Everton - Manchester United: As it happened

Everton - Manchester United: As it happened
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Manchester United
Everton: Joel, Baines, Gibson, Stones, Jagielka (c), Lukaku, Lennon (Deulofeu, min. 70)), Cleverley, McCarthy, Besic, Barkley
Manchester United: De Gea, Fosu-Mensah (Valencia, min. 62), Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Fellaini (Herrera, min. 87), Lingard, Rooney, Martial, Rashford
SCORE: 0-1, min. 34, Fellaini, 1-1, min. 75, Smalling, 2-1, min. 90+ 2, Martial
REFEREE: Admonished Rooney (min. 60)

That's it from Wembley tonight. Thank you for joining me, Kyle Sennikoff, and enjoy the rest of your day wherever you are!

The second half had been dominated by Everton, but Lukaku missed a penalty and Martial made the most of his opportunity.

There goes the fulltime whistle!!!!!! Manchester United are heading to the FA Cup Final! 

90+ 2' Anthony Martial plays a one-two with Rojo to kickstart his run up the middle. Then the youngster continues his run into the box and bends his effort in and around Joel Robles.


90+ 1' De Gea takes a touch or two extra and is closed down by Lukaku. Luckily for the Spanish goal keeper, the ball goes out of bounds. 

90' There have been three minutes of stoppage time added.

89' Herrera with a stupid foul on Ross Barkley, hauling him down by the shirt and picking up a yellow to boot.

88' Martial tries for the spectacular but fails to get his timing down.

87' Ander Herrera comes on to replace Fellaini who put in an excellent shift this evening.

85' Fellaini's head is hit with no power whatsoever as it bounces straight to Robles.

84' Lingard was inches away from getting on the end of a Martial cross following a giveaway from Besic.

82' WHAT A BIG BLOCK FROM FELLAINI!!! Deulofeu and Barkley exchange passes across the top of the box before feeding Lukaku. The Everton striker takes a couple of touches before the former Everton man comes in to challenge at the last second.

81' Valencia hammers his effort wide of the near post, though it did take a slight deflection.

80' Lukaku does well to adjust his body to get on the end of a bouncing ball, but his header is weak in the end. 

79' Deulofeu does well to get into the penalty box, but despite having Lukaku in the middle, he tries to beat De Gea at the near post but it's stopped.

79' This is no less than they deserved this half. Everton have been far better on the ball and created chance after chance.

75' Gerard Deulofeu sends a ball into the area but Chris Smalling turn it into his own net!


73' John Stones comes up big again, this time deflecting a Wayne Rooney shot that Robles catches comfortably.

72' Martial gives away a free kick after fouling John Stones.

70' Lingard hit a cross that deflected off an Everton defender. But for some reason, the ref gave a goal kick.

67' Everton win a corner.

66' Valencia makes a good challenge before Blind clears away.

65' Fellaini came close to getting his second but Jagielka and Robles are there to keep him out!

63' SO CLOSE!!! Clevely turns excellently down the left and then lofts a cross towards Lukaku. The Belgian heads his effort over the cross bar.

61' Timothy Fosu-Mensah is the first man substituted as Antonio Valencia enters the fray.

60' McCarthy also miscues a volley as it bounces harmlessly to De Gea.

60' Wayne Rooney has picked up the match's first yellow card.

59' Cleverly could not quite connect on his volleyed attempt.

58' Off of a free kick, Ross Barkley hits a shot that dips up and over the Manchester United wall, but De Gea catches it low at the near post.


56' Timothy Fosu-Mensah looks to have hacked down Ross Barkley


56' Martial looks like he has picked up a slight knock. He's trying to walk it off.

54' Anthony Martial links up well with Lingard, but his shot is hit well wide of the target.

54' Rooney has a shot get blocked by McCarthy.

52' Lingard gives away a handball.

51' Baines' cross is cut out by Smalling

50' Martial tries to go past two Everton defenders, his touch though is a bit too heavy as Robles comes off his line to smother the ball.

48' Not quite the same pace to start the second half, but hopefully that picks up!

46' Everton get us back underway!

What can Roberto Martinez do to get Everton to maintain a bit of possession? Can he do anything at all? Or will it be more of the same in the second 45?

There's the halftime whistle. Manchester United have the advantage going into the break thanks to Maroune Fellaini. But it certainly could have been more. 

45' Only one minute of stoppage time has been added.

43' Wayne Rooney gives away a free kick.

43' Manchester United are pressing high up the pitch when the Everton central defenders have the ball which force them to play it back to Robles.

38' United have won another corner.

37' This goal had been coming for the men in red. They looked up for it from the opening whistle and it was only a matter of time until they found the back of the net.

34' What an excellent team goal. Marcus Rashford finds an overlapping Anthony Martial who runs towards the byline again. He proceeds to play a ball back towards the middle of the box where Maroune Fellaini made a fantastic run to poke the ball in behind Robles to open the scoring.


33' Rooney cuts back onto his left foot, but aims for the near post instead of the far one, and has his weak shot saved by Robles.

30' James McCarthy has his shot deflected, but it does not fool De Gea as he watches the ball fall into his arms.

28' Rashford gives away a free kick deep inside his defensive third of the pitch.

25' Baines miss hits a cross as De Gea catches easily.

23' Robles makes a fine save to keep the match scoreless.

22' Pressure is certainly mounting on this Everton back line. How much long will they be able to hold firm? There's still 23 minutes left until the halftime break.

21' Fellaini turns and shoots, but his effort is blocked by John Stones. Then, Martial is threaded a through ball but his shot is hit into row z.

20' They take it short and Anthony Martial ran to the byline before having his ensuing cross blocked.

19' Rashford wins another Manchester United corner kick.

18' This match has finally started to slow down a bit with Manchester United wanting to build up possession again. 

15' Then, on the other end, Lukaku is all alone again, only to have his near post shot kept out by David De Gea who had his angles covered.

14' Besic has performed admirably so far as he blocks another shot, this time from Anthony Martial.

12' Absolute barnburner of a match as Wayne Rooney plays a lovely ball over the top finding Jesse LingardLingard though, cannot get a clean shot away as Joel Robles makes a fine stop.

11' What a glorious touch from Lingard to find Martial but his shot is blocked by an Everton defender.

10' Ross Barkley lets fly from outside the area, but his effort is poor as David De Gea is able to pick up the ball with ease.

9' Anthony Martial is flagged for offside as he tried to beat the offside trap.

8' Rooney's delivery is a good one and Marcos Rojo raises to meet it, but it deflects wide of the target.

8' Aaron Lennon gives away a free kick in a dangerous area.

5' Then seconds later Romelu Lukaku got a glorius chance for Everton. He outmuscled a United defender and worked his way into the box. Lukaku took too many touches though and Wayne Rooney cleared the shot off the line.

4' Anthony Martial receives a quick throw in and runs inside the area with John Stones backing off. Stones did manage to get a last-ditch block though to give away a corner.

3' Wayne Rooney, the United captain, tries to switch the play to Jesse Lingard but over hit his pass.

Fantastic atmosphere here already. Hopefully that will continue throughotu the evening.

2' Marouane Fellaini wins the first free kick of the match.

1' Darren Gibson win the ball for the first time for Everton after a small spell of possession, playing out of the back, for Manchester United.

1' And we are off at Wembley in the first FA Cup semi-final!!! Looking forward fo this exciting match!

The sides have made their way out of the tunnel! Kick off is minutes away!

So, it looks like Stones and Jagielka both passed their fitness tests. But how healthy are they really? Will they be able to cope with pace of the young United forwards? Find out in an hour!

Everton starting XI: Joel, Baines, Gibson, Stones, Jagielka (c), Lukaku, Lennon, Cleverley, McCarthy, Besic, Barkley

Manchester United starting XI: De Gea, Fosu-Mensah, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Rooney, Martial, Rashford

Here are today's starting XI!

For Manchester United, they do not have any new injuries to worry about heading into the semi-final match. Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luke Shaw, Will Keane, and Adnan Januzaj will all miss the trip to Wembley.

Everton are going to have to pay attention to the young striker in front of goal. His movements in and around the area always seem to confuse the defense as he hovers around the back shoulder. When he makes his darting runs inside the box, it’s hard to keep track of where Rashford is.

Manchester United have had a similar road to the final four of this competition, but have faced fewer Premier League sides. The one PL opposition they faced came in the last round when West Ham forced a replay at the Boleyn Ground. Marcus Rashford continued his storied season as scored the first goal in the 54th minute. Marouane Fellaini doubled United’s score 13 minutes later in what would turn out to be the match-winning goal.

Luckily for Everton though, they do get some good news regarding the health of a couple of their footballers. Leighton Baines, Tom Cleverley and Aaron Lennon have reported no problems since returning from their respective injuries.

This means that Roberto Martinez, who is already under immense scrutiny, will have to deal with a makeshift central defensive pairing. They have already recalled Matthew Pennington from his loan with Walsall as backup. But the most likely of options is to use Muhamed Besic as John Stones’ partner, despite the fact that he is more of a defensive midfielder.  

Everton, however, are going through somewhat of an injury crisis along the back line. Ramiro Funes Mori was sent off against Liverpool in the mid-week and John Stones left with stomach cramps. Gareth Barry also had to come off due to injury in the Merseyside derby. This is not the extent of the Toffees’ woes though. Seamus Coleman is more than likely miss the clash as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury; the captain Phil Jagielka has also missed the last three Everton matches with a hamstring issue of his own.

Their level of competition did go up in the last two matches before the semi-finals. The Blues came up against Bournemouth and Chelsea, but still managed to get by them with relative ease. In these fixtures, Romelu Lukaku was a handful against the opposition defense. The young Belgian will have to be at his best against the Manchester defense if he wants to help Everton advance to the final.

For having such a poor Premier League campaign, Everton have had a stellar run in this tournament. In the four matches leading up towards this clash, they have given up zero goals; the only club remaining to accomplish this feat. In the third round of the tournament, Everton brushed aside non-league bound Dagenham and Redbridge before beating Carlisle 0-3 away from Goodison Park.

Hello, my name is Kyle Sennikoff, and welcome to VAVEL UK’S Live coverage of today’s FA Cup semi-final between Manchester United and Everton. The match at Wembley kicks off 5.15 PM local time. Stick around as we provide pre-match, live updates, and post-match comments!