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MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – England forward Marcus Rashford scored again as Manchester United beat Everton 3-1 in the FA Cup third round.
United named a strong starter and took an early lead after Brazilian forward Anthony slipped the ball in at the far post in the fourth minute.
After failing to win their last seven games in all competitions before going to Old Trafford, Everton fans would have feared the worst, but 10 minutes later Conor Cody had United goalkeeper David De Gea. I caught up with the tie by taking advantage of the mistake of.
United had several chances to regain the lead before Cody found the net on the wrong end of the pitch.
Substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin thought he had earned Everton a replay in a dramatic late draw and post-equalizer, only for VAR to rule out an offside goal.
Everton’s predicament was compounded by Rashford’s return to home from an injury time penalty to score in five consecutive games and United’s seventh consecutive win in all competitions.
“I feel good on the pitch because it was probably my best performance-wise,” Rashford told ITV. “We are in positions and areas where we can score goals.
“I’m happy to move on to the next round and more importantly keep the momentum going and win the game.”
United’s previous four wins at home were clean sheets.
The opening move was quick, with an Everton defender backpedaling, Rashford crossing the ball and Anthony scoring the club’s fourth goal.
Everton could have been allowed to surrender given their recent struggles, but when De Gea equalized, the Spaniard was unable to block a low cross with his foot and Cody was forced to tap. Because I had it on hand, I responded well.
Anthony Martial quickly looked to restore United’s lead with a superb save from Pickford, but Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen curled slightly off the edge of the box near the end of the first half.
We had many chances, but luckily we weren’t able to score. Cody stepped up and finally led the hosts to victory.
After a lengthy injury absence, Calvert-Lewin homered Demarai Gray’s cross in what he thought was his first goal since October, but Gray was ruled offside after a VAR review. .
A foul on United youngster Alejandro Garnacho gave United the chance to add a third from the penalty spot. (Reporting by Peter Hall; Editing by Christian Rudnage)