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Rashford can't be stopped! Winners, losers & ratings as Man Utd survive FA Cup scare against Everton

01:32 GMT+3 07/01/2023
GFX Info Man Utd Everton 2022-23
The England attacker was the star of the show once again as the Red Devils overpowered the Toffees at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford has done it again!

The 25-year-old forward was the hero for Manchester United, powering them to a 3-1 victory against Everton in the FA Cup third round at Old Trafford on Friday evening.

The England international ensured a positive start for his team as he exposed Ben Godfrey on the wing before sending a dangerous ball towards the back post for Antony to slide in the opening goal.

It was his good footwork that resulted in United's lead being restored, too. He sent the ball into the box early in the second half to catch Everton goal scorer Conor Coady off guard, resulting in an own goal from the defender.

Everton thought they had pulled level once again through Dominic Calvert-Lewin but VAR put an end to their celebrations. Rashford, as the architect of all of United's good work, then put an end to any of the Toffees' hopes of getting a draw when he finally got the goal he deserved, converting a late penalty to put the game beyond doubt.

United are now on a seven game winning run and Rashford has been pivotal to that, having scored in each of his last five matches for the club.

Below, GOAL takes a look at the winner and losers from an entertaining cup tie at Old Trafford.

  • Marcus Rashford Manchester United 2022-23

    The Winners

    Marcus Rashford:

    Rashford's renaissance continues! The England international maintained his excellent form with another strong performance. He made easy work of Ben Godfrey down the left side to set up his team's opening goal. He was a danger throughout the match and his fancy footwork and dangerous ball in created United's second. To cap off a near-perfect night, Rashford made international teammate Pickford look silly, waiting for the Everton 'keeper to move before rolling his penalty into the opposite corner.

    Demarai Gray:

    He was Everton's brightest player throughout the game and the man most capable of causing a threat for the visitors. That was summed up quite well when he charged forward and blasted the ball in off of Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The goal would have been just reward but sadly for the Toffees it was ruled out because he was marginally offside in the build up. If his side are to pull away from the relegation zone Gray is going to need to produce a few more performances like this one.

    Alejandro Garnacho:

    United's rising star came off the bench and made an impact as his burst into the Everton box ended with him being brought down and earning a penalty for his side. The youngster is making a case to be given more playing time at United and after Antony and Anthony Martial both underwhelmed once again, it may be time for Erik ten Hag to give him a proper run in the starting XI.

  • David De Gea Manchester United 2022-23

    The Losers

    David de Gea:

    The goalkeeper gifted Everton their equaliser with a calamitous moment. As the ball was whipped in, De Gea stood up against his post and let it slip through his legs which allowed Conor Coady to rush in and knock it over the line. Much like his compatriot Kepa Arrizabalaga's error against Man City the previous night, it really was impossible to decipher what on earth he was thinking. At least it didn't cost his side in the end...

    Anthony Martial:

    A quiet and fruitless performance from the French striker as he often seemed out of sync with the rest of the United attack. Martial took too many touches on the ball and needed more time and space than any defence will afford him, making it far too easy to keep him quiet at Old Trafford on Friday. He needs to find form soon or he'll find himself slipping back down the pecking order.

    Alex Iwobi:

    The Nigeria international was stretchered off with a nasty looking injury following a challenge from Tyrell Malacia. Iwobi has been one of Everton's best players so far this season and he and coach Frank Lampard will be hoping for good news as a long-term absence would deal a huge blow to their hopes of crawling away from the Premier League's bottom three.

  • Tyrell Malacia Manchester United 2022-23

    Manchester United Ratings: Defence

    David de Gea (4/10):

    He was hardly kept busy in this game but he completely buckled the one time United needed him to be alert.

    Diogo Dalot (7/10):

    The Portugal international was constantly available on the overlap for Antony but the Brazilian hardly ever used the option. Made a vital clearance to preserve United's lead.

    Raphael Varane (7/10):

    Looked strong at the back once again and comfortable on the ball but was hardly put under pressure defensively.

    Luke Shaw (6/10):

    Once again used at centre-back and looked comfortable alongside Varane. Harry Maguire will feel his time in the starting XI may well and truly be over with Shaw's resurgence.

    Tyrell Malacia (5/10):

    Made some wild challenges in this match and left a bit of a gap in the defence at times.

  • Christian Eriksen Manchester United 2022-23


    Casemiro (7/10):

    A solid performance from the 30-year-old. He is always there to clean up in front of the back four and is such a calming presence for the Red Devils. They missed him after he was taken off and replaced by Fred.

    Christian Eriksen (6/10):

    Had a dangerous shot in the first half and was comfortable on the ball with his neat passing which helped set the pace in midfield and also carved out a few chances for his side.

    Bruno Fernandes (5/10):

    Not the best performance from the Portugal star. He opted for some fancy flicks when United needed him to keep it simple and he hardly had a huge impact on the game.

  • Marcus Rashford Manchester United 2022-23


    Antony (6/10):

    Was perfectly placed to meet Rashford's low cross into the box to slide in the opening goal for the Red Devils, but the winger was underwhelming afterwards. He failed to link up with Dalot on the flank and kept slowing United's attack down.

    Anthony Martial (5/10):

    Quiet all the way through this match. He had one effort saved in the first half but was not much of a threat for the remainder as he stood by and watched Coady score United's second goal.

    Marcus Rashford (8/10):

    Off to a bright start as he made easy work of Ben Godfrey on the wing before sending the ball across for Antony to slot in the opening goal. His excellent work on the wing resulted in the second goal, too, as the England star stepped up when the rest of the United attack was lacking. Calmly slotted the late penalty in past Jordan Pickford to put the game beyond doubt.

  • Alejandro Garnacho Manchester United Everton 2022-23

    Subs & Manager

    Fred (5/10):

    Came on for Casemiro with 20 minutes left and although he was not bad, he was not the reliable presence that the man he replaced had been.

    Alejandro Garnacho (6/10):

    Made a good run down the left wing as he found his way into the box and earned the penalty in stoppage time.

    Lisandro Martinez (5/10):

    The defender made his second appearance since his return from the World Cup, replacing Tyrell Malacia for the last 15 minutes.

    Harry Maguire (N/A):

    A late introduction but did not have much to do.

    Scott McTominay (N/A):

    Came off the bench late on and was full of industry.

    Erik ten Hag (8/10):

    The Dutch coach set his team up well for this game as they dominated from the beginning and took an early lead. The win would have been more comfortable had it not been for De Gea's huge blunder leading to the equaliser.