitude and focus and our only target now is Southampton (in the Premier League),” he said.

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