ANTHONY Martial struck in stoppage time yesterday to send Manchester United into the FA Cup final with a 2-1 win over Everton at Wembley, capping a miserable week for the Merseyside club.
Roberto Martinez’s team were much improved from the midweek derby rout they suffered at the hands of Liverpool but Martial ensured there will be no let-up in the growing pressure on the Spaniard.
France international Martial dazzled throughout the clash at Wembley and crafted the opening goal for United’s former Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
David De Gea’s magnificent penalty save from Romelu Lukaku, who missed a host of opportunities on an afternoon to forget, seemed to galvanise Martinez’s men, who dominated the closing half an hour and deservedly equalised through a Chris Smalling own goal.
But Martial had one more act of livewire brilliance up his sleeve as he darted in-field and collected a scrambled return pass from substitute Ander Herrera to fire past Joel Robles and give Louis van Gaal the chance to lift
United’s first FA Cup since 2004.
Nigerian international Odion Ighalo would today spearhead Watford’s attack as the Vicarage Road side attempt to land in the final as they face Crystal Palace in the second semi final.