April 20, 2019

Manchester United to face Chelsea in FA Cup quarter-final

Marcus Rashford and Zlatan Ibrahimovic combined efforts to give Manchester United a crucial FA Cup fifth round win against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday (19/02/17).

Danny Graham gave Rovers the lead with a cool finish following excellent play by Marvin Emnes, who himself had tested United’s Sergio Romero with a shot earlier on.

Marcus Rashford equalised for the Red Devils by going round the goalkeeper and slotting in from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s precise pass.

Ibrahimovic came from the bench to score the winner as holders United had to work hard to beat Championship strugglers Blackburn, according to BBC.

Rovers forward Anthony Stokes had a goal rightly ruled out offside following Romero’s triple save late on.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho: “Did they give us a good game? More than good, they gave us a hard game and congratulations to them. Their approach was brave, strong. They had real competitors and if we didn’t have the right attitude from everybody we would be in real trouble.

“For long periods of the game you couldn’t feel which one was the strongest team, they were brilliant. If they transfer this quality to the Championship they will have a big chance to survive.

“We conceded a brilliant goal. It was a brilliant goal. The movement and shot was really good, it didn’t affect any player individually for us. We kept stable and we then scored a great goal.”

Blackburn boss Owen Coyle: “We gave a very good account of ourselves but nobody likes losing games. We did enough to get another shot at it today.

“We now have to show that display week in, week out in the Championship.

“We know we have good footballers here, nobody could see they are short changed by us when it comes to entertainment.

“We showed great spirit and courage to try and get an equaliser at the end and we will need those qualities for the rest of the season.”

United’s victory set them up to a quarter-final clash against Premier League leaders Chelsea.

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