Manchester United remain in the Emirates FA Cup courtesy of Anthony Martial’s late equaliser after Dimitri Payet’s stunning free-kick appeared to be sending West Ham United into the semi-finals.
The two teams must reconvene at Upton Park in a bid to join Crystal Palace, Everton and Watford in the last four of the competition last won by the Reds in 2004.
The Hammers started like a side high on confidence and, backed by their travelling support, they created the first real chance but Michail Antonio scuffed wide from Andy Carroll’s through ball. With Marcos Rojo in the middle, presumably to help contain Carroll’s aerial threat, there was some relief when the England international dived to head an Aaron Cresswell centre off target.
Cresswell’s attacking raids caused problems as another of his crosses led to Emmanuel Emenike forcing a save out of David De Gea. Darren Randolph remained untested at the other end, as Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford, with an overhead kick, failed to trouble the former Charlton Athletic keeper.
Ander Herrera volleyed Anthony Martial’s deep cross the wrong side of the far post, even if it looked like it took a deflection, and the midfielder skied the best opening of the half for the Reds following a move of real quality involving Rojo and Martial.
Rashford, playing through the middle with Martial on the left flank, was unable to profit after the ball bounced off the Frenchman inside the box and West Ham finished the half on the front foot with Cresswell forcing a smart stop out of De Gea.