Match Details: 04/01/2015
Yeovil Town 0-2 Manchester United
FA Cup Third Round
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Joe Edwards, 7. Kevin Dawson, 11. Sam Foley, 13. Kieffer Moore, 15. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, 16. Nathan Ralph, 20. Ben Nugent, 23. Simon Gillett, 26. Stephen Arthurworrey, 30. Jed Steer
Subs: 8. James Berrett, 9. James Hayter, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith, 12. Artur Krysiak, 24. Ryan Inniss, 27. Tom Eaves, 28. Alex Smith,
Substitutes Used: Tom Eaves for Nathan Ralph (69 mins), James Hayter for Sam Foley (88 mins), James Berrett for Kevin Dawson (88 mins)
Bookings: Stephen Arthurworrey (Foul, 37)
Yeovil Town lost out to one superb piece of individual brilliance and one breakaway goal this afternoon, as a capacity crowd saw them go out to Manchester United in the FA Cup Third Round at Huish Park. The Glovers put up a valiant fight that forced the visitors to make a half time double substitution and a formation change in their efforts get control of the game. Kieffer Moore's scuffed second half shot could have given the Glovers a dream lead, but a looping shot from the edge of the box from Ander Herrera put United ahead after 64 minutes. After Angel Di Maria had headed a Joe Edwards effort off the line, he sealed the game in the final minute of the match as the Premier League side scored a breakaway goal to knock the Glovers out of the FA Cup - beaten but still proud of the performance they had put up on the day.
Team selection saw Gary Johnson gamble on three of his players who have seen little game time in recent weeks due to injuries. Kieffer Moore came in as a lone striker in a 4-4-1-1 formation, whilst Kevin Dawson and Nathan Ralph occupied the flanks. AJ Leitch-Smith, James Hayter and Tom Eaves who had shown little bite in the attacking positions in the last few games made way for a new formation and personnel.
Right from the start the Glovers were not overawed by the occasion. Jed Steer had very little to do in his goal, apart from an early Wayne Rooney effort that curled over his goal frame followed by a weak effort from James Wilson that he easily saved. At the other end the ball was spending rather more time in the United half than they might have planned for. Kieffer Moore was flying into challenges - so much so that he picked up his own head wound early on, although Paddy McNair, who struggled to mark him all game, came off rather worse in trying to win an aerial ball. Kevin Dawson was flying into midfield challenges, both on the right and in the centre, as Yeovil rigidly marked their opponents on a man-for-man basis.
In the closing stages of the first half Paddy McNair was fortunate to find referee Craig Pawson choosing not to give loud appeals for a handball, after he appeared to pat down the ball to stop Glovers midfielder Simon Gillett from breaking through. Had he blown his whistle, the United defender could have been in deep problems from his defensive position on the park.
Overall, United had struggled to get a grip on the game, and it spoke volumes of the first half that during the break they introduced Juan Mata and Johnny Evans as they switched from a wing-back formation into a more standard 4-4-2 diamond tactic. Yeovil's best chance of the game came when Evans deflected a Kevin Dawson cross into the path of Kieffer Moore and perhaps with a touch of stage fright, the striker scuffed his shot into the arms of David De Gea, from just six yards out. It was the sort of FA Cup chance that needed to be buried, but on this occasion Moore couldn't convert.
Man United then brought on a £59.7 million pound signing in the form of Angel Di Maria - their third sub of the game with still 30 minutes remaining of the game. But four minutes later one of the players who had been on the pitch right from the start displayed a moment of Premier League class that his team-mates had largely failed to display for most of the afternoon. Darren Fletchers ball across the edge of the box found Ander Herrera and he hit a superb looping shot into the back of the net from 20 yards out.
Not daunted by falling behind, Yeovil went up another level again, with a Sam Foley corner finding Joe Edwards at the far post. His powerful header seemed goalbound only to find Angel Di Maria stood on his own goal line, and able to head the ball away. Tom Eaves was introduced as a Yeovil substitute as they switched to a 4-4-2 and again Yeovil pressed for the equaliser, with some rather industrial hoofs from the United defence being required to cut out a number of dangerous crosses.
England striker Wayne Rooney had an odd sort of match, sat in a withdrawn deeper role throughout the afternoon, with probably his best qualities throughout being his own defensive clearances. But in the 90th minute of the game, with Yeovil having thrown men forward, it was his pass that set away Angel Di Maria and he raced down the left flank before converting a cruel breakaway goal to put Man United into the Fourth Round, and to end Yeovil's 2014-15 FA Cup run. No disgrace - given the way the club had conducted themselves on the world stage, and if those Moore or Edwards chances had gone in, it could have been a very different finish to the match.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Manchester United 2.
Scorers: Ander Herrera (64 mins, 0-1), Angel Di Maria (90 mins, 0-2)
30. Jed Steer
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 16. Nathan Ralph
23. Simon Gillett
13. Kieffer Moore
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett (88 mins for Kevin Dawson) 9. James Hayter (88 mins for Sam Foley) 27. Tom Eaves (69 mins for Nathan Ralph) 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 24. Ryan Inniss 28. Alex Smith
1. David De Gea 12. Chris Smalling 33. Paddy McNair 42. Tyler Blackett 2. Rafael 21. Ander Herrera 24. Darren Fletcher 3. Luke Shaw 10. Wayne Rooney 9. Falcao 49. James Wilson
6. Jonny Evans (46 mins for for Luke Shaw) 7. Angel di Maria (60 mins for Falcao) 8. Juan Mata (46 mins for Rafael) 11. Adnan Januzaj 13. Anders Lindegaard 28. Anderson 35. Jesse Lingard
Yeovil Bookings: Stephen Arthurworrey (37 mins, foul)
Manchester United Bookings: Ander Herrera (64 mins, excessive celebration)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 31%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 13.
Manchester United Match Statistics: Possession: 69%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 6.
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire). Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt (Northamptonshire) and John Brooks (Leicestershire). Fourth Official: Keith Stroud (Hampshire).
Attendance: 9,264 (with 2,149 Manchester United supporters).