Manchester United 2 – 0 Brighton & Hove Albion [FA Cup] Highlights 2017/18
Romelu Lukaku scored his 25th GOAL of the season as Manchester United beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 out of a tight GAME at Old Trafford to achieve the FA Cup semi-finals.
UNITED required a response after Tuesday’s unexpected exit to Sevilla in the Champions League, and coach Jose Mourinho picked to leave star names Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez on the seat.
Mourinho advised his players to “grow up” amid an exceptional pre-match news meeting yet the hosts delivered another lukewarm show on Saturday, pushing out the decided Seagulls to advance.
Lukaku kept up his record of scoring in each round of this current season’s FA Cup, the Belgium universal fueling in a header from Nemanja Matic’s ideal cross.
Brighton sporadically undermined however the guests needed bleeding edge in assault, Jurgen Locadia missing a modest bunch of chances including a fine open door from a profound Solly March focus.
The Red Devils had lost three of their last four FA Cup quarter-finals yet Matic headed in an Ashley Young cross late on to secure triumph for Mourinho as the Portuguese looks for a moment FA Cup crown, having last won the competition in 2007 when Chelsea beat United in the last
Lukaku would later demonstrate unequivocal however he turned Antonio Valencia’s cross wide as United influenced a low-beat to begin.
The hosts at long last worked an unmistakable opening in the 29th moment as Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard quickly swapped passes, the Spain worldwide seeing his shot redirect wide.
Also, United struck the outside of the post from the subsequent corner, Tim Krul turning a Chris Smalling exertion on to the woodwork.
Brighton at that point constrained the primary spare from Sergio Romero as the game rose to life, United’s hold goalkeeper beating without end a Lewis Dunk header.
In any case, Lukaku has a marvelous FA Cup record and he scored his twelfth objective in his last 11 appearances in the opposition to give United the lead in the 37th minute.
Luke Shaw’s driving run made space down the left and Matic’s whipped cross was ideal for Lukaku to crash home a back-post header.
Beram Kayal teed up Pascal Gross in the 51st moment however the midfielder’s 20-yard strike did not twist enough to beat the post, before Romero must be aware of accumulate a Locadia drive.
Romero was soon called energetically once more, Valencia’s poor clearing header welcoming Locadia to shoot however the Argentina worldwide was equivalent to the striker’s exertion, jumping high on his right side.
Locadia was demonstrating a modest bunch yet he ought to have improved the situation with a headed shot after March beat Young and conveyed a profound conservative cross to the back post.
Hughton tossed on Brighton’s best goalscorer Glenn Murray for the end organizes yet Mourinho’s men fixed triumph with seven minutes left, their lone endeavor of the second half bringing about Matic gesturing home Young’s free-kick to secure a last-four billet.