Manchester United Get Past A Strenuous Norwich City Side To Advance To The FA Cup Semi-Final.

Manchester United are through to the FA Cup semi-final for a record 30th time, following a narrow quater-final victory over Norwich City on Saturday.

The match kicked off to a very slow start for both teams, which saw the absolute dreadful first-half come to a close in a goalless scoreline.

Second half began with a bit more intensity, as United finally broke through via Odion Ighalo in the 51st minute. Luke Shaw’s cross found a crowded Mata, but the ball flicked up nicely for the on loan striker, who calmly volleyed it past Tim Krul.

The goal for Ighalo became his fifth goal in for starts for the Red Devils.

United still struggled for chances as the game progressed as their complacency after the opening goal, led to Todd Cantwell equalizer with a brilliant strike from the edge of the box that went past Sergio Romero in the 75 minutes of the game.

Norwich City went down a man in the dying minutes of the second half, as Ighalo was pulled back by the last defender T Klose who saw a red card afterwards.

The game at the empty Carrow oad staduim ended 1-1 after full-time and went into extra-time 

With penalties looming towards the end of the second period of extra-time, skipper Harry Maguire scored the late winner for United in the 118th minutes of the game, which was all that was enough to get past a stubborn Norwich side whichwhich them through to the semi finals at Wembley.

Manchester United became the first team to advance to the semi-final of the competition, and are still very much alive in the hunt for a silverware this season. 

The win, officially a draw on the records, was United’s 14th consecutive games without tasting defeat.

They will discover their opponent in the draw after the remaining quarterfinals fixtures on Sunday.

United Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjear who reached the quarter-final with United last year said aftrer the narrow victory against the strong Canary side;
“It is cup football for you, the game was not the greatest spectacle but I felt we kept the ball ok but did not threaten or create chances,”

“Many of these players did not play the last game and now have 90 or 120 minutes in their legs. We have been drawn away every round so have done well to get so far.

“We did make many changes, we still think that the players who play 120 minutes are fit enough for Brighton on Tuesday. I did not make it easy for the players.

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