Manchester United set up an FA Cup quarter-final meeting with West Ham after comfortably seeing off Shrewsbury Town 3-0 on Monday night.
The Reds dominated the game and took a deserved lead on 37 minutes when captain-for-the-night Chris Smalling fired home, before Juan Mata doubled the advantage with a superb free-kick on the stroke of half-time. Jesse Lingard grabbed a third with just under half an hour remaining to cap a clinical performance.
Ahead of the clash, Louis van Gaal made three changes to the side that lost at Midtjylland on Thursday, with Guillermo Varela, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Morgan Schneiderlin all coming in to the starting line-up.
The players walked out to a huge ovation at a packed Greenhous Meadow, but United were quick to settle into the contest, and in turn settle any pre-match nerves. The first opportunity of the game fell to Smalling with just two minutes on the clock, as the defender rose unmarked in the area but could only head Daley Blind’s corner over the bar.
Having found the net in the Europa League last time out, Memphis looked eager to make his mark again in the opening stages, and twice cut in from the left before firing high into the stands. It was almost third time lucky for the Dutchman on 11 minutes, but after twisting and turning to find space in the box, his low effort was palmed away well by Shrews goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler.
With van Gaal’s men in total control of possession, Mata went in search of an opener mid-way through the half after picking up the ball on the right, but the Spaniard’s shot deflected wide. The Reds came even closer just before the half-hour mark, when Memphis picked out Anthony Martial in the area. Leutwiler did well to get a foot to the Frenchman’s deflected strike, but the ball looped into the air and had to be cleared off the line by Abu Ogogo.
United finally made the hosts pay eight minutes before the break, as Schneiderlin nodded the ball into Smalling’s path, allowing the defender to volley into the turf and beyond Leutwiler. A second soon followed, after Martial was brought down on the edge of the area, allowing Mata to dispatch a perfectly-placed free-kick with the Shrewsbury stopper rooted to the spot.