Manchester United 1-1 West Ham United: What did we learn from the Red Devils?

Manchester United scored a late equalizer against West Ham at Old Trafford to take the game to a replay, but what did we learn from match from the Reds?

Manchester United 1-1 West Ham United: What did we learn from the Red Devils?
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Manchester United scored a late equaliser against West Ham United in their FA Cup quarter-final match at Old Trafford which means both teams must play a replay to decide who gets to the semi-final. West Ham took the lead through a Dimitri Payet free-kick midway through the second half, but Anthony Martial scored an equalizer late on to rescue it for United. So what exactly did we learn from the Reds during the match?

Martial continues to be a shining light 

Anthony Martial was the man to step up for United once again when they needed him to. United was desperately looking for someone to get a goal to get them back into the game and that is what Martial done. The goal against West Ham was Martial's eleventh of the season which is very impressive given how hard it has been for the reds this season. Martial is like a predator in the box and his finish for the goal was sublime as it was from such a tight angle. Apart from his goal, the Frenchman was always a threat when it came to taking on his man and on a number of occasions, he was close to creating something for the team. Overall it was a good performance from the Frenchman and now the hope is he will go on a scoring run for the team.

Varela cementing his place at right-back

Guillermo Varela was fantastic against West Ham and really was United's best player on the pitch. Varela has came into the team since December and is starting to cement his place as the number one right-back in the team. The defender showed how quick he was when it looked like Payet was through on goal in the second half, but his speed got him back and stopped a certain goal. Varela has been criticised for not being the best defender, but with time, he will only improve. Going forward he offers the team a lot and he always looks to get the ball into the box when he can. Matteo Darmian faces a fight to get his starting spot back off Varela if the youngster continues to play like he has been doing in recent weeks. 

Varela battling for ball with Payet during United's FA Cup match with West Ham | Photo: Getty Images
Varela battling for ball with Payet during United's FA Cup match with West Ham | Photo: Getty Images

Schweinsteiger was badly missed 

Bastian Schweinsteiger came back from injury against Liverpool in the Europa League in midweek after being out with a knee injury since early January. The midfielder then was brought on against West Ham in the 76th minute and instantly showed what United having been missing for the past two months. The German came on and looked fired up to make sure that United got back into the game and didn't lose the game. The instant impact he made shows that he is a key player for Louis van Gaal to have as he gives his all and is totally committed to the team. Schweinsteiger now needs to start against Liverpool on Thursday as his experience in big European games is something that is badly missed in the United squad.  

Fellaini still struggling to win over the Old Trafford supporters 

Marouane Fellaini is someone who gets a lot of stick from the Old Trafford faithful and that continued against West Ham. When the team sheet was given out before the game many United fans were not wanting to see Fellaini's name on the sheet, but it was. The Belgian struggled against West Ham to the point that when his name was read out to be substituted for Schweinsteiger before the end of the game many fans jeered him off the pitch. Fellaini may not be a very good player, but he doesn't deserve that from the fans as it is very pathetic and stupid. It seems that Fellaini will never be able to win over the fans with whatever he does.

Rashford struggling being played out of position

Marcus Rashford burst onto the scene at United scoring four goals in two games against FC Midtjylland and Arsenal. Since then though the goals have dried up for him and it seems this has been down to Van Gaal changing his position from striker to the right wing. Rashford looked a bit lost against West Ham as his teammates were not giving him enough of the ball and it's such a pity as his pace frightens the opposition defenders. The hope though with him only being 18 is that he will get accustomed to his new role in the team and will start scoring goals again as the team need him too.