Manchester United left it late but came away with a hugely impressive 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park to set up a Carabao Cup semi-final clash with Manchester City.
United dominated early on but couldn’t find the net, before both teams cancelled each other out for most of the second half. It took until the 88th minute for the Red Devils to break the deadlock, when Anthony Martial fed the ball into Edinson Cavani who took one touch onto his left foot, before powering a strike into the bottom corner.
It was a truly fantastic goal and showed exactly why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer moved to bring him in during the summer transfer window.
Everton pressed for an equaliser into stoppage time, which allowed Manchester United to wrap up the victory when Marcus Rashford fed Martial on a counter attack for the Frenchman to slot the ball into the corner.
It means the Reds progress to a fourth consecutive semi-final under Solskjaer, although they’re yet to make it to a final yet.
Tactically on the night, the Norwegian got it spot on. Pogba started as the deepest midfielder with Van de Beek on the left and Mason Greenwood on the right, with Cavani up front supported by Bruno Fernandes.
Right from the off they got on the ball well, played the ball forwards quickly and with intent and created chances. They pressed high too, causing plenty of defensive errors but the only thing they missed was the clinical finishing to put Everton to the sword early on like they did against Leeds.
It was only the second time this season that they’ve been able to win a game that Bruno Fernandes played in without the Portuguese magnifico getting a goal or assist. They’ve begun showing that they can win games without relying too heavily on him and the return to form of Paul Pogba has been a big part of that.
Manchester United are finally starting to look like a well oiled machine, Solskjaer is getting big decisions right and the Reds go marching on, on, on.