Rooney’s new Scholes role can return Man United to glory days of the Ferguson era

25 Apr

“Anthony has settled in quickly. Obviously he wasn’t going to be able to maintain the start he had for the whole season but he has settled down, is coming up with some big goals for us and you can see the enjoyment in his game and a great goal has put us in the final.

“When I joined this club at 18 Ryan Giggs was about 30 and gave me help and advice so I’m trying to do the same now with the young players. But they can help me as well. You’re always learning and especially in the last few games learning about a new position and playing deeper than I’ve played. I’ve been enjoying it.”

United could have been punished for their failure to build on Fellaini’s first-half goal by an Everton team transformed in the second half. After David De Gea’s superb penalty save from Romelu Lukaku, Chris Smalling’s own goal left the game in the balance until man of the match Martial’s 93rd-minute solo effort.

Man Utd (4-1-4-1): De Gea 8; Fosu-Mensah 5 (Valencia 62, 6), Smalling 7, Blind 7, Rojo 6; Carrick 7; Lingard 6, Rooney 8, Fellaini 7 (Herrera 87), Martial 9; Rashford 6. Goals: Fellaini 34, Martial 90. Booked: Rooney, Martial, Herrera.

NEXT UP: Leicester (h) PL – Sunday, May 1.

Everton (4-2-3-1): Robles 8; Besic 5, Stones 7, Jagielka 7, Baines 5; Gibson 5 (Mirallas 90), McCArthy 6; Lennon 5 (Deulofeu 70, 7), Barkley 7, Cleverley 6; Lukaku 5.

NEXT UP: Bournemouth (h) PL – Saturday, April 30.

Referee: A Taylor (Lancs).


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