Manchester United got one of the more straightforward draws in the FA Cup Fourth Round with Wigan, fighting relegation in the Championship, visiting Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
After a dire opening 40 minutes, they quickly made short work of it, cruising through on a 4-0 scoreline.
Martial Didn’t Quite Take His Chance
Jose Mourinho has been adamant all week that today was an important day for Anthony Martial. If he played “magnificent”, he’d keep his place for the visit of Hull.
He certainly fell short of that.
He toiled up front in the first half and his performance was only matched by the awful Wayne Rooney. In the second period, two assists overstated his influence. If Jose is willing to give him another chance, the former Monaco forward is undoubtedly capable of building on that showing.
Bastian Schweinsteiger Showed Mourinho He Can Be Trusted
He didn’t quite replicate the levels Michael Carrick set last month but Bastian Schweinsteiger did manage to send a message to his boss; if needed, he’s still good enough.
He made the first goal with a measured cross and grabbed the fourth with an improvised finish, and although his game was not without errors, it was an impressive showing for a man who has barely seen a minute in the past year.
Quietly, Wayne Rooney Produced One Of His Worst Performances For Manchester United
It takes some doing these days, but Wayne Rooney managed to turn in one of his most calamitous showings of the campaign. For much of the first half, it felt like every time he got it, he gave it away.
It’s already an undeniable fact that the Liverpudlian should see little to no time in the league and even against Championship opposition, he was laughably ineffective at times.
Jose Changed His Ways (A Bit)
Jose Mourinho handed two academy products their debuts today and welcomed the always impressive Timothy Fosu-Mensah back into the first team fold. Axel Tuanzebe was solid after coming off the bench and Joel Pereira replaced Romero to get a taste of keeping the Stretford End goal.
It’s a case of baby steps for the Portuguese considering his worrying relationship with youth players.
Mkhitaryan Bagged One Of United’s Best Goals Of The Season
A devastating counter-attack culminating in a simple tap-in for the Armenian would be a strong contender for the club’s top award if it weren’t for the same player’s famous scorpion kick goal over the Christmas period.
What a break from United for that 3rd goal.
Mkhi ➡ Martial ➡ Mkhi ➡ Goalpic.twitter.com/dqfDk6JiCN
— Manchester United UG (@mufcug) 29 January 2017
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