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2015-16 FA Cup quarter-final replay

Full-time West Ham 1-2 Manchester United

  • 11-time winners Manchester United reach their first FA Cup semi-final since 2011 with an impressive victory in east London
  • After a goalless first half, Marcus Rashford gave the visitors a deserved lead after bending an unstoppable shot past Darren Randolph
  • Their advantage was doubled when a deflected effort from Anthony Martial ricocheted in off the knee of Marouane Fellaini
  • James Tomkins gave West Ham, playing their last ever cup game at the Boleyn Ground, a lifeline 12 minutes from time when he was teed up by Andy Carroll to head home from close range
  • United held on and will face Everton at Wembley on Saturday 23 April
Marouane Fellaini
Marouane Fellaini netted a crucial second goal for Manchester United as Louis van Gaal's side secured a narrow in Getty

That is it for this particular live blog, but you can join IBTimes UK sport editor Nick Howson for the final 20 minutes of tonight's pivotal Champions League quarter-final second-leg ties between Atletico Madrid/Barcelona and Bayern Munich/Benfica.

We will also be back tomorrow night to bring you live coverage of Liverpool vs Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League. Goodbye for now.

So Manchester United, who have not won this competition for 12 years, deservedly hold on to reach their first semi-final since 2011. It was far nervier than it needed to be at the end, but Van Gaal's side produced an undeniably impressive performance to spoil West Ham's last FA Cup tie at the Boleyn Ground.

They will face Everton at Wembley on Saturday 23 April, but before then play Aston Villa and Crystal Palace in the Premier League. The Hammers will now solely focus on trying to chase down a place in the top four and they visit leaders Leicester City on Sunday.


West Ham 1-2 Manchester United

Emenike gets to the byline but only succeeds in finding the gloves of De Gea with a disappointing cross. The four minutes of stoppage time are up...

Randolph knocks it long for Carroll, who wins the flick-on but Antonio's header drifts well wide. That could be it for West Ham's FA Cup hopes.

Appeals for a push in the box on Carroll go unheeded. Lingard then fells Payet within shooting distance, but the French international's effort clips the top of the wall and veers behind.

From the corner, Noble volleys well wide. What a waste.

A late change from Van Gaal, with Rooney coming on to replace Rashford. Four minutes of added time for West Ham to find an equaliser...

All manner of drama at the Boleyn as De Gea makes a timely double save to deny Kouyate and Carroll.

Kouyate heads in the rebound from the second shot and races away to celebrate, but the offside flag is raised.

He was the hero against Arsenal and Carroll so nearly does it again as he rises well above Blind to power Cresswell's bending cross marginally over the crossbar. Close.

Lingard does well to win a free-kick just inside the West Ham half which relieves the pressure on his side. We forgot to mention earlier that Schneiderlin is on for Herrera.

Half a chance for Emenike, but the Fenerbahce loanee skies a shot into row z. These are nervy moments for the travelling fans in the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand...

West Ham give themselves a lifeline with just over 10 minutes plus added time remaining. Carroll does brilliantly to send Payet's corner back across the six-yard box, where Tomkins steals in ahead of Fellaini to head past De Gea from close range.

Game on.

Goal: West Ham 1-2 Manchester United (James Tomkins)

West Ham are bombarding De Gea's box with searching crosses. The Spaniard then produces a fine instinctive save after Antonio connects well with a Payet delivery.

Risky stuff from Herrera, who is clearly hurt and appears to foul Antonio in order to stop play and receive treatment.

Keen to avoid any time wasting, Noble carries him off the pitch in comical fashion.

Herrera catches Noble on the knee and is punished with a yellow card. During the break in play, Bilic sends on striker Emmanuel Emenike in place of Lanzini.

15 minutes left for them to mount a comeback.

Carrick looks to set Lingard free with a clever pass, but again Randolph is out to thwart the United winger. Van Gaal has brought on Antonio Valencia for Rojo.

He goes to right-back and Fosu-Mensah will switch to the left.

Manchester United double their lead and take a huge step towards a first FA Cup semi-final since 2011. Lingard stands up an inviting cross towards the back post, where Martial takes a shot that hits Tomkins and ricochets in off Fellaini's knee.

Goal: West Ham 0-2 Manchester United (Marouane Fellaini)

No problem for De Gea as he holds Antonio's ambitious attempt. Bilic then mounts another penalty appeal as Lanzini tussles with Fosu-Mensah next to the byline. A corner is signalled and Noble ends up lashing miles over the top.

Kouyate tries his luck from distance again after Lanzini combines nicely with Payet, but he strikes across the ball and it sails over.

Bilic makes his first substitution, replacing Valencia with Chelsea loanee Victor Moses.

Brave goalkeeping from Randolph as he races off his line and dives at the feet of Lingard to prevent another United chance.

Much more pace and urgency about the game now as De Gea cuts out Noble's cross. After West Ham survive another dangerous United attack, Antonio charges through Blind before the Dutchman is accused of bringing down Payet. No penalty.

The visitors take the lead 10 minutes after the break and it's fully deserved. Antonio loses possession in his own half as a rogue pass clatters off Herrera. The loose ball is picked up by Martial, who tees up the tricky Rashford to run at Tomkins and bend a sublime shot off the crossbar and into the top corner.

Fantastic finish from the 18-year-old for his sixth goal in senior football.

Goal: West Ham 0-1 Manchester United (Marcus Rashford)

Kouyate is obviously feeling confident as he accepts a routine pass from Payet and decides to let fly with a long-range sighter that is dealt with by De Gea.

Strong defending from Smalling to nullify Carroll once again.

United start off on the front foot and Lingard crashes a long-range shot against the stanchion after exchanging passes with Carrick. Tomkins then makes a brilliant sliding tackle to thwart Rashford.

A short corner is eventually cleared by Antonio as far as Carrick and West Ham just about survive. They are struggling, however.


The second half is up and running. No personnel changes from either side. Are we destined for extra-time?

Not the most riveting of games at Upton Park in terms of goalmouth action, but it is certainly competitive. West Ham started quickly but they have regressed badly since then and you have to say that Manchester United have been the better team for the most part, shackling Payet and limiting Valencia to a couple of potshots. No significant threat from Carroll as of yet.

Chris Smalling and Manuel Lanzini

At the other end, Randolph has had to be alert to deny both Fellaini and Lingard. Rashford has also looked lively at times.


West Ham 0-0 Manchester United

Rojo is booked for bringing down Valencia. Payet's free-kick is cleared by Martial and Herrera is then sent sprawling by a rather ugly lunge from Carroll.

Another yellow card to end the opening 45 minutes.

Fosu-Mensah is fortunate to avoid a booking for an ill-advised sliding challenge on Lanzini. Just a talking to from the referee. One minute of stoppage time to play at the end of this first half.

Almost another chance for Rashford after an accurate cross from the overlapping Fosu-Mensah. However, the ball skips up off the sodden turf and fails to trouble Randolph.

Warning signs for West Ham as Martial finds Rojo, who pulls the ball back from the left-hand side. Herrera taps it short for a Rashford shot that is blocked by Valencia and Carrick hits a sweet volley narrowly wide. Excellent technique.

Blind fouls Valencia approximately 40 yards from goal. As a rainbow forms over a wet Upton Park, Payet sends his free-kick wide.

Randolph makes a strong left-footed save to deny Lingard after the latter was put through following a bursting central run from Rashford. The Republic of Ireland international's second important stop so far.

A little word from referee East to Carrick, who is already on a yellow card as he trips Kouyate. Not enough for a second caution, though.

Ogbonna concedes a corner by stopping Marcos Rojo in his tracks. Kouyate gives up another in quick succession but Carroll clears with a typically powerful header.

Valencia drifts in behind Blind before shooting straight at De Gea from a difficult angle. Half an hour gone and we remain deadlocked at 0-0.

Tomkins is moving rather gingerly at the moment. He has had no shortage of calf problems recently and was taken off at half-time against Arsenal. That's something to keep an eye on.

Payet's free-kick is met by the head of Fosu-Mensah. The ball strikes Cheikhou Kouyate and Lanzini thrashes harmlessly over the crossbar.

The first yellow card of the evening is awarded to Carrick for blocking off the run of Payet.

Tomkins strides past Fellaini during a surging run down the right flank. His cross is nodded back across goal by Carroll, but Herrera is on hand to boot clear.

Lovely movement from Rashford as he collects possession before seeing a powerful shot well blocked by Tomkins.

United are beginning to apply some consistent pressure now, but their latest attack comes to nothing as Aaron Cresswell tackles Fosu-Mensah before winning a free-kick.

Randolph is called into action for the first time tonight, tipping the ball over after Fellaini's shot at the near post takes a wicket deflection off Ogbonna. Good play from Jesse Lingard in the build-up.

Fellaini storms forward once more, teeing up Marcus Rashford for a low drive that is deflected wide by an alert Ogbonna. Tomkins clears the corner.

Van Gaal's side have been penned back in their own half for much of the opening 15 minutes, but they finally get a chance to break as Fellaini dispossesses Noble with a solid challenge and Martial's attempted pass towards Herrera is cut out by Angelo Ogbonna.

Almost a costly error from Fosu-Mensah as he slips under pressure from Payet before De Gea can clear. Lanzini then attempts a nice reverse-pass to Noble that is cut out at the vital moment.

Chris Smalling concedes a cheap free-kick down the West Ham left by holding back Noble. Payet flights in a dangerous cross that United initially struggle to clear.

After they do eventually hack it away, the ball comes straight back and Daley Blind brings down Payet. The Frenchman tries to catch De Gea off guard with a whipped effort towards the near post that is comfortably held.

The hosts are looking far more threatening early on. Manuel Lanzini threads a low pass beyond Fellaini to Valencia, who shoots tamely at David de Gea.

Early danger from West Ham as Michael Carrick turns Valencia's cross behind. Antonio nods wide from the resulting corner. A good early atmosphere, as you might expect.

Carroll and Mark Noble get the 154th and last FA Cup tie at Upton Park underway. West Ham are decked out in traditional claret and blue, while United are wearing their white away shirts with black shorts.

Roger East is the referee.

15 minutes remaining until kick-off.

You get the feeling that these are two clubs heading in very different directions. With the popular Bilic presiding over just two defeats in the last 24 games and Payet earning rave reviews since a £10.7m move from Marseille last summer, West Ham are full of ambition ahead of their controversial move to the Olympic Stadium.

United, meanwhile, continue to suffer from chronic inconsistency with their current squad featuring a disjointed mix of eager youngsters and disappointing/underperforming signings. The usual questions regarding Van Gaal's job safety also continue to circulate, with the Dutchman's contract set to expire in 2017 amid reports that Jose Mourinho is being lined up as his replacement.

LVG refused to respond to recent rumours that he had rejected the chance to join the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) as technical director in charge of a new centre of excellence that is set to be finished in the town of Zeist, near Utrecht. Former Ajax boss Co Adriaanse said this week that his compatriot dreams of taking a similar role at the Amsterdam Arena.

On United's last chance to capture any silverware this term, Van Gaal said:

I have seen 'The Andy Carroll Show' and I think our problem [at Spurs] was the miscommunication of our central defenders. So I hope that we will improve our communication because this is a very important game for us.

It is our last chance of a trophy so it is very important for the players, for the club, for the manager and for the fans. Still, we have one day less than West Ham [to prepare] and that is also important.

But we have proved against Arsenal and Manchester City, in spite of having less days to recover, that we could beat them so I hope that we shall recover very well. Also mentally, because this is a blow [at White Hart Lane] of course, but everybody knows this is the last chance.

Here is what Bilic had to say ahead of tonight's match...

It's the final FA Cup tie at Boleyn Ground, it's Manchester United, it's not the fourth round, it's the quarter-final, so it can't be bigger. We are of course fully motivated and we want to go through.

It's a massive game, of course. It's massive for them, it's massive for us. We are in good form, they are – OK, they lost their last game 3-0 but they are Manchester United and they have great players and selection and everything.

They showed throughout this season that they can... for their standards of course they were not very consistent, but they are still above us in the table, so they are very capable of meeting any team on their day.

Louis van Gaal also swaps two, dropping Morgan Schneiderlin and Juan Mata to the bench in favour of Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera. Rooney starts as a sub as he bids to make his first senior appearance for two months, but Jones is not considered. Fosu-Mensah has been deemed fit enough to play as Darmian drops out of the picture altogether.

Wayne Rooney

Two changes from Bilic, who sticks with his policy of rotating first-choice goalkeeper Adrian and deputy Darren Randolph for cup ties. Enner Valencia also replaces Winston Reid, with Michail Antonio featuring again on the right-hand side of a back four.

Tomkins starts despite being taken off at half-time against Arsenal. Collins is back among the substitutes.

Manchester United: De Gea, Fosu-Mensah, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Herrera, Martial, Rashford

Subs: Romero, Valencia, Young, Schneiderlin, Mata, Memphis, Rooney

West Ham: Randolph, Antonio, Ogbonna, Tomkins, Cresswell, Kouyate, Noble, Lanzini, Payet, Valencia, Carroll

Subs: Adrian, Oxford, Hendrie, Collins, Obiang, Moses, Emenike

The team news is in...

United's defeat to Tottenham was delayed by 30 minutes after their team coach was caught up in heavy London traffic...


They appear to have arrived on time tonight, however.

United, meanwhile, were competing relatively well against title contenders Tottenham Hotspur last weekend before a rapid burst of three goals in six second-half minutes from Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela sealed a comprehensive defeat at White Hart Lane.

The 11-time FA Cup winners could welcome back captain Wayne Rooney tonight after he featured for 60 minutes of an U21 Premier League clash with Middlesbrough on Monday; his first game since sustaining knee ligament damage at Sunderland in February. Phil Jones played the full match on his return from a recurring ankle injury, although Bastian Schweinsteiger remains sidelined with his own knee tear picked up on international duty.

Luke Shaw is back in training seven months after his horrific double leg fracture, but it seems unlikely that he will play again this season even if United do reach the final. Will Keane is still out and Adnan Januzaj has been struggling with another hamstring complaint.

18-year-old defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, whose withdrawal at Spurs signalled the end of the visitors' hopes of a clean sheet as he was replaced by the disappointing Matteo Darmian, is expected to be assessed ahead of kick-off.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah

West Ham are on a run of four consecutive draws in all competitions, with their last victory coming at Goodison Park on 5 March. On Saturday, a powerful hat-trick from Andy Carroll saw Bilic's side overturn a 2-0 deficit during their 3-3 tie with Arsenal. Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez had looked to set the Gunners en route to a comfortable win, but in the end they had Laurent Koscielny to thank for securing a point from a thrilling encounter.

Carroll will continue to lead the line for the Hammers tonight with Bilic insisting that striker Diafra Sakho is suffering from a minor knee problem amid reports of a training ground bust-up with his manager last Friday.

Right-back Sam Byram is cup-tied, while Arsenal loanee Carl Jenkinson is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered against Manchester City in January. Centre-back James Collins could return to the starting XI after missing five matches with a hamstring issue.

112 years after first being opened in Upton Park, east London, the Boleyn Ground plays host to its final FA Cup tie tonight as Slaven Bilic's West Ham face Manchester United in a replay to determine who will go on to meet Everton in a Wembley semi-final on Saturday 23 April.

Just a solitary point separates these two top-four hopefuls in the Premier League, with both hoping to chase down Manchester City and secure a place in the play-off round of next season's Champions League. Their first quarter-final meeting, which took place at Old Trafford exactly one month ago, finished 1-1 after Anthony Martial's late equaliser cancelled out a trademark free-kick from 2016 PFA Players' Player of the Year nominee Dimitri Payet.

Dimitri Payet

Kick-off is at the earlier time of 19.00 BST, so stay with IBTimes UK for injury updates and teams news in addition to live coverage throughout the evening.