Emirates FA Cup
Shrewsbury Town vs. Manchester United
Venue: New Meadow
Date: Monday, 22 February 2016
Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
Manchester United booked their place in the last eight of this season’s FA Cup, securing a comfortable 3-0 win away at Shrewsbury Town.
Captain on the night Chris Smalling opened the scoring, with Juan Mata’s free-kick doubling the lead before half-time.
Jesse Lingard rounded off the scoring in the second half, as Louis van Gaal’s side progress to the quarter-finals, where they will take on West Ham United at Old Trafford.
It was Smalling who headed over from Daley Blind’s corner early on as a low attempt from Memphis from well-saved by the diving Jayson Leutwiler.
Memphis then fed Anthony Martial whose deflected shot bounced up off the boot of Leutwiler only for Abu Ogogo to head clear off the line.
Then came the opening goal as a United corner was cleared as far as Cameron Borthwick-Jackson in his own half, and his diagonal pass was headed on by Morgan Schneiderlin into the path of Smalling, whose tackled shot found its way in.
As half-time loomed, Zak Whitbread was booked for hauling down Martial, and Mata converted the free-kick, leaving Leutwiler rooted to the spot.
Early after the restart and Memphis saw a shot deflect wide, and the short corner from Blind was hooked on from Mata, with Martial somehow planting his header wide.
United saved the best till last, with goalkeeper Sergio Romero’s throw out to Ander Herrera allowing the midfielder to play a one-two with his fellow Spaniard Mata on the break, and it was Herrera’s cross that was half-volleyed home by Lingard to kill off the tie.
Lingard then scrambled a shot wide from Memphis’ through ball as substitute Will Keane struck the post after latching onto a rolled flick from Memphis.
Jack Grimmer’s cross was headed wide by Ogogo in Shrewsbury’s first real opening of the night, as former United youngster Larnell Cole fired over in stoppage time, with both chances falling either side of Memphis seeing a shot saved after meeting Andreas Pereira’s through ball.
A professional performance from United to see the job through, accompanied by a much-needed clean sheet to top off the three goals.
The West Ham fixture will take place over the course of the weekend March 11-14, with a confirmed date to be decided.
Up next is the second leg against FC Midtyjlland this Thursday, where United will be hoping to turn around a 2-1 deficit in the Europa League Round of 32 at Old Trafford.
Manchester United: Romero; Varela, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson (Riley 46); Schneiderlin, Herrera; Lingard, Mata (Pereira 65), Memphis; Martial (Keane 71).
Subs: Henderson, McNair, Poole, Riley, Carrick, Pereira, Keane.
Manager: Louis van Gaal
Shrewsbury Town: Leutwiler; Grimmer, Grandison, Whitbread, Knight-Percival (Cole 46), Brown; Whalley, Ogogo, Black; Mangan, Akpa Akpro (Clark 81).
Subs: Halstead, Sadler, Vernon, Clark, Cole, Smith, Grandison.
Manager: Micky Mellon