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If his past exploits are anything to go by, India’s goalkeeping sensation Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem is used to setting the bar a little higher than usual. The shy boy from Manipur chose Scotland’s Motherwell FC over the Indian Arrows, keeping in complete sync with his decision of football over the Indian Army.
U-17 World Cup Star Dheeraj Singh Keen to Make Most of Scottish Sojourn
If his past exploits are anything to go by, India’s goalkeeping sensation Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem is used to setting the bar a little higher than usual. The shy boy from Manipur chose Scotland’s Motherwell FC over the Indian Arrows, keeping in complete sync with his decision of football over the Indian Army.
Alex McLeish backed Hampden Park to remain Scotland’s home ground as he began the preparations for his second spell as national manager. The Scottish Football Association are in the process of considering whether to remain at Hampden – where their administrative offices are based, alongside those of the Scottish Professional Football League – or switch major internationals and Scottish Cup finals to Murrayfield, the home of Scottish rugby. The stadium in Mount Florida saw McLeish win many of 77 Scotland caps between 1980 and 1993 and it was there that he scored in Aberdeen’s 4-1 Scottish Cup final victory over Rangers on his 200th appearance for the Dons. “I would like to stay here,” McLeish said. “If it is a question of modernisation, sometimes we have to move forward but I’ve got to say it would be hard to leave Hampden.” The venerable ground will be the venue for the first contest of McLeish’s second tenure in charge when the Scots host Costa Rica in a Friday night friendly on March 23. The countries have met only once and recollections of the occasion are painful for McLeish, who was a member of the Scotland side beaten 1-0 by Costa Rica in the Italia ’90 World Cup finals. It is a measure of the decline in Scotland’s fortunes that 28 years ago a defeat in the finals of a major tournament was regarded as a calamity. “The front of the Daily Record was brilliant - or when I look back on it now it was brilliant!” said McLeish. “It was a big picture of the world with ‘Stop the World, we want to get aff!’ written on it. Then there were a few faces which “had to go” and I was one of them. “Fortunately, we redeemed ourselves against Sweden but it was a very apprehensive game. Now, after 22 years of not being at a big tournament we would bite your hand off to do it. “Everyone would be grateful for an early exit just because it would mean that we are there at last but, in saying that, in those days and even now, you always have to be ambitious. “When we got there, we tried to get to the next stage, even if we never quite made that. Just to get to three finals in my playing days was a fantastic feeling.” Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia after a 2-2 in Slovenia Credit: PA Given that the transition from Gordon Strachan to McLeish is also a handover from one former Aberdeen player to another who was a Pittodrie team mate, it is possible to wonder if there will be discernible difference between the two regimes. “I have spoken about attention to detail,” said McLeish. “I'm not saying Gordon didn't do that but I believe that a year on - and a tournament - a lot of the lads were involved in these games and you would expect them to learn from that. What I can do is empower players. “How do you empower them? You can show things they have done well to give them the chest puffed out but you can also show them things from the past that they could have done better. These are the little details. “I am not discarding anybody at the moment. I believe there are little tweaks that can happen. A lot of them play in England at the highest level and I've seen a huge difference with a lot of the young players who are coming through in Scotland so, having moved on a season, I feel it's time to qualify for the finals of Euro 2020.” Martin Boyle celebrates scoring the opening goal for Hibernian Credit: Getty Images Two of McLeish’s former clubs met in the game of the day at Easter Road, where Hibs – whom he managed between 1998 and 2001 – hosted Aberdeen, who were bidding for a win that would cut Celtic’s lead at the top of the table to five points ahead of today’s (Sun) home outing against St Johnstone. By way of contrast, Celtic’s advantage over Aberdeen on the same weekend last year was a massive 27 points from one game fewer played. Easter Road accommodated 17,205 spectators and, after a goalless first half, the home fans celebrated when Hibs netted within a minute of the restart. Jamie Maclaren had two efforts blocked by Freddie Woodman but the rebound from his second attempt was headed home by Martin Boyle. Hibs doubled their advantage om the hour when a Martin Boyle shot diverted into the path of Florian Kamberi, who found the mark from close range. Elsewhere, two late goals by Simon Murray thwarted Partick Thistle, for whom Conor Sammon had struck the opener just before half time. Kilmarnock’s fine run continued at Fir Park where Stephen O’Donnell’s strike saw the Ayrshire side leapfrog Motherwell into the top six of the Scottish Premiership table.
Alex McLeish backs calls for Scotland to remain at Hampden Park
Alex McLeish backed Hampden Park to remain Scotland’s home ground as he began the preparations for his second spell as national manager. The Scottish Football Association are in the process of considering whether to remain at Hampden – where their administrative offices are based, alongside those of the Scottish Professional Football League – or switch major internationals and Scottish Cup finals to Murrayfield, the home of Scottish rugby. The stadium in Mount Florida saw McLeish win many of 77 Scotland caps between 1980 and 1993 and it was there that he scored in Aberdeen’s 4-1 Scottish Cup final victory over Rangers on his 200th appearance for the Dons. “I would like to stay here,” McLeish said. “If it is a question of modernisation, sometimes we have to move forward but I’ve got to say it would be hard to leave Hampden.” The venerable ground will be the venue for the first contest of McLeish’s second tenure in charge when the Scots host Costa Rica in a Friday night friendly on March 23. The countries have met only once and recollections of the occasion are painful for McLeish, who was a member of the Scotland side beaten 1-0 by Costa Rica in the Italia ’90 World Cup finals. It is a measure of the decline in Scotland’s fortunes that 28 years ago a defeat in the finals of a major tournament was regarded as a calamity. “The front of the Daily Record was brilliant - or when I look back on it now it was brilliant!” said McLeish. “It was a big picture of the world with ‘Stop the World, we want to get aff!’ written on it. Then there were a few faces which “had to go” and I was one of them. “Fortunately, we redeemed ourselves against Sweden but it was a very apprehensive game. Now, after 22 years of not being at a big tournament we would bite your hand off to do it. “Everyone would be grateful for an early exit just because it would mean that we are there at last but, in saying that, in those days and even now, you always have to be ambitious. “When we got there, we tried to get to the next stage, even if we never quite made that. Just to get to three finals in my playing days was a fantastic feeling.” Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia after a 2-2 in Slovenia Credit: PA Given that the transition from Gordon Strachan to McLeish is also a handover from one former Aberdeen player to another who was a Pittodrie team mate, it is possible to wonder if there will be discernible difference between the two regimes. “I have spoken about attention to detail,” said McLeish. “I'm not saying Gordon didn't do that but I believe that a year on - and a tournament - a lot of the lads were involved in these games and you would expect them to learn from that. What I can do is empower players. “How do you empower them? You can show things they have done well to give them the chest puffed out but you can also show them things from the past that they could have done better. These are the little details. “I am not discarding anybody at the moment. I believe there are little tweaks that can happen. A lot of them play in England at the highest level and I've seen a huge difference with a lot of the young players who are coming through in Scotland so, having moved on a season, I feel it's time to qualify for the finals of Euro 2020.” Martin Boyle celebrates scoring the opening goal for Hibernian Credit: Getty Images Two of McLeish’s former clubs met in the game of the day at Easter Road, where Hibs – whom he managed between 1998 and 2001 – hosted Aberdeen, who were bidding for a win that would cut Celtic’s lead at the top of the table to five points ahead of today’s (Sun) home outing against St Johnstone. By way of contrast, Celtic’s advantage over Aberdeen on the same weekend last year was a massive 27 points from one game fewer played. Easter Road accommodated 17,205 spectators and, after a goalless first half, the home fans celebrated when Hibs netted within a minute of the restart. Jamie Maclaren had two efforts blocked by Freddie Woodman but the rebound from his second attempt was headed home by Martin Boyle. Hibs doubled their advantage om the hour when a Martin Boyle shot diverted into the path of Florian Kamberi, who found the mark from close range. Elsewhere, two late goals by Simon Murray thwarted Partick Thistle, for whom Conor Sammon had struck the opener just before half time. Kilmarnock’s fine run continued at Fir Park where Stephen O’Donnell’s strike saw the Ayrshire side leapfrog Motherwell into the top six of the Scottish Premiership table.
Alex McLeish backed Hampden Park to remain Scotland’s home ground as he began the preparations for his second spell as national manager. The Scottish Football Association are in the process of considering whether to remain at Hampden – where their administrative offices are based, alongside those of the Scottish Professional Football League – or switch major internationals and Scottish Cup finals to Murrayfield, the home of Scottish rugby. The stadium in Mount Florida saw McLeish win many of 77 Scotland caps between 1980 and 1993 and it was there that he scored in Aberdeen’s 4-1 Scottish Cup final victory over Rangers on his 200th appearance for the Dons. “I would like to stay here,” McLeish said. “If it is a question of modernisation, sometimes we have to move forward but I’ve got to say it would be hard to leave Hampden.” The venerable ground will be the venue for the first contest of McLeish’s second tenure in charge when the Scots host Costa Rica in a Friday night friendly on March 23. The countries have met only once and recollections of the occasion are painful for McLeish, who was a member of the Scotland side beaten 1-0 by Costa Rica in the Italia ’90 World Cup finals. It is a measure of the decline in Scotland’s fortunes that 28 years ago a defeat in the finals of a major tournament was regarded as a calamity. “The front of the Daily Record was brilliant - or when I look back on it now it was brilliant!” said McLeish. “It was a big picture of the world with ‘Stop the World, we want to get aff!’ written on it. Then there were a few faces which “had to go” and I was one of them. “Fortunately, we redeemed ourselves against Sweden but it was a very apprehensive game. Now, after 22 years of not being at a big tournament we would bite your hand off to do it. “Everyone would be grateful for an early exit just because it would mean that we are there at last but, in saying that, in those days and even now, you always have to be ambitious. “When we got there, we tried to get to the next stage, even if we never quite made that. Just to get to three finals in my playing days was a fantastic feeling.” Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia after a 2-2 in Slovenia Credit: PA Given that the transition from Gordon Strachan to McLeish is also a handover from one former Aberdeen player to another who was a Pittodrie team mate, it is possible to wonder if there will be discernible difference between the two regimes. “I have spoken about attention to detail,” said McLeish. “I'm not saying Gordon didn't do that but I believe that a year on - and a tournament - a lot of the lads were involved in these games and you would expect them to learn from that. What I can do is empower players. “How do you empower them? You can show things they have done well to give them the chest puffed out but you can also show them things from the past that they could have done better. These are the little details. “I am not discarding anybody at the moment. I believe there are little tweaks that can happen. A lot of them play in England at the highest level and I've seen a huge difference with a lot of the young players who are coming through in Scotland so, having moved on a season, I feel it's time to qualify for the finals of Euro 2020.” Martin Boyle celebrates scoring the opening goal for Hibernian Credit: Getty Images Two of McLeish’s former clubs met in the game of the day at Easter Road, where Hibs – whom he managed between 1998 and 2001 – hosted Aberdeen, who were bidding for a win that would cut Celtic’s lead at the top of the table to five points ahead of today’s (Sun) home outing against St Johnstone. By way of contrast, Celtic’s advantage over Aberdeen on the same weekend last year was a massive 27 points from one game fewer played. Easter Road accommodated 17,205 spectators and, after a goalless first half, the home fans celebrated when Hibs netted within a minute of the restart. Jamie Maclaren had two efforts blocked by Freddie Woodman but the rebound from his second attempt was headed home by Martin Boyle. Hibs doubled their advantage om the hour when a Martin Boyle shot diverted into the path of Florian Kamberi, who found the mark from close range. Elsewhere, two late goals by Simon Murray thwarted Partick Thistle, for whom Conor Sammon had struck the opener just before half time. Kilmarnock’s fine run continued at Fir Park where Stephen O’Donnell’s strike saw the Ayrshire side leapfrog Motherwell into the top six of the Scottish Premiership table.
Alex McLeish backs calls for Scotland to remain at Hampden Park
Alex McLeish backed Hampden Park to remain Scotland’s home ground as he began the preparations for his second spell as national manager. The Scottish Football Association are in the process of considering whether to remain at Hampden – where their administrative offices are based, alongside those of the Scottish Professional Football League – or switch major internationals and Scottish Cup finals to Murrayfield, the home of Scottish rugby. The stadium in Mount Florida saw McLeish win many of 77 Scotland caps between 1980 and 1993 and it was there that he scored in Aberdeen’s 4-1 Scottish Cup final victory over Rangers on his 200th appearance for the Dons. “I would like to stay here,” McLeish said. “If it is a question of modernisation, sometimes we have to move forward but I’ve got to say it would be hard to leave Hampden.” The venerable ground will be the venue for the first contest of McLeish’s second tenure in charge when the Scots host Costa Rica in a Friday night friendly on March 23. The countries have met only once and recollections of the occasion are painful for McLeish, who was a member of the Scotland side beaten 1-0 by Costa Rica in the Italia ’90 World Cup finals. It is a measure of the decline in Scotland’s fortunes that 28 years ago a defeat in the finals of a major tournament was regarded as a calamity. “The front of the Daily Record was brilliant - or when I look back on it now it was brilliant!” said McLeish. “It was a big picture of the world with ‘Stop the World, we want to get aff!’ written on it. Then there were a few faces which “had to go” and I was one of them. “Fortunately, we redeemed ourselves against Sweden but it was a very apprehensive game. Now, after 22 years of not being at a big tournament we would bite your hand off to do it. “Everyone would be grateful for an early exit just because it would mean that we are there at last but, in saying that, in those days and even now, you always have to be ambitious. “When we got there, we tried to get to the next stage, even if we never quite made that. Just to get to three finals in my playing days was a fantastic feeling.” Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia after a 2-2 in Slovenia Credit: PA Given that the transition from Gordon Strachan to McLeish is also a handover from one former Aberdeen player to another who was a Pittodrie team mate, it is possible to wonder if there will be discernible difference between the two regimes. “I have spoken about attention to detail,” said McLeish. “I'm not saying Gordon didn't do that but I believe that a year on - and a tournament - a lot of the lads were involved in these games and you would expect them to learn from that. What I can do is empower players. “How do you empower them? You can show things they have done well to give them the chest puffed out but you can also show them things from the past that they could have done better. These are the little details. “I am not discarding anybody at the moment. I believe there are little tweaks that can happen. A lot of them play in England at the highest level and I've seen a huge difference with a lot of the young players who are coming through in Scotland so, having moved on a season, I feel it's time to qualify for the finals of Euro 2020.” Martin Boyle celebrates scoring the opening goal for Hibernian Credit: Getty Images Two of McLeish’s former clubs met in the game of the day at Easter Road, where Hibs – whom he managed between 1998 and 2001 – hosted Aberdeen, who were bidding for a win that would cut Celtic’s lead at the top of the table to five points ahead of today’s (Sun) home outing against St Johnstone. By way of contrast, Celtic’s advantage over Aberdeen on the same weekend last year was a massive 27 points from one game fewer played. Easter Road accommodated 17,205 spectators and, after a goalless first half, the home fans celebrated when Hibs netted within a minute of the restart. Jamie Maclaren had two efforts blocked by Freddie Woodman but the rebound from his second attempt was headed home by Martin Boyle. Hibs doubled their advantage om the hour when a Martin Boyle shot diverted into the path of Florian Kamberi, who found the mark from close range. Elsewhere, two late goals by Simon Murray thwarted Partick Thistle, for whom Conor Sammon had struck the opener just before half time. Kilmarnock’s fine run continued at Fir Park where Stephen O’Donnell’s strike saw the Ayrshire side leapfrog Motherwell into the top six of the Scottish Premiership table.
Alex McLeish backed Hampden Park to remain Scotland’s home ground as he began the preparations for his second spell as national manager. The Scottish Football Association are in the process of considering whether to remain at Hampden – where their administrative offices are based, alongside those of the Scottish Professional Football League – or switch major internationals and Scottish Cup finals to Murrayfield, the home of Scottish rugby. The stadium in Mount Florida saw McLeish win many of 77 Scotland caps between 1980 and 1993 and it was there that he scored in Aberdeen’s 4-1 Scottish Cup final victory over Rangers on his 200th appearance for the Dons. “I would like to stay here,” McLeish said. “If it is a question of modernisation, sometimes we have to move forward but I’ve got to say it would be hard to leave Hampden.” The venerable ground will be the venue for the first contest of McLeish’s second tenure in charge when the Scots host Costa Rica in a Friday night friendly on March 23. The countries have met only once and recollections of the occasion are painful for McLeish, who was a member of the Scotland side beaten 1-0 by Costa Rica in the Italia ’90 World Cup finals. It is a measure of the decline in Scotland’s fortunes that 28 years ago a defeat in the finals of a major tournament was regarded as a calamity. “The front of the Daily Record was brilliant - or when I look back on it now it was brilliant!” said McLeish. “It was a big picture of the world with ‘Stop the World, we want to get aff!’ written on it. Then there were a few faces which “had to go” and I was one of them. “Fortunately, we redeemed ourselves against Sweden but it was a very apprehensive game. Now, after 22 years of not being at a big tournament we would bite your hand off to do it. “Everyone would be grateful for an early exit just because it would mean that we are there at last but, in saying that, in those days and even now, you always have to be ambitious. “When we got there, we tried to get to the next stage, even if we never quite made that. Just to get to three finals in my playing days was a fantastic feeling.” Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia after a 2-2 in Slovenia Credit: PA Given that the transition from Gordon Strachan to McLeish is also a handover from one former Aberdeen player to another who was a Pittodrie team mate, it is possible to wonder if there will be discernible difference between the two regimes. “I have spoken about attention to detail,” said McLeish. “I'm not saying Gordon didn't do that but I believe that a year on - and a tournament - a lot of the lads were involved in these games and you would expect them to learn from that. What I can do is empower players. “How do you empower them? You can show things they have done well to give them the chest puffed out but you can also show them things from the past that they could have done better. These are the little details. “I am not discarding anybody at the moment. I believe there are little tweaks that can happen. A lot of them play in England at the highest level and I've seen a huge difference with a lot of the young players who are coming through in Scotland so, having moved on a season, I feel it's time to qualify for the finals of Euro 2020.” Martin Boyle celebrates scoring the opening goal for Hibernian Credit: Getty Images Two of McLeish’s former clubs met in the game of the day at Easter Road, where Hibs – whom he managed between 1998 and 2001 – hosted Aberdeen, who were bidding for a win that would cut Celtic’s lead at the top of the table to five points ahead of today’s (Sun) home outing against St Johnstone. By way of contrast, Celtic’s advantage over Aberdeen on the same weekend last year was a massive 27 points from one game fewer played. Easter Road accommodated 17,205 spectators and, after a goalless first half, the home fans celebrated when Hibs netted within a minute of the restart. Jamie Maclaren had two efforts blocked by Freddie Woodman but the rebound from his second attempt was headed home by Martin Boyle. Hibs doubled their advantage om the hour when a Martin Boyle shot diverted into the path of Florian Kamberi, who found the mark from close range. Elsewhere, two late goals by Simon Murray thwarted Partick Thistle, for whom Conor Sammon had struck the opener just before half time. Kilmarnock’s fine run continued at Fir Park where Stephen O’Donnell’s strike saw the Ayrshire side leapfrog Motherwell into the top six of the Scottish Premiership table.
Alex McLeish backs calls for Scotland to remain at Hampden Park
Alex McLeish backed Hampden Park to remain Scotland’s home ground as he began the preparations for his second spell as national manager. The Scottish Football Association are in the process of considering whether to remain at Hampden – where their administrative offices are based, alongside those of the Scottish Professional Football League – or switch major internationals and Scottish Cup finals to Murrayfield, the home of Scottish rugby. The stadium in Mount Florida saw McLeish win many of 77 Scotland caps between 1980 and 1993 and it was there that he scored in Aberdeen’s 4-1 Scottish Cup final victory over Rangers on his 200th appearance for the Dons. “I would like to stay here,” McLeish said. “If it is a question of modernisation, sometimes we have to move forward but I’ve got to say it would be hard to leave Hampden.” The venerable ground will be the venue for the first contest of McLeish’s second tenure in charge when the Scots host Costa Rica in a Friday night friendly on March 23. The countries have met only once and recollections of the occasion are painful for McLeish, who was a member of the Scotland side beaten 1-0 by Costa Rica in the Italia ’90 World Cup finals. It is a measure of the decline in Scotland’s fortunes that 28 years ago a defeat in the finals of a major tournament was regarded as a calamity. “The front of the Daily Record was brilliant - or when I look back on it now it was brilliant!” said McLeish. “It was a big picture of the world with ‘Stop the World, we want to get aff!’ written on it. Then there were a few faces which “had to go” and I was one of them. “Fortunately, we redeemed ourselves against Sweden but it was a very apprehensive game. Now, after 22 years of not being at a big tournament we would bite your hand off to do it. “Everyone would be grateful for an early exit just because it would mean that we are there at last but, in saying that, in those days and even now, you always have to be ambitious. “When we got there, we tried to get to the next stage, even if we never quite made that. Just to get to three finals in my playing days was a fantastic feeling.” Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia after a 2-2 in Slovenia Credit: PA Given that the transition from Gordon Strachan to McLeish is also a handover from one former Aberdeen player to another who was a Pittodrie team mate, it is possible to wonder if there will be discernible difference between the two regimes. “I have spoken about attention to detail,” said McLeish. “I'm not saying Gordon didn't do that but I believe that a year on - and a tournament - a lot of the lads were involved in these games and you would expect them to learn from that. What I can do is empower players. “How do you empower them? You can show things they have done well to give them the chest puffed out but you can also show them things from the past that they could have done better. These are the little details. “I am not discarding anybody at the moment. I believe there are little tweaks that can happen. A lot of them play in England at the highest level and I've seen a huge difference with a lot of the young players who are coming through in Scotland so, having moved on a season, I feel it's time to qualify for the finals of Euro 2020.” Martin Boyle celebrates scoring the opening goal for Hibernian Credit: Getty Images Two of McLeish’s former clubs met in the game of the day at Easter Road, where Hibs – whom he managed between 1998 and 2001 – hosted Aberdeen, who were bidding for a win that would cut Celtic’s lead at the top of the table to five points ahead of today’s (Sun) home outing against St Johnstone. By way of contrast, Celtic’s advantage over Aberdeen on the same weekend last year was a massive 27 points from one game fewer played. Easter Road accommodated 17,205 spectators and, after a goalless first half, the home fans celebrated when Hibs netted within a minute of the restart. Jamie Maclaren had two efforts blocked by Freddie Woodman but the rebound from his second attempt was headed home by Martin Boyle. Hibs doubled their advantage om the hour when a Martin Boyle shot diverted into the path of Florian Kamberi, who found the mark from close range. Elsewhere, two late goals by Simon Murray thwarted Partick Thistle, for whom Conor Sammon had struck the opener just before half time. Kilmarnock’s fine run continued at Fir Park where Stephen O’Donnell’s strike saw the Ayrshire side leapfrog Motherwell into the top six of the Scottish Premiership table.
As Celtic seek their first European home win outside qualifying matches under Brendan Rodgers, their manager warned that Zenit St Petersburg are a stronger team than Anderlecht, who were edged out by his men for a place in the Europa League. The tournament sees Zenit – managed by Roberto Mancini who was formerly in charge of Manchester City – come to the east end of Glasgow on Thursday. Rodgers has guided Celtic to successive Champions League group stage appearances and also into the knockout stage of this season’s Europa League, but they have been unable to post a home win in six attempts against Barcelona, Borussia Moenchengladbach, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Anderlecht. Their best group stage performance was the 3-0 victory over Anderlecht in Brussels, but Rodgers’ players lost the subsequent encounter at Parkhead to a Jozo Simunovic own goal. Against Zenit, Rodgers would have preferred to play the first leg in Russia. “Everyone likes the second leg at home. You know what you are playing for then,” said Rodgers. “It’s not the worst to have the first leg at home. You can try to get some sort of advantage. If you can keep a clean sheet, it gives you a real motivation going away. Brendan Rodgers is excited by the challenge his Celtic team will face in the Europa Cup Credit: Getty Images “I have looked at Zenit, and they play slightly differently from Manchester City. At Manchester City, Roberto had very much a defensive block with quality players. “It was 4-2-3-1 or 3-5-2 at times. This team is very clearly 4-3-3. They press the game. It is certainly a change from how his Man City team played. “Branislav Ivanovic is there, who I worked with at Chelsea. He has gone back out there and is a real linchpin for the team. He has still got good legs and strength and power and experience. “He is playing as a centre-half. That was his actual position when they brought him in to Chelsea. He ended up playing a lot at right-back and doing really well there. It is a really difficult game for us. They are a very good side.” In other circumstances, Rodgers’ CV would have included a spell as Mancini’s No 2. “Roberto had his first season at Manchester City, and I was asked to come and speak to them about maybe going in there to assist and work,” he said. “I flew out to Italy to meet him at the end of the season. We had a chat out there, then I came back, and it was a case of the Swansea position coming up, and I think Roberto was probably wanting his own man in as well. It worked out that I went to Swansea and Roberto had David Platt, whom he knew from Sampdoria.” Celtic extended the defence of their treble of domestic honours with a home victory over Partick Thistle in the fifth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup yesterday. In contrast to their performance in the 1-0 defeat by Kilmarnock at Rugby Park the previous weekend, they got off to a racing start with a James Forrest double, the second of which saw the winger run from the halfway line for a right-foot finish beyond goalkeeper Tomas Cerny. Kyle Lafferty celebrated scoring a brace for Hearts 3-0 win over St Johnstone Credit: PA The Jags looked beaten but were revived when Simunovic played an attempted a pass back to Dorus de Vries straight into the path of Kris Doolan, who marked his 350th appearance for Thistle with a first-time left-foot chip over De Vries. When Forrest netted his hat-trick after the break, Celtic looked safe, but Connor Sammon revived Thistle’s hopes with a late close-range strike, and it took a tackle by Kieran Tierney and a clutch on the line by De Vries to prevent Ryan Edwards stealing a draw in injury time. Also into the quarter-finals are Hearts, whose 3-0 home win over St Johnstone included a Kyle Lafferty brace, and Kilmarnock, who ended Brora Rangers’ progress with a 4-0 win over at Rugby Park. The other Highland League team, Cove Rangers, were beaten 3-1 at home by Falkirk, while in the all-Premiership collision at Dens Park, Dundee lost 2-0 to Motherwell. The remaining tie of the day was at Cappielow, where Morton prevailed against their trans-Clyde rivals, Dumbarton, with goals from Frank Ross, Jack Iredale and Bob McHugh. Today’s games see Ayr United at home to Rangers and Aberdeen against Dundee United at Pittodrie, where the quarter-final draw will be made.
Brendan Rodgers reminds Celtic to beware the strength of Zenit St Petersberg
As Celtic seek their first European home win outside qualifying matches under Brendan Rodgers, their manager warned that Zenit St Petersburg are a stronger team than Anderlecht, who were edged out by his men for a place in the Europa League. The tournament sees Zenit – managed by Roberto Mancini who was formerly in charge of Manchester City – come to the east end of Glasgow on Thursday. Rodgers has guided Celtic to successive Champions League group stage appearances and also into the knockout stage of this season’s Europa League, but they have been unable to post a home win in six attempts against Barcelona, Borussia Moenchengladbach, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Anderlecht. Their best group stage performance was the 3-0 victory over Anderlecht in Brussels, but Rodgers’ players lost the subsequent encounter at Parkhead to a Jozo Simunovic own goal. Against Zenit, Rodgers would have preferred to play the first leg in Russia. “Everyone likes the second leg at home. You know what you are playing for then,” said Rodgers. “It’s not the worst to have the first leg at home. You can try to get some sort of advantage. If you can keep a clean sheet, it gives you a real motivation going away. Brendan Rodgers is excited by the challenge his Celtic team will face in the Europa Cup Credit: Getty Images “I have looked at Zenit, and they play slightly differently from Manchester City. At Manchester City, Roberto had very much a defensive block with quality players. “It was 4-2-3-1 or 3-5-2 at times. This team is very clearly 4-3-3. They press the game. It is certainly a change from how his Man City team played. “Branislav Ivanovic is there, who I worked with at Chelsea. He has gone back out there and is a real linchpin for the team. He has still got good legs and strength and power and experience. “He is playing as a centre-half. That was his actual position when they brought him in to Chelsea. He ended up playing a lot at right-back and doing really well there. It is a really difficult game for us. They are a very good side.” In other circumstances, Rodgers’ CV would have included a spell as Mancini’s No 2. “Roberto had his first season at Manchester City, and I was asked to come and speak to them about maybe going in there to assist and work,” he said. “I flew out to Italy to meet him at the end of the season. We had a chat out there, then I came back, and it was a case of the Swansea position coming up, and I think Roberto was probably wanting his own man in as well. It worked out that I went to Swansea and Roberto had David Platt, whom he knew from Sampdoria.” Celtic extended the defence of their treble of domestic honours with a home victory over Partick Thistle in the fifth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup yesterday. In contrast to their performance in the 1-0 defeat by Kilmarnock at Rugby Park the previous weekend, they got off to a racing start with a James Forrest double, the second of which saw the winger run from the halfway line for a right-foot finish beyond goalkeeper Tomas Cerny. Kyle Lafferty celebrated scoring a brace for Hearts 3-0 win over St Johnstone Credit: PA The Jags looked beaten but were revived when Simunovic played an attempted a pass back to Dorus de Vries straight into the path of Kris Doolan, who marked his 350th appearance for Thistle with a first-time left-foot chip over De Vries. When Forrest netted his hat-trick after the break, Celtic looked safe, but Connor Sammon revived Thistle’s hopes with a late close-range strike, and it took a tackle by Kieran Tierney and a clutch on the line by De Vries to prevent Ryan Edwards stealing a draw in injury time. Also into the quarter-finals are Hearts, whose 3-0 home win over St Johnstone included a Kyle Lafferty brace, and Kilmarnock, who ended Brora Rangers’ progress with a 4-0 win over at Rugby Park. The other Highland League team, Cove Rangers, were beaten 3-1 at home by Falkirk, while in the all-Premiership collision at Dens Park, Dundee lost 2-0 to Motherwell. The remaining tie of the day was at Cappielow, where Morton prevailed against their trans-Clyde rivals, Dumbarton, with goals from Frank Ross, Jack Iredale and Bob McHugh. Today’s games see Ayr United at home to Rangers and Aberdeen against Dundee United at Pittodrie, where the quarter-final draw will be made.
As Celtic seek their first European home win outside qualifying matches under Brendan Rodgers, their manager warned that Zenit St Petersburg are a stronger team than Anderlecht, who were edged out by his men for a place in the Europa League. The tournament sees Zenit – managed by Roberto Mancini who was formerly in charge of Manchester City – come to the east end of Glasgow on Thursday. Rodgers has guided Celtic to successive Champions League group stage appearances and also into the knockout stage of this season’s Europa League, but they have been unable to post a home win in six attempts against Barcelona, Borussia Moenchengladbach, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Anderlecht. Their best group stage performance was the 3-0 victory over Anderlecht in Brussels, but Rodgers’ players lost the subsequent encounter at Parkhead to a Jozo Simunovic own goal. Against Zenit, Rodgers would have preferred to play the first leg in Russia. “Everyone likes the second leg at home. You know what you are playing for then,” said Rodgers. “It’s not the worst to have the first leg at home. You can try to get some sort of advantage. If you can keep a clean sheet, it gives you a real motivation going away. Brendan Rodgers is excited by the challenge his Celtic team will face in the Europa Cup Credit: Getty Images “I have looked at Zenit, and they play slightly differently from Manchester City. At Manchester City, Roberto had very much a defensive block with quality players. “It was 4-2-3-1 or 3-5-2 at times. This team is very clearly 4-3-3. They press the game. It is certainly a change from how his Man City team played. “Branislav Ivanovic is there, who I worked with at Chelsea. He has gone back out there and is a real linchpin for the team. He has still got good legs and strength and power and experience. “He is playing as a centre-half. That was his actual position when they brought him in to Chelsea. He ended up playing a lot at right-back and doing really well there. It is a really difficult game for us. They are a very good side.” In other circumstances, Rodgers’ CV would have included a spell as Mancini’s No 2. “Roberto had his first season at Manchester City, and I was asked to come and speak to them about maybe going in there to assist and work,” he said. “I flew out to Italy to meet him at the end of the season. We had a chat out there, then I came back, and it was a case of the Swansea position coming up, and I think Roberto was probably wanting his own man in as well. It worked out that I went to Swansea and Roberto had David Platt, whom he knew from Sampdoria.” Celtic extended the defence of their treble of domestic honours with a home victory over Partick Thistle in the fifth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup yesterday. In contrast to their performance in the 1-0 defeat by Kilmarnock at Rugby Park the previous weekend, they got off to a racing start with a James Forrest double, the second of which saw the winger run from the halfway line for a right-foot finish beyond goalkeeper Tomas Cerny. Kyle Lafferty celebrated scoring a brace for Hearts 3-0 win over St Johnstone Credit: PA The Jags looked beaten but were revived when Simunovic played an attempted a pass back to Dorus de Vries straight into the path of Kris Doolan, who marked his 350th appearance for Thistle with a first-time left-foot chip over De Vries. When Forrest netted his hat-trick after the break, Celtic looked safe, but Connor Sammon revived Thistle’s hopes with a late close-range strike, and it took a tackle by Kieran Tierney and a clutch on the line by De Vries to prevent Ryan Edwards stealing a draw in injury time. Also into the quarter-finals are Hearts, whose 3-0 home win over St Johnstone included a Kyle Lafferty brace, and Kilmarnock, who ended Brora Rangers’ progress with a 4-0 win over at Rugby Park. The other Highland League team, Cove Rangers, were beaten 3-1 at home by Falkirk, while in the all-Premiership collision at Dens Park, Dundee lost 2-0 to Motherwell. The remaining tie of the day was at Cappielow, where Morton prevailed against their trans-Clyde rivals, Dumbarton, with goals from Frank Ross, Jack Iredale and Bob McHugh. Today’s games see Ayr United at home to Rangers and Aberdeen against Dundee United at Pittodrie, where the quarter-final draw will be made.
Brendan Rodgers reminds Celtic to beware the strength of Zenit St Petersberg
As Celtic seek their first European home win outside qualifying matches under Brendan Rodgers, their manager warned that Zenit St Petersburg are a stronger team than Anderlecht, who were edged out by his men for a place in the Europa League. The tournament sees Zenit – managed by Roberto Mancini who was formerly in charge of Manchester City – come to the east end of Glasgow on Thursday. Rodgers has guided Celtic to successive Champions League group stage appearances and also into the knockout stage of this season’s Europa League, but they have been unable to post a home win in six attempts against Barcelona, Borussia Moenchengladbach, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Anderlecht. Their best group stage performance was the 3-0 victory over Anderlecht in Brussels, but Rodgers’ players lost the subsequent encounter at Parkhead to a Jozo Simunovic own goal. Against Zenit, Rodgers would have preferred to play the first leg in Russia. “Everyone likes the second leg at home. You know what you are playing for then,” said Rodgers. “It’s not the worst to have the first leg at home. You can try to get some sort of advantage. If you can keep a clean sheet, it gives you a real motivation going away. Brendan Rodgers is excited by the challenge his Celtic team will face in the Europa Cup Credit: Getty Images “I have looked at Zenit, and they play slightly differently from Manchester City. At Manchester City, Roberto had very much a defensive block with quality players. “It was 4-2-3-1 or 3-5-2 at times. This team is very clearly 4-3-3. They press the game. It is certainly a change from how his Man City team played. “Branislav Ivanovic is there, who I worked with at Chelsea. He has gone back out there and is a real linchpin for the team. He has still got good legs and strength and power and experience. “He is playing as a centre-half. That was his actual position when they brought him in to Chelsea. He ended up playing a lot at right-back and doing really well there. It is a really difficult game for us. They are a very good side.” In other circumstances, Rodgers’ CV would have included a spell as Mancini’s No 2. “Roberto had his first season at Manchester City, and I was asked to come and speak to them about maybe going in there to assist and work,” he said. “I flew out to Italy to meet him at the end of the season. We had a chat out there, then I came back, and it was a case of the Swansea position coming up, and I think Roberto was probably wanting his own man in as well. It worked out that I went to Swansea and Roberto had David Platt, whom he knew from Sampdoria.” Celtic extended the defence of their treble of domestic honours with a home victory over Partick Thistle in the fifth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup yesterday. In contrast to their performance in the 1-0 defeat by Kilmarnock at Rugby Park the previous weekend, they got off to a racing start with a James Forrest double, the second of which saw the winger run from the halfway line for a right-foot finish beyond goalkeeper Tomas Cerny. Kyle Lafferty celebrated scoring a brace for Hearts 3-0 win over St Johnstone Credit: PA The Jags looked beaten but were revived when Simunovic played an attempted a pass back to Dorus de Vries straight into the path of Kris Doolan, who marked his 350th appearance for Thistle with a first-time left-foot chip over De Vries. When Forrest netted his hat-trick after the break, Celtic looked safe, but Connor Sammon revived Thistle’s hopes with a late close-range strike, and it took a tackle by Kieran Tierney and a clutch on the line by De Vries to prevent Ryan Edwards stealing a draw in injury time. Also into the quarter-finals are Hearts, whose 3-0 home win over St Johnstone included a Kyle Lafferty brace, and Kilmarnock, who ended Brora Rangers’ progress with a 4-0 win over at Rugby Park. The other Highland League team, Cove Rangers, were beaten 3-1 at home by Falkirk, while in the all-Premiership collision at Dens Park, Dundee lost 2-0 to Motherwell. The remaining tie of the day was at Cappielow, where Morton prevailed against their trans-Clyde rivals, Dumbarton, with goals from Frank Ross, Jack Iredale and Bob McHugh. Today’s games see Ayr United at home to Rangers and Aberdeen against Dundee United at Pittodrie, where the quarter-final draw will be made.
As Celtic seek their first European home win outside qualifying matches under Brendan Rodgers, their manager warned that Zenit St Petersburg are a stronger team than Anderlecht, who were edged out by his men for a place in the Europa League. The tournament sees Zenit – managed by Roberto Mancini who was formerly in charge of Manchester City – come to the east end of Glasgow on Thursday. Rodgers has guided Celtic to successive Champions League group stage appearances and also into the knockout stage of this season’s Europa League, but they have been unable to post a home win in six attempts against Barcelona, Borussia Moenchengladbach, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Anderlecht. Their best group stage performance was the 3-0 victory over Anderlecht in Brussels, but Rodgers’ players lost the subsequent encounter at Parkhead to a Jozo Simunovic own goal. Against Zenit, Rodgers would have preferred to play the first leg in Russia. “Everyone likes the second leg at home. You know what you are playing for then,” said Rodgers. “It’s not the worst to have the first leg at home. You can try to get some sort of advantage. If you can keep a clean sheet, it gives you a real motivation going away. Brendan Rodgers is excited by the challenge his Celtic team will face in the Europa Cup Credit: Getty Images “I have looked at Zenit, and they play slightly differently from Manchester City. At Manchester City, Roberto had very much a defensive block with quality players. “It was 4-2-3-1 or 3-5-2 at times. This team is very clearly 4-3-3. They press the game. It is certainly a change from how his Man City team played. “Branislav Ivanovic is there, who I worked with at Chelsea. He has gone back out there and is a real linchpin for the team. He has still got good legs and strength and power and experience. “He is playing as a centre-half. That was his actual position when they brought him in to Chelsea. He ended up playing a lot at right-back and doing really well there. It is a really difficult game for us. They are a very good side.” In other circumstances, Rodgers’ CV would have included a spell as Mancini’s No 2. “Roberto had his first season at Manchester City, and I was asked to come and speak to them about maybe going in there to assist and work,” he said. “I flew out to Italy to meet him at the end of the season. We had a chat out there, then I came back, and it was a case of the Swansea position coming up, and I think Roberto was probably wanting his own man in as well. It worked out that I went to Swansea and Roberto had David Platt, whom he knew from Sampdoria.” Celtic extended the defence of their treble of domestic honours with a home victory over Partick Thistle in the fifth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup yesterday. In contrast to their performance in the 1-0 defeat by Kilmarnock at Rugby Park the previous weekend, they got off to a racing start with a James Forrest double, the second of which saw the winger run from the halfway line for a right-foot finish beyond goalkeeper Tomas Cerny. Kyle Lafferty celebrated scoring a brace for Hearts 3-0 win over St Johnstone Credit: PA The Jags looked beaten but were revived when Simunovic played an attempted a pass back to Dorus de Vries straight into the path of Kris Doolan, who marked his 350th appearance for Thistle with a first-time left-foot chip over De Vries. When Forrest netted his hat-trick after the break, Celtic looked safe, but Connor Sammon revived Thistle’s hopes with a late close-range strike, and it took a tackle by Kieran Tierney and a clutch on the line by De Vries to prevent Ryan Edwards stealing a draw in injury time. Also into the quarter-finals are Hearts, whose 3-0 home win over St Johnstone included a Kyle Lafferty brace, and Kilmarnock, who ended Brora Rangers’ progress with a 4-0 win over at Rugby Park. The other Highland League team, Cove Rangers, were beaten 3-1 at home by Falkirk, while in the all-Premiership collision at Dens Park, Dundee lost 2-0 to Motherwell. The remaining tie of the day was at Cappielow, where Morton prevailed against their trans-Clyde rivals, Dumbarton, with goals from Frank Ross, Jack Iredale and Bob McHugh. Today’s games see Ayr United at home to Rangers and Aberdeen against Dundee United at Pittodrie, where the quarter-final draw will be made.
Brendan Rodgers reminds Celtic to beware the strength of Zenit St Petersberg
As Celtic seek their first European home win outside qualifying matches under Brendan Rodgers, their manager warned that Zenit St Petersburg are a stronger team than Anderlecht, who were edged out by his men for a place in the Europa League. The tournament sees Zenit – managed by Roberto Mancini who was formerly in charge of Manchester City – come to the east end of Glasgow on Thursday. Rodgers has guided Celtic to successive Champions League group stage appearances and also into the knockout stage of this season’s Europa League, but they have been unable to post a home win in six attempts against Barcelona, Borussia Moenchengladbach, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Anderlecht. Their best group stage performance was the 3-0 victory over Anderlecht in Brussels, but Rodgers’ players lost the subsequent encounter at Parkhead to a Jozo Simunovic own goal. Against Zenit, Rodgers would have preferred to play the first leg in Russia. “Everyone likes the second leg at home. You know what you are playing for then,” said Rodgers. “It’s not the worst to have the first leg at home. You can try to get some sort of advantage. If you can keep a clean sheet, it gives you a real motivation going away. Brendan Rodgers is excited by the challenge his Celtic team will face in the Europa Cup Credit: Getty Images “I have looked at Zenit, and they play slightly differently from Manchester City. At Manchester City, Roberto had very much a defensive block with quality players. “It was 4-2-3-1 or 3-5-2 at times. This team is very clearly 4-3-3. They press the game. It is certainly a change from how his Man City team played. “Branislav Ivanovic is there, who I worked with at Chelsea. He has gone back out there and is a real linchpin for the team. He has still got good legs and strength and power and experience. “He is playing as a centre-half. That was his actual position when they brought him in to Chelsea. He ended up playing a lot at right-back and doing really well there. It is a really difficult game for us. They are a very good side.” In other circumstances, Rodgers’ CV would have included a spell as Mancini’s No 2. “Roberto had his first season at Manchester City, and I was asked to come and speak to them about maybe going in there to assist and work,” he said. “I flew out to Italy to meet him at the end of the season. We had a chat out there, then I came back, and it was a case of the Swansea position coming up, and I think Roberto was probably wanting his own man in as well. It worked out that I went to Swansea and Roberto had David Platt, whom he knew from Sampdoria.” Celtic extended the defence of their treble of domestic honours with a home victory over Partick Thistle in the fifth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup yesterday. In contrast to their performance in the 1-0 defeat by Kilmarnock at Rugby Park the previous weekend, they got off to a racing start with a James Forrest double, the second of which saw the winger run from the halfway line for a right-foot finish beyond goalkeeper Tomas Cerny. Kyle Lafferty celebrated scoring a brace for Hearts 3-0 win over St Johnstone Credit: PA The Jags looked beaten but were revived when Simunovic played an attempted a pass back to Dorus de Vries straight into the path of Kris Doolan, who marked his 350th appearance for Thistle with a first-time left-foot chip over De Vries. When Forrest netted his hat-trick after the break, Celtic looked safe, but Connor Sammon revived Thistle’s hopes with a late close-range strike, and it took a tackle by Kieran Tierney and a clutch on the line by De Vries to prevent Ryan Edwards stealing a draw in injury time. Also into the quarter-finals are Hearts, whose 3-0 home win over St Johnstone included a Kyle Lafferty brace, and Kilmarnock, who ended Brora Rangers’ progress with a 4-0 win over at Rugby Park. The other Highland League team, Cove Rangers, were beaten 3-1 at home by Falkirk, while in the all-Premiership collision at Dens Park, Dundee lost 2-0 to Motherwell. The remaining tie of the day was at Cappielow, where Morton prevailed against their trans-Clyde rivals, Dumbarton, with goals from Frank Ross, Jack Iredale and Bob McHugh. Today’s games see Ayr United at home to Rangers and Aberdeen against Dundee United at Pittodrie, where the quarter-final draw will be made.
One of the heroes of India’s campaign at the FIFA U-17 World Cup was goal keeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem who has now moved base to Scotland and begun his trial stint with the Scottish Premiership club Motherwell FC.
India U17 World Cup Hero Dheeraj Singh Begins Training At Scotland's Motherwell FC
One of the heroes of India’s campaign at the FIFA U-17 World Cup was goal keeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem who has now moved base to Scotland and begun his trial stint with the Scottish Premiership club Motherwell FC.
Government of the fans, by the fans, for the fans. That was the promise made by the footballer who proposes to form a club from scratch – funded by small investors across the world - with the aim of competing in the Scottish Premiership within seven years. The scheme was devised by former Motherwell and Stranraer player, Chris Ewing, who in 2011 founded the Edusport Academy in Glasgow as a base for young French footballers to participate in a year-long schedule of football coaching, English language tuition with inclusive accommodation and food allowances at a cost of £17,000. Edusport Academy now also has an Edinburgh base and the team plays in the Scottish Lowland League, but Ewing is altering the structure in an attempt to establish a new and separate club. His proposal is for fans who want to participate in the club’s foundation to pay an annual membership fee of £25, which will entitle them to vote to choose the team name, team colours, potential signings and a board to be established for next season. “What started off in 2011 as a private football academy has evolved into a football club with full membership of the Scottish FA, playing in the fifth tier of Scottish football, just one step away from professional football,” Ewing said. “We want this to be the most innovative fan experience in the game. We aim to offer the best and most immersive supporter experience in world football, which is exactly what we feel the game needs. “We are progressive, inclusive, and are looking to build and engage with an online community of passionate and knowledgeable football fans. Together, we can achieve great things, such as our primary aim of reaching the Premiership (and beyond) by 2025. “Our Football Club is the name of the project which allows members of the public to buy a membership, then begin making decisions that affect the real Edusport Academy Football Club. “It is essentially a supporters group with a real difference – it gives its members unprecedented control, including the ability to re-name the team, design the strips, scout new players, select the board and much more. “Some people may say it is crazy to target promotion to the Scottish Premiership by 2025 but I would counter that by saying it’s crazy to do the same thing year upon year and expect a different result. That’s what a lot of the clubs are doing in Leagues 1 and 2, going through the motions every year and getting the same outcome. “We’re challenging the status quo and have the chance to do that as we are a new football club and not hindered by anything. What we are trying to do is provide a service and I feel now is as good a time as any to get involved. “The national team has failed to deliver for a number of years, there is an apathy towards the Old Firm and across Scottish football as a whole. It’s about using people’s passion for football as a catalyst for positive change.” The proposal might remind some of Ebbsfleet – formerly Gravesend and Northfleet – who were bought by a Kuwaiti group in 2013 and play in the National League, but Ewing said; “We’re completely different. “We have no history, we have no fan base and we have carte blanche to create a brand-new football club that meets the needs of the supporters. Ebbsfleet had a fan base but we are looking to create a fan base through an online community. “Ebbsfleet offered the opportunity for members to pick the team, but that is certainly something we will never do. Members can put together names of players who they can identify, a bit like Football Manager, but certainly it's not fantasy football.” The club also proposes to give 500 free season tickets to local supporters and to donate £50,000 to grass-roots football in Scotland if it achieves a membership of 10,000. Find out more at https://ourfootballclub.com/
Fans can run a new club aiming to go from scratch to the Scottish Premiership in under two decades
Government of the fans, by the fans, for the fans. That was the promise made by the footballer who proposes to form a club from scratch – funded by small investors across the world - with the aim of competing in the Scottish Premiership within seven years. The scheme was devised by former Motherwell and Stranraer player, Chris Ewing, who in 2011 founded the Edusport Academy in Glasgow as a base for young French footballers to participate in a year-long schedule of football coaching, English language tuition with inclusive accommodation and food allowances at a cost of £17,000. Edusport Academy now also has an Edinburgh base and the team plays in the Scottish Lowland League, but Ewing is altering the structure in an attempt to establish a new and separate club. His proposal is for fans who want to participate in the club’s foundation to pay an annual membership fee of £25, which will entitle them to vote to choose the team name, team colours, potential signings and a board to be established for next season. “What started off in 2011 as a private football academy has evolved into a football club with full membership of the Scottish FA, playing in the fifth tier of Scottish football, just one step away from professional football,” Ewing said. “We want this to be the most innovative fan experience in the game. We aim to offer the best and most immersive supporter experience in world football, which is exactly what we feel the game needs. “We are progressive, inclusive, and are looking to build and engage with an online community of passionate and knowledgeable football fans. Together, we can achieve great things, such as our primary aim of reaching the Premiership (and beyond) by 2025. “Our Football Club is the name of the project which allows members of the public to buy a membership, then begin making decisions that affect the real Edusport Academy Football Club. “It is essentially a supporters group with a real difference – it gives its members unprecedented control, including the ability to re-name the team, design the strips, scout new players, select the board and much more. “Some people may say it is crazy to target promotion to the Scottish Premiership by 2025 but I would counter that by saying it’s crazy to do the same thing year upon year and expect a different result. That’s what a lot of the clubs are doing in Leagues 1 and 2, going through the motions every year and getting the same outcome. “We’re challenging the status quo and have the chance to do that as we are a new football club and not hindered by anything. What we are trying to do is provide a service and I feel now is as good a time as any to get involved. “The national team has failed to deliver for a number of years, there is an apathy towards the Old Firm and across Scottish football as a whole. It’s about using people’s passion for football as a catalyst for positive change.” The proposal might remind some of Ebbsfleet – formerly Gravesend and Northfleet – who were bought by a Kuwaiti group in 2013 and play in the National League, but Ewing said; “We’re completely different. “We have no history, we have no fan base and we have carte blanche to create a brand-new football club that meets the needs of the supporters. Ebbsfleet had a fan base but we are looking to create a fan base through an online community. “Ebbsfleet offered the opportunity for members to pick the team, but that is certainly something we will never do. Members can put together names of players who they can identify, a bit like Football Manager, but certainly it's not fantasy football.” The club also proposes to give 500 free season tickets to local supporters and to donate £50,000 to grass-roots football in Scotland if it achieves a membership of 10,000. Find out more at https://ourfootballclub.com/
Dheeraj proved his goalkeeping skills during the FIFA U-17 World Cup and has been highly linked to undergo trials with a few European clubs since then.
India’s U-17 World Cup Star Dheeraj Singh Departs For Scottish Football Club Motherwell FC Trials
Dheeraj proved his goalkeeping skills during the FIFA U-17 World Cup and has been highly linked to undergo trials with a few European clubs since then.
Dheeraj proved his goalkeeping skills during the FIFA U-17 World Cup and has been highly linked to undergo trials with a few European clubs since then.
India’s U-17 World Cup Star Dheeraj Singh Departs For Scottish Football Club Motherwell FC Trials
Dheeraj proved his goalkeeping skills during the FIFA U-17 World Cup and has been highly linked to undergo trials with a few European clubs since then.
FIFA U-17 World Cup find of the tournament for India Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem on Wednesday departed for his trials with Scottish Premiership team Motherwell Football Club
India U-17 goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem set to begin trail with Scottish side Motherwell FC
FIFA U-17 World Cup find of the tournament for India Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem on Wednesday departed for his trials with Scottish Premiership team Motherwell Football Club
If it is a simple matter of recommendations, the Scottish Football Association could solve its leadership dilemmas with a double raid on Hibernian. The resignation of Stewart Regan as SFA chief executive on Thursday led to Leeann Dempster installed as favourite to succeed him at Hampden Park. Speculation about the Hibs chief executive came only hours after the Celtic manager, Brendan Rodgers, had suggested that his Easter Road counterpart, Neil Lennon, would be a good fit for the SFA’s other vacant position, that of Scotland team manager. Lennon takes Hibernian to Ibrox for what promises to be a lively meeting with Rangers on Saturday but took time to laud Dempster’s talents. “She’s very, very good at what she does,” Lennon said of Dempster. “It doesn’t surprise me that her name’s being linked but we all hope here that she doesn’t go. There’s a huge vacuum there now that needs to be filled and filled very quickly. “There’s a national manager to find and someone to get a hold of things to run the game accordingly on a more professional basis. I’ve got a good relationship with her professionally, but you’d need to ask Leeann the question. I don’t know what role the SFA are looking for in terms of their chief executive.” Dempster was also praised by her successor at Motherwell, Alan Burrows, who said: “She is an ideas person. She is open as well and she can bring people together. Stewart Regan left his post at the SFA on Thursday Credit: Danny Lawson/PA “Leeann would be a fantastic candidate. She had Motherwell in the Champions League, she had Motherwell with consecutive second-place finishes, she won the Scottish Cup with Hibernian and got them back to the Premiership.” More immediately, Lennon hopes to reprise Hibs’ achievement of beating Rangers at Ibrox as they did with a 3-2 victory on August 8, a result that contributed to the eventual dismissal of the hapless Pedro Caixinha as the Light Blues’ manager. Lennon, of course, has only to show face in Govan to prompt excoriation by the Rangers faithful, but Caixinha’s successor, Graeme Murty, has so far enjoyed cordial relations with the combative Northern Irishman, whom he encountered when his players won 2-1 against the run of play at Easter Road in December. “I was a bit concerned after the Easter Road game when we won the points and maybe didn’t deserve them,” Murty said. “He was fine, perfectly candid, open and warm. I know he’s a passionate guy and he can be quite feisty but that’s a big part of football. Hibs' Oli Shaw challenges Rangers' Danny Wilson during the match at Easter Road last December Credit: Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images “You are in football for the characters and the occasion and the atmosphere and he adds to it all. I think he respects honesty and people who tell it as it is. “That night we saw it the same way as he did – we were maybe a little lucky to get all three points but we showed certain good attributes to come out with a win. I have no doubt we will need to show those same attributes and more to get a result tomorrow. “I have no doubt they [Rangers fans] will inform Neil of their opinion and keep him abreast of the score if we are ahead.” Another factor in what could be a sparky afternoon at Ibrox is the likely participation of Jason Cummings, once an Easter Road favourite, and now a striker for Rangers, of whom he once said that punters should bet on him scoring against them because it represented “free money”. Apprised of this quote, James Tavernier, Rangers’ right back, said: “I’ve not seen that, no. I’ll have to have a look at that and maybe batter him for it! He’s a Rangers player now and we’re at Ibrox so he’ll get some stick from the away fans but we’ve got 50,000 home fans behind him.” Since arriving last month, Cummings has alternated with Alfredo Morelos, the Colombian striker who was the subject of interest from Beijing Renhe. Rangers let it be known that they had declined an offer of £8 million from the Chinese Super League team, a figure met with scepticism in some quarters. Murty, however, was adamant that the bid for the Scottish Premiership’s top scorer had been authentic. “It was big but as far as I was aware I was under no economic imperative to sell,” he said. “If I can’t bring in a player at the same level – or even better than the one we were letting go – then we won’t sell. We want a squad capable of challenging in all competitions and Alfredo is our top scorer. “Possibly there may have been times at this club when that deal would have happened but it was good to know that the chairman and the board were not driving it and that he remains our player.”
Hibernian pair might provide rapid solution for SFA's twin problems
If it is a simple matter of recommendations, the Scottish Football Association could solve its leadership dilemmas with a double raid on Hibernian. The resignation of Stewart Regan as SFA chief executive on Thursday led to Leeann Dempster installed as favourite to succeed him at Hampden Park. Speculation about the Hibs chief executive came only hours after the Celtic manager, Brendan Rodgers, had suggested that his Easter Road counterpart, Neil Lennon, would be a good fit for the SFA’s other vacant position, that of Scotland team manager. Lennon takes Hibernian to Ibrox for what promises to be a lively meeting with Rangers on Saturday but took time to laud Dempster’s talents. “She’s very, very good at what she does,” Lennon said of Dempster. “It doesn’t surprise me that her name’s being linked but we all hope here that she doesn’t go. There’s a huge vacuum there now that needs to be filled and filled very quickly. “There’s a national manager to find and someone to get a hold of things to run the game accordingly on a more professional basis. I’ve got a good relationship with her professionally, but you’d need to ask Leeann the question. I don’t know what role the SFA are looking for in terms of their chief executive.” Dempster was also praised by her successor at Motherwell, Alan Burrows, who said: “She is an ideas person. She is open as well and she can bring people together. Stewart Regan left his post at the SFA on Thursday Credit: Danny Lawson/PA “Leeann would be a fantastic candidate. She had Motherwell in the Champions League, she had Motherwell with consecutive second-place finishes, she won the Scottish Cup with Hibernian and got them back to the Premiership.” More immediately, Lennon hopes to reprise Hibs’ achievement of beating Rangers at Ibrox as they did with a 3-2 victory on August 8, a result that contributed to the eventual dismissal of the hapless Pedro Caixinha as the Light Blues’ manager. Lennon, of course, has only to show face in Govan to prompt excoriation by the Rangers faithful, but Caixinha’s successor, Graeme Murty, has so far enjoyed cordial relations with the combative Northern Irishman, whom he encountered when his players won 2-1 against the run of play at Easter Road in December. “I was a bit concerned after the Easter Road game when we won the points and maybe didn’t deserve them,” Murty said. “He was fine, perfectly candid, open and warm. I know he’s a passionate guy and he can be quite feisty but that’s a big part of football. Hibs' Oli Shaw challenges Rangers' Danny Wilson during the match at Easter Road last December Credit: Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images “You are in football for the characters and the occasion and the atmosphere and he adds to it all. I think he respects honesty and people who tell it as it is. “That night we saw it the same way as he did – we were maybe a little lucky to get all three points but we showed certain good attributes to come out with a win. I have no doubt we will need to show those same attributes and more to get a result tomorrow. “I have no doubt they [Rangers fans] will inform Neil of their opinion and keep him abreast of the score if we are ahead.” Another factor in what could be a sparky afternoon at Ibrox is the likely participation of Jason Cummings, once an Easter Road favourite, and now a striker for Rangers, of whom he once said that punters should bet on him scoring against them because it represented “free money”. Apprised of this quote, James Tavernier, Rangers’ right back, said: “I’ve not seen that, no. I’ll have to have a look at that and maybe batter him for it! He’s a Rangers player now and we’re at Ibrox so he’ll get some stick from the away fans but we’ve got 50,000 home fans behind him.” Since arriving last month, Cummings has alternated with Alfredo Morelos, the Colombian striker who was the subject of interest from Beijing Renhe. Rangers let it be known that they had declined an offer of £8 million from the Chinese Super League team, a figure met with scepticism in some quarters. Murty, however, was adamant that the bid for the Scottish Premiership’s top scorer had been authentic. “It was big but as far as I was aware I was under no economic imperative to sell,” he said. “If I can’t bring in a player at the same level – or even better than the one we were letting go – then we won’t sell. We want a squad capable of challenging in all competitions and Alfredo is our top scorer. “Possibly there may have been times at this club when that deal would have happened but it was good to know that the chairman and the board were not driving it and that he remains our player.”
If it is a simple matter of recommendations, the Scottish Football Association could solve its leadership dilemmas with a double raid on Hibernian. The resignation of Stewart Regan as SFA chief executive on Thursday led to Leeann Dempster installed as favourite to succeed him at Hampden Park. Speculation about the Hibs chief executive came only hours after the Celtic manager, Brendan Rodgers, had suggested that his Easter Road counterpart, Neil Lennon, would be a good fit for the SFA’s other vacant position, that of Scotland team manager. Lennon takes Hibernian to Ibrox for what promises to be a lively meeting with Rangers on Saturday but took time to laud Dempster’s talents. “She’s very, very good at what she does,” Lennon said of Dempster. “It doesn’t surprise me that her name’s being linked but we all hope here that she doesn’t go. There’s a huge vacuum there now that needs to be filled and filled very quickly. “There’s a national manager to find and someone to get a hold of things to run the game accordingly on a more professional basis. I’ve got a good relationship with her professionally, but you’d need to ask Leeann the question. I don’t know what role the SFA are looking for in terms of their chief executive.” Dempster was also praised by her successor at Motherwell, Alan Burrows, who said: “She is an ideas person. She is open as well and she can bring people together. Stewart Regan left his post at the SFA on Thursday Credit: Danny Lawson/PA “Leeann would be a fantastic candidate. She had Motherwell in the Champions League, she had Motherwell with consecutive second-place finishes, she won the Scottish Cup with Hibernian and got them back to the Premiership.” More immediately, Lennon hopes to reprise Hibs’ achievement of beating Rangers at Ibrox as they did with a 3-2 victory on August 8, a result that contributed to the eventual dismissal of the hapless Pedro Caixinha as the Light Blues’ manager. Lennon, of course, has only to show face in Govan to prompt excoriation by the Rangers faithful, but Caixinha’s successor, Graeme Murty, has so far enjoyed cordial relations with the combative Northern Irishman, whom he encountered when his players won 2-1 against the run of play at Easter Road in December. “I was a bit concerned after the Easter Road game when we won the points and maybe didn’t deserve them,” Murty said. “He was fine, perfectly candid, open and warm. I know he’s a passionate guy and he can be quite feisty but that’s a big part of football. Hibs' Oli Shaw challenges Rangers' Danny Wilson during the match at Easter Road last December Credit: Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images “You are in football for the characters and the occasion and the atmosphere and he adds to it all. I think he respects honesty and people who tell it as it is. “That night we saw it the same way as he did – we were maybe a little lucky to get all three points but we showed certain good attributes to come out with a win. I have no doubt we will need to show those same attributes and more to get a result tomorrow. “I have no doubt they [Rangers fans] will inform Neil of their opinion and keep him abreast of the score if we are ahead.” Another factor in what could be a sparky afternoon at Ibrox is the likely participation of Jason Cummings, once an Easter Road favourite, and now a striker for Rangers, of whom he once said that punters should bet on him scoring against them because it represented “free money”. Apprised of this quote, James Tavernier, Rangers’ right back, said: “I’ve not seen that, no. I’ll have to have a look at that and maybe batter him for it! He’s a Rangers player now and we’re at Ibrox so he’ll get some stick from the away fans but we’ve got 50,000 home fans behind him.” Since arriving last month, Cummings has alternated with Alfredo Morelos, the Colombian striker who was the subject of interest from Beijing Renhe. Rangers let it be known that they had declined an offer of £8 million from the Chinese Super League team, a figure met with scepticism in some quarters. Murty, however, was adamant that the bid for the Scottish Premiership’s top scorer had been authentic. “It was big but as far as I was aware I was under no economic imperative to sell,” he said. “If I can’t bring in a player at the same level – or even better than the one we were letting go – then we won’t sell. We want a squad capable of challenging in all competitions and Alfredo is our top scorer. “Possibly there may have been times at this club when that deal would have happened but it was good to know that the chairman and the board were not driving it and that he remains our player.”
Hibernian pair might provide rapid solution for SFA's twin problems
If it is a simple matter of recommendations, the Scottish Football Association could solve its leadership dilemmas with a double raid on Hibernian. The resignation of Stewart Regan as SFA chief executive on Thursday led to Leeann Dempster installed as favourite to succeed him at Hampden Park. Speculation about the Hibs chief executive came only hours after the Celtic manager, Brendan Rodgers, had suggested that his Easter Road counterpart, Neil Lennon, would be a good fit for the SFA’s other vacant position, that of Scotland team manager. Lennon takes Hibernian to Ibrox for what promises to be a lively meeting with Rangers on Saturday but took time to laud Dempster’s talents. “She’s very, very good at what she does,” Lennon said of Dempster. “It doesn’t surprise me that her name’s being linked but we all hope here that she doesn’t go. There’s a huge vacuum there now that needs to be filled and filled very quickly. “There’s a national manager to find and someone to get a hold of things to run the game accordingly on a more professional basis. I’ve got a good relationship with her professionally, but you’d need to ask Leeann the question. I don’t know what role the SFA are looking for in terms of their chief executive.” Dempster was also praised by her successor at Motherwell, Alan Burrows, who said: “She is an ideas person. She is open as well and she can bring people together. Stewart Regan left his post at the SFA on Thursday Credit: Danny Lawson/PA “Leeann would be a fantastic candidate. She had Motherwell in the Champions League, she had Motherwell with consecutive second-place finishes, she won the Scottish Cup with Hibernian and got them back to the Premiership.” More immediately, Lennon hopes to reprise Hibs’ achievement of beating Rangers at Ibrox as they did with a 3-2 victory on August 8, a result that contributed to the eventual dismissal of the hapless Pedro Caixinha as the Light Blues’ manager. Lennon, of course, has only to show face in Govan to prompt excoriation by the Rangers faithful, but Caixinha’s successor, Graeme Murty, has so far enjoyed cordial relations with the combative Northern Irishman, whom he encountered when his players won 2-1 against the run of play at Easter Road in December. “I was a bit concerned after the Easter Road game when we won the points and maybe didn’t deserve them,” Murty said. “He was fine, perfectly candid, open and warm. I know he’s a passionate guy and he can be quite feisty but that’s a big part of football. Hibs' Oli Shaw challenges Rangers' Danny Wilson during the match at Easter Road last December Credit: Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images “You are in football for the characters and the occasion and the atmosphere and he adds to it all. I think he respects honesty and people who tell it as it is. “That night we saw it the same way as he did – we were maybe a little lucky to get all three points but we showed certain good attributes to come out with a win. I have no doubt we will need to show those same attributes and more to get a result tomorrow. “I have no doubt they [Rangers fans] will inform Neil of their opinion and keep him abreast of the score if we are ahead.” Another factor in what could be a sparky afternoon at Ibrox is the likely participation of Jason Cummings, once an Easter Road favourite, and now a striker for Rangers, of whom he once said that punters should bet on him scoring against them because it represented “free money”. Apprised of this quote, James Tavernier, Rangers’ right back, said: “I’ve not seen that, no. I’ll have to have a look at that and maybe batter him for it! He’s a Rangers player now and we’re at Ibrox so he’ll get some stick from the away fans but we’ve got 50,000 home fans behind him.” Since arriving last month, Cummings has alternated with Alfredo Morelos, the Colombian striker who was the subject of interest from Beijing Renhe. Rangers let it be known that they had declined an offer of £8 million from the Chinese Super League team, a figure met with scepticism in some quarters. Murty, however, was adamant that the bid for the Scottish Premiership’s top scorer had been authentic. “It was big but as far as I was aware I was under no economic imperative to sell,” he said. “If I can’t bring in a player at the same level – or even better than the one we were letting go – then we won’t sell. We want a squad capable of challenging in all competitions and Alfredo is our top scorer. “Possibly there may have been times at this club when that deal would have happened but it was good to know that the chairman and the board were not driving it and that he remains our player.”
If it is a simple matter of recommendations, the Scottish Football Association could solve its leadership dilemmas with a double raid on Hibernian. The resignation of Stewart Regan as SFA chief executive on Thursday led to Leeann Dempster installed as favourite to succeed him at Hampden Park. Speculation about the Hibs chief executive came only hours after the Celtic manager, Brendan Rodgers, had suggested that his Easter Road counterpart, Neil Lennon, would be a good fit for the SFA’s other vacant position, that of Scotland team manager. Lennon takes Hibernian to Ibrox for what promises to be a lively meeting with Rangers on Saturday but took time to laud Dempster’s talents. “She’s very, very good at what she does,” Lennon said of Dempster. “It doesn’t surprise me that her name’s being linked but we all hope here that she doesn’t go. There’s a huge vacuum there now that needs to be filled and filled very quickly. “There’s a national manager to find and someone to get a hold of things to run the game accordingly on a more professional basis. I’ve got a good relationship with her professionally, but you’d need to ask Leeann the question. I don’t know what role the SFA are looking for in terms of their chief executive.” Dempster was also praised by her successor at Motherwell, Alan Burrows, who said: “She is an ideas person. She is open as well and she can bring people together. Stewart Regan left his post at the SFA on Thursday Credit: Danny Lawson/PA “Leeann would be a fantastic candidate. She had Motherwell in the Champions League, she had Motherwell with consecutive second-place finishes, she won the Scottish Cup with Hibernian and got them back to the Premiership.” More immediately, Lennon hopes to reprise Hibs’ achievement of beating Rangers at Ibrox as they did with a 3-2 victory on August 8, a result that contributed to the eventual dismissal of the hapless Pedro Caixinha as the Light Blues’ manager. Lennon, of course, has only to show face in Govan to prompt excoriation by the Rangers faithful, but Caixinha’s successor, Graeme Murty, has so far enjoyed cordial relations with the combative Northern Irishman, whom he encountered when his players won 2-1 against the run of play at Easter Road in December. “I was a bit concerned after the Easter Road game when we won the points and maybe didn’t deserve them,” Murty said. “He was fine, perfectly candid, open and warm. I know he’s a passionate guy and he can be quite feisty but that’s a big part of football. Hibs' Oli Shaw challenges Rangers' Danny Wilson during the match at Easter Road last December Credit: Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images “You are in football for the characters and the occasion and the atmosphere and he adds to it all. I think he respects honesty and people who tell it as it is. “That night we saw it the same way as he did – we were maybe a little lucky to get all three points but we showed certain good attributes to come out with a win. I have no doubt we will need to show those same attributes and more to get a result tomorrow. “I have no doubt they [Rangers fans] will inform Neil of their opinion and keep him abreast of the score if we are ahead.” Another factor in what could be a sparky afternoon at Ibrox is the likely participation of Jason Cummings, once an Easter Road favourite, and now a striker for Rangers, of whom he once said that punters should bet on him scoring against them because it represented “free money”. Apprised of this quote, James Tavernier, Rangers’ right back, said: “I’ve not seen that, no. I’ll have to have a look at that and maybe batter him for it! He’s a Rangers player now and we’re at Ibrox so he’ll get some stick from the away fans but we’ve got 50,000 home fans behind him.” Since arriving last month, Cummings has alternated with Alfredo Morelos, the Colombian striker who was the subject of interest from Beijing Renhe. Rangers let it be known that they had declined an offer of £8 million from the Chinese Super League team, a figure met with scepticism in some quarters. Murty, however, was adamant that the bid for the Scottish Premiership’s top scorer had been authentic. “It was big but as far as I was aware I was under no economic imperative to sell,” he said. “If I can’t bring in a player at the same level – or even better than the one we were letting go – then we won’t sell. We want a squad capable of challenging in all competitions and Alfredo is our top scorer. “Possibly there may have been times at this club when that deal would have happened but it was good to know that the chairman and the board were not driving it and that he remains our player.”
Hibernian pair might provide rapid solution for SFA's twin problems
If it is a simple matter of recommendations, the Scottish Football Association could solve its leadership dilemmas with a double raid on Hibernian. The resignation of Stewart Regan as SFA chief executive on Thursday led to Leeann Dempster installed as favourite to succeed him at Hampden Park. Speculation about the Hibs chief executive came only hours after the Celtic manager, Brendan Rodgers, had suggested that his Easter Road counterpart, Neil Lennon, would be a good fit for the SFA’s other vacant position, that of Scotland team manager. Lennon takes Hibernian to Ibrox for what promises to be a lively meeting with Rangers on Saturday but took time to laud Dempster’s talents. “She’s very, very good at what she does,” Lennon said of Dempster. “It doesn’t surprise me that her name’s being linked but we all hope here that she doesn’t go. There’s a huge vacuum there now that needs to be filled and filled very quickly. “There’s a national manager to find and someone to get a hold of things to run the game accordingly on a more professional basis. I’ve got a good relationship with her professionally, but you’d need to ask Leeann the question. I don’t know what role the SFA are looking for in terms of their chief executive.” Dempster was also praised by her successor at Motherwell, Alan Burrows, who said: “She is an ideas person. She is open as well and she can bring people together. Stewart Regan left his post at the SFA on Thursday Credit: Danny Lawson/PA “Leeann would be a fantastic candidate. She had Motherwell in the Champions League, she had Motherwell with consecutive second-place finishes, she won the Scottish Cup with Hibernian and got them back to the Premiership.” More immediately, Lennon hopes to reprise Hibs’ achievement of beating Rangers at Ibrox as they did with a 3-2 victory on August 8, a result that contributed to the eventual dismissal of the hapless Pedro Caixinha as the Light Blues’ manager. Lennon, of course, has only to show face in Govan to prompt excoriation by the Rangers faithful, but Caixinha’s successor, Graeme Murty, has so far enjoyed cordial relations with the combative Northern Irishman, whom he encountered when his players won 2-1 against the run of play at Easter Road in December. “I was a bit concerned after the Easter Road game when we won the points and maybe didn’t deserve them,” Murty said. “He was fine, perfectly candid, open and warm. I know he’s a passionate guy and he can be quite feisty but that’s a big part of football. Hibs' Oli Shaw challenges Rangers' Danny Wilson during the match at Easter Road last December Credit: Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images “You are in football for the characters and the occasion and the atmosphere and he adds to it all. I think he respects honesty and people who tell it as it is. “That night we saw it the same way as he did – we were maybe a little lucky to get all three points but we showed certain good attributes to come out with a win. I have no doubt we will need to show those same attributes and more to get a result tomorrow. “I have no doubt they [Rangers fans] will inform Neil of their opinion and keep him abreast of the score if we are ahead.” Another factor in what could be a sparky afternoon at Ibrox is the likely participation of Jason Cummings, once an Easter Road favourite, and now a striker for Rangers, of whom he once said that punters should bet on him scoring against them because it represented “free money”. Apprised of this quote, James Tavernier, Rangers’ right back, said: “I’ve not seen that, no. I’ll have to have a look at that and maybe batter him for it! He’s a Rangers player now and we’re at Ibrox so he’ll get some stick from the away fans but we’ve got 50,000 home fans behind him.” Since arriving last month, Cummings has alternated with Alfredo Morelos, the Colombian striker who was the subject of interest from Beijing Renhe. Rangers let it be known that they had declined an offer of £8 million from the Chinese Super League team, a figure met with scepticism in some quarters. Murty, however, was adamant that the bid for the Scottish Premiership’s top scorer had been authentic. “It was big but as far as I was aware I was under no economic imperative to sell,” he said. “If I can’t bring in a player at the same level – or even better than the one we were letting go – then we won’t sell. We want a squad capable of challenging in all competitions and Alfredo is our top scorer. “Possibly there may have been times at this club when that deal would have happened but it was good to know that the chairman and the board were not driving it and that he remains our player.”
Celtic’s response to criticism of recent tepid performances was a comprehensive demolition of Heart of Midlothian in which Moussa Dembele – whose future has been the subject of much speculation during the transfer window – was a pivotal figure. After acting as provider to Odsonne Edouard and Dedryck Boyata, Dembele scored Celtic’s third before half time. Kyle Lafferty prevented a whitewash with a second half strike but it was no more than a punctuation in Celtic’s progress, which saw them move 14 points ahead of Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table, having played a game more than the Ibrox side. The lash of wind-driven rain on a dark night in the east end of Glasgow was supplemented by the prospect of an edge in this contest, which saw Celtic face the team who ended their extraordinary run of 69 games unbeaten in successive domestic fixtures on December 17 at Tynecastle. To add to the intrigue, both sides had been unbeaten since then, with Hearts conceding only the first goal in that passage against Motherwell at the weekend. They were to shop one so promptly on this occasion that Craig Levein and his players could have been under no illusions about Celtic’s desire to extract revenge for last month’s setback. Hearts’ hope that they could again impose their pressing game on the champions was evident from an energetic opening which saw them probe the Hoops defence from both flanks, with some degree of menace. Hearts presumably derived comfort and ambition from the absence of such Celtic regulars as Craig Gordon in goal and Leigh Griffiths up front. Certainly, their first cross from the right saw Gordon’s replacement, Dorus de Vries, come off his line without making contact. Any encouragement that visitors might have drawn from this jaunty start was quashed instantly, as Celtic struck with a sucker punch set up by Dembele and finished with a predatory left-foot finish by his attacking partner, Edouard. Dedryck Boyata makes it 2-0 from close range Credit: PA Dembele’s role as provider continued when Boyata doubled Celtic’s advantage after 24 minutes. The central defender had shifted upfield for a free kick and was still prowling around the box when he gathered a pass from his French colleague and took a touch before driving low between Jon McLaughlin and his near post. Ten minutes before the interval, Dembele joined the scoring spree after Kieran Tierney had shredded the right edge of Hearts’ defence to deliver a cutback which the striker rifled into the net. Those who had wondered where Dembele’s mind had been located in recent weeks – the Premier League being implied – could not help but note his emphatic celebrations, not only at his goal but also after his assists. Hearts, who badly needed a break, were struck a double blow as the game approached the midway mark. First, they lost Harry Cochrane – the teenager who scored against Celtic at the age of 16 last month – and then Ross Callachan, who were replaced by Prince Buaben and Danny Amankwaa respectively. For a spell in the second half, Hearts looked as though they were about to be swamped by waves of pressure featuring Dembele, Edouard and Olivier Ntcham and their propsects looked even bleaker when Celtic introduced their much-touted loan signing from Chelsea, Charly Musonda, who replaced James Forrest just after an hour. Instead, against expectation and the run of play, Hearts reduced the deficit when Lafferty fastened on to a loose ball and struck a curling shot past De Vries. This turn of events prompted Hearts’ most promising passage of the evening, although they remained conspicuously vulnerable at the back.
Celtic 3 Hearts 1: Moussa Dembele puts transfer speculation aside to inspire Brendan Rodgers' team
Celtic’s response to criticism of recent tepid performances was a comprehensive demolition of Heart of Midlothian in which Moussa Dembele – whose future has been the subject of much speculation during the transfer window – was a pivotal figure. After acting as provider to Odsonne Edouard and Dedryck Boyata, Dembele scored Celtic’s third before half time. Kyle Lafferty prevented a whitewash with a second half strike but it was no more than a punctuation in Celtic’s progress, which saw them move 14 points ahead of Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table, having played a game more than the Ibrox side. The lash of wind-driven rain on a dark night in the east end of Glasgow was supplemented by the prospect of an edge in this contest, which saw Celtic face the team who ended their extraordinary run of 69 games unbeaten in successive domestic fixtures on December 17 at Tynecastle. To add to the intrigue, both sides had been unbeaten since then, with Hearts conceding only the first goal in that passage against Motherwell at the weekend. They were to shop one so promptly on this occasion that Craig Levein and his players could have been under no illusions about Celtic’s desire to extract revenge for last month’s setback. Hearts’ hope that they could again impose their pressing game on the champions was evident from an energetic opening which saw them probe the Hoops defence from both flanks, with some degree of menace. Hearts presumably derived comfort and ambition from the absence of such Celtic regulars as Craig Gordon in goal and Leigh Griffiths up front. Certainly, their first cross from the right saw Gordon’s replacement, Dorus de Vries, come off his line without making contact. Any encouragement that visitors might have drawn from this jaunty start was quashed instantly, as Celtic struck with a sucker punch set up by Dembele and finished with a predatory left-foot finish by his attacking partner, Edouard. Dedryck Boyata makes it 2-0 from close range Credit: PA Dembele’s role as provider continued when Boyata doubled Celtic’s advantage after 24 minutes. The central defender had shifted upfield for a free kick and was still prowling around the box when he gathered a pass from his French colleague and took a touch before driving low between Jon McLaughlin and his near post. Ten minutes before the interval, Dembele joined the scoring spree after Kieran Tierney had shredded the right edge of Hearts’ defence to deliver a cutback which the striker rifled into the net. Those who had wondered where Dembele’s mind had been located in recent weeks – the Premier League being implied – could not help but note his emphatic celebrations, not only at his goal but also after his assists. Hearts, who badly needed a break, were struck a double blow as the game approached the midway mark. First, they lost Harry Cochrane – the teenager who scored against Celtic at the age of 16 last month – and then Ross Callachan, who were replaced by Prince Buaben and Danny Amankwaa respectively. For a spell in the second half, Hearts looked as though they were about to be swamped by waves of pressure featuring Dembele, Edouard and Olivier Ntcham and their propsects looked even bleaker when Celtic introduced their much-touted loan signing from Chelsea, Charly Musonda, who replaced James Forrest just after an hour. Instead, against expectation and the run of play, Hearts reduced the deficit when Lafferty fastened on to a loose ball and struck a curling shot past De Vries. This turn of events prompted Hearts’ most promising passage of the evening, although they remained conspicuously vulnerable at the back.
Celtic’s response to criticism of recent tepid performances was a comprehensive demolition of Heart of Midlothian in which Moussa Dembele – whose future has been the subject of much speculation during the transfer window – was a pivotal figure. After acting as provider to Odsonne Edouard and Dedryck Boyata, Dembele scored Celtic’s third before half time. Kyle Lafferty prevented a whitewash with a second half strike but it was no more than a punctuation in Celtic’s progress, which saw them move 14 points ahead of Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table, having played a game more than the Ibrox side. The lash of wind-driven rain on a dark night in the east end of Glasgow was supplemented by the prospect of an edge in this contest, which saw Celtic face the team who ended their extraordinary run of 69 games unbeaten in successive domestic fixtures on December 17 at Tynecastle. To add to the intrigue, both sides had been unbeaten since then, with Hearts conceding only the first goal in that passage against Motherwell at the weekend. They were to shop one so promptly on this occasion that Craig Levein and his players could have been under no illusions about Celtic’s desire to extract revenge for last month’s setback. Hearts’ hope that they could again impose their pressing game on the champions was evident from an energetic opening which saw them probe the Hoops defence from both flanks, with some degree of menace. Hearts presumably derived comfort and ambition from the absence of such Celtic regulars as Craig Gordon in goal and Leigh Griffiths up front. Certainly, their first cross from the right saw Gordon’s replacement, Dorus de Vries, come off his line without making contact. Any encouragement that visitors might have drawn from this jaunty start was quashed instantly, as Celtic struck with a sucker punch set up by Dembele and finished with a predatory left-foot finish by his attacking partner, Edouard. Dedryck Boyata makes it 2-0 from close range Credit: PA Dembele’s role as provider continued when Boyata doubled Celtic’s advantage after 24 minutes. The central defender had shifted upfield for a free kick and was still prowling around the box when he gathered a pass from his French colleague and took a touch before driving low between Jon McLaughlin and his near post. Ten minutes before the interval, Dembele joined the scoring spree after Kieran Tierney had shredded the right edge of Hearts’ defence to deliver a cutback which the striker rifled into the net. Those who had wondered where Dembele’s mind had been located in recent weeks – the Premier League being implied – could not help but note his emphatic celebrations, not only at his goal but also after his assists. Hearts, who badly needed a break, were struck a double blow as the game approached the midway mark. First, they lost Harry Cochrane – the teenager who scored against Celtic at the age of 16 last month – and then Ross Callachan, who were replaced by Prince Buaben and Danny Amankwaa respectively. For a spell in the second half, Hearts looked as though they were about to be swamped by waves of pressure featuring Dembele, Edouard and Olivier Ntcham and their propsects looked even bleaker when Celtic introduced their much-touted loan signing from Chelsea, Charly Musonda, who replaced James Forrest just after an hour. Instead, against expectation and the run of play, Hearts reduced the deficit when Lafferty fastened on to a loose ball and struck a curling shot past De Vries. This turn of events prompted Hearts’ most promising passage of the evening, although they remained conspicuously vulnerable at the back.
Celtic 3 Hearts 1: Moussa Dembele puts transfer speculation aside to inspire Brendan Rodgers' team
Celtic’s response to criticism of recent tepid performances was a comprehensive demolition of Heart of Midlothian in which Moussa Dembele – whose future has been the subject of much speculation during the transfer window – was a pivotal figure. After acting as provider to Odsonne Edouard and Dedryck Boyata, Dembele scored Celtic’s third before half time. Kyle Lafferty prevented a whitewash with a second half strike but it was no more than a punctuation in Celtic’s progress, which saw them move 14 points ahead of Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table, having played a game more than the Ibrox side. The lash of wind-driven rain on a dark night in the east end of Glasgow was supplemented by the prospect of an edge in this contest, which saw Celtic face the team who ended their extraordinary run of 69 games unbeaten in successive domestic fixtures on December 17 at Tynecastle. To add to the intrigue, both sides had been unbeaten since then, with Hearts conceding only the first goal in that passage against Motherwell at the weekend. They were to shop one so promptly on this occasion that Craig Levein and his players could have been under no illusions about Celtic’s desire to extract revenge for last month’s setback. Hearts’ hope that they could again impose their pressing game on the champions was evident from an energetic opening which saw them probe the Hoops defence from both flanks, with some degree of menace. Hearts presumably derived comfort and ambition from the absence of such Celtic regulars as Craig Gordon in goal and Leigh Griffiths up front. Certainly, their first cross from the right saw Gordon’s replacement, Dorus de Vries, come off his line without making contact. Any encouragement that visitors might have drawn from this jaunty start was quashed instantly, as Celtic struck with a sucker punch set up by Dembele and finished with a predatory left-foot finish by his attacking partner, Edouard. Dedryck Boyata makes it 2-0 from close range Credit: PA Dembele’s role as provider continued when Boyata doubled Celtic’s advantage after 24 minutes. The central defender had shifted upfield for a free kick and was still prowling around the box when he gathered a pass from his French colleague and took a touch before driving low between Jon McLaughlin and his near post. Ten minutes before the interval, Dembele joined the scoring spree after Kieran Tierney had shredded the right edge of Hearts’ defence to deliver a cutback which the striker rifled into the net. Those who had wondered where Dembele’s mind had been located in recent weeks – the Premier League being implied – could not help but note his emphatic celebrations, not only at his goal but also after his assists. Hearts, who badly needed a break, were struck a double blow as the game approached the midway mark. First, they lost Harry Cochrane – the teenager who scored against Celtic at the age of 16 last month – and then Ross Callachan, who were replaced by Prince Buaben and Danny Amankwaa respectively. For a spell in the second half, Hearts looked as though they were about to be swamped by waves of pressure featuring Dembele, Edouard and Olivier Ntcham and their propsects looked even bleaker when Celtic introduced their much-touted loan signing from Chelsea, Charly Musonda, who replaced James Forrest just after an hour. Instead, against expectation and the run of play, Hearts reduced the deficit when Lafferty fastened on to a loose ball and struck a curling shot past De Vries. This turn of events prompted Hearts’ most promising passage of the evening, although they remained conspicuously vulnerable at the back.
Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' Of all the places to start his ­Manchester United career, Alexis Sánchez did so in the FA Cup fourth round at Huish Park, where the highest-paid player in Premier League history was kicked up in the air, booed by the locals and ­finally sent home with the sponsors’ man of the match award. A double FA Cup winner, Sánchez knows this competition as well as any Englishman and, given his route to the top from a small town in northern Chile, there is nothing for him to fear at a League Two ­stadium on a chilly January night. Even so, it is clear that the stakes have been raised with his move from Arsenal to United, and he is under greater scrutiny than ever before. He came up with two assists and Darren Way, the Yeovil Town manager, talked in awe of a “world-class performance”. Jose Mourinho substituted his Chilean with around 19 minutes remaining and Sánchez's patience wearing thin with some of the treatment meted out. Mourinho said that a first-half foul on Sánchez by defender Nathan Smith should have been a red card, but he understood why referee Paul Tierney had been so reluctant to do so early in the game. Victory was never in doubt for United, even with a team that had 10 changes from the side that beat Burnley last Saturday, and Yeovil struggled to get close. Marcus Rashford was gifted a goal just before half-time when Thomas James, the Yeovil full-back, simply failed to realise how near the forward was to him and had the ball taken off his toe just yards from his own goal. Sánchez bent an early free kick around the wall Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Michael Carrick was back for his second performance of the season, captain on the night in this his first game since a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm that was diagnosed in November. Luke Shaw was back in the team, and so too the lesser-spotted Victor Lindelof. But this was about Sánchez, the man who is earning around £600,000-a-week, a remarkable salary anywhere in the game, never mind a team 87 places below United in the league pyramid and fighting relegation to the Conference. There seems to be a trend these days to boo the recipient of the big-money move, regardless of whether it has had any effect on one’s own club – just ask Raheem Sterling – and there might be more of this hostility to come for Sánchez. Ander Herrera buries United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Smith’s challenge was after 30 minutes and might well have been a red card and, by the time Sánchez got more of the same in the second half, Mourinho decided it was time to bring him off. By then Sánchez had also generously created Ander Herrera’s goal, United’s second, and taken over free-kick duty. He was booed before the game and was booed when he came off and, when the stadium announcer said Sanchez had been voted man of the match, he was booed for that, too. Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku both scored late in the game with Yeovil stretched and exhausted, and there was a second senior outing for the 17-year-old Angel Gomes. For Way, whose side are 21st in League Two, there are greater concerns ahead, but he was delighted with the experience and his interaction with Mourinho. “We gave it everything,” he said. “We couldn’t have done any more. I just needed Sánchez in my team.” The club is under pressure from fans to make signings to keep their league status and Ryan Seager has joined on loan from Southampton. Lingard, who replaced Sánchez, scythed Yeovil apart to score United's third Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images On Mourinho, Way said: “It’s an absolute honour for me to speak to a manager of that class. He oozes class, and was very humble towards me. He’s done his homework. It wouldn’t surprise me if he knew my children’s names. “To share that moment with him was special. I’ll be interested to ask him what he thought of my team but, by all accounts, he was impressed with what he saw. The guy’s a winner. My players gave everything.” The greatest Yeovil threat came from set-pieces. The enormous centre-half Omar Sowunmi went forward in search of the ball into the area and he forced an early save out of Sergio Romero. There was also the pace of left winger Jordan Green for United to think about when they did not have the ball, which was seldom during a game in which they enjoyed 74 per cent of the possession. For United’s first goal, Rashford had skipped through the middle onto Sánchez's pass but was crowded out and James was in possession when Rashford realised the full-back had forgotten about him. James was idly guiding the ball back to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, unaware of Rashford’s proximity, and the United man nipped back in and tucked a shot into the net. United’s second started with a long ball cleared out from the back by Shaw and gathered by unlikely target man, Juan Mata, whose touch and awareness of space meant he could turn right and pick out Sánchez breaking forward. Lukaku volleys in the late fourth Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It must have crossed the Chilean’s mind to shoot, but he had Rashford and Herrera holding their runs ahead of him and picked the ­latter, who finished neatly. Before at last Sánchez was replaced by Lingard after 71 minutes he was kicked again on his right ankle and spent some time demonstrating his pain on the pitch. It precipitated an aggrieved Sanchez charging towards his own goal to win back possession as Mourinho urged caution and then decided to summon a replacement. Lingard was given too much space down the right to add a third goal. By the time Lukaku added a fourth, a volley from Marcos Rojo’s cross, the dream was over for Yeovil. For Sánchez, it was just beginning and United would have liked what they saw. 9:59PM Here's Jim White on the debutant Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' 9:58PM Jose Mourinho speaks These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct. Even so the attitude is correct but they gave us a hard time in the first half. I could hear Darren on the touchline and knew what he was asking of the players. We were professional and took control. In the second half we were professional and killed the game. Fantastic addition. Like Ander says, everybody is happy that Alexis comes. We have fantastic group of attacking players - he has a bit more of experience and maturity and class. 9:50PM Full time Manchester United are the first team in the fifth round. They didn't play particularly entertainingly in the first half but ground out a supremacy with utmost professionalism and then turned the screw in the second half. Yeovil played well in the first half but quality (and money) told in the end as it almost always does. 9:48PM 90+3 min Terrific cross from Rojo who had no reason to be so far forward and to be the man picked out by Herrera. He fired in a precise cross that Lukaku met on the volley eight yards out and blasted into the net. 9:47PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd (Lukaku) 9:46PM 89 min Open Sesame, Lingard parted Yeovil, gliding diagonally down the inside right channel and spanked a low shot past Krysiak with five men in pursuit but defeated. 9:43PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-3 Man Utd (Lingard) 9:43PM 88 min And he makes an immediate impact, twisting James' blood with a snake-hipped burst from the left. He bounds past the right-back and bends a shot into the side netting. 9:42PM 87 min Marcus Rashford is coming off and on comes United's Angel Gomes in the storied No47 shirt. 9:40PM 85 min McTominay with a rather cynical and illegal block receives a telling off rather than the second booking the crow want and it probably merited. 9:39PM 84 min Conor Smith on for Lewis Wing. That's Yeovil's last sub. Rashford races into the box from the left, Krysiak comes out and dives headlong to try to slap it away. He misses but Rashford, thinking he can round him, doesn't use the opportunity to fall over and the ball scuttles out of play. 9:37PM 82 min Free kick about 30 yards out that James takes, striking it again with his laces to make it go up and down, over the wall and dipping inside the left post. Romero skips across to catch it. 9:35PM 80 min McTominay goes into the book for trying to make up for his wayward pass by sliding into Zoko. His right foot took the ball cleanly but only after his left had taken Zoko's right ankle in a scissor movement. 9:34PM 78 min Mata and Sanchez earlier seemed to be on the same wavelength immediately but so are Rashford and Lingard and they almost find a way through from the left after Rashford's angled shot is saved by Krysiak's right foot but James and Sowunmi do enough to squeeze them out. Rashford demands the ref deem it obstruction but it wasn't and he doesn't. 9:31PM 76 min Dickson beats Darmian with the simplest method of all, pushing it past him and then burning him off. He crosses to the near post, Lindelof wellies it away but not far enough and Yeovil work it out to the right from the knockdown where Surridge takes the opportunity to drill a shot that Romero palms down and holds at the second attempt. 9:29PM 74 min Lingard almost gets round the back. He's playing on the right and Rashford on the left now. Pace to shred a tired defence. 9:28PM 72 min Alexis Sanchez departs. He took three heavy tackles/fouls in the match and Mourinho doubtlessly has seen enough. Lingard comes on. Now Martin Keown may change his tune. Herrera scores United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 9:25PM 71 min McTominay's shot leads to a corner that Rashford and Sanchez work short but can't get into the box. 9:24PM 70 min Yeovil sub: Green off, replaced by Alex Fisher who drove down tonight to complete his loan from Motherwell and arrived an hour and a half before kick-off after hours in the car. 9:23PM 68 min Sanchez is down and holding his left ankle but eventually gets up when the referee doesn't stop play. Mourinho tells him he'll take him off if he wants but he darts back into the fray. Keown is now coating Mourinho for letting De Bruyne and Salah rot when he was at Chelsea but then says 'I'm sure that won't happen with Sanchez.' Err ... yeah. 9:20PM 66 min Lukaku comes on to replace Juan Mata. 9:19PM 64 min Darmian spanks a right foot shot in off the left post and Mata but it's disallowed because Mata was clearly in front of the last defender when he hit it. It was a breathtakingly slick move though, United dinking passes around Yeovil's defenders and storming past them with rapid, unpredictable movement. 9:17PM 62 min United break from a Yeovil corner by playing it up to Mata in the centre circle. He spins his man, Dickson, and raids forward with Sanchez, Rashford and Herrera sprinting ahead. He slips the ball to Sanchez, Rashford spurts into the box, taking a man with him to open the space for Sanchez's reverse pass to Herrera on the left of the box in a seemingly less promising position to Rashford but unmarked. And he takes the ball, stun the pass and hammers a diagonal shot into the opposite corner. 9:15PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-2 Man Utd (Herrera) 9:15PM 60 min Actually that should have been a penalty. He caught Mata before the ball. United kept recycling it and didn't protest but made no better chance. 9:14PM 59 min United fashion a series of openings from the left, the best when Sanchez arcs the ball in for the first time and Mata was about to pirouette and shoot by the penalty spot, Dickson, I think, took the ball away (and then the man). 9:10PM 56 min Yeovil substitution: Bird goes off to be replaced by Browne. Their free-kick, designed to take advantage of United's high line, is over the top and easily snaffled by Romero. 9:09PM 55 min Lindelof takes out Surridge with a hasty leap, barrelling the centre-forward over. That's the second time he's doen that. 9:08PM 53 min United do look vulnerable down their right and Dickson exploits Darmian's lack of pace and ruggedness with vicious outswinging left-foot cross to the back stick where Surridge meets it but can't apply the necessary power or precision. 9:05PM 51 min Rashford skitters through the box from the left, slicing past James and Sowunmi in a horizontal lune before he turns to shoot, lunging at it somewhat and knocking it into Gray's shins and behind for a corner that comes to naught. 9:04PM 50 min To spring the Yeovil two banks of four United try to go down the sides and Mata opens up a run for Darmian with a sublime reverse pass. The full-back gallops to the byline then massively overhits his cross, giving Sanchez no chance. 9:02PM 49 min United in a more pronounced 4-3-3 now, with McTominay the middle of three midfielders as his side hog the ball without much penetration. 9:01PM 48 min Sanchez is whacked on the top of the foot by Sowunmi as he tried to run on to Rashford's flick on. Yellow card and a free-kick about 35 yards out on the left that Yeovil defend well. 9:00PM 46 min Yeovil kick off, lose the ball and Manchester United shift it about from left to right and back again as they shuffle up to halfway in increments of five yards. 8:53PM Martin Keown is as popular on Twitter tonight ... As he was with Leeds ... If Martin Keown is annoying you on commentary, this will make you feel better. pic.twitter.com/bB7Na5RQen— Coral (@Coral) January 26, 2018 He has been caning Sanchez for choosing United over City, for being too greedy, for being ineffective, for losing the ball. 8:43PM Half time Drab performance from Manchester United so far but they scored the goal because good sides exploit mistakes ruthlessly. No doubt it's a difficult pitch, more familiar to Yeovil obviously who could have scored twice through Green and Sowunmi. 8:42PM 44 min Mourinho, who is standing up, is greeted by 'You're just a s--- Guardiola' and Yeovil's favourite chant, which appears to be 'You what? You what? You what? You what? You what?' Jose Mourinho was accused of being a poor version of Pep Guardiola by Yeovil fans Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:41PM 43 min Carrick has a wayward shot. Let's play commentary bingo. Altogether now. 'Carrick. Of all people.' 8:40PM 40 min James has had a fine game so far but he's just gift-wrapped the Cup tie and given it to United. And put a bow on. Rashford stroked a 10-yard pass from right to centre for Sancjez and kept running. Sanchez dinked the return into the box and into Rashford's stride. But James read his run, muscled in front of him and then tried to shepherd the ball back to the keeper, unaware that Rashford was still on his shoulder. As he hesitated to wait for the goalie to come and gather - it was too far out - Rashford stole round and lashed his shot into the net. Marcus Rashford exploits Yeovil's 'After you, Claude' moment Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:36PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford) 8:36PM 40 min Predicatable cries of 'What a waste of money' greet Sanchez for the umpteenth time when he shanks a shot way wide from 18 yards. 8:35PM 37 min Yeovil free kick right of centre, 25 yards out after Carrick bundles into Bird. James take sit and smashes a shot towards the left post. Ronero is well positioned and slaps it away but United can't clear properly until the fourth attempt as Yeovil keep pinging it back into the box. It's the kind of save that is pretty effective but one that English pundits deride ... as Martin Keown immediately does. 8:33PM 35 min Good cross from Sanchez on the left to Rashford at the back post but he can't get there and Yeovil lash it upfield. 8:31PM 34 min Herrera latches on to a loose ball 30 yards out and flays a shocking shot into oribit. Dreadful. 8:29PM 33 min Sanchez does that thing that he did at Arsenal when he succumbed to Messiah Complex and tried to do it all by himself. He hung on to the ball too long and then, when his team-mates had trotted too far expecting a pass, bludgeoned a pass into touch. 8:28PM 31 min A well-populated wall stands just inside the 18-yard line. Sanchez aims for the bottom right corner, bends it around the wall but telegraphed it with his body shape enough for Krysiak to get down swiftly and catch it. Sanchez takes the free kick Credit: AFP/Getty Images 8:26PM 30 min A rotten challenge from Smith, the Jamaica defender, scythes down Sanchez 25 yards out dead centre. Yellow card and Sanchez is unruffled enough to take the free kick. 8:25PM 28 min Wing, the lad on loan from Boro, plays a neat pass between Lindelof and Rojo looking for Surridge's run but he can't get round the back quickly enough. 8:24PM 26 min Sanchez and Mata link up nicely through the middle, gamboling like Baggio and Del Piero in 1994-95 on the rare occasions they were fielded together for Juve. Tom James, the right-back, diligently sticks to Mata and after some hypnotising footwork, he does not fall under their spell and whips the ball away. 8:22PM 24 min Quick feet from Sanchez creates an opening for Rashford to make the run through the inside left channel to meet it. He gathers it in his stride and flashes a low shot to Krysiak's right. The keeper swoops down to block it with a firm hand. Good save. 8:19PM 22 min He hasn't done anything but the photographers know what picture editors want. More than two-thirds of the photos so far from Husih Park have focused on his nibs, Croesus Sanchez. Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA 8:17PM 20 min McTominay zips the ball around the last third. He looks a busy talent, always available for the short pass and his touches open up a path for Rashford to bullock in from the left with dazzling control until he tries to take on one defender too many and gets it stuck under his feet. Smith stabs it clear. 8:15PM 18 min Lindelof sends Zoko flying with a dumb challenge from behind as Zoko went up to win a header. He just took him out and should have been booked on the first-minute model established by Tierney. 8:14PM 15 min Yeovil free kick when Green is brought down once more as he tries to rampage down the left. McTominay falls asleep and plays the green shirts onside from the set-piece which is again arrowed towards Sowunmi, this time peeling of around the back, but he can only head his attempt tamely into the ground, making it an easy snatch for Romero. 8:12PM 13 min United corner but it could have been better when McTominay squared a header across goal that Yeovil scrambled behind. He was livid that no one ran to meet his intended 'assist' but he should have seen there was no one making the run before he played it. Krysiak strides out to catch Sanchez's corner. Little bit of a size difference between these Man United and Yeovil teams... #MUFC#YTFC#ytfcvmufc#FACuppic.twitter.com/nlNysDDuev— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 26, 2018 8:08PM 11 min Where there's Lindelof there's hope ... for Yeovil who have targeted the right side of United's defence. Green again skins Darmain, gets to the byline and wins a corner from his blocked cross. Yeovil bend it in to the box, swinging it out towards the penalty spot where 6ft 6in Sowunmi meets it but is thwarted by Rojo. 8:05PM 8 min Good chance for Yeovil as they quickly regroup from Romero's clearance. Green plays a one-two with Surridge, turns on the turbo boosters and glides past Lindelof and into the box. His first heavyish trap takes him too close to the touchline and narrows the angle for the shot which he pings at Romero's legs. 8:03PM 7 min And indeed he scuds it into the box for Romero to catch it. 8:03PM 6 min Sanchez is being booed. Perhaps they suspect him of coming from Gloucestershire. Odd. Yeovil have a throw and Dickson prepares to take it long with an elaborate ball-drying routine. 8:01PM 4 min McTominay bundles Smith over after Sanchez switches the play to the right and Yeovil have a free kick that they use to probe around the United box but overplay and United clear up to Rashford. 7:59PM 3 min Always nice to have Martin Keown on co-comms! Lindelof brings the ball out from the back. Surridge presses him quickly and he goes backwards to go forwards. United shift it up to Sanchez who has started wide on the left, whitewash on his boots. 7:58PM 1 min Almost from the off, Zoko chases a ball chipped up the inside left channel and blocks Rojo's clearance. The centre-back's boot connects with the sole of Zoko's boot. He goes down in a heap and Zoko is booked. Looked pretty accidental to me. 7:55PM First up A minute's applause for Jimmy Armfield. Click on the great man's name to read Paul Hayward's magnificent tribute. 7:53PM Alexis Sanchez Walks out last. He's taken the Paul Ince position at the back of the line. Eight people wave green flags in the centre-circle to greet the players. Semaphore. 'Can you see me, Mother?' 7:51PM The United players are in the tunnel Mourinho walks out to take his place on the bench while his side waits for Yeovil's team. Ian Wright Wright Wright thinks United were there first to intimidate the Yeovil players because they'd see all those big names on the shirts. Hmmm. 7:46PM The BBC Has just given Jose Mourinho a bottle of Birthday Brew cider to commemorate his birthday. "I will keep it but I will not drink it," he says. 7:34PM Those teams in black and white Yeovil Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith, Dickson; Green, Wing, Bird, Gray; Zoko, Surridge. Substitutes Connor Smith, Browne, Maddison, Gobern, Whelan, Santos, Fisher. Yeovil Town's Jolly Green Giant welcomes Manchester United to Huish Park Credit: Harry Trump/Getty Images Man Utd Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Carrick; McTominay, Mata, Sanchez; Rashford. Substitutes Joel Pereira, Lukaku, Smalling, Lingard, Young, Matic, Gomes. Referee Paul Tierney (Wigan) 7:03PM And here's how Yeovil line up ⚽️ | Your #YTFC team for tonight's #EmiratesFACup fourth round tie against #MUFC. COYG!�� pic.twitter.com/vLc4qrTqar— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 26, 2018 6:59PM Michael Carrick starts too A welcome return for the club captain after his heart ablation in the autumn. Yeovil Town’s 11 mascots getting their money’s worth: a team talk from Jose Mourinho & now a kickabout with subs Matic, Lingard & Smalling— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 26, 2018 6:57PM And here's the man in question Calls himself a footballer with those headphones? Paul Pogba will have him wearing a pair the size of furry frying pans soon enough. Alexis Sanchez arrives at Huish Park Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 6:55PM Alexis Sanchez is starting How the Reds line up for tonight's @EmiratesFACup clash with Yeovil! It's an #MUFC debut for @Alexis_Sanchez... pic.twitter.com/XB9AmCPdqo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2018 6:52PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of the Alexis Sánchez showFA Cup fourth round tie between Yeovil Town of League Two and Manchester United. After the broadcasters gave United their 13-yearly break from televised Cup ties in the last round, normal service has been resumed for the visit of the 12-time winners to Huish Park where the home side's manager, Darren Way, has identified the route to success: "Put a brick wall up in front of the goal, make sure we’re tactically astute, concentrate." In a revealing interview with Jim White, Way said he hoped it would appease some of the 'grumblier' elements among the support and also indulged in one of the great Manchester United cliches, ruminating on the quality of red wine he was contemplating purchasing for their manager's delectation. For the last 10 years of Sir Alex Ferguson's spell in charge, he managed to turn his managerial colleagues into sommeliers. Here we go again, it seems. Perhaps life in the Travel TavernLowry has prompted Jose Mourinho to develop his palate. And so on to Friday night's Somerset fiesta of football. The only question dominating the airwaves and newsprint is whether Sanchez will be given his debut tonight as a starter or off the bench. One presumes he'll be thrown straight in but one should never underestimate the obtuseness of a football manager when it comes to a midseason signing. They do tend to like to make you wait. We'll let you know if we'll get a sighting of the No7 straight from the kick-off. Variously described as "iconic" and "prestigious", the shirt number Sanchez inherited has been the emblem of a long and distinguished line of United's most cherished players, from Johnny Berry, George Best and Steve Coppell back when it was routinely put on the dressing-room peg of the outside right, to Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who established it as a brand in the era when names started to appear on the back of shirts as a marketing exercise. Here's Alan Tyers' inquisition into the shirt he will wear and what it means. MUFC magnificent sevens Of course it has a symbolic significance but perhaps it has a psychological one, too. Bill Shankly joked his Preston No4 had otherworldly properties, telling his successor in it, Tommy Docherty, "Congratulations. You are now the greatest right-half in the world. Just put the No4 shirt on and let it run round, it knows where to go". We shall see. Join us for coverage of the match and team news when it lands at about 6.55pm.
Yeovil Town 0 Manchester United 4: Alexis Sanchez era begins with second half romp
Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' Of all the places to start his ­Manchester United career, Alexis Sánchez did so in the FA Cup fourth round at Huish Park, where the highest-paid player in Premier League history was kicked up in the air, booed by the locals and ­finally sent home with the sponsors’ man of the match award. A double FA Cup winner, Sánchez knows this competition as well as any Englishman and, given his route to the top from a small town in northern Chile, there is nothing for him to fear at a League Two ­stadium on a chilly January night. Even so, it is clear that the stakes have been raised with his move from Arsenal to United, and he is under greater scrutiny than ever before. He came up with two assists and Darren Way, the Yeovil Town manager, talked in awe of a “world-class performance”. Jose Mourinho substituted his Chilean with around 19 minutes remaining and Sánchez's patience wearing thin with some of the treatment meted out. Mourinho said that a first-half foul on Sánchez by defender Nathan Smith should have been a red card, but he understood why referee Paul Tierney had been so reluctant to do so early in the game. Victory was never in doubt for United, even with a team that had 10 changes from the side that beat Burnley last Saturday, and Yeovil struggled to get close. Marcus Rashford was gifted a goal just before half-time when Thomas James, the Yeovil full-back, simply failed to realise how near the forward was to him and had the ball taken off his toe just yards from his own goal. Sánchez bent an early free kick around the wall Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Michael Carrick was back for his second performance of the season, captain on the night in this his first game since a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm that was diagnosed in November. Luke Shaw was back in the team, and so too the lesser-spotted Victor Lindelof. But this was about Sánchez, the man who is earning around £600,000-a-week, a remarkable salary anywhere in the game, never mind a team 87 places below United in the league pyramid and fighting relegation to the Conference. There seems to be a trend these days to boo the recipient of the big-money move, regardless of whether it has had any effect on one’s own club – just ask Raheem Sterling – and there might be more of this hostility to come for Sánchez. Ander Herrera buries United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Smith’s challenge was after 30 minutes and might well have been a red card and, by the time Sánchez got more of the same in the second half, Mourinho decided it was time to bring him off. By then Sánchez had also generously created Ander Herrera’s goal, United’s second, and taken over free-kick duty. He was booed before the game and was booed when he came off and, when the stadium announcer said Sanchez had been voted man of the match, he was booed for that, too. Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku both scored late in the game with Yeovil stretched and exhausted, and there was a second senior outing for the 17-year-old Angel Gomes. For Way, whose side are 21st in League Two, there are greater concerns ahead, but he was delighted with the experience and his interaction with Mourinho. “We gave it everything,” he said. “We couldn’t have done any more. I just needed Sánchez in my team.” The club is under pressure from fans to make signings to keep their league status and Ryan Seager has joined on loan from Southampton. Lingard, who replaced Sánchez, scythed Yeovil apart to score United's third Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images On Mourinho, Way said: “It’s an absolute honour for me to speak to a manager of that class. He oozes class, and was very humble towards me. He’s done his homework. It wouldn’t surprise me if he knew my children’s names. “To share that moment with him was special. I’ll be interested to ask him what he thought of my team but, by all accounts, he was impressed with what he saw. The guy’s a winner. My players gave everything.” The greatest Yeovil threat came from set-pieces. The enormous centre-half Omar Sowunmi went forward in search of the ball into the area and he forced an early save out of Sergio Romero. There was also the pace of left winger Jordan Green for United to think about when they did not have the ball, which was seldom during a game in which they enjoyed 74 per cent of the possession. For United’s first goal, Rashford had skipped through the middle onto Sánchez's pass but was crowded out and James was in possession when Rashford realised the full-back had forgotten about him. James was idly guiding the ball back to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, unaware of Rashford’s proximity, and the United man nipped back in and tucked a shot into the net. United’s second started with a long ball cleared out from the back by Shaw and gathered by unlikely target man, Juan Mata, whose touch and awareness of space meant he could turn right and pick out Sánchez breaking forward. Lukaku volleys in the late fourth Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It must have crossed the Chilean’s mind to shoot, but he had Rashford and Herrera holding their runs ahead of him and picked the ­latter, who finished neatly. Before at last Sánchez was replaced by Lingard after 71 minutes he was kicked again on his right ankle and spent some time demonstrating his pain on the pitch. It precipitated an aggrieved Sanchez charging towards his own goal to win back possession as Mourinho urged caution and then decided to summon a replacement. Lingard was given too much space down the right to add a third goal. By the time Lukaku added a fourth, a volley from Marcos Rojo’s cross, the dream was over for Yeovil. For Sánchez, it was just beginning and United would have liked what they saw. 9:59PM Here's Jim White on the debutant Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' 9:58PM Jose Mourinho speaks These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct. Even so the attitude is correct but they gave us a hard time in the first half. I could hear Darren on the touchline and knew what he was asking of the players. We were professional and took control. In the second half we were professional and killed the game. Fantastic addition. Like Ander says, everybody is happy that Alexis comes. We have fantastic group of attacking players - he has a bit more of experience and maturity and class. 9:50PM Full time Manchester United are the first team in the fifth round. They didn't play particularly entertainingly in the first half but ground out a supremacy with utmost professionalism and then turned the screw in the second half. Yeovil played well in the first half but quality (and money) told in the end as it almost always does. 9:48PM 90+3 min Terrific cross from Rojo who had no reason to be so far forward and to be the man picked out by Herrera. He fired in a precise cross that Lukaku met on the volley eight yards out and blasted into the net. 9:47PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd (Lukaku) 9:46PM 89 min Open Sesame, Lingard parted Yeovil, gliding diagonally down the inside right channel and spanked a low shot past Krysiak with five men in pursuit but defeated. 9:43PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-3 Man Utd (Lingard) 9:43PM 88 min And he makes an immediate impact, twisting James' blood with a snake-hipped burst from the left. He bounds past the right-back and bends a shot into the side netting. 9:42PM 87 min Marcus Rashford is coming off and on comes United's Angel Gomes in the storied No47 shirt. 9:40PM 85 min McTominay with a rather cynical and illegal block receives a telling off rather than the second booking the crow want and it probably merited. 9:39PM 84 min Conor Smith on for Lewis Wing. That's Yeovil's last sub. Rashford races into the box from the left, Krysiak comes out and dives headlong to try to slap it away. He misses but Rashford, thinking he can round him, doesn't use the opportunity to fall over and the ball scuttles out of play. 9:37PM 82 min Free kick about 30 yards out that James takes, striking it again with his laces to make it go up and down, over the wall and dipping inside the left post. Romero skips across to catch it. 9:35PM 80 min McTominay goes into the book for trying to make up for his wayward pass by sliding into Zoko. His right foot took the ball cleanly but only after his left had taken Zoko's right ankle in a scissor movement. 9:34PM 78 min Mata and Sanchez earlier seemed to be on the same wavelength immediately but so are Rashford and Lingard and they almost find a way through from the left after Rashford's angled shot is saved by Krysiak's right foot but James and Sowunmi do enough to squeeze them out. Rashford demands the ref deem it obstruction but it wasn't and he doesn't. 9:31PM 76 min Dickson beats Darmian with the simplest method of all, pushing it past him and then burning him off. He crosses to the near post, Lindelof wellies it away but not far enough and Yeovil work it out to the right from the knockdown where Surridge takes the opportunity to drill a shot that Romero palms down and holds at the second attempt. 9:29PM 74 min Lingard almost gets round the back. He's playing on the right and Rashford on the left now. Pace to shred a tired defence. 9:28PM 72 min Alexis Sanchez departs. He took three heavy tackles/fouls in the match and Mourinho doubtlessly has seen enough. Lingard comes on. Now Martin Keown may change his tune. Herrera scores United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 9:25PM 71 min McTominay's shot leads to a corner that Rashford and Sanchez work short but can't get into the box. 9:24PM 70 min Yeovil sub: Green off, replaced by Alex Fisher who drove down tonight to complete his loan from Motherwell and arrived an hour and a half before kick-off after hours in the car. 9:23PM 68 min Sanchez is down and holding his left ankle but eventually gets up when the referee doesn't stop play. Mourinho tells him he'll take him off if he wants but he darts back into the fray. Keown is now coating Mourinho for letting De Bruyne and Salah rot when he was at Chelsea but then says 'I'm sure that won't happen with Sanchez.' Err ... yeah. 9:20PM 66 min Lukaku comes on to replace Juan Mata. 9:19PM 64 min Darmian spanks a right foot shot in off the left post and Mata but it's disallowed because Mata was clearly in front of the last defender when he hit it. It was a breathtakingly slick move though, United dinking passes around Yeovil's defenders and storming past them with rapid, unpredictable movement. 9:17PM 62 min United break from a Yeovil corner by playing it up to Mata in the centre circle. He spins his man, Dickson, and raids forward with Sanchez, Rashford and Herrera sprinting ahead. He slips the ball to Sanchez, Rashford spurts into the box, taking a man with him to open the space for Sanchez's reverse pass to Herrera on the left of the box in a seemingly less promising position to Rashford but unmarked. And he takes the ball, stun the pass and hammers a diagonal shot into the opposite corner. 9:15PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-2 Man Utd (Herrera) 9:15PM 60 min Actually that should have been a penalty. He caught Mata before the ball. United kept recycling it and didn't protest but made no better chance. 9:14PM 59 min United fashion a series of openings from the left, the best when Sanchez arcs the ball in for the first time and Mata was about to pirouette and shoot by the penalty spot, Dickson, I think, took the ball away (and then the man). 9:10PM 56 min Yeovil substitution: Bird goes off to be replaced by Browne. Their free-kick, designed to take advantage of United's high line, is over the top and easily snaffled by Romero. 9:09PM 55 min Lindelof takes out Surridge with a hasty leap, barrelling the centre-forward over. That's the second time he's doen that. 9:08PM 53 min United do look vulnerable down their right and Dickson exploits Darmian's lack of pace and ruggedness with vicious outswinging left-foot cross to the back stick where Surridge meets it but can't apply the necessary power or precision. 9:05PM 51 min Rashford skitters through the box from the left, slicing past James and Sowunmi in a horizontal lune before he turns to shoot, lunging at it somewhat and knocking it into Gray's shins and behind for a corner that comes to naught. 9:04PM 50 min To spring the Yeovil two banks of four United try to go down the sides and Mata opens up a run for Darmian with a sublime reverse pass. The full-back gallops to the byline then massively overhits his cross, giving Sanchez no chance. 9:02PM 49 min United in a more pronounced 4-3-3 now, with McTominay the middle of three midfielders as his side hog the ball without much penetration. 9:01PM 48 min Sanchez is whacked on the top of the foot by Sowunmi as he tried to run on to Rashford's flick on. Yellow card and a free-kick about 35 yards out on the left that Yeovil defend well. 9:00PM 46 min Yeovil kick off, lose the ball and Manchester United shift it about from left to right and back again as they shuffle up to halfway in increments of five yards. 8:53PM Martin Keown is as popular on Twitter tonight ... As he was with Leeds ... If Martin Keown is annoying you on commentary, this will make you feel better. pic.twitter.com/bB7Na5RQen— Coral (@Coral) January 26, 2018 He has been caning Sanchez for choosing United over City, for being too greedy, for being ineffective, for losing the ball. 8:43PM Half time Drab performance from Manchester United so far but they scored the goal because good sides exploit mistakes ruthlessly. No doubt it's a difficult pitch, more familiar to Yeovil obviously who could have scored twice through Green and Sowunmi. 8:42PM 44 min Mourinho, who is standing up, is greeted by 'You're just a s--- Guardiola' and Yeovil's favourite chant, which appears to be 'You what? You what? You what? You what? You what?' Jose Mourinho was accused of being a poor version of Pep Guardiola by Yeovil fans Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:41PM 43 min Carrick has a wayward shot. Let's play commentary bingo. Altogether now. 'Carrick. Of all people.' 8:40PM 40 min James has had a fine game so far but he's just gift-wrapped the Cup tie and given it to United. And put a bow on. Rashford stroked a 10-yard pass from right to centre for Sancjez and kept running. Sanchez dinked the return into the box and into Rashford's stride. But James read his run, muscled in front of him and then tried to shepherd the ball back to the keeper, unaware that Rashford was still on his shoulder. As he hesitated to wait for the goalie to come and gather - it was too far out - Rashford stole round and lashed his shot into the net. Marcus Rashford exploits Yeovil's 'After you, Claude' moment Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:36PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford) 8:36PM 40 min Predicatable cries of 'What a waste of money' greet Sanchez for the umpteenth time when he shanks a shot way wide from 18 yards. 8:35PM 37 min Yeovil free kick right of centre, 25 yards out after Carrick bundles into Bird. James take sit and smashes a shot towards the left post. Ronero is well positioned and slaps it away but United can't clear properly until the fourth attempt as Yeovil keep pinging it back into the box. It's the kind of save that is pretty effective but one that English pundits deride ... as Martin Keown immediately does. 8:33PM 35 min Good cross from Sanchez on the left to Rashford at the back post but he can't get there and Yeovil lash it upfield. 8:31PM 34 min Herrera latches on to a loose ball 30 yards out and flays a shocking shot into oribit. Dreadful. 8:29PM 33 min Sanchez does that thing that he did at Arsenal when he succumbed to Messiah Complex and tried to do it all by himself. He hung on to the ball too long and then, when his team-mates had trotted too far expecting a pass, bludgeoned a pass into touch. 8:28PM 31 min A well-populated wall stands just inside the 18-yard line. Sanchez aims for the bottom right corner, bends it around the wall but telegraphed it with his body shape enough for Krysiak to get down swiftly and catch it. Sanchez takes the free kick Credit: AFP/Getty Images 8:26PM 30 min A rotten challenge from Smith, the Jamaica defender, scythes down Sanchez 25 yards out dead centre. Yellow card and Sanchez is unruffled enough to take the free kick. 8:25PM 28 min Wing, the lad on loan from Boro, plays a neat pass between Lindelof and Rojo looking for Surridge's run but he can't get round the back quickly enough. 8:24PM 26 min Sanchez and Mata link up nicely through the middle, gamboling like Baggio and Del Piero in 1994-95 on the rare occasions they were fielded together for Juve. Tom James, the right-back, diligently sticks to Mata and after some hypnotising footwork, he does not fall under their spell and whips the ball away. 8:22PM 24 min Quick feet from Sanchez creates an opening for Rashford to make the run through the inside left channel to meet it. He gathers it in his stride and flashes a low shot to Krysiak's right. The keeper swoops down to block it with a firm hand. Good save. 8:19PM 22 min He hasn't done anything but the photographers know what picture editors want. More than two-thirds of the photos so far from Husih Park have focused on his nibs, Croesus Sanchez. Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA 8:17PM 20 min McTominay zips the ball around the last third. He looks a busy talent, always available for the short pass and his touches open up a path for Rashford to bullock in from the left with dazzling control until he tries to take on one defender too many and gets it stuck under his feet. Smith stabs it clear. 8:15PM 18 min Lindelof sends Zoko flying with a dumb challenge from behind as Zoko went up to win a header. He just took him out and should have been booked on the first-minute model established by Tierney. 8:14PM 15 min Yeovil free kick when Green is brought down once more as he tries to rampage down the left. McTominay falls asleep and plays the green shirts onside from the set-piece which is again arrowed towards Sowunmi, this time peeling of around the back, but he can only head his attempt tamely into the ground, making it an easy snatch for Romero. 8:12PM 13 min United corner but it could have been better when McTominay squared a header across goal that Yeovil scrambled behind. He was livid that no one ran to meet his intended 'assist' but he should have seen there was no one making the run before he played it. Krysiak strides out to catch Sanchez's corner. Little bit of a size difference between these Man United and Yeovil teams... #MUFC#YTFC#ytfcvmufc#FACuppic.twitter.com/nlNysDDuev— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 26, 2018 8:08PM 11 min Where there's Lindelof there's hope ... for Yeovil who have targeted the right side of United's defence. Green again skins Darmain, gets to the byline and wins a corner from his blocked cross. Yeovil bend it in to the box, swinging it out towards the penalty spot where 6ft 6in Sowunmi meets it but is thwarted by Rojo. 8:05PM 8 min Good chance for Yeovil as they quickly regroup from Romero's clearance. Green plays a one-two with Surridge, turns on the turbo boosters and glides past Lindelof and into the box. His first heavyish trap takes him too close to the touchline and narrows the angle for the shot which he pings at Romero's legs. 8:03PM 7 min And indeed he scuds it into the box for Romero to catch it. 8:03PM 6 min Sanchez is being booed. Perhaps they suspect him of coming from Gloucestershire. Odd. Yeovil have a throw and Dickson prepares to take it long with an elaborate ball-drying routine. 8:01PM 4 min McTominay bundles Smith over after Sanchez switches the play to the right and Yeovil have a free kick that they use to probe around the United box but overplay and United clear up to Rashford. 7:59PM 3 min Always nice to have Martin Keown on co-comms! Lindelof brings the ball out from the back. Surridge presses him quickly and he goes backwards to go forwards. United shift it up to Sanchez who has started wide on the left, whitewash on his boots. 7:58PM 1 min Almost from the off, Zoko chases a ball chipped up the inside left channel and blocks Rojo's clearance. The centre-back's boot connects with the sole of Zoko's boot. He goes down in a heap and Zoko is booked. Looked pretty accidental to me. 7:55PM First up A minute's applause for Jimmy Armfield. Click on the great man's name to read Paul Hayward's magnificent tribute. 7:53PM Alexis Sanchez Walks out last. He's taken the Paul Ince position at the back of the line. Eight people wave green flags in the centre-circle to greet the players. Semaphore. 'Can you see me, Mother?' 7:51PM The United players are in the tunnel Mourinho walks out to take his place on the bench while his side waits for Yeovil's team. Ian Wright Wright Wright thinks United were there first to intimidate the Yeovil players because they'd see all those big names on the shirts. Hmmm. 7:46PM The BBC Has just given Jose Mourinho a bottle of Birthday Brew cider to commemorate his birthday. "I will keep it but I will not drink it," he says. 7:34PM Those teams in black and white Yeovil Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith, Dickson; Green, Wing, Bird, Gray; Zoko, Surridge. Substitutes Connor Smith, Browne, Maddison, Gobern, Whelan, Santos, Fisher. Yeovil Town's Jolly Green Giant welcomes Manchester United to Huish Park Credit: Harry Trump/Getty Images Man Utd Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Carrick; McTominay, Mata, Sanchez; Rashford. Substitutes Joel Pereira, Lukaku, Smalling, Lingard, Young, Matic, Gomes. Referee Paul Tierney (Wigan) 7:03PM And here's how Yeovil line up ⚽️ | Your #YTFC team for tonight's #EmiratesFACup fourth round tie against #MUFC. COYG!�� pic.twitter.com/vLc4qrTqar— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 26, 2018 6:59PM Michael Carrick starts too A welcome return for the club captain after his heart ablation in the autumn. Yeovil Town’s 11 mascots getting their money’s worth: a team talk from Jose Mourinho & now a kickabout with subs Matic, Lingard & Smalling— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 26, 2018 6:57PM And here's the man in question Calls himself a footballer with those headphones? Paul Pogba will have him wearing a pair the size of furry frying pans soon enough. Alexis Sanchez arrives at Huish Park Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 6:55PM Alexis Sanchez is starting How the Reds line up for tonight's @EmiratesFACup clash with Yeovil! It's an #MUFC debut for @Alexis_Sanchez... pic.twitter.com/XB9AmCPdqo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2018 6:52PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of the Alexis Sánchez showFA Cup fourth round tie between Yeovil Town of League Two and Manchester United. After the broadcasters gave United their 13-yearly break from televised Cup ties in the last round, normal service has been resumed for the visit of the 12-time winners to Huish Park where the home side's manager, Darren Way, has identified the route to success: "Put a brick wall up in front of the goal, make sure we’re tactically astute, concentrate." In a revealing interview with Jim White, Way said he hoped it would appease some of the 'grumblier' elements among the support and also indulged in one of the great Manchester United cliches, ruminating on the quality of red wine he was contemplating purchasing for their manager's delectation. For the last 10 years of Sir Alex Ferguson's spell in charge, he managed to turn his managerial colleagues into sommeliers. Here we go again, it seems. Perhaps life in the Travel TavernLowry has prompted Jose Mourinho to develop his palate. And so on to Friday night's Somerset fiesta of football. The only question dominating the airwaves and newsprint is whether Sanchez will be given his debut tonight as a starter or off the bench. One presumes he'll be thrown straight in but one should never underestimate the obtuseness of a football manager when it comes to a midseason signing. They do tend to like to make you wait. We'll let you know if we'll get a sighting of the No7 straight from the kick-off. Variously described as "iconic" and "prestigious", the shirt number Sanchez inherited has been the emblem of a long and distinguished line of United's most cherished players, from Johnny Berry, George Best and Steve Coppell back when it was routinely put on the dressing-room peg of the outside right, to Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who established it as a brand in the era when names started to appear on the back of shirts as a marketing exercise. Here's Alan Tyers' inquisition into the shirt he will wear and what it means. MUFC magnificent sevens Of course it has a symbolic significance but perhaps it has a psychological one, too. Bill Shankly joked his Preston No4 had otherworldly properties, telling his successor in it, Tommy Docherty, "Congratulations. You are now the greatest right-half in the world. Just put the No4 shirt on and let it run round, it knows where to go". We shall see. Join us for coverage of the match and team news when it lands at about 6.55pm.
Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' Of all the places to start his ­Manchester United career, Alexis Sánchez did so in the FA Cup fourth round at Huish Park, where the highest-paid player in Premier League history was kicked up in the air, booed by the locals and ­finally sent home with the sponsors’ man of the match award. A double FA Cup winner, Sánchez knows this competition as well as any Englishman and, given his route to the top from a small town in northern Chile, there is nothing for him to fear at a League Two ­stadium on a chilly January night. Even so, it is clear that the stakes have been raised with his move from Arsenal to United, and he is under greater scrutiny than ever before. He came up with two assists and Darren Way, the Yeovil Town manager, talked in awe of a “world-class performance”. Jose Mourinho substituted his Chilean with around 19 minutes remaining and Sánchez's patience wearing thin with some of the treatment meted out. Mourinho said that a first-half foul on Sánchez by defender Nathan Smith should have been a red card, but he understood why referee Paul Tierney had been so reluctant to do so early in the game. Victory was never in doubt for United, even with a team that had 10 changes from the side that beat Burnley last Saturday, and Yeovil struggled to get close. Marcus Rashford was gifted a goal just before half-time when Thomas James, the Yeovil full-back, simply failed to realise how near the forward was to him and had the ball taken off his toe just yards from his own goal. Sánchez bent an early free kick around the wall Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Michael Carrick was back for his second performance of the season, captain on the night in this his first game since a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm that was diagnosed in November. Luke Shaw was back in the team, and so too the lesser-spotted Victor Lindelof. But this was about Sánchez, the man who is earning around £600,000-a-week, a remarkable salary anywhere in the game, never mind a team 87 places below United in the league pyramid and fighting relegation to the Conference. There seems to be a trend these days to boo the recipient of the big-money move, regardless of whether it has had any effect on one’s own club – just ask Raheem Sterling – and there might be more of this hostility to come for Sánchez. Ander Herrera buries United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Smith’s challenge was after 30 minutes and might well have been a red card and, by the time Sánchez got more of the same in the second half, Mourinho decided it was time to bring him off. By then Sánchez had also generously created Ander Herrera’s goal, United’s second, and taken over free-kick duty. He was booed before the game and was booed when he came off and, when the stadium announcer said Sanchez had been voted man of the match, he was booed for that, too. Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku both scored late in the game with Yeovil stretched and exhausted, and there was a second senior outing for the 17-year-old Angel Gomes. For Way, whose side are 21st in League Two, there are greater concerns ahead, but he was delighted with the experience and his interaction with Mourinho. “We gave it everything,” he said. “We couldn’t have done any more. I just needed Sánchez in my team.” The club is under pressure from fans to make signings to keep their league status and Ryan Seager has joined on loan from Southampton. Lingard, who replaced Sánchez, scythed Yeovil apart to score United's third Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images On Mourinho, Way said: “It’s an absolute honour for me to speak to a manager of that class. He oozes class, and was very humble towards me. He’s done his homework. It wouldn’t surprise me if he knew my children’s names. “To share that moment with him was special. I’ll be interested to ask him what he thought of my team but, by all accounts, he was impressed with what he saw. The guy’s a winner. My players gave everything.” The greatest Yeovil threat came from set-pieces. The enormous centre-half Omar Sowunmi went forward in search of the ball into the area and he forced an early save out of Sergio Romero. There was also the pace of left winger Jordan Green for United to think about when they did not have the ball, which was seldom during a game in which they enjoyed 74 per cent of the possession. For United’s first goal, Rashford had skipped through the middle onto Sánchez's pass but was crowded out and James was in possession when Rashford realised the full-back had forgotten about him. James was idly guiding the ball back to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, unaware of Rashford’s proximity, and the United man nipped back in and tucked a shot into the net. United’s second started with a long ball cleared out from the back by Shaw and gathered by unlikely target man, Juan Mata, whose touch and awareness of space meant he could turn right and pick out Sánchez breaking forward. Lukaku volleys in the late fourth Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It must have crossed the Chilean’s mind to shoot, but he had Rashford and Herrera holding their runs ahead of him and picked the ­latter, who finished neatly. Before at last Sánchez was replaced by Lingard after 71 minutes he was kicked again on his right ankle and spent some time demonstrating his pain on the pitch. It precipitated an aggrieved Sanchez charging towards his own goal to win back possession as Mourinho urged caution and then decided to summon a replacement. Lingard was given too much space down the right to add a third goal. By the time Lukaku added a fourth, a volley from Marcos Rojo’s cross, the dream was over for Yeovil. For Sánchez, it was just beginning and United would have liked what they saw. 9:59PM Here's Jim White on the debutant Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' 9:58PM Jose Mourinho speaks These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct. Even so the attitude is correct but they gave us a hard time in the first half. I could hear Darren on the touchline and knew what he was asking of the players. We were professional and took control. In the second half we were professional and killed the game. Fantastic addition. Like Ander says, everybody is happy that Alexis comes. We have fantastic group of attacking players - he has a bit more of experience and maturity and class. 9:50PM Full time Manchester United are the first team in the fifth round. They didn't play particularly entertainingly in the first half but ground out a supremacy with utmost professionalism and then turned the screw in the second half. Yeovil played well in the first half but quality (and money) told in the end as it almost always does. 9:48PM 90+3 min Terrific cross from Rojo who had no reason to be so far forward and to be the man picked out by Herrera. He fired in a precise cross that Lukaku met on the volley eight yards out and blasted into the net. 9:47PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd (Lukaku) 9:46PM 89 min Open Sesame, Lingard parted Yeovil, gliding diagonally down the inside right channel and spanked a low shot past Krysiak with five men in pursuit but defeated. 9:43PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-3 Man Utd (Lingard) 9:43PM 88 min And he makes an immediate impact, twisting James' blood with a snake-hipped burst from the left. He bounds past the right-back and bends a shot into the side netting. 9:42PM 87 min Marcus Rashford is coming off and on comes United's Angel Gomes in the storied No47 shirt. 9:40PM 85 min McTominay with a rather cynical and illegal block receives a telling off rather than the second booking the crow want and it probably merited. 9:39PM 84 min Conor Smith on for Lewis Wing. That's Yeovil's last sub. Rashford races into the box from the left, Krysiak comes out and dives headlong to try to slap it away. He misses but Rashford, thinking he can round him, doesn't use the opportunity to fall over and the ball scuttles out of play. 9:37PM 82 min Free kick about 30 yards out that James takes, striking it again with his laces to make it go up and down, over the wall and dipping inside the left post. Romero skips across to catch it. 9:35PM 80 min McTominay goes into the book for trying to make up for his wayward pass by sliding into Zoko. His right foot took the ball cleanly but only after his left had taken Zoko's right ankle in a scissor movement. 9:34PM 78 min Mata and Sanchez earlier seemed to be on the same wavelength immediately but so are Rashford and Lingard and they almost find a way through from the left after Rashford's angled shot is saved by Krysiak's right foot but James and Sowunmi do enough to squeeze them out. Rashford demands the ref deem it obstruction but it wasn't and he doesn't. 9:31PM 76 min Dickson beats Darmian with the simplest method of all, pushing it past him and then burning him off. He crosses to the near post, Lindelof wellies it away but not far enough and Yeovil work it out to the right from the knockdown where Surridge takes the opportunity to drill a shot that Romero palms down and holds at the second attempt. 9:29PM 74 min Lingard almost gets round the back. He's playing on the right and Rashford on the left now. Pace to shred a tired defence. 9:28PM 72 min Alexis Sanchez departs. He took three heavy tackles/fouls in the match and Mourinho doubtlessly has seen enough. Lingard comes on. Now Martin Keown may change his tune. Herrera scores United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 9:25PM 71 min McTominay's shot leads to a corner that Rashford and Sanchez work short but can't get into the box. 9:24PM 70 min Yeovil sub: Green off, replaced by Alex Fisher who drove down tonight to complete his loan from Motherwell and arrived an hour and a half before kick-off after hours in the car. 9:23PM 68 min Sanchez is down and holding his left ankle but eventually gets up when the referee doesn't stop play. Mourinho tells him he'll take him off if he wants but he darts back into the fray. Keown is now coating Mourinho for letting De Bruyne and Salah rot when he was at Chelsea but then says 'I'm sure that won't happen with Sanchez.' Err ... yeah. 9:20PM 66 min Lukaku comes on to replace Juan Mata. 9:19PM 64 min Darmian spanks a right foot shot in off the left post and Mata but it's disallowed because Mata was clearly in front of the last defender when he hit it. It was a breathtakingly slick move though, United dinking passes around Yeovil's defenders and storming past them with rapid, unpredictable movement. 9:17PM 62 min United break from a Yeovil corner by playing it up to Mata in the centre circle. He spins his man, Dickson, and raids forward with Sanchez, Rashford and Herrera sprinting ahead. He slips the ball to Sanchez, Rashford spurts into the box, taking a man with him to open the space for Sanchez's reverse pass to Herrera on the left of the box in a seemingly less promising position to Rashford but unmarked. And he takes the ball, stun the pass and hammers a diagonal shot into the opposite corner. 9:15PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-2 Man Utd (Herrera) 9:15PM 60 min Actually that should have been a penalty. He caught Mata before the ball. United kept recycling it and didn't protest but made no better chance. 9:14PM 59 min United fashion a series of openings from the left, the best when Sanchez arcs the ball in for the first time and Mata was about to pirouette and shoot by the penalty spot, Dickson, I think, took the ball away (and then the man). 9:10PM 56 min Yeovil substitution: Bird goes off to be replaced by Browne. Their free-kick, designed to take advantage of United's high line, is over the top and easily snaffled by Romero. 9:09PM 55 min Lindelof takes out Surridge with a hasty leap, barrelling the centre-forward over. That's the second time he's doen that. 9:08PM 53 min United do look vulnerable down their right and Dickson exploits Darmian's lack of pace and ruggedness with vicious outswinging left-foot cross to the back stick where Surridge meets it but can't apply the necessary power or precision. 9:05PM 51 min Rashford skitters through the box from the left, slicing past James and Sowunmi in a horizontal lune before he turns to shoot, lunging at it somewhat and knocking it into Gray's shins and behind for a corner that comes to naught. 9:04PM 50 min To spring the Yeovil two banks of four United try to go down the sides and Mata opens up a run for Darmian with a sublime reverse pass. The full-back gallops to the byline then massively overhits his cross, giving Sanchez no chance. 9:02PM 49 min United in a more pronounced 4-3-3 now, with McTominay the middle of three midfielders as his side hog the ball without much penetration. 9:01PM 48 min Sanchez is whacked on the top of the foot by Sowunmi as he tried to run on to Rashford's flick on. Yellow card and a free-kick about 35 yards out on the left that Yeovil defend well. 9:00PM 46 min Yeovil kick off, lose the ball and Manchester United shift it about from left to right and back again as they shuffle up to halfway in increments of five yards. 8:53PM Martin Keown is as popular on Twitter tonight ... As he was with Leeds ... If Martin Keown is annoying you on commentary, this will make you feel better. pic.twitter.com/bB7Na5RQen— Coral (@Coral) January 26, 2018 He has been caning Sanchez for choosing United over City, for being too greedy, for being ineffective, for losing the ball. 8:43PM Half time Drab performance from Manchester United so far but they scored the goal because good sides exploit mistakes ruthlessly. No doubt it's a difficult pitch, more familiar to Yeovil obviously who could have scored twice through Green and Sowunmi. 8:42PM 44 min Mourinho, who is standing up, is greeted by 'You're just a s--- Guardiola' and Yeovil's favourite chant, which appears to be 'You what? You what? You what? You what? You what?' Jose Mourinho was accused of being a poor version of Pep Guardiola by Yeovil fans Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:41PM 43 min Carrick has a wayward shot. Let's play commentary bingo. Altogether now. 'Carrick. Of all people.' 8:40PM 40 min James has had a fine game so far but he's just gift-wrapped the Cup tie and given it to United. And put a bow on. Rashford stroked a 10-yard pass from right to centre for Sancjez and kept running. Sanchez dinked the return into the box and into Rashford's stride. But James read his run, muscled in front of him and then tried to shepherd the ball back to the keeper, unaware that Rashford was still on his shoulder. As he hesitated to wait for the goalie to come and gather - it was too far out - Rashford stole round and lashed his shot into the net. Marcus Rashford exploits Yeovil's 'After you, Claude' moment Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:36PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford) 8:36PM 40 min Predicatable cries of 'What a waste of money' greet Sanchez for the umpteenth time when he shanks a shot way wide from 18 yards. 8:35PM 37 min Yeovil free kick right of centre, 25 yards out after Carrick bundles into Bird. James take sit and smashes a shot towards the left post. Ronero is well positioned and slaps it away but United can't clear properly until the fourth attempt as Yeovil keep pinging it back into the box. It's the kind of save that is pretty effective but one that English pundits deride ... as Martin Keown immediately does. 8:33PM 35 min Good cross from Sanchez on the left to Rashford at the back post but he can't get there and Yeovil lash it upfield. 8:31PM 34 min Herrera latches on to a loose ball 30 yards out and flays a shocking shot into oribit. Dreadful. 8:29PM 33 min Sanchez does that thing that he did at Arsenal when he succumbed to Messiah Complex and tried to do it all by himself. He hung on to the ball too long and then, when his team-mates had trotted too far expecting a pass, bludgeoned a pass into touch. 8:28PM 31 min A well-populated wall stands just inside the 18-yard line. Sanchez aims for the bottom right corner, bends it around the wall but telegraphed it with his body shape enough for Krysiak to get down swiftly and catch it. Sanchez takes the free kick Credit: AFP/Getty Images 8:26PM 30 min A rotten challenge from Smith, the Jamaica defender, scythes down Sanchez 25 yards out dead centre. Yellow card and Sanchez is unruffled enough to take the free kick. 8:25PM 28 min Wing, the lad on loan from Boro, plays a neat pass between Lindelof and Rojo looking for Surridge's run but he can't get round the back quickly enough. 8:24PM 26 min Sanchez and Mata link up nicely through the middle, gamboling like Baggio and Del Piero in 1994-95 on the rare occasions they were fielded together for Juve. Tom James, the right-back, diligently sticks to Mata and after some hypnotising footwork, he does not fall under their spell and whips the ball away. 8:22PM 24 min Quick feet from Sanchez creates an opening for Rashford to make the run through the inside left channel to meet it. He gathers it in his stride and flashes a low shot to Krysiak's right. The keeper swoops down to block it with a firm hand. Good save. 8:19PM 22 min He hasn't done anything but the photographers know what picture editors want. More than two-thirds of the photos so far from Husih Park have focused on his nibs, Croesus Sanchez. Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA 8:17PM 20 min McTominay zips the ball around the last third. He looks a busy talent, always available for the short pass and his touches open up a path for Rashford to bullock in from the left with dazzling control until he tries to take on one defender too many and gets it stuck under his feet. Smith stabs it clear. 8:15PM 18 min Lindelof sends Zoko flying with a dumb challenge from behind as Zoko went up to win a header. He just took him out and should have been booked on the first-minute model established by Tierney. 8:14PM 15 min Yeovil free kick when Green is brought down once more as he tries to rampage down the left. McTominay falls asleep and plays the green shirts onside from the set-piece which is again arrowed towards Sowunmi, this time peeling of around the back, but he can only head his attempt tamely into the ground, making it an easy snatch for Romero. 8:12PM 13 min United corner but it could have been better when McTominay squared a header across goal that Yeovil scrambled behind. He was livid that no one ran to meet his intended 'assist' but he should have seen there was no one making the run before he played it. Krysiak strides out to catch Sanchez's corner. Little bit of a size difference between these Man United and Yeovil teams... #MUFC#YTFC#ytfcvmufc#FACuppic.twitter.com/nlNysDDuev— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 26, 2018 8:08PM 11 min Where there's Lindelof there's hope ... for Yeovil who have targeted the right side of United's defence. Green again skins Darmain, gets to the byline and wins a corner from his blocked cross. Yeovil bend it in to the box, swinging it out towards the penalty spot where 6ft 6in Sowunmi meets it but is thwarted by Rojo. 8:05PM 8 min Good chance for Yeovil as they quickly regroup from Romero's clearance. Green plays a one-two with Surridge, turns on the turbo boosters and glides past Lindelof and into the box. His first heavyish trap takes him too close to the touchline and narrows the angle for the shot which he pings at Romero's legs. 8:03PM 7 min And indeed he scuds it into the box for Romero to catch it. 8:03PM 6 min Sanchez is being booed. Perhaps they suspect him of coming from Gloucestershire. Odd. Yeovil have a throw and Dickson prepares to take it long with an elaborate ball-drying routine. 8:01PM 4 min McTominay bundles Smith over after Sanchez switches the play to the right and Yeovil have a free kick that they use to probe around the United box but overplay and United clear up to Rashford. 7:59PM 3 min Always nice to have Martin Keown on co-comms! Lindelof brings the ball out from the back. Surridge presses him quickly and he goes backwards to go forwards. United shift it up to Sanchez who has started wide on the left, whitewash on his boots. 7:58PM 1 min Almost from the off, Zoko chases a ball chipped up the inside left channel and blocks Rojo's clearance. The centre-back's boot connects with the sole of Zoko's boot. He goes down in a heap and Zoko is booked. Looked pretty accidental to me. 7:55PM First up A minute's applause for Jimmy Armfield. Click on the great man's name to read Paul Hayward's magnificent tribute. 7:53PM Alexis Sanchez Walks out last. He's taken the Paul Ince position at the back of the line. Eight people wave green flags in the centre-circle to greet the players. Semaphore. 'Can you see me, Mother?' 7:51PM The United players are in the tunnel Mourinho walks out to take his place on the bench while his side waits for Yeovil's team. Ian Wright Wright Wright thinks United were there first to intimidate the Yeovil players because they'd see all those big names on the shirts. Hmmm. 7:46PM The BBC Has just given Jose Mourinho a bottle of Birthday Brew cider to commemorate his birthday. "I will keep it but I will not drink it," he says. 7:34PM Those teams in black and white Yeovil Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith, Dickson; Green, Wing, Bird, Gray; Zoko, Surridge. Substitutes Connor Smith, Browne, Maddison, Gobern, Whelan, Santos, Fisher. Yeovil Town's Jolly Green Giant welcomes Manchester United to Huish Park Credit: Harry Trump/Getty Images Man Utd Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Carrick; McTominay, Mata, Sanchez; Rashford. Substitutes Joel Pereira, Lukaku, Smalling, Lingard, Young, Matic, Gomes. Referee Paul Tierney (Wigan) 7:03PM And here's how Yeovil line up ⚽️ | Your #YTFC team for tonight's #EmiratesFACup fourth round tie against #MUFC. COYG!�� pic.twitter.com/vLc4qrTqar— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 26, 2018 6:59PM Michael Carrick starts too A welcome return for the club captain after his heart ablation in the autumn. Yeovil Town’s 11 mascots getting their money’s worth: a team talk from Jose Mourinho & now a kickabout with subs Matic, Lingard & Smalling— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 26, 2018 6:57PM And here's the man in question Calls himself a footballer with those headphones? Paul Pogba will have him wearing a pair the size of furry frying pans soon enough. Alexis Sanchez arrives at Huish Park Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 6:55PM Alexis Sanchez is starting How the Reds line up for tonight's @EmiratesFACup clash with Yeovil! It's an #MUFC debut for @Alexis_Sanchez... pic.twitter.com/XB9AmCPdqo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2018 6:52PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of the Alexis Sánchez showFA Cup fourth round tie between Yeovil Town of League Two and Manchester United. After the broadcasters gave United their 13-yearly break from televised Cup ties in the last round, normal service has been resumed for the visit of the 12-time winners to Huish Park where the home side's manager, Darren Way, has identified the route to success: "Put a brick wall up in front of the goal, make sure we’re tactically astute, concentrate." In a revealing interview with Jim White, Way said he hoped it would appease some of the 'grumblier' elements among the support and also indulged in one of the great Manchester United cliches, ruminating on the quality of red wine he was contemplating purchasing for their manager's delectation. For the last 10 years of Sir Alex Ferguson's spell in charge, he managed to turn his managerial colleagues into sommeliers. Here we go again, it seems. Perhaps life in the Travel TavernLowry has prompted Jose Mourinho to develop his palate. And so on to Friday night's Somerset fiesta of football. The only question dominating the airwaves and newsprint is whether Sanchez will be given his debut tonight as a starter or off the bench. One presumes he'll be thrown straight in but one should never underestimate the obtuseness of a football manager when it comes to a midseason signing. They do tend to like to make you wait. We'll let you know if we'll get a sighting of the No7 straight from the kick-off. Variously described as "iconic" and "prestigious", the shirt number Sanchez inherited has been the emblem of a long and distinguished line of United's most cherished players, from Johnny Berry, George Best and Steve Coppell back when it was routinely put on the dressing-room peg of the outside right, to Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who established it as a brand in the era when names started to appear on the back of shirts as a marketing exercise. Here's Alan Tyers' inquisition into the shirt he will wear and what it means. MUFC magnificent sevens Of course it has a symbolic significance but perhaps it has a psychological one, too. Bill Shankly joked his Preston No4 had otherworldly properties, telling his successor in it, Tommy Docherty, "Congratulations. You are now the greatest right-half in the world. Just put the No4 shirt on and let it run round, it knows where to go". We shall see. Join us for coverage of the match and team news when it lands at about 6.55pm.
Yeovil Town 0 Manchester United 4: Alexis Sanchez era begins with second half romp
Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' Of all the places to start his ­Manchester United career, Alexis Sánchez did so in the FA Cup fourth round at Huish Park, where the highest-paid player in Premier League history was kicked up in the air, booed by the locals and ­finally sent home with the sponsors’ man of the match award. A double FA Cup winner, Sánchez knows this competition as well as any Englishman and, given his route to the top from a small town in northern Chile, there is nothing for him to fear at a League Two ­stadium on a chilly January night. Even so, it is clear that the stakes have been raised with his move from Arsenal to United, and he is under greater scrutiny than ever before. He came up with two assists and Darren Way, the Yeovil Town manager, talked in awe of a “world-class performance”. Jose Mourinho substituted his Chilean with around 19 minutes remaining and Sánchez's patience wearing thin with some of the treatment meted out. Mourinho said that a first-half foul on Sánchez by defender Nathan Smith should have been a red card, but he understood why referee Paul Tierney had been so reluctant to do so early in the game. Victory was never in doubt for United, even with a team that had 10 changes from the side that beat Burnley last Saturday, and Yeovil struggled to get close. Marcus Rashford was gifted a goal just before half-time when Thomas James, the Yeovil full-back, simply failed to realise how near the forward was to him and had the ball taken off his toe just yards from his own goal. Sánchez bent an early free kick around the wall Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Michael Carrick was back for his second performance of the season, captain on the night in this his first game since a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm that was diagnosed in November. Luke Shaw was back in the team, and so too the lesser-spotted Victor Lindelof. But this was about Sánchez, the man who is earning around £600,000-a-week, a remarkable salary anywhere in the game, never mind a team 87 places below United in the league pyramid and fighting relegation to the Conference. There seems to be a trend these days to boo the recipient of the big-money move, regardless of whether it has had any effect on one’s own club – just ask Raheem Sterling – and there might be more of this hostility to come for Sánchez. Ander Herrera buries United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Smith’s challenge was after 30 minutes and might well have been a red card and, by the time Sánchez got more of the same in the second half, Mourinho decided it was time to bring him off. By then Sánchez had also generously created Ander Herrera’s goal, United’s second, and taken over free-kick duty. He was booed before the game and was booed when he came off and, when the stadium announcer said Sanchez had been voted man of the match, he was booed for that, too. Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku both scored late in the game with Yeovil stretched and exhausted, and there was a second senior outing for the 17-year-old Angel Gomes. For Way, whose side are 21st in League Two, there are greater concerns ahead, but he was delighted with the experience and his interaction with Mourinho. “We gave it everything,” he said. “We couldn’t have done any more. I just needed Sánchez in my team.” The club is under pressure from fans to make signings to keep their league status and Ryan Seager has joined on loan from Southampton. Lingard, who replaced Sánchez, scythed Yeovil apart to score United's third Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images On Mourinho, Way said: “It’s an absolute honour for me to speak to a manager of that class. He oozes class, and was very humble towards me. He’s done his homework. It wouldn’t surprise me if he knew my children’s names. “To share that moment with him was special. I’ll be interested to ask him what he thought of my team but, by all accounts, he was impressed with what he saw. The guy’s a winner. My players gave everything.” The greatest Yeovil threat came from set-pieces. The enormous centre-half Omar Sowunmi went forward in search of the ball into the area and he forced an early save out of Sergio Romero. There was also the pace of left winger Jordan Green for United to think about when they did not have the ball, which was seldom during a game in which they enjoyed 74 per cent of the possession. For United’s first goal, Rashford had skipped through the middle onto Sánchez's pass but was crowded out and James was in possession when Rashford realised the full-back had forgotten about him. James was idly guiding the ball back to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, unaware of Rashford’s proximity, and the United man nipped back in and tucked a shot into the net. United’s second started with a long ball cleared out from the back by Shaw and gathered by unlikely target man, Juan Mata, whose touch and awareness of space meant he could turn right and pick out Sánchez breaking forward. Lukaku volleys in the late fourth Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It must have crossed the Chilean’s mind to shoot, but he had Rashford and Herrera holding their runs ahead of him and picked the ­latter, who finished neatly. Before at last Sánchez was replaced by Lingard after 71 minutes he was kicked again on his right ankle and spent some time demonstrating his pain on the pitch. It precipitated an aggrieved Sanchez charging towards his own goal to win back possession as Mourinho urged caution and then decided to summon a replacement. Lingard was given too much space down the right to add a third goal. By the time Lukaku added a fourth, a volley from Marcos Rojo’s cross, the dream was over for Yeovil. For Sánchez, it was just beginning and United would have liked what they saw. 9:59PM Here's Jim White on the debutant Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' 9:58PM Jose Mourinho speaks These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct. Even so the attitude is correct but they gave us a hard time in the first half. I could hear Darren on the touchline and knew what he was asking of the players. We were professional and took control. In the second half we were professional and killed the game. Fantastic addition. Like Ander says, everybody is happy that Alexis comes. We have fantastic group of attacking players - he has a bit more of experience and maturity and class. 9:50PM Full time Manchester United are the first team in the fifth round. They didn't play particularly entertainingly in the first half but ground out a supremacy with utmost professionalism and then turned the screw in the second half. Yeovil played well in the first half but quality (and money) told in the end as it almost always does. 9:48PM 90+3 min Terrific cross from Rojo who had no reason to be so far forward and to be the man picked out by Herrera. He fired in a precise cross that Lukaku met on the volley eight yards out and blasted into the net. 9:47PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd (Lukaku) 9:46PM 89 min Open Sesame, Lingard parted Yeovil, gliding diagonally down the inside right channel and spanked a low shot past Krysiak with five men in pursuit but defeated. 9:43PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-3 Man Utd (Lingard) 9:43PM 88 min And he makes an immediate impact, twisting James' blood with a snake-hipped burst from the left. He bounds past the right-back and bends a shot into the side netting. 9:42PM 87 min Marcus Rashford is coming off and on comes United's Angel Gomes in the storied No47 shirt. 9:40PM 85 min McTominay with a rather cynical and illegal block receives a telling off rather than the second booking the crow want and it probably merited. 9:39PM 84 min Conor Smith on for Lewis Wing. That's Yeovil's last sub. Rashford races into the box from the left, Krysiak comes out and dives headlong to try to slap it away. He misses but Rashford, thinking he can round him, doesn't use the opportunity to fall over and the ball scuttles out of play. 9:37PM 82 min Free kick about 30 yards out that James takes, striking it again with his laces to make it go up and down, over the wall and dipping inside the left post. Romero skips across to catch it. 9:35PM 80 min McTominay goes into the book for trying to make up for his wayward pass by sliding into Zoko. His right foot took the ball cleanly but only after his left had taken Zoko's right ankle in a scissor movement. 9:34PM 78 min Mata and Sanchez earlier seemed to be on the same wavelength immediately but so are Rashford and Lingard and they almost find a way through from the left after Rashford's angled shot is saved by Krysiak's right foot but James and Sowunmi do enough to squeeze them out. Rashford demands the ref deem it obstruction but it wasn't and he doesn't. 9:31PM 76 min Dickson beats Darmian with the simplest method of all, pushing it past him and then burning him off. He crosses to the near post, Lindelof wellies it away but not far enough and Yeovil work it out to the right from the knockdown where Surridge takes the opportunity to drill a shot that Romero palms down and holds at the second attempt. 9:29PM 74 min Lingard almost gets round the back. He's playing on the right and Rashford on the left now. Pace to shred a tired defence. 9:28PM 72 min Alexis Sanchez departs. He took three heavy tackles/fouls in the match and Mourinho doubtlessly has seen enough. Lingard comes on. Now Martin Keown may change his tune. Herrera scores United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 9:25PM 71 min McTominay's shot leads to a corner that Rashford and Sanchez work short but can't get into the box. 9:24PM 70 min Yeovil sub: Green off, replaced by Alex Fisher who drove down tonight to complete his loan from Motherwell and arrived an hour and a half before kick-off after hours in the car. 9:23PM 68 min Sanchez is down and holding his left ankle but eventually gets up when the referee doesn't stop play. Mourinho tells him he'll take him off if he wants but he darts back into the fray. Keown is now coating Mourinho for letting De Bruyne and Salah rot when he was at Chelsea but then says 'I'm sure that won't happen with Sanchez.' Err ... yeah. 9:20PM 66 min Lukaku comes on to replace Juan Mata. 9:19PM 64 min Darmian spanks a right foot shot in off the left post and Mata but it's disallowed because Mata was clearly in front of the last defender when he hit it. It was a breathtakingly slick move though, United dinking passes around Yeovil's defenders and storming past them with rapid, unpredictable movement. 9:17PM 62 min United break from a Yeovil corner by playing it up to Mata in the centre circle. He spins his man, Dickson, and raids forward with Sanchez, Rashford and Herrera sprinting ahead. He slips the ball to Sanchez, Rashford spurts into the box, taking a man with him to open the space for Sanchez's reverse pass to Herrera on the left of the box in a seemingly less promising position to Rashford but unmarked. And he takes the ball, stun the pass and hammers a diagonal shot into the opposite corner. 9:15PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-2 Man Utd (Herrera) 9:15PM 60 min Actually that should have been a penalty. He caught Mata before the ball. United kept recycling it and didn't protest but made no better chance. 9:14PM 59 min United fashion a series of openings from the left, the best when Sanchez arcs the ball in for the first time and Mata was about to pirouette and shoot by the penalty spot, Dickson, I think, took the ball away (and then the man). 9:10PM 56 min Yeovil substitution: Bird goes off to be replaced by Browne. Their free-kick, designed to take advantage of United's high line, is over the top and easily snaffled by Romero. 9:09PM 55 min Lindelof takes out Surridge with a hasty leap, barrelling the centre-forward over. That's the second time he's doen that. 9:08PM 53 min United do look vulnerable down their right and Dickson exploits Darmian's lack of pace and ruggedness with vicious outswinging left-foot cross to the back stick where Surridge meets it but can't apply the necessary power or precision. 9:05PM 51 min Rashford skitters through the box from the left, slicing past James and Sowunmi in a horizontal lune before he turns to shoot, lunging at it somewhat and knocking it into Gray's shins and behind for a corner that comes to naught. 9:04PM 50 min To spring the Yeovil two banks of four United try to go down the sides and Mata opens up a run for Darmian with a sublime reverse pass. The full-back gallops to the byline then massively overhits his cross, giving Sanchez no chance. 9:02PM 49 min United in a more pronounced 4-3-3 now, with McTominay the middle of three midfielders as his side hog the ball without much penetration. 9:01PM 48 min Sanchez is whacked on the top of the foot by Sowunmi as he tried to run on to Rashford's flick on. Yellow card and a free-kick about 35 yards out on the left that Yeovil defend well. 9:00PM 46 min Yeovil kick off, lose the ball and Manchester United shift it about from left to right and back again as they shuffle up to halfway in increments of five yards. 8:53PM Martin Keown is as popular on Twitter tonight ... As he was with Leeds ... If Martin Keown is annoying you on commentary, this will make you feel better. pic.twitter.com/bB7Na5RQen— Coral (@Coral) January 26, 2018 He has been caning Sanchez for choosing United over City, for being too greedy, for being ineffective, for losing the ball. 8:43PM Half time Drab performance from Manchester United so far but they scored the goal because good sides exploit mistakes ruthlessly. No doubt it's a difficult pitch, more familiar to Yeovil obviously who could have scored twice through Green and Sowunmi. 8:42PM 44 min Mourinho, who is standing up, is greeted by 'You're just a s--- Guardiola' and Yeovil's favourite chant, which appears to be 'You what? You what? You what? You what? You what?' Jose Mourinho was accused of being a poor version of Pep Guardiola by Yeovil fans Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:41PM 43 min Carrick has a wayward shot. Let's play commentary bingo. Altogether now. 'Carrick. Of all people.' 8:40PM 40 min James has had a fine game so far but he's just gift-wrapped the Cup tie and given it to United. And put a bow on. Rashford stroked a 10-yard pass from right to centre for Sancjez and kept running. Sanchez dinked the return into the box and into Rashford's stride. But James read his run, muscled in front of him and then tried to shepherd the ball back to the keeper, unaware that Rashford was still on his shoulder. As he hesitated to wait for the goalie to come and gather - it was too far out - Rashford stole round and lashed his shot into the net. Marcus Rashford exploits Yeovil's 'After you, Claude' moment Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:36PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford) 8:36PM 40 min Predicatable cries of 'What a waste of money' greet Sanchez for the umpteenth time when he shanks a shot way wide from 18 yards. 8:35PM 37 min Yeovil free kick right of centre, 25 yards out after Carrick bundles into Bird. James take sit and smashes a shot towards the left post. Ronero is well positioned and slaps it away but United can't clear properly until the fourth attempt as Yeovil keep pinging it back into the box. It's the kind of save that is pretty effective but one that English pundits deride ... as Martin Keown immediately does. 8:33PM 35 min Good cross from Sanchez on the left to Rashford at the back post but he can't get there and Yeovil lash it upfield. 8:31PM 34 min Herrera latches on to a loose ball 30 yards out and flays a shocking shot into oribit. Dreadful. 8:29PM 33 min Sanchez does that thing that he did at Arsenal when he succumbed to Messiah Complex and tried to do it all by himself. He hung on to the ball too long and then, when his team-mates had trotted too far expecting a pass, bludgeoned a pass into touch. 8:28PM 31 min A well-populated wall stands just inside the 18-yard line. Sanchez aims for the bottom right corner, bends it around the wall but telegraphed it with his body shape enough for Krysiak to get down swiftly and catch it. Sanchez takes the free kick Credit: AFP/Getty Images 8:26PM 30 min A rotten challenge from Smith, the Jamaica defender, scythes down Sanchez 25 yards out dead centre. Yellow card and Sanchez is unruffled enough to take the free kick. 8:25PM 28 min Wing, the lad on loan from Boro, plays a neat pass between Lindelof and Rojo looking for Surridge's run but he can't get round the back quickly enough. 8:24PM 26 min Sanchez and Mata link up nicely through the middle, gamboling like Baggio and Del Piero in 1994-95 on the rare occasions they were fielded together for Juve. Tom James, the right-back, diligently sticks to Mata and after some hypnotising footwork, he does not fall under their spell and whips the ball away. 8:22PM 24 min Quick feet from Sanchez creates an opening for Rashford to make the run through the inside left channel to meet it. He gathers it in his stride and flashes a low shot to Krysiak's right. The keeper swoops down to block it with a firm hand. Good save. 8:19PM 22 min He hasn't done anything but the photographers know what picture editors want. More than two-thirds of the photos so far from Husih Park have focused on his nibs, Croesus Sanchez. Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA 8:17PM 20 min McTominay zips the ball around the last third. He looks a busy talent, always available for the short pass and his touches open up a path for Rashford to bullock in from the left with dazzling control until he tries to take on one defender too many and gets it stuck under his feet. Smith stabs it clear. 8:15PM 18 min Lindelof sends Zoko flying with a dumb challenge from behind as Zoko went up to win a header. He just took him out and should have been booked on the first-minute model established by Tierney. 8:14PM 15 min Yeovil free kick when Green is brought down once more as he tries to rampage down the left. McTominay falls asleep and plays the green shirts onside from the set-piece which is again arrowed towards Sowunmi, this time peeling of around the back, but he can only head his attempt tamely into the ground, making it an easy snatch for Romero. 8:12PM 13 min United corner but it could have been better when McTominay squared a header across goal that Yeovil scrambled behind. He was livid that no one ran to meet his intended 'assist' but he should have seen there was no one making the run before he played it. Krysiak strides out to catch Sanchez's corner. Little bit of a size difference between these Man United and Yeovil teams... #MUFC#YTFC#ytfcvmufc#FACuppic.twitter.com/nlNysDDuev— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 26, 2018 8:08PM 11 min Where there's Lindelof there's hope ... for Yeovil who have targeted the right side of United's defence. Green again skins Darmain, gets to the byline and wins a corner from his blocked cross. Yeovil bend it in to the box, swinging it out towards the penalty spot where 6ft 6in Sowunmi meets it but is thwarted by Rojo. 8:05PM 8 min Good chance for Yeovil as they quickly regroup from Romero's clearance. Green plays a one-two with Surridge, turns on the turbo boosters and glides past Lindelof and into the box. His first heavyish trap takes him too close to the touchline and narrows the angle for the shot which he pings at Romero's legs. 8:03PM 7 min And indeed he scuds it into the box for Romero to catch it. 8:03PM 6 min Sanchez is being booed. Perhaps they suspect him of coming from Gloucestershire. Odd. Yeovil have a throw and Dickson prepares to take it long with an elaborate ball-drying routine. 8:01PM 4 min McTominay bundles Smith over after Sanchez switches the play to the right and Yeovil have a free kick that they use to probe around the United box but overplay and United clear up to Rashford. 7:59PM 3 min Always nice to have Martin Keown on co-comms! Lindelof brings the ball out from the back. Surridge presses him quickly and he goes backwards to go forwards. United shift it up to Sanchez who has started wide on the left, whitewash on his boots. 7:58PM 1 min Almost from the off, Zoko chases a ball chipped up the inside left channel and blocks Rojo's clearance. The centre-back's boot connects with the sole of Zoko's boot. He goes down in a heap and Zoko is booked. Looked pretty accidental to me. 7:55PM First up A minute's applause for Jimmy Armfield. Click on the great man's name to read Paul Hayward's magnificent tribute. 7:53PM Alexis Sanchez Walks out last. He's taken the Paul Ince position at the back of the line. Eight people wave green flags in the centre-circle to greet the players. Semaphore. 'Can you see me, Mother?' 7:51PM The United players are in the tunnel Mourinho walks out to take his place on the bench while his side waits for Yeovil's team. Ian Wright Wright Wright thinks United were there first to intimidate the Yeovil players because they'd see all those big names on the shirts. Hmmm. 7:46PM The BBC Has just given Jose Mourinho a bottle of Birthday Brew cider to commemorate his birthday. "I will keep it but I will not drink it," he says. 7:34PM Those teams in black and white Yeovil Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith, Dickson; Green, Wing, Bird, Gray; Zoko, Surridge. Substitutes Connor Smith, Browne, Maddison, Gobern, Whelan, Santos, Fisher. Yeovil Town's Jolly Green Giant welcomes Manchester United to Huish Park Credit: Harry Trump/Getty Images Man Utd Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Carrick; McTominay, Mata, Sanchez; Rashford. Substitutes Joel Pereira, Lukaku, Smalling, Lingard, Young, Matic, Gomes. Referee Paul Tierney (Wigan) 7:03PM And here's how Yeovil line up ⚽️ | Your #YTFC team for tonight's #EmiratesFACup fourth round tie against #MUFC. COYG!�� pic.twitter.com/vLc4qrTqar— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 26, 2018 6:59PM Michael Carrick starts too A welcome return for the club captain after his heart ablation in the autumn. Yeovil Town’s 11 mascots getting their money’s worth: a team talk from Jose Mourinho & now a kickabout with subs Matic, Lingard & Smalling— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 26, 2018 6:57PM And here's the man in question Calls himself a footballer with those headphones? Paul Pogba will have him wearing a pair the size of furry frying pans soon enough. Alexis Sanchez arrives at Huish Park Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 6:55PM Alexis Sanchez is starting How the Reds line up for tonight's @EmiratesFACup clash with Yeovil! It's an #MUFC debut for @Alexis_Sanchez... pic.twitter.com/XB9AmCPdqo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2018 6:52PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of the Alexis Sánchez showFA Cup fourth round tie between Yeovil Town of League Two and Manchester United. After the broadcasters gave United their 13-yearly break from televised Cup ties in the last round, normal service has been resumed for the visit of the 12-time winners to Huish Park where the home side's manager, Darren Way, has identified the route to success: "Put a brick wall up in front of the goal, make sure we’re tactically astute, concentrate." In a revealing interview with Jim White, Way said he hoped it would appease some of the 'grumblier' elements among the support and also indulged in one of the great Manchester United cliches, ruminating on the quality of red wine he was contemplating purchasing for their manager's delectation. For the last 10 years of Sir Alex Ferguson's spell in charge, he managed to turn his managerial colleagues into sommeliers. Here we go again, it seems. Perhaps life in the Travel TavernLowry has prompted Jose Mourinho to develop his palate. And so on to Friday night's Somerset fiesta of football. The only question dominating the airwaves and newsprint is whether Sanchez will be given his debut tonight as a starter or off the bench. One presumes he'll be thrown straight in but one should never underestimate the obtuseness of a football manager when it comes to a midseason signing. They do tend to like to make you wait. We'll let you know if we'll get a sighting of the No7 straight from the kick-off. Variously described as "iconic" and "prestigious", the shirt number Sanchez inherited has been the emblem of a long and distinguished line of United's most cherished players, from Johnny Berry, George Best and Steve Coppell back when it was routinely put on the dressing-room peg of the outside right, to Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who established it as a brand in the era when names started to appear on the back of shirts as a marketing exercise. Here's Alan Tyers' inquisition into the shirt he will wear and what it means. MUFC magnificent sevens Of course it has a symbolic significance but perhaps it has a psychological one, too. Bill Shankly joked his Preston No4 had otherworldly properties, telling his successor in it, Tommy Docherty, "Congratulations. You are now the greatest right-half in the world. Just put the No4 shirt on and let it run round, it knows where to go". We shall see. Join us for coverage of the match and team news when it lands at about 6.55pm.
Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' Of all the places to start his ­Manchester United career, Alexis Sánchez did so in the FA Cup fourth round at Huish Park, where the highest-paid player in Premier League history was kicked up in the air, booed by the locals and ­finally sent home with the sponsors’ man of the match award. A double FA Cup winner, Sánchez knows this competition as well as any Englishman and, given his route to the top from a small town in northern Chile, there is nothing for him to fear at a League Two ­stadium on a chilly January night. Even so, it is clear that the stakes have been raised with his move from Arsenal to United, and he is under greater scrutiny than ever before. He came up with two assists and Darren Way, the Yeovil Town manager, talked in awe of a “world-class performance”. Jose Mourinho substituted his Chilean with around 19 minutes remaining and Sánchez's patience wearing thin with some of the treatment meted out. Mourinho said that a first-half foul on Sánchez by defender Nathan Smith should have been a red card, but he understood why referee Paul Tierney had been so reluctant to do so early in the game. Victory was never in doubt for United, even with a team that had 10 changes from the side that beat Burnley last Saturday, and Yeovil struggled to get close. Marcus Rashford was gifted a goal just before half-time when Thomas James, the Yeovil full-back, simply failed to realise how near the forward was to him and had the ball taken off his toe just yards from his own goal. Sánchez bent an early free kick around the wall Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Michael Carrick was back for his second performance of the season, captain on the night in this his first game since a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm that was diagnosed in November. Luke Shaw was back in the team, and so too the lesser-spotted Victor Lindelof. But this was about Sánchez, the man who is earning around £600,000-a-week, a remarkable salary anywhere in the game, never mind a team 87 places below United in the league pyramid and fighting relegation to the Conference. There seems to be a trend these days to boo the recipient of the big-money move, regardless of whether it has had any effect on one’s own club – just ask Raheem Sterling – and there might be more of this hostility to come for Sánchez. Ander Herrera buries United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Smith’s challenge was after 30 minutes and might well have been a red card and, by the time Sánchez got more of the same in the second half, Mourinho decided it was time to bring him off. By then Sánchez had also generously created Ander Herrera’s goal, United’s second, and taken over free-kick duty. He was booed before the game and was booed when he came off and, when the stadium announcer said Sanchez had been voted man of the match, he was booed for that, too. Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku both scored late in the game with Yeovil stretched and exhausted, and there was a second senior outing for the 17-year-old Angel Gomes. For Way, whose side are 21st in League Two, there are greater concerns ahead, but he was delighted with the experience and his interaction with Mourinho. “We gave it everything,” he said. “We couldn’t have done any more. I just needed Sánchez in my team.” The club is under pressure from fans to make signings to keep their league status and Ryan Seager has joined on loan from Southampton. Lingard, who replaced Sánchez, scythed Yeovil apart to score United's third Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images On Mourinho, Way said: “It’s an absolute honour for me to speak to a manager of that class. He oozes class, and was very humble towards me. He’s done his homework. It wouldn’t surprise me if he knew my children’s names. “To share that moment with him was special. I’ll be interested to ask him what he thought of my team but, by all accounts, he was impressed with what he saw. The guy’s a winner. My players gave everything.” The greatest Yeovil threat came from set-pieces. The enormous centre-half Omar Sowunmi went forward in search of the ball into the area and he forced an early save out of Sergio Romero. There was also the pace of left winger Jordan Green for United to think about when they did not have the ball, which was seldom during a game in which they enjoyed 74 per cent of the possession. For United’s first goal, Rashford had skipped through the middle onto Sánchez's pass but was crowded out and James was in possession when Rashford realised the full-back had forgotten about him. James was idly guiding the ball back to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, unaware of Rashford’s proximity, and the United man nipped back in and tucked a shot into the net. United’s second started with a long ball cleared out from the back by Shaw and gathered by unlikely target man, Juan Mata, whose touch and awareness of space meant he could turn right and pick out Sánchez breaking forward. Lukaku volleys in the late fourth Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It must have crossed the Chilean’s mind to shoot, but he had Rashford and Herrera holding their runs ahead of him and picked the ­latter, who finished neatly. Before at last Sánchez was replaced by Lingard after 71 minutes he was kicked again on his right ankle and spent some time demonstrating his pain on the pitch. It precipitated an aggrieved Sanchez charging towards his own goal to win back possession as Mourinho urged caution and then decided to summon a replacement. Lingard was given too much space down the right to add a third goal. By the time Lukaku added a fourth, a volley from Marcos Rojo’s cross, the dream was over for Yeovil. For Sánchez, it was just beginning and United would have liked what they saw. 9:59PM Here's Jim White on the debutant Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' 9:58PM Jose Mourinho speaks These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct. Even so the attitude is correct but they gave us a hard time in the first half. I could hear Darren on the touchline and knew what he was asking of the players. We were professional and took control. In the second half we were professional and killed the game. Fantastic addition. Like Ander says, everybody is happy that Alexis comes. We have fantastic group of attacking players - he has a bit more of experience and maturity and class. 9:50PM Full time Manchester United are the first team in the fifth round. They didn't play particularly entertainingly in the first half but ground out a supremacy with utmost professionalism and then turned the screw in the second half. Yeovil played well in the first half but quality (and money) told in the end as it almost always does. 9:48PM 90+3 min Terrific cross from Rojo who had no reason to be so far forward and to be the man picked out by Herrera. He fired in a precise cross that Lukaku met on the volley eight yards out and blasted into the net. 9:47PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd (Lukaku) 9:46PM 89 min Open Sesame, Lingard parted Yeovil, gliding diagonally down the inside right channel and spanked a low shot past Krysiak with five men in pursuit but defeated. 9:43PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-3 Man Utd (Lingard) 9:43PM 88 min And he makes an immediate impact, twisting James' blood with a snake-hipped burst from the left. He bounds past the right-back and bends a shot into the side netting. 9:42PM 87 min Marcus Rashford is coming off and on comes United's Angel Gomes in the storied No47 shirt. 9:40PM 85 min McTominay with a rather cynical and illegal block receives a telling off rather than the second booking the crow want and it probably merited. 9:39PM 84 min Conor Smith on for Lewis Wing. That's Yeovil's last sub. Rashford races into the box from the left, Krysiak comes out and dives headlong to try to slap it away. He misses but Rashford, thinking he can round him, doesn't use the opportunity to fall over and the ball scuttles out of play. 9:37PM 82 min Free kick about 30 yards out that James takes, striking it again with his laces to make it go up and down, over the wall and dipping inside the left post. Romero skips across to catch it. 9:35PM 80 min McTominay goes into the book for trying to make up for his wayward pass by sliding into Zoko. His right foot took the ball cleanly but only after his left had taken Zoko's right ankle in a scissor movement. 9:34PM 78 min Mata and Sanchez earlier seemed to be on the same wavelength immediately but so are Rashford and Lingard and they almost find a way through from the left after Rashford's angled shot is saved by Krysiak's right foot but James and Sowunmi do enough to squeeze them out. Rashford demands the ref deem it obstruction but it wasn't and he doesn't. 9:31PM 76 min Dickson beats Darmian with the simplest method of all, pushing it past him and then burning him off. He crosses to the near post, Lindelof wellies it away but not far enough and Yeovil work it out to the right from the knockdown where Surridge takes the opportunity to drill a shot that Romero palms down and holds at the second attempt. 9:29PM 74 min Lingard almost gets round the back. He's playing on the right and Rashford on the left now. Pace to shred a tired defence. 9:28PM 72 min Alexis Sanchez departs. He took three heavy tackles/fouls in the match and Mourinho doubtlessly has seen enough. Lingard comes on. Now Martin Keown may change his tune. Herrera scores United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 9:25PM 71 min McTominay's shot leads to a corner that Rashford and Sanchez work short but can't get into the box. 9:24PM 70 min Yeovil sub: Green off, replaced by Alex Fisher who drove down tonight to complete his loan from Motherwell and arrived an hour and a half before kick-off after hours in the car. 9:23PM 68 min Sanchez is down and holding his left ankle but eventually gets up when the referee doesn't stop play. Mourinho tells him he'll take him off if he wants but he darts back into the fray. Keown is now coating Mourinho for letting De Bruyne and Salah rot when he was at Chelsea but then says 'I'm sure that won't happen with Sanchez.' Err ... yeah. 9:20PM 66 min Lukaku comes on to replace Juan Mata. 9:19PM 64 min Darmian spanks a right foot shot in off the left post and Mata but it's disallowed because Mata was clearly in front of the last defender when he hit it. It was a breathtakingly slick move though, United dinking passes around Yeovil's defenders and storming past them with rapid, unpredictable movement. 9:17PM 62 min United break from a Yeovil corner by playing it up to Mata in the centre circle. He spins his man, Dickson, and raids forward with Sanchez, Rashford and Herrera sprinting ahead. He slips the ball to Sanchez, Rashford spurts into the box, taking a man with him to open the space for Sanchez's reverse pass to Herrera on the left of the box in a seemingly less promising position to Rashford but unmarked. And he takes the ball, stun the pass and hammers a diagonal shot into the opposite corner. 9:15PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-2 Man Utd (Herrera) 9:15PM 60 min Actually that should have been a penalty. He caught Mata before the ball. United kept recycling it and didn't protest but made no better chance. 9:14PM 59 min United fashion a series of openings from the left, the best when Sanchez arcs the ball in for the first time and Mata was about to pirouette and shoot by the penalty spot, Dickson, I think, took the ball away (and then the man). 9:10PM 56 min Yeovil substitution: Bird goes off to be replaced by Browne. Their free-kick, designed to take advantage of United's high line, is over the top and easily snaffled by Romero. 9:09PM 55 min Lindelof takes out Surridge with a hasty leap, barrelling the centre-forward over. That's the second time he's doen that. 9:08PM 53 min United do look vulnerable down their right and Dickson exploits Darmian's lack of pace and ruggedness with vicious outswinging left-foot cross to the back stick where Surridge meets it but can't apply the necessary power or precision. 9:05PM 51 min Rashford skitters through the box from the left, slicing past James and Sowunmi in a horizontal lune before he turns to shoot, lunging at it somewhat and knocking it into Gray's shins and behind for a corner that comes to naught. 9:04PM 50 min To spring the Yeovil two banks of four United try to go down the sides and Mata opens up a run for Darmian with a sublime reverse pass. The full-back gallops to the byline then massively overhits his cross, giving Sanchez no chance. 9:02PM 49 min United in a more pronounced 4-3-3 now, with McTominay the middle of three midfielders as his side hog the ball without much penetration. 9:01PM 48 min Sanchez is whacked on the top of the foot by Sowunmi as he tried to run on to Rashford's flick on. Yellow card and a free-kick about 35 yards out on the left that Yeovil defend well. 9:00PM 46 min Yeovil kick off, lose the ball and Manchester United shift it about from left to right and back again as they shuffle up to halfway in increments of five yards. 8:53PM Martin Keown is as popular on Twitter tonight ... As he was with Leeds ... If Martin Keown is annoying you on commentary, this will make you feel better. pic.twitter.com/bB7Na5RQen— Coral (@Coral) January 26, 2018 He has been caning Sanchez for choosing United over City, for being too greedy, for being ineffective, for losing the ball. 8:43PM Half time Drab performance from Manchester United so far but they scored the goal because good sides exploit mistakes ruthlessly. No doubt it's a difficult pitch, more familiar to Yeovil obviously who could have scored twice through Green and Sowunmi. 8:42PM 44 min Mourinho, who is standing up, is greeted by 'You're just a s--- Guardiola' and Yeovil's favourite chant, which appears to be 'You what? You what? You what? You what? You what?' Jose Mourinho was accused of being a poor version of Pep Guardiola by Yeovil fans Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:41PM 43 min Carrick has a wayward shot. Let's play commentary bingo. Altogether now. 'Carrick. Of all people.' 8:40PM 40 min James has had a fine game so far but he's just gift-wrapped the Cup tie and given it to United. And put a bow on. Rashford stroked a 10-yard pass from right to centre for Sancjez and kept running. Sanchez dinked the return into the box and into Rashford's stride. But James read his run, muscled in front of him and then tried to shepherd the ball back to the keeper, unaware that Rashford was still on his shoulder. As he hesitated to wait for the goalie to come and gather - it was too far out - Rashford stole round and lashed his shot into the net. Marcus Rashford exploits Yeovil's 'After you, Claude' moment Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:36PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford) 8:36PM 40 min Predicatable cries of 'What a waste of money' greet Sanchez for the umpteenth time when he shanks a shot way wide from 18 yards. 8:35PM 37 min Yeovil free kick right of centre, 25 yards out after Carrick bundles into Bird. James take sit and smashes a shot towards the left post. Ronero is well positioned and slaps it away but United can't clear properly until the fourth attempt as Yeovil keep pinging it back into the box. It's the kind of save that is pretty effective but one that English pundits deride ... as Martin Keown immediately does. 8:33PM 35 min Good cross from Sanchez on the left to Rashford at the back post but he can't get there and Yeovil lash it upfield. 8:31PM 34 min Herrera latches on to a loose ball 30 yards out and flays a shocking shot into oribit. Dreadful. 8:29PM 33 min Sanchez does that thing that he did at Arsenal when he succumbed to Messiah Complex and tried to do it all by himself. He hung on to the ball too long and then, when his team-mates had trotted too far expecting a pass, bludgeoned a pass into touch. 8:28PM 31 min A well-populated wall stands just inside the 18-yard line. Sanchez aims for the bottom right corner, bends it around the wall but telegraphed it with his body shape enough for Krysiak to get down swiftly and catch it. Sanchez takes the free kick Credit: AFP/Getty Images 8:26PM 30 min A rotten challenge from Smith, the Jamaica defender, scythes down Sanchez 25 yards out dead centre. Yellow card and Sanchez is unruffled enough to take the free kick. 8:25PM 28 min Wing, the lad on loan from Boro, plays a neat pass between Lindelof and Rojo looking for Surridge's run but he can't get round the back quickly enough. 8:24PM 26 min Sanchez and Mata link up nicely through the middle, gamboling like Baggio and Del Piero in 1994-95 on the rare occasions they were fielded together for Juve. Tom James, the right-back, diligently sticks to Mata and after some hypnotising footwork, he does not fall under their spell and whips the ball away. 8:22PM 24 min Quick feet from Sanchez creates an opening for Rashford to make the run through the inside left channel to meet it. He gathers it in his stride and flashes a low shot to Krysiak's right. The keeper swoops down to block it with a firm hand. Good save. 8:19PM 22 min He hasn't done anything but the photographers know what picture editors want. More than two-thirds of the photos so far from Husih Park have focused on his nibs, Croesus Sanchez. Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA 8:17PM 20 min McTominay zips the ball around the last third. He looks a busy talent, always available for the short pass and his touches open up a path for Rashford to bullock in from the left with dazzling control until he tries to take on one defender too many and gets it stuck under his feet. Smith stabs it clear. 8:15PM 18 min Lindelof sends Zoko flying with a dumb challenge from behind as Zoko went up to win a header. He just took him out and should have been booked on the first-minute model established by Tierney. 8:14PM 15 min Yeovil free kick when Green is brought down once more as he tries to rampage down the left. McTominay falls asleep and plays the green shirts onside from the set-piece which is again arrowed towards Sowunmi, this time peeling of around the back, but he can only head his attempt tamely into the ground, making it an easy snatch for Romero. 8:12PM 13 min United corner but it could have been better when McTominay squared a header across goal that Yeovil scrambled behind. He was livid that no one ran to meet his intended 'assist' but he should have seen there was no one making the run before he played it. Krysiak strides out to catch Sanchez's corner. Little bit of a size difference between these Man United and Yeovil teams... #MUFC#YTFC#ytfcvmufc#FACuppic.twitter.com/nlNysDDuev— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 26, 2018 8:08PM 11 min Where there's Lindelof there's hope ... for Yeovil who have targeted the right side of United's defence. Green again skins Darmain, gets to the byline and wins a corner from his blocked cross. Yeovil bend it in to the box, swinging it out towards the penalty spot where 6ft 6in Sowunmi meets it but is thwarted by Rojo. 8:05PM 8 min Good chance for Yeovil as they quickly regroup from Romero's clearance. Green plays a one-two with Surridge, turns on the turbo boosters and glides past Lindelof and into the box. His first heavyish trap takes him too close to the touchline and narrows the angle for the shot which he pings at Romero's legs. 8:03PM 7 min And indeed he scuds it into the box for Romero to catch it. 8:03PM 6 min Sanchez is being booed. Perhaps they suspect him of coming from Gloucestershire. Odd. Yeovil have a throw and Dickson prepares to take it long with an elaborate ball-drying routine. 8:01PM 4 min McTominay bundles Smith over after Sanchez switches the play to the right and Yeovil have a free kick that they use to probe around the United box but overplay and United clear up to Rashford. 7:59PM 3 min Always nice to have Martin Keown on co-comms! Lindelof brings the ball out from the back. Surridge presses him quickly and he goes backwards to go forwards. United shift it up to Sanchez who has started wide on the left, whitewash on his boots. 7:58PM 1 min Almost from the off, Zoko chases a ball chipped up the inside left channel and blocks Rojo's clearance. The centre-back's boot connects with the sole of Zoko's boot. He goes down in a heap and Zoko is booked. Looked pretty accidental to me. 7:55PM First up A minute's applause for Jimmy Armfield. Click on the great man's name to read Paul Hayward's magnificent tribute. 7:53PM Alexis Sanchez Walks out last. He's taken the Paul Ince position at the back of the line. Eight people wave green flags in the centre-circle to greet the players. Semaphore. 'Can you see me, Mother?' 7:51PM The United players are in the tunnel Mourinho walks out to take his place on the bench while his side waits for Yeovil's team. Ian Wright Wright Wright thinks United were there first to intimidate the Yeovil players because they'd see all those big names on the shirts. Hmmm. 7:46PM The BBC Has just given Jose Mourinho a bottle of Birthday Brew cider to commemorate his birthday. "I will keep it but I will not drink it," he says. 7:34PM Those teams in black and white Yeovil Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith, Dickson; Green, Wing, Bird, Gray; Zoko, Surridge. Substitutes Connor Smith, Browne, Maddison, Gobern, Whelan, Santos, Fisher. Yeovil Town's Jolly Green Giant welcomes Manchester United to Huish Park Credit: Harry Trump/Getty Images Man Utd Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Carrick; McTominay, Mata, Sanchez; Rashford. Substitutes Joel Pereira, Lukaku, Smalling, Lingard, Young, Matic, Gomes. Referee Paul Tierney (Wigan) 7:03PM And here's how Yeovil line up ⚽️ | Your #YTFC team for tonight's #EmiratesFACup fourth round tie against #MUFC. COYG!�� pic.twitter.com/vLc4qrTqar— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 26, 2018 6:59PM Michael Carrick starts too A welcome return for the club captain after his heart ablation in the autumn. Yeovil Town’s 11 mascots getting their money’s worth: a team talk from Jose Mourinho & now a kickabout with subs Matic, Lingard & Smalling— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 26, 2018 6:57PM And here's the man in question Calls himself a footballer with those headphones? Paul Pogba will have him wearing a pair the size of furry frying pans soon enough. Alexis Sanchez arrives at Huish Park Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 6:55PM Alexis Sanchez is starting How the Reds line up for tonight's @EmiratesFACup clash with Yeovil! It's an #MUFC debut for @Alexis_Sanchez... pic.twitter.com/XB9AmCPdqo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2018 6:52PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of the Alexis Sánchez showFA Cup fourth round tie between Yeovil Town of League Two and Manchester United. After the broadcasters gave United their 13-yearly break from televised Cup ties in the last round, normal service has been resumed for the visit of the 12-time winners to Huish Park where the home side's manager, Darren Way, has identified the route to success: "Put a brick wall up in front of the goal, make sure we’re tactically astute, concentrate." In a revealing interview with Jim White, Way said he hoped it would appease some of the 'grumblier' elements among the support and also indulged in one of the great Manchester United cliches, ruminating on the quality of red wine he was contemplating purchasing for their manager's delectation. For the last 10 years of Sir Alex Ferguson's spell in charge, he managed to turn his managerial colleagues into sommeliers. Here we go again, it seems. Perhaps life in the Travel TavernLowry has prompted Jose Mourinho to develop his palate. And so on to Friday night's Somerset fiesta of football. The only question dominating the airwaves and newsprint is whether Sanchez will be given his debut tonight as a starter or off the bench. One presumes he'll be thrown straight in but one should never underestimate the obtuseness of a football manager when it comes to a midseason signing. They do tend to like to make you wait. We'll let you know if we'll get a sighting of the No7 straight from the kick-off. Variously described as "iconic" and "prestigious", the shirt number Sanchez inherited has been the emblem of a long and distinguished line of United's most cherished players, from Johnny Berry, George Best and Steve Coppell back when it was routinely put on the dressing-room peg of the outside right, to Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who established it as a brand in the era when names started to appear on the back of shirts as a marketing exercise. Here's Alan Tyers' inquisition into the shirt he will wear and what it means. MUFC magnificent sevens Of course it has a symbolic significance but perhaps it has a psychological one, too. Bill Shankly joked his Preston No4 had otherworldly properties, telling his successor in it, Tommy Docherty, "Congratulations. You are now the greatest right-half in the world. Just put the No4 shirt on and let it run round, it knows where to go". We shall see. Join us for coverage of the match and team news when it lands at about 6.55pm.
Yeovil Town 0 Manchester United 4: Alexis Sanchez era begins with second half romp
Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' Of all the places to start his ­Manchester United career, Alexis Sánchez did so in the FA Cup fourth round at Huish Park, where the highest-paid player in Premier League history was kicked up in the air, booed by the locals and ­finally sent home with the sponsors’ man of the match award. A double FA Cup winner, Sánchez knows this competition as well as any Englishman and, given his route to the top from a small town in northern Chile, there is nothing for him to fear at a League Two ­stadium on a chilly January night. Even so, it is clear that the stakes have been raised with his move from Arsenal to United, and he is under greater scrutiny than ever before. He came up with two assists and Darren Way, the Yeovil Town manager, talked in awe of a “world-class performance”. Jose Mourinho substituted his Chilean with around 19 minutes remaining and Sánchez's patience wearing thin with some of the treatment meted out. Mourinho said that a first-half foul on Sánchez by defender Nathan Smith should have been a red card, but he understood why referee Paul Tierney had been so reluctant to do so early in the game. Victory was never in doubt for United, even with a team that had 10 changes from the side that beat Burnley last Saturday, and Yeovil struggled to get close. Marcus Rashford was gifted a goal just before half-time when Thomas James, the Yeovil full-back, simply failed to realise how near the forward was to him and had the ball taken off his toe just yards from his own goal. Sánchez bent an early free kick around the wall Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Michael Carrick was back for his second performance of the season, captain on the night in this his first game since a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm that was diagnosed in November. Luke Shaw was back in the team, and so too the lesser-spotted Victor Lindelof. But this was about Sánchez, the man who is earning around £600,000-a-week, a remarkable salary anywhere in the game, never mind a team 87 places below United in the league pyramid and fighting relegation to the Conference. There seems to be a trend these days to boo the recipient of the big-money move, regardless of whether it has had any effect on one’s own club – just ask Raheem Sterling – and there might be more of this hostility to come for Sánchez. Ander Herrera buries United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Smith’s challenge was after 30 minutes and might well have been a red card and, by the time Sánchez got more of the same in the second half, Mourinho decided it was time to bring him off. By then Sánchez had also generously created Ander Herrera’s goal, United’s second, and taken over free-kick duty. He was booed before the game and was booed when he came off and, when the stadium announcer said Sanchez had been voted man of the match, he was booed for that, too. Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku both scored late in the game with Yeovil stretched and exhausted, and there was a second senior outing for the 17-year-old Angel Gomes. For Way, whose side are 21st in League Two, there are greater concerns ahead, but he was delighted with the experience and his interaction with Mourinho. “We gave it everything,” he said. “We couldn’t have done any more. I just needed Sánchez in my team.” The club is under pressure from fans to make signings to keep their league status and Ryan Seager has joined on loan from Southampton. Lingard, who replaced Sánchez, scythed Yeovil apart to score United's third Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images On Mourinho, Way said: “It’s an absolute honour for me to speak to a manager of that class. He oozes class, and was very humble towards me. He’s done his homework. It wouldn’t surprise me if he knew my children’s names. “To share that moment with him was special. I’ll be interested to ask him what he thought of my team but, by all accounts, he was impressed with what he saw. The guy’s a winner. My players gave everything.” The greatest Yeovil threat came from set-pieces. The enormous centre-half Omar Sowunmi went forward in search of the ball into the area and he forced an early save out of Sergio Romero. There was also the pace of left winger Jordan Green for United to think about when they did not have the ball, which was seldom during a game in which they enjoyed 74 per cent of the possession. For United’s first goal, Rashford had skipped through the middle onto Sánchez's pass but was crowded out and James was in possession when Rashford realised the full-back had forgotten about him. James was idly guiding the ball back to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, unaware of Rashford’s proximity, and the United man nipped back in and tucked a shot into the net. United’s second started with a long ball cleared out from the back by Shaw and gathered by unlikely target man, Juan Mata, whose touch and awareness of space meant he could turn right and pick out Sánchez breaking forward. Lukaku volleys in the late fourth Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It must have crossed the Chilean’s mind to shoot, but he had Rashford and Herrera holding their runs ahead of him and picked the ­latter, who finished neatly. Before at last Sánchez was replaced by Lingard after 71 minutes he was kicked again on his right ankle and spent some time demonstrating his pain on the pitch. It precipitated an aggrieved Sanchez charging towards his own goal to win back possession as Mourinho urged caution and then decided to summon a replacement. Lingard was given too much space down the right to add a third goal. By the time Lukaku added a fourth, a volley from Marcos Rojo’s cross, the dream was over for Yeovil. For Sánchez, it was just beginning and United would have liked what they saw. 9:59PM Here's Jim White on the debutant Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' 9:58PM Jose Mourinho speaks These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct. Even so the attitude is correct but they gave us a hard time in the first half. I could hear Darren on the touchline and knew what he was asking of the players. We were professional and took control. In the second half we were professional and killed the game. Fantastic addition. Like Ander says, everybody is happy that Alexis comes. We have fantastic group of attacking players - he has a bit more of experience and maturity and class. 9:50PM Full time Manchester United are the first team in the fifth round. They didn't play particularly entertainingly in the first half but ground out a supremacy with utmost professionalism and then turned the screw in the second half. Yeovil played well in the first half but quality (and money) told in the end as it almost always does. 9:48PM 90+3 min Terrific cross from Rojo who had no reason to be so far forward and to be the man picked out by Herrera. He fired in a precise cross that Lukaku met on the volley eight yards out and blasted into the net. 9:47PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd (Lukaku) 9:46PM 89 min Open Sesame, Lingard parted Yeovil, gliding diagonally down the inside right channel and spanked a low shot past Krysiak with five men in pursuit but defeated. 9:43PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-3 Man Utd (Lingard) 9:43PM 88 min And he makes an immediate impact, twisting James' blood with a snake-hipped burst from the left. He bounds past the right-back and bends a shot into the side netting. 9:42PM 87 min Marcus Rashford is coming off and on comes United's Angel Gomes in the storied No47 shirt. 9:40PM 85 min McTominay with a rather cynical and illegal block receives a telling off rather than the second booking the crow want and it probably merited. 9:39PM 84 min Conor Smith on for Lewis Wing. That's Yeovil's last sub. Rashford races into the box from the left, Krysiak comes out and dives headlong to try to slap it away. He misses but Rashford, thinking he can round him, doesn't use the opportunity to fall over and the ball scuttles out of play. 9:37PM 82 min Free kick about 30 yards out that James takes, striking it again with his laces to make it go up and down, over the wall and dipping inside the left post. Romero skips across to catch it. 9:35PM 80 min McTominay goes into the book for trying to make up for his wayward pass by sliding into Zoko. His right foot took the ball cleanly but only after his left had taken Zoko's right ankle in a scissor movement. 9:34PM 78 min Mata and Sanchez earlier seemed to be on the same wavelength immediately but so are Rashford and Lingard and they almost find a way through from the left after Rashford's angled shot is saved by Krysiak's right foot but James and Sowunmi do enough to squeeze them out. Rashford demands the ref deem it obstruction but it wasn't and he doesn't. 9:31PM 76 min Dickson beats Darmian with the simplest method of all, pushing it past him and then burning him off. He crosses to the near post, Lindelof wellies it away but not far enough and Yeovil work it out to the right from the knockdown where Surridge takes the opportunity to drill a shot that Romero palms down and holds at the second attempt. 9:29PM 74 min Lingard almost gets round the back. He's playing on the right and Rashford on the left now. Pace to shred a tired defence. 9:28PM 72 min Alexis Sanchez departs. He took three heavy tackles/fouls in the match and Mourinho doubtlessly has seen enough. Lingard comes on. Now Martin Keown may change his tune. Herrera scores United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 9:25PM 71 min McTominay's shot leads to a corner that Rashford and Sanchez work short but can't get into the box. 9:24PM 70 min Yeovil sub: Green off, replaced by Alex Fisher who drove down tonight to complete his loan from Motherwell and arrived an hour and a half before kick-off after hours in the car. 9:23PM 68 min Sanchez is down and holding his left ankle but eventually gets up when the referee doesn't stop play. Mourinho tells him he'll take him off if he wants but he darts back into the fray. Keown is now coating Mourinho for letting De Bruyne and Salah rot when he was at Chelsea but then says 'I'm sure that won't happen with Sanchez.' Err ... yeah. 9:20PM 66 min Lukaku comes on to replace Juan Mata. 9:19PM 64 min Darmian spanks a right foot shot in off the left post and Mata but it's disallowed because Mata was clearly in front of the last defender when he hit it. It was a breathtakingly slick move though, United dinking passes around Yeovil's defenders and storming past them with rapid, unpredictable movement. 9:17PM 62 min United break from a Yeovil corner by playing it up to Mata in the centre circle. He spins his man, Dickson, and raids forward with Sanchez, Rashford and Herrera sprinting ahead. He slips the ball to Sanchez, Rashford spurts into the box, taking a man with him to open the space for Sanchez's reverse pass to Herrera on the left of the box in a seemingly less promising position to Rashford but unmarked. And he takes the ball, stun the pass and hammers a diagonal shot into the opposite corner. 9:15PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-2 Man Utd (Herrera) 9:15PM 60 min Actually that should have been a penalty. He caught Mata before the ball. United kept recycling it and didn't protest but made no better chance. 9:14PM 59 min United fashion a series of openings from the left, the best when Sanchez arcs the ball in for the first time and Mata was about to pirouette and shoot by the penalty spot, Dickson, I think, took the ball away (and then the man). 9:10PM 56 min Yeovil substitution: Bird goes off to be replaced by Browne. Their free-kick, designed to take advantage of United's high line, is over the top and easily snaffled by Romero. 9:09PM 55 min Lindelof takes out Surridge with a hasty leap, barrelling the centre-forward over. That's the second time he's doen that. 9:08PM 53 min United do look vulnerable down their right and Dickson exploits Darmian's lack of pace and ruggedness with vicious outswinging left-foot cross to the back stick where Surridge meets it but can't apply the necessary power or precision. 9:05PM 51 min Rashford skitters through the box from the left, slicing past James and Sowunmi in a horizontal lune before he turns to shoot, lunging at it somewhat and knocking it into Gray's shins and behind for a corner that comes to naught. 9:04PM 50 min To spring the Yeovil two banks of four United try to go down the sides and Mata opens up a run for Darmian with a sublime reverse pass. The full-back gallops to the byline then massively overhits his cross, giving Sanchez no chance. 9:02PM 49 min United in a more pronounced 4-3-3 now, with McTominay the middle of three midfielders as his side hog the ball without much penetration. 9:01PM 48 min Sanchez is whacked on the top of the foot by Sowunmi as he tried to run on to Rashford's flick on. Yellow card and a free-kick about 35 yards out on the left that Yeovil defend well. 9:00PM 46 min Yeovil kick off, lose the ball and Manchester United shift it about from left to right and back again as they shuffle up to halfway in increments of five yards. 8:53PM Martin Keown is as popular on Twitter tonight ... As he was with Leeds ... If Martin Keown is annoying you on commentary, this will make you feel better. pic.twitter.com/bB7Na5RQen— Coral (@Coral) January 26, 2018 He has been caning Sanchez for choosing United over City, for being too greedy, for being ineffective, for losing the ball. 8:43PM Half time Drab performance from Manchester United so far but they scored the goal because good sides exploit mistakes ruthlessly. No doubt it's a difficult pitch, more familiar to Yeovil obviously who could have scored twice through Green and Sowunmi. 8:42PM 44 min Mourinho, who is standing up, is greeted by 'You're just a s--- Guardiola' and Yeovil's favourite chant, which appears to be 'You what? You what? You what? You what? You what?' Jose Mourinho was accused of being a poor version of Pep Guardiola by Yeovil fans Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:41PM 43 min Carrick has a wayward shot. Let's play commentary bingo. Altogether now. 'Carrick. Of all people.' 8:40PM 40 min James has had a fine game so far but he's just gift-wrapped the Cup tie and given it to United. And put a bow on. Rashford stroked a 10-yard pass from right to centre for Sancjez and kept running. Sanchez dinked the return into the box and into Rashford's stride. But James read his run, muscled in front of him and then tried to shepherd the ball back to the keeper, unaware that Rashford was still on his shoulder. As he hesitated to wait for the goalie to come and gather - it was too far out - Rashford stole round and lashed his shot into the net. Marcus Rashford exploits Yeovil's 'After you, Claude' moment Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:36PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford) 8:36PM 40 min Predicatable cries of 'What a waste of money' greet Sanchez for the umpteenth time when he shanks a shot way wide from 18 yards. 8:35PM 37 min Yeovil free kick right of centre, 25 yards out after Carrick bundles into Bird. James take sit and smashes a shot towards the left post. Ronero is well positioned and slaps it away but United can't clear properly until the fourth attempt as Yeovil keep pinging it back into the box. It's the kind of save that is pretty effective but one that English pundits deride ... as Martin Keown immediately does. 8:33PM 35 min Good cross from Sanchez on the left to Rashford at the back post but he can't get there and Yeovil lash it upfield. 8:31PM 34 min Herrera latches on to a loose ball 30 yards out and flays a shocking shot into oribit. Dreadful. 8:29PM 33 min Sanchez does that thing that he did at Arsenal when he succumbed to Messiah Complex and tried to do it all by himself. He hung on to the ball too long and then, when his team-mates had trotted too far expecting a pass, bludgeoned a pass into touch. 8:28PM 31 min A well-populated wall stands just inside the 18-yard line. Sanchez aims for the bottom right corner, bends it around the wall but telegraphed it with his body shape enough for Krysiak to get down swiftly and catch it. Sanchez takes the free kick Credit: AFP/Getty Images 8:26PM 30 min A rotten challenge from Smith, the Jamaica defender, scythes down Sanchez 25 yards out dead centre. Yellow card and Sanchez is unruffled enough to take the free kick. 8:25PM 28 min Wing, the lad on loan from Boro, plays a neat pass between Lindelof and Rojo looking for Surridge's run but he can't get round the back quickly enough. 8:24PM 26 min Sanchez and Mata link up nicely through the middle, gamboling like Baggio and Del Piero in 1994-95 on the rare occasions they were fielded together for Juve. Tom James, the right-back, diligently sticks to Mata and after some hypnotising footwork, he does not fall under their spell and whips the ball away. 8:22PM 24 min Quick feet from Sanchez creates an opening for Rashford to make the run through the inside left channel to meet it. He gathers it in his stride and flashes a low shot to Krysiak's right. The keeper swoops down to block it with a firm hand. Good save. 8:19PM 22 min He hasn't done anything but the photographers know what picture editors want. More than two-thirds of the photos so far from Husih Park have focused on his nibs, Croesus Sanchez. Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA 8:17PM 20 min McTominay zips the ball around the last third. He looks a busy talent, always available for the short pass and his touches open up a path for Rashford to bullock in from the left with dazzling control until he tries to take on one defender too many and gets it stuck under his feet. Smith stabs it clear. 8:15PM 18 min Lindelof sends Zoko flying with a dumb challenge from behind as Zoko went up to win a header. He just took him out and should have been booked on the first-minute model established by Tierney. 8:14PM 15 min Yeovil free kick when Green is brought down once more as he tries to rampage down the left. McTominay falls asleep and plays the green shirts onside from the set-piece which is again arrowed towards Sowunmi, this time peeling of around the back, but he can only head his attempt tamely into the ground, making it an easy snatch for Romero. 8:12PM 13 min United corner but it could have been better when McTominay squared a header across goal that Yeovil scrambled behind. He was livid that no one ran to meet his intended 'assist' but he should have seen there was no one making the run before he played it. Krysiak strides out to catch Sanchez's corner. Little bit of a size difference between these Man United and Yeovil teams... #MUFC#YTFC#ytfcvmufc#FACuppic.twitter.com/nlNysDDuev— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 26, 2018 8:08PM 11 min Where there's Lindelof there's hope ... for Yeovil who have targeted the right side of United's defence. Green again skins Darmain, gets to the byline and wins a corner from his blocked cross. Yeovil bend it in to the box, swinging it out towards the penalty spot where 6ft 6in Sowunmi meets it but is thwarted by Rojo. 8:05PM 8 min Good chance for Yeovil as they quickly regroup from Romero's clearance. Green plays a one-two with Surridge, turns on the turbo boosters and glides past Lindelof and into the box. His first heavyish trap takes him too close to the touchline and narrows the angle for the shot which he pings at Romero's legs. 8:03PM 7 min And indeed he scuds it into the box for Romero to catch it. 8:03PM 6 min Sanchez is being booed. Perhaps they suspect him of coming from Gloucestershire. Odd. Yeovil have a throw and Dickson prepares to take it long with an elaborate ball-drying routine. 8:01PM 4 min McTominay bundles Smith over after Sanchez switches the play to the right and Yeovil have a free kick that they use to probe around the United box but overplay and United clear up to Rashford. 7:59PM 3 min Always nice to have Martin Keown on co-comms! Lindelof brings the ball out from the back. Surridge presses him quickly and he goes backwards to go forwards. United shift it up to Sanchez who has started wide on the left, whitewash on his boots. 7:58PM 1 min Almost from the off, Zoko chases a ball chipped up the inside left channel and blocks Rojo's clearance. The centre-back's boot connects with the sole of Zoko's boot. He goes down in a heap and Zoko is booked. Looked pretty accidental to me. 7:55PM First up A minute's applause for Jimmy Armfield. Click on the great man's name to read Paul Hayward's magnificent tribute. 7:53PM Alexis Sanchez Walks out last. He's taken the Paul Ince position at the back of the line. Eight people wave green flags in the centre-circle to greet the players. Semaphore. 'Can you see me, Mother?' 7:51PM The United players are in the tunnel Mourinho walks out to take his place on the bench while his side waits for Yeovil's team. Ian Wright Wright Wright thinks United were there first to intimidate the Yeovil players because they'd see all those big names on the shirts. Hmmm. 7:46PM The BBC Has just given Jose Mourinho a bottle of Birthday Brew cider to commemorate his birthday. "I will keep it but I will not drink it," he says. 7:34PM Those teams in black and white Yeovil Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith, Dickson; Green, Wing, Bird, Gray; Zoko, Surridge. Substitutes Connor Smith, Browne, Maddison, Gobern, Whelan, Santos, Fisher. Yeovil Town's Jolly Green Giant welcomes Manchester United to Huish Park Credit: Harry Trump/Getty Images Man Utd Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Carrick; McTominay, Mata, Sanchez; Rashford. Substitutes Joel Pereira, Lukaku, Smalling, Lingard, Young, Matic, Gomes. Referee Paul Tierney (Wigan) 7:03PM And here's how Yeovil line up ⚽️ | Your #YTFC team for tonight's #EmiratesFACup fourth round tie against #MUFC. COYG!�� pic.twitter.com/vLc4qrTqar— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 26, 2018 6:59PM Michael Carrick starts too A welcome return for the club captain after his heart ablation in the autumn. Yeovil Town’s 11 mascots getting their money’s worth: a team talk from Jose Mourinho & now a kickabout with subs Matic, Lingard & Smalling— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 26, 2018 6:57PM And here's the man in question Calls himself a footballer with those headphones? Paul Pogba will have him wearing a pair the size of furry frying pans soon enough. Alexis Sanchez arrives at Huish Park Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 6:55PM Alexis Sanchez is starting How the Reds line up for tonight's @EmiratesFACup clash with Yeovil! It's an #MUFC debut for @Alexis_Sanchez... pic.twitter.com/XB9AmCPdqo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2018 6:52PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of the Alexis Sánchez showFA Cup fourth round tie between Yeovil Town of League Two and Manchester United. After the broadcasters gave United their 13-yearly break from televised Cup ties in the last round, normal service has been resumed for the visit of the 12-time winners to Huish Park where the home side's manager, Darren Way, has identified the route to success: "Put a brick wall up in front of the goal, make sure we’re tactically astute, concentrate." In a revealing interview with Jim White, Way said he hoped it would appease some of the 'grumblier' elements among the support and also indulged in one of the great Manchester United cliches, ruminating on the quality of red wine he was contemplating purchasing for their manager's delectation. For the last 10 years of Sir Alex Ferguson's spell in charge, he managed to turn his managerial colleagues into sommeliers. Here we go again, it seems. Perhaps life in the Travel TavernLowry has prompted Jose Mourinho to develop his palate. And so on to Friday night's Somerset fiesta of football. The only question dominating the airwaves and newsprint is whether Sanchez will be given his debut tonight as a starter or off the bench. One presumes he'll be thrown straight in but one should never underestimate the obtuseness of a football manager when it comes to a midseason signing. They do tend to like to make you wait. We'll let you know if we'll get a sighting of the No7 straight from the kick-off. Variously described as "iconic" and "prestigious", the shirt number Sanchez inherited has been the emblem of a long and distinguished line of United's most cherished players, from Johnny Berry, George Best and Steve Coppell back when it was routinely put on the dressing-room peg of the outside right, to Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who established it as a brand in the era when names started to appear on the back of shirts as a marketing exercise. Here's Alan Tyers' inquisition into the shirt he will wear and what it means. MUFC magnificent sevens Of course it has a symbolic significance but perhaps it has a psychological one, too. Bill Shankly joked his Preston No4 had otherworldly properties, telling his successor in it, Tommy Docherty, "Congratulations. You are now the greatest right-half in the world. Just put the No4 shirt on and let it run round, it knows where to go". We shall see. Join us for coverage of the match and team news when it lands at about 6.55pm.
Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' The Alexis Sánchez era began at Manchester United with victory at Huish Park in the FA Cup fourth round where the locals told him in no uncertain terms just what a waste of money they considered him before voting the English game’s best-paid player the man of the match. A bit early for any definitive verdict, but there were two assists for Sánchez in a solid B-string performance against Yeovil Town, currently placed 87 places below United in the pyramid. Jose Mourinho’s team went through to the fifth round without any fuss while Sánchez was kicked on more than one occasion, generous in creating Ander Herrera’s goal, United’s second, and came off on 71 minutes without calamity or injury. It seems that Mourinho views him as a left-sided attacking player in much the same way as he was at Arsenal, and that was where he started with a few switches during the course of the game in which United finally took the lead before half-time through Marcus Rashford. At Yeovil, where there are fears of a fall back into non-League this season, Sánchez, the highest paid player in the Premier League, was an exotic curiosity. It is not as if English football and all its strange rites is anything new to Sánchez who has won two FA Cups himself and has nothing to fear from the English lower leagues given his own tough route to the top from his hometown in north Chile. There was a risk for Mourinho in throwing him into a largely second-choice side but United never looked in any trouble against a Yeovil side who barely got close to the away side’s goal save for set-pieces. By the end, Mourinho had sent on the 17-year-old Angel Gomes as a substitute for Rashford and not long after he almost scored, before finally Jesse Lingard, anther substitute was given the time and space to score the third and Romelu Lukaku the fourth. Sanchez bent an early free kick around the wall Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs There were 10 changes from the United side that beat Burnley on Saturday and just Juan Mata from that XI was among the side that took to the pitch at Huish Park, not quite the tumultuous FA Cup cauldron of folklore but by no means an easy ride for the visitors. That was evident from the very few first few minutes when Francois Zoko picked up a booking for a foul on Marcos Rojo before every one of his team-mates had even managed a touch of the ball. The Yeovil manager Darren Way had selected a two-man attack of Zoko and Sam Surridge to keep busy the defensive partnership of Rojo and Victor Lindelof although one would be hard-pushed to say that they were much discomfited before the break. Ander Herrera celebrates scoring Manchester United's second after being set up by the debutant Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA The greatest Yeovil threat was at set-pieces when the enormous centre-half Omar Sowunmi came forward in search of the ball into the area and he forced a save out of Sergio Romero early on without ever threatening again before half-time. There was also the pace of left winger Jordan Green for United to think about when they did not have the ball, which was seldom during a first half of 73 per cent possession. As captain, it was just Michael Carrick’s second game of the season and he started in a midfield three with Ander Herrera and Scott McTominay. That left Sánchez cutting in on that famous right foot from the left side and in the early stages he seemed over-anxious to make an impact. There was a wayward pass that turned over possession to Yeovil and another that went straight into the stand, the source of much delight to the home fans. Lingard, who replaced Sanchez, scythed Yeovil apart to score United's third Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images The new signing took precedence for free-kick duties in the first half and it was also him who created the goal for Rashford, or at least it was Sánchez who started the move off. The young Englishman had skipped through the middle onto Sánchez’s pass but was crowded out and Thomas James was in possession when Rashford realised the Yeovil full-back had forgotten about him. James was idly guiding the ball back to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, unaware of Rashford’s proximity, and the United man nipped back in and tucked a shot into the net. The softest of goals for Yeovil to concede after a decent first half of hard graft during which United’s team had struggled to come together to overwhelm their opposition. The team placed 21st in League Two had largely been able to cope with an opponent that had very little width and rarely released the pace of Rashford before the break. Sánchez was generally well-marked and the home side had been drilled on his favourite move inside on his right foot. Lukaku volleys in the late fourth Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs They had forced a save from Romero early on – that was Green’s shot – but the challenge now was to score a goal that would keep them in the Cup and take them back to Old Trafford. Way’s team just did not see enough of the ball and when they did win it the home team were so far away from goal that United held them at arm’s length with some ease. It was hard work chasing down the Premier League side and when eventually United did create a chance the second goal was taken beautifully. It started with a long ball cleared out from the back by Luke Shaw and gathered by an unlikely target-man, Mata, whose touch and awareness of space meant that he could turn right and pick out Sanchez breaking forward into the Yeovil half. It must have crossed the Chilean’s mind to have a shot himself in front of the away end but he had Rashford and Herrera holding their runs ahead of him and picked the latter who finished neatly across goalkeeper Krysiak. Before at last Sánchez was replaced by Lingard on 71 minutes he was kicked on his right ankle and spent some time demonstrating his pain on the pitch while his new team-mates carried on building their attack regardless. It precipitated an aggrieved Sánchez charge towards his own goal to win back possession as Mourinho urged caution and then later decided to summon a replacement. Gomes, Romelu Lukaku and Lingard had all come by the end when Lingard was given too much space by Yeovil to add a third goal. By the time Lukaku added a fourth the dream was over for the home team – although it would be hard to say they were ever close. 9:59PM Here's Jim White on the debutant Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' 9:58PM Jose Mourinho speaks These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct. Even so the attitude is correct but they gave us a hard time in the first half. I could hear Darren on the touchline and knew what he was asking of the players. We were professional and took control. In the second half we were professional and killed the game. Fantastic addition. Like Ander says, everybody is happy that Alexis comes. We have fantastic group of attacking players - he has a bit more of experience and maturity and class. 9:50PM Full time Manchester United are the first team in the fifth round. They didn't play particularly entertainingly in the first half but ground out a supremacy with utmost professionalism and then turned the screw in the second half. Yeovil played well in the first half but quality (and money) told in the end as it almost always does. 9:48PM 90+3 min Terrific cross from Rojo who had no reason to be so far forward and to be the man picked out by Herrera. He fired in a precise cross that Lukaku met on the volley eight yards out and blasted into the net. 9:47PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd (Lukaku) 9:46PM 89 min Open Sesame, Lingard parted Yeovil, gliding diagonally down the inside right channel and spanked a low shot past Krysiak with five men in pursuit but defeated. 9:43PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-3 Man Utd (Lingard) 9:43PM 88 min And he makes an immediate impact, twisting James' blood with a snake-hipped burst from the left. He bounds past the right-back and bends a shot into the side netting. 9:42PM 87 min Marcus Rashford is coming off and on comes United's Angel Gomes in the storied No47 shirt. 9:40PM 85 min McTominay with a rather cynical and illegal block receives a telling off rather than the second booking the crow want and it probably merited. 9:39PM 84 min Conor Smith on for Lewis Wing. That's Yeovil's last sub. Rashford races into the box from the left, Krysiak comes out and dives headlong to try to slap it away. He misses but Rashford, thinking he can round him, doesn't use the opportunity to fall over and the ball scuttles out of play. 9:37PM 82 min Free kick about 30 yards out that James takes, striking it again with his laces to make it go up and down, over the wall and dipping inside the left post. Romero skips across to catch it. 9:35PM 80 min McTominay goes into the book for trying to make up for his wayward pass by sliding into Zoko. His right foot took the ball cleanly but only after his left had taken Zoko's right ankle in a scissor movement. 9:34PM 78 min Mata and Sanchez earlier seemed to be on the same wavelength immediately but so are Rashford and Lingard and they almost find a way through from the left after Rashford's angled shot is saved by Krysiak's right foot but James and Sowunmi do enough to squeeze them out. Rashford demands the ref deem it obstruction but it wasn't and he doesn't. 9:31PM 76 min Dickson beats Darmian with the simplest method of all, pushing it past him and then burning him off. He crosses to the near post, Lindelof wellies it away but not far enough and Yeovil work it out to the right from the knockdown where Surridge takes the opportunity to drill a shot that Romero palms down and holds at the second attempt. 9:29PM 74 min Lingard almost gets round the back. He's playing on the right and Rashford on the left now. Pace to shred a tired defence. 9:28PM 72 min Alexis Sanchez departs. He took three heavy tackles/fouls in the match and Mourinho doubtlessly has seen enough. Lingard comes on. Now Martin Keown may change his tune. Herrera scores United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 9:25PM 71 min McTominay's shot leads to a corner that Rashford and Sanchez work short but can't get into the box. 9:24PM 70 min Yeovil sub: Green off, replaced by Alex Fisher who drove down tonight to complete his loan from Motherwell and arrived an hour and a half before kick-off after hours in the car. 9:23PM 68 min Sanchez is down and holding his left ankle but eventually gets up when the referee doesn't stop play. Mourinho tells him he'll take him off if he wants but he darts back into the fray. Keown is now coating Mourinho for letting De Bruyne and Salah rot when he was at Chelsea but then says 'I'm sure that won't happen with Sanchez.' Err ... yeah. 9:20PM 66 min Lukaku comes on to replace Juan Mata. 9:19PM 64 min Darmian spanks a right foot shot in off the left post and Mata but it's disallowed because Mata was clearly in front of the last defender when he hit it. It was a breathtakingly slick move though, United dinking passes around Yeovil's defenders and storming past them with rapid, unpredictable movement. 9:17PM 62 min United break from a Yeovil corner by playing it up to Mata in the centre circle. He spins his man, Dickson, and raids forward with Sanchez, Rashford and Herrera sprinting ahead. He slips the ball to Sanchez, Rashford spurts into the box, taking a man with him to open the space for Sanchez's reverse pass to Herrera on the left of the box in a seemingly less promising position to Rashford but unmarked. And he takes the ball, stun the pass and hammers a diagonal shot into the opposite corner. 9:15PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-2 Man Utd (Herrera) 9:15PM 60 min Actually that should have been a penalty. He caught Mata before the ball. United kept recycling it and didn't protest but made no better chance. 9:14PM 59 min United fashion a series of openings from the left, the best when Sanchez arcs the ball in for the first time and Mata was about to pirouette and shoot by the penalty spot, Dickson, I think, took the ball away (and then the man). 9:10PM 56 min Yeovil substitution: Bird goes off to be replaced by Browne. Their free-kick, designed to take advantage of United's high line, is over the top and easily snaffled by Romero. 9:09PM 55 min Lindelof takes out Surridge with a hasty leap, barrelling the centre-forward over. That's the second time he's doen that. 9:08PM 53 min United do look vulnerable down their right and Dickson exploits Darmian's lack of pace and ruggedness with vicious outswinging left-foot cross to the back stick where Surridge meets it but can't apply the necessary power or precision. 9:05PM 51 min Rashford skitters through the box from the left, slicing past James and Sowunmi in a horizontal lune before he turns to shoot, lunging at it somewhat and knocking it into Gray's shins and behind for a corner that comes to naught. 9:04PM 50 min To spring the Yeovil two banks of four United try to go down the sides and Mata opens up a run for Darmian with a sublime reverse pass. The full-back gallops to the byline then massively overhits his cross, giving Sanchez no chance. 9:02PM 49 min United in a more pronounced 4-3-3 now, with McTominay the middle of three midfielders as his side hog the ball without much penetration. 9:01PM 48 min Sanchez is whacked on the top of the foot by Sowunmi as he tried to run on to Rashford's flick on. Yellow card and a free-kick about 35 yards out on the left that Yeovil defend well. 9:00PM 46 min Yeovil kick off, lose the ball and Manchester United shift it about from left to right and back again as they shuffle up to halfway in increments of five yards. 8:53PM Martin Keown is as popular on Twitter tonight ... As he was with Leeds ... If Martin Keown is annoying you on commentary, this will make you feel better. pic.twitter.com/bB7Na5RQen— Coral (@Coral) January 26, 2018 He has been caning Sanchez for choosing United over City, for being too greedy, for being ineffective, for losing the ball. 8:43PM Half time Drab performance from Manchester United so far but they scored the goal because good sides exploit mistakes ruthlessly. No doubt it's a difficult pitch, more familiar to Yeovil obviously who could have scored twice through Green and Sowunmi. 8:42PM 44 min Mourinho, who is standing up, is greeted by 'You're just a s--- Guardiola' and Yeovil's favourite chant, which appears to be 'You what? You what? You what? You what? You what?' Jose Mourinho was accused of being a poor version of Pep Guardiola by Yeovil fans Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:41PM 43 min Carrick has a wayward shot. Let's play commentary bingo. Altogether now. 'Carrick. Of all people.' 8:40PM 40 min James has had a fine game so far but he's just gift-wrapped the Cup tie and given it to United. And put a bow on. Rashford stroked a 10-yard pass from right to centre for Sancjez and kept running. Sanchez dinked the return into the box and into Rashford's stride. But James read his run, muscled in front of him and then tried to shepherd the ball back to the keeper, unaware that Rashford was still on his shoulder. As he hesitated to wait for the goalie to come and gather - it was too far out - Rashford stole round and lashed his shot into the net. Marcus Rashford exploits Yeovil's 'After you, Claude' moment Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:36PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford) 8:36PM 40 min Predicatable cries of 'What a waste of money' greet Sanchez for the umpteenth time when he shanks a shot way wide from 18 yards. 8:35PM 37 min Yeovil free kick right of centre, 25 yards out after Carrick bundles into Bird. James take sit and smashes a shot towards the left post. Ronero is well positioned and slaps it away but United can't clear properly until the fourth attempt as Yeovil keep pinging it back into the box. It's the kind of save that is pretty effective but one that English pundits deride ... as Martin Keown immediately does. 8:33PM 35 min Good cross from Sanchez on the left to Rashford at the back post but he can't get there and Yeovil lash it upfield. 8:31PM 34 min Herrera latches on to a loose ball 30 yards out and flays a shocking shot into oribit. Dreadful. 8:29PM 33 min Sanchez does that thing that he did at Arsenal when he succumbed to Messiah Complex and tried to do it all by himself. He hung on to the ball too long and then, when his team-mates had trotted too far expecting a pass, bludgeoned a pass into touch. 8:28PM 31 min A well-populated wall stands just inside the 18-yard line. Sanchez aims for the bottom right corner, bends it around the wall but telegraphed it with his body shape enough for Krysiak to get down swiftly and catch it. Sanchez takes the free kick Credit: AFP/Getty Images 8:26PM 30 min A rotten challenge from Smith, the Jamaica defender, scythes down Sanchez 25 yards out dead centre. Yellow card and Sanchez is unruffled enough to take the free kick. 8:25PM 28 min Wing, the lad on loan from Boro, plays a neat pass between Lindelof and Rojo looking for Surridge's run but he can't get round the back quickly enough. 8:24PM 26 min Sanchez and Mata link up nicely through the middle, gamboling like Baggio and Del Piero in 1994-95 on the rare occasions they were fielded together for Juve. Tom James, the right-back, diligently sticks to Mata and after some hypnotising footwork, he does not fall under their spell and whips the ball away. 8:22PM 24 min Quick feet from Sanchez creates an opening for Rashford to make the run through the inside left channel to meet it. He gathers it in his stride and flashes a low shot to Krysiak's right. The keeper swoops down to block it with a firm hand. Good save. 8:19PM 22 min He hasn't done anything but the photographers know what picture editors want. More than two-thirds of the photos so far from Husih Park have focused on his nibs, Croesus Sanchez. Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA 8:17PM 20 min McTominay zips the ball around the last third. He looks a busy talent, always available for the short pass and his touches open up a path for Rashford to bullock in from the left with dazzling control until he tries to take on one defender too many and gets it stuck under his feet. Smith stabs it clear. 8:15PM 18 min Lindelof sends Zoko flying with a dumb challenge from behind as Zoko went up to win a header. He just took him out and should have been booked on the first-minute model established by Tierney. 8:14PM 15 min Yeovil free kick when Green is brought down once more as he tries to rampage down the left. McTominay falls asleep and plays the green shirts onside from the set-piece which is again arrowed towards Sowunmi, this time peeling of around the back, but he can only head his attempt tamely into the ground, making it an easy snatch for Romero. 8:12PM 13 min United corner but it could have been better when McTominay squared a header across goal that Yeovil scrambled behind. He was livid that no one ran to meet his intended 'assist' but he should have seen there was no one making the run before he played it. Krysiak strides out to catch Sanchez's corner. Little bit of a size difference between these Man United and Yeovil teams... #MUFC#YTFC#ytfcvmufc#FACuppic.twitter.com/nlNysDDuev— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 26, 2018 8:08PM 11 min Where there's Lindelof there's hope ... for Yeovil who have targeted the right side of United's defence. Green again skins Darmain, gets to the byline and wins a corner from his blocked cross. Yeovil bend it in to the box, swinging it out towards the penalty spot where 6ft 6in Sowunmi meets it but is thwarted by Rojo. 8:05PM 8 min Good chance for Yeovil as they quickly regroup from Romero's clearance. Green plays a one-two with Surridge, turns on the turbo boosters and glides past Lindelof and into the box. His first heavyish trap takes him too close to the touchline and narrows the angle for the shot which he pings at Romero's legs. 8:03PM 7 min And indeed he scuds it into the box for Romero to catch it. 8:03PM 6 min Sanchez is being booed. Perhaps they suspect him of coming from Gloucestershire. Odd. Yeovil have a throw and Dickson prepares to take it long with an elaborate ball-drying routine. 8:01PM 4 min McTominay bundles Smith over after Sanchez switches the play to the right and Yeovil have a free kick that they use to probe around the United box but overplay and United clear up to Rashford. 7:59PM 3 min Always nice to have Martin Keown on co-comms! Lindelof brings the ball out from the back. Surridge presses him quickly and he goes backwards to go forwards. United shift it up to Sanchez who has started wide on the left, whitewash on his boots. 7:58PM 1 min Almost from the off, Zoko chases a ball chipped up the inside left channel and blocks Rojo's clearance. The centre-back's boot connects with the sole of Zoko's boot. He goes down in a heap and Zoko is booked. Looked pretty accidental to me. 7:55PM First up A minute's applause for Jimmy Armfield. Click on the great man's name to read Paul Hayward's magnificent tribute. 7:53PM Alexis Sanchez Walks out last. He's taken the Paul Ince position at the back of the line. Eight people wave green flags in the centre-circle to greet the players. Semaphore. 'Can you see me, Mother?' 7:51PM The United players are in the tunnel Mourinho walks out to take his place on the bench while his side waits for Yeovil's team. Ian Wright Wright Wright thinks United were there first to intimidate the Yeovil players because they'd see all those big names on the shirts. Hmmm. 7:46PM The BBC Has just given Jose Mourinho a bottle of Birthday Brew cider to commemorate his birthday. "I will keep it but I will not drink it," he says. 7:34PM Those teams in black and white Yeovil Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith, Dickson; Green, Wing, Bird, Gray; Zoko, Surridge. Substitutes Connor Smith, Browne, Maddison, Gobern, Whelan, Santos, Fisher. Yeovil Town's Jolly Green Giant welcomes Manchester United to Huish Park Credit: Harry Trump/Getty Images Man Utd Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Carrick; McTominay, Mata, Sanchez; Rashford. Substitutes Joel Pereira, Lukaku, Smalling, Lingard, Young, Matic, Gomes. Referee Paul Tierney (Wigan) 7:03PM And here's how Yeovil line up ⚽️ | Your #YTFC team for tonight's #EmiratesFACup fourth round tie against #MUFC. COYG!�� pic.twitter.com/vLc4qrTqar— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 26, 2018 6:59PM Michael Carrick starts too A welcome return for the club captain after his heart ablation in the autumn. Yeovil Town’s 11 mascots getting their money’s worth: a team talk from Jose Mourinho & now a kickabout with subs Matic, Lingard & Smalling— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 26, 2018 6:57PM And here's the man in question Calls himself a footballer with those headphones? Paul Pogba will have him wearing a pair the size of furry frying pans soon enough. Alexis Sanchez arrives at Huish Park Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 6:55PM Alexis Sanchez is starting How the Reds line up for tonight's @EmiratesFACup clash with Yeovil! It's an #MUFC debut for @Alexis_Sanchez... pic.twitter.com/XB9AmCPdqo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2018 6:52PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of the Alexis Sánchez showFA Cup fourth round tie between Yeovil Town of League Two and Manchester United. After the broadcasters gave United their 13-yearly break from televised Cup ties in the last round, normal service has been resumed for the visit of the 12-time winners to Huish Park where the home side's manager, Darren Way, has identified the route to success: "Put a brick wall up in front of the goal, make sure we’re tactically astute, concentrate." In a revealing interview with Jim White, Way said he hoped it would appease some of the 'grumblier' elements among the support and also indulged in one of the great Manchester United cliches, ruminating on the quality of red wine he was contemplating purchasing for their manager's delectation. For the last 10 years of Sir Alex Ferguson's spell in charge, he managed to turn his managerial colleagues into sommeliers. Here we go again, it seems. Perhaps life in the Travel TavernLowry has prompted Jose Mourinho to develop his palate. And so on to Friday night's Somerset fiesta of football. The only question dominating the airwaves and newsprint is whether Sanchez will be given his debut tonight as a starter or off the bench. One presumes he'll be thrown straight in but one should never underestimate the obtuseness of a football manager when it comes to a midseason signing. They do tend to like to make you wait. We'll let you know if we'll get a sighting of the No7 straight from the kick-off. Variously described as "iconic" and "prestigious", the shirt number Sanchez inherited has been the emblem of a long and distinguished line of United's most cherished players, from Johnny Berry, George Best and Steve Coppell back when it was routinely put on the dressing-room peg of the outside right, to Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who established it as a brand in the era when names started to appear on the back of shirts as a marketing exercise. Here's Alan Tyers' inquisition into the shirt he will wear and what it means. MUFC magnificent sevens Of course it has a symbolic significance but perhaps it has a psychological one, too. Bill Shankly joked his Preston No4 had otherworldly properties, telling his successor in it, Tommy Docherty, "Congratulations. You are now the greatest right-half in the world. Just put the No4 shirt on and let it run round, it knows where to go". We shall see. Join us for coverage of the match and team news when it lands at about 6.55pm.
Yeovil Town 0 Manchester United 4: Alexis Sanchez era begins with second-half romp
Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' The Alexis Sánchez era began at Manchester United with victory at Huish Park in the FA Cup fourth round where the locals told him in no uncertain terms just what a waste of money they considered him before voting the English game’s best-paid player the man of the match. A bit early for any definitive verdict, but there were two assists for Sánchez in a solid B-string performance against Yeovil Town, currently placed 87 places below United in the pyramid. Jose Mourinho’s team went through to the fifth round without any fuss while Sánchez was kicked on more than one occasion, generous in creating Ander Herrera’s goal, United’s second, and came off on 71 minutes without calamity or injury. It seems that Mourinho views him as a left-sided attacking player in much the same way as he was at Arsenal, and that was where he started with a few switches during the course of the game in which United finally took the lead before half-time through Marcus Rashford. At Yeovil, where there are fears of a fall back into non-League this season, Sánchez, the highest paid player in the Premier League, was an exotic curiosity. It is not as if English football and all its strange rites is anything new to Sánchez who has won two FA Cups himself and has nothing to fear from the English lower leagues given his own tough route to the top from his hometown in north Chile. There was a risk for Mourinho in throwing him into a largely second-choice side but United never looked in any trouble against a Yeovil side who barely got close to the away side’s goal save for set-pieces. By the end, Mourinho had sent on the 17-year-old Angel Gomes as a substitute for Rashford and not long after he almost scored, before finally Jesse Lingard, anther substitute was given the time and space to score the third and Romelu Lukaku the fourth. Sanchez bent an early free kick around the wall Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs There were 10 changes from the United side that beat Burnley on Saturday and just Juan Mata from that XI was among the side that took to the pitch at Huish Park, not quite the tumultuous FA Cup cauldron of folklore but by no means an easy ride for the visitors. That was evident from the very few first few minutes when Francois Zoko picked up a booking for a foul on Marcos Rojo before every one of his team-mates had even managed a touch of the ball. The Yeovil manager Darren Way had selected a two-man attack of Zoko and Sam Surridge to keep busy the defensive partnership of Rojo and Victor Lindelof although one would be hard-pushed to say that they were much discomfited before the break. Ander Herrera celebrates scoring Manchester United's second after being set up by the debutant Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA The greatest Yeovil threat was at set-pieces when the enormous centre-half Omar Sowunmi came forward in search of the ball into the area and he forced a save out of Sergio Romero early on without ever threatening again before half-time. There was also the pace of left winger Jordan Green for United to think about when they did not have the ball, which was seldom during a first half of 73 per cent possession. As captain, it was just Michael Carrick’s second game of the season and he started in a midfield three with Ander Herrera and Scott McTominay. That left Sánchez cutting in on that famous right foot from the left side and in the early stages he seemed over-anxious to make an impact. There was a wayward pass that turned over possession to Yeovil and another that went straight into the stand, the source of much delight to the home fans. Lingard, who replaced Sanchez, scythed Yeovil apart to score United's third Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images The new signing took precedence for free-kick duties in the first half and it was also him who created the goal for Rashford, or at least it was Sánchez who started the move off. The young Englishman had skipped through the middle onto Sánchez’s pass but was crowded out and Thomas James was in possession when Rashford realised the Yeovil full-back had forgotten about him. James was idly guiding the ball back to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, unaware of Rashford’s proximity, and the United man nipped back in and tucked a shot into the net. The softest of goals for Yeovil to concede after a decent first half of hard graft during which United’s team had struggled to come together to overwhelm their opposition. The team placed 21st in League Two had largely been able to cope with an opponent that had very little width and rarely released the pace of Rashford before the break. Sánchez was generally well-marked and the home side had been drilled on his favourite move inside on his right foot. Lukaku volleys in the late fourth Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs They had forced a save from Romero early on – that was Green’s shot – but the challenge now was to score a goal that would keep them in the Cup and take them back to Old Trafford. Way’s team just did not see enough of the ball and when they did win it the home team were so far away from goal that United held them at arm’s length with some ease. It was hard work chasing down the Premier League side and when eventually United did create a chance the second goal was taken beautifully. It started with a long ball cleared out from the back by Luke Shaw and gathered by an unlikely target-man, Mata, whose touch and awareness of space meant that he could turn right and pick out Sanchez breaking forward into the Yeovil half. It must have crossed the Chilean’s mind to have a shot himself in front of the away end but he had Rashford and Herrera holding their runs ahead of him and picked the latter who finished neatly across goalkeeper Krysiak. Before at last Sánchez was replaced by Lingard on 71 minutes he was kicked on his right ankle and spent some time demonstrating his pain on the pitch while his new team-mates carried on building their attack regardless. It precipitated an aggrieved Sánchez charge towards his own goal to win back possession as Mourinho urged caution and then later decided to summon a replacement. Gomes, Romelu Lukaku and Lingard had all come by the end when Lingard was given too much space by Yeovil to add a third goal. By the time Lukaku added a fourth the dream was over for the home team – although it would be hard to say they were ever close. 9:59PM Here's Jim White on the debutant Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' 9:58PM Jose Mourinho speaks These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct. Even so the attitude is correct but they gave us a hard time in the first half. I could hear Darren on the touchline and knew what he was asking of the players. We were professional and took control. In the second half we were professional and killed the game. Fantastic addition. Like Ander says, everybody is happy that Alexis comes. We have fantastic group of attacking players - he has a bit more of experience and maturity and class. 9:50PM Full time Manchester United are the first team in the fifth round. They didn't play particularly entertainingly in the first half but ground out a supremacy with utmost professionalism and then turned the screw in the second half. Yeovil played well in the first half but quality (and money) told in the end as it almost always does. 9:48PM 90+3 min Terrific cross from Rojo who had no reason to be so far forward and to be the man picked out by Herrera. He fired in a precise cross that Lukaku met on the volley eight yards out and blasted into the net. 9:47PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd (Lukaku) 9:46PM 89 min Open Sesame, Lingard parted Yeovil, gliding diagonally down the inside right channel and spanked a low shot past Krysiak with five men in pursuit but defeated. 9:43PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-3 Man Utd (Lingard) 9:43PM 88 min And he makes an immediate impact, twisting James' blood with a snake-hipped burst from the left. He bounds past the right-back and bends a shot into the side netting. 9:42PM 87 min Marcus Rashford is coming off and on comes United's Angel Gomes in the storied No47 shirt. 9:40PM 85 min McTominay with a rather cynical and illegal block receives a telling off rather than the second booking the crow want and it probably merited. 9:39PM 84 min Conor Smith on for Lewis Wing. That's Yeovil's last sub. Rashford races into the box from the left, Krysiak comes out and dives headlong to try to slap it away. He misses but Rashford, thinking he can round him, doesn't use the opportunity to fall over and the ball scuttles out of play. 9:37PM 82 min Free kick about 30 yards out that James takes, striking it again with his laces to make it go up and down, over the wall and dipping inside the left post. Romero skips across to catch it. 9:35PM 80 min McTominay goes into the book for trying to make up for his wayward pass by sliding into Zoko. His right foot took the ball cleanly but only after his left had taken Zoko's right ankle in a scissor movement. 9:34PM 78 min Mata and Sanchez earlier seemed to be on the same wavelength immediately but so are Rashford and Lingard and they almost find a way through from the left after Rashford's angled shot is saved by Krysiak's right foot but James and Sowunmi do enough to squeeze them out. Rashford demands the ref deem it obstruction but it wasn't and he doesn't. 9:31PM 76 min Dickson beats Darmian with the simplest method of all, pushing it past him and then burning him off. He crosses to the near post, Lindelof wellies it away but not far enough and Yeovil work it out to the right from the knockdown where Surridge takes the opportunity to drill a shot that Romero palms down and holds at the second attempt. 9:29PM 74 min Lingard almost gets round the back. He's playing on the right and Rashford on the left now. Pace to shred a tired defence. 9:28PM 72 min Alexis Sanchez departs. He took three heavy tackles/fouls in the match and Mourinho doubtlessly has seen enough. Lingard comes on. Now Martin Keown may change his tune. Herrera scores United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 9:25PM 71 min McTominay's shot leads to a corner that Rashford and Sanchez work short but can't get into the box. 9:24PM 70 min Yeovil sub: Green off, replaced by Alex Fisher who drove down tonight to complete his loan from Motherwell and arrived an hour and a half before kick-off after hours in the car. 9:23PM 68 min Sanchez is down and holding his left ankle but eventually gets up when the referee doesn't stop play. Mourinho tells him he'll take him off if he wants but he darts back into the fray. Keown is now coating Mourinho for letting De Bruyne and Salah rot when he was at Chelsea but then says 'I'm sure that won't happen with Sanchez.' Err ... yeah. 9:20PM 66 min Lukaku comes on to replace Juan Mata. 9:19PM 64 min Darmian spanks a right foot shot in off the left post and Mata but it's disallowed because Mata was clearly in front of the last defender when he hit it. It was a breathtakingly slick move though, United dinking passes around Yeovil's defenders and storming past them with rapid, unpredictable movement. 9:17PM 62 min United break from a Yeovil corner by playing it up to Mata in the centre circle. He spins his man, Dickson, and raids forward with Sanchez, Rashford and Herrera sprinting ahead. He slips the ball to Sanchez, Rashford spurts into the box, taking a man with him to open the space for Sanchez's reverse pass to Herrera on the left of the box in a seemingly less promising position to Rashford but unmarked. And he takes the ball, stun the pass and hammers a diagonal shot into the opposite corner. 9:15PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-2 Man Utd (Herrera) 9:15PM 60 min Actually that should have been a penalty. He caught Mata before the ball. United kept recycling it and didn't protest but made no better chance. 9:14PM 59 min United fashion a series of openings from the left, the best when Sanchez arcs the ball in for the first time and Mata was about to pirouette and shoot by the penalty spot, Dickson, I think, took the ball away (and then the man). 9:10PM 56 min Yeovil substitution: Bird goes off to be replaced by Browne. Their free-kick, designed to take advantage of United's high line, is over the top and easily snaffled by Romero. 9:09PM 55 min Lindelof takes out Surridge with a hasty leap, barrelling the centre-forward over. That's the second time he's doen that. 9:08PM 53 min United do look vulnerable down their right and Dickson exploits Darmian's lack of pace and ruggedness with vicious outswinging left-foot cross to the back stick where Surridge meets it but can't apply the necessary power or precision. 9:05PM 51 min Rashford skitters through the box from the left, slicing past James and Sowunmi in a horizontal lune before he turns to shoot, lunging at it somewhat and knocking it into Gray's shins and behind for a corner that comes to naught. 9:04PM 50 min To spring the Yeovil two banks of four United try to go down the sides and Mata opens up a run for Darmian with a sublime reverse pass. The full-back gallops to the byline then massively overhits his cross, giving Sanchez no chance. 9:02PM 49 min United in a more pronounced 4-3-3 now, with McTominay the middle of three midfielders as his side hog the ball without much penetration. 9:01PM 48 min Sanchez is whacked on the top of the foot by Sowunmi as he tried to run on to Rashford's flick on. Yellow card and a free-kick about 35 yards out on the left that Yeovil defend well. 9:00PM 46 min Yeovil kick off, lose the ball and Manchester United shift it about from left to right and back again as they shuffle up to halfway in increments of five yards. 8:53PM Martin Keown is as popular on Twitter tonight ... As he was with Leeds ... If Martin Keown is annoying you on commentary, this will make you feel better. pic.twitter.com/bB7Na5RQen— Coral (@Coral) January 26, 2018 He has been caning Sanchez for choosing United over City, for being too greedy, for being ineffective, for losing the ball. 8:43PM Half time Drab performance from Manchester United so far but they scored the goal because good sides exploit mistakes ruthlessly. No doubt it's a difficult pitch, more familiar to Yeovil obviously who could have scored twice through Green and Sowunmi. 8:42PM 44 min Mourinho, who is standing up, is greeted by 'You're just a s--- Guardiola' and Yeovil's favourite chant, which appears to be 'You what? You what? You what? You what? You what?' Jose Mourinho was accused of being a poor version of Pep Guardiola by Yeovil fans Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:41PM 43 min Carrick has a wayward shot. Let's play commentary bingo. Altogether now. 'Carrick. Of all people.' 8:40PM 40 min James has had a fine game so far but he's just gift-wrapped the Cup tie and given it to United. And put a bow on. Rashford stroked a 10-yard pass from right to centre for Sancjez and kept running. Sanchez dinked the return into the box and into Rashford's stride. But James read his run, muscled in front of him and then tried to shepherd the ball back to the keeper, unaware that Rashford was still on his shoulder. As he hesitated to wait for the goalie to come and gather - it was too far out - Rashford stole round and lashed his shot into the net. Marcus Rashford exploits Yeovil's 'After you, Claude' moment Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:36PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford) 8:36PM 40 min Predicatable cries of 'What a waste of money' greet Sanchez for the umpteenth time when he shanks a shot way wide from 18 yards. 8:35PM 37 min Yeovil free kick right of centre, 25 yards out after Carrick bundles into Bird. James take sit and smashes a shot towards the left post. Ronero is well positioned and slaps it away but United can't clear properly until the fourth attempt as Yeovil keep pinging it back into the box. It's the kind of save that is pretty effective but one that English pundits deride ... as Martin Keown immediately does. 8:33PM 35 min Good cross from Sanchez on the left to Rashford at the back post but he can't get there and Yeovil lash it upfield. 8:31PM 34 min Herrera latches on to a loose ball 30 yards out and flays a shocking shot into oribit. Dreadful. 8:29PM 33 min Sanchez does that thing that he did at Arsenal when he succumbed to Messiah Complex and tried to do it all by himself. He hung on to the ball too long and then, when his team-mates had trotted too far expecting a pass, bludgeoned a pass into touch. 8:28PM 31 min A well-populated wall stands just inside the 18-yard line. Sanchez aims for the bottom right corner, bends it around the wall but telegraphed it with his body shape enough for Krysiak to get down swiftly and catch it. Sanchez takes the free kick Credit: AFP/Getty Images 8:26PM 30 min A rotten challenge from Smith, the Jamaica defender, scythes down Sanchez 25 yards out dead centre. Yellow card and Sanchez is unruffled enough to take the free kick. 8:25PM 28 min Wing, the lad on loan from Boro, plays a neat pass between Lindelof and Rojo looking for Surridge's run but he can't get round the back quickly enough. 8:24PM 26 min Sanchez and Mata link up nicely through the middle, gamboling like Baggio and Del Piero in 1994-95 on the rare occasions they were fielded together for Juve. Tom James, the right-back, diligently sticks to Mata and after some hypnotising footwork, he does not fall under their spell and whips the ball away. 8:22PM 24 min Quick feet from Sanchez creates an opening for Rashford to make the run through the inside left channel to meet it. He gathers it in his stride and flashes a low shot to Krysiak's right. The keeper swoops down to block it with a firm hand. Good save. 8:19PM 22 min He hasn't done anything but the photographers know what picture editors want. More than two-thirds of the photos so far from Husih Park have focused on his nibs, Croesus Sanchez. Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA 8:17PM 20 min McTominay zips the ball around the last third. He looks a busy talent, always available for the short pass and his touches open up a path for Rashford to bullock in from the left with dazzling control until he tries to take on one defender too many and gets it stuck under his feet. Smith stabs it clear. 8:15PM 18 min Lindelof sends Zoko flying with a dumb challenge from behind as Zoko went up to win a header. He just took him out and should have been booked on the first-minute model established by Tierney. 8:14PM 15 min Yeovil free kick when Green is brought down once more as he tries to rampage down the left. McTominay falls asleep and plays the green shirts onside from the set-piece which is again arrowed towards Sowunmi, this time peeling of around the back, but he can only head his attempt tamely into the ground, making it an easy snatch for Romero. 8:12PM 13 min United corner but it could have been better when McTominay squared a header across goal that Yeovil scrambled behind. He was livid that no one ran to meet his intended 'assist' but he should have seen there was no one making the run before he played it. Krysiak strides out to catch Sanchez's corner. Little bit of a size difference between these Man United and Yeovil teams... #MUFC#YTFC#ytfcvmufc#FACuppic.twitter.com/nlNysDDuev— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 26, 2018 8:08PM 11 min Where there's Lindelof there's hope ... for Yeovil who have targeted the right side of United's defence. Green again skins Darmain, gets to the byline and wins a corner from his blocked cross. Yeovil bend it in to the box, swinging it out towards the penalty spot where 6ft 6in Sowunmi meets it but is thwarted by Rojo. 8:05PM 8 min Good chance for Yeovil as they quickly regroup from Romero's clearance. Green plays a one-two with Surridge, turns on the turbo boosters and glides past Lindelof and into the box. His first heavyish trap takes him too close to the touchline and narrows the angle for the shot which he pings at Romero's legs. 8:03PM 7 min And indeed he scuds it into the box for Romero to catch it. 8:03PM 6 min Sanchez is being booed. Perhaps they suspect him of coming from Gloucestershire. Odd. Yeovil have a throw and Dickson prepares to take it long with an elaborate ball-drying routine. 8:01PM 4 min McTominay bundles Smith over after Sanchez switches the play to the right and Yeovil have a free kick that they use to probe around the United box but overplay and United clear up to Rashford. 7:59PM 3 min Always nice to have Martin Keown on co-comms! Lindelof brings the ball out from the back. Surridge presses him quickly and he goes backwards to go forwards. United shift it up to Sanchez who has started wide on the left, whitewash on his boots. 7:58PM 1 min Almost from the off, Zoko chases a ball chipped up the inside left channel and blocks Rojo's clearance. The centre-back's boot connects with the sole of Zoko's boot. He goes down in a heap and Zoko is booked. Looked pretty accidental to me. 7:55PM First up A minute's applause for Jimmy Armfield. Click on the great man's name to read Paul Hayward's magnificent tribute. 7:53PM Alexis Sanchez Walks out last. He's taken the Paul Ince position at the back of the line. Eight people wave green flags in the centre-circle to greet the players. Semaphore. 'Can you see me, Mother?' 7:51PM The United players are in the tunnel Mourinho walks out to take his place on the bench while his side waits for Yeovil's team. Ian Wright Wright Wright thinks United were there first to intimidate the Yeovil players because they'd see all those big names on the shirts. Hmmm. 7:46PM The BBC Has just given Jose Mourinho a bottle of Birthday Brew cider to commemorate his birthday. "I will keep it but I will not drink it," he says. 7:34PM Those teams in black and white Yeovil Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith, Dickson; Green, Wing, Bird, Gray; Zoko, Surridge. Substitutes Connor Smith, Browne, Maddison, Gobern, Whelan, Santos, Fisher. Yeovil Town's Jolly Green Giant welcomes Manchester United to Huish Park Credit: Harry Trump/Getty Images Man Utd Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Carrick; McTominay, Mata, Sanchez; Rashford. Substitutes Joel Pereira, Lukaku, Smalling, Lingard, Young, Matic, Gomes. Referee Paul Tierney (Wigan) 7:03PM And here's how Yeovil line up ⚽️ | Your #YTFC team for tonight's #EmiratesFACup fourth round tie against #MUFC. COYG!�� pic.twitter.com/vLc4qrTqar— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 26, 2018 6:59PM Michael Carrick starts too A welcome return for the club captain after his heart ablation in the autumn. Yeovil Town’s 11 mascots getting their money’s worth: a team talk from Jose Mourinho & now a kickabout with subs Matic, Lingard & Smalling— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 26, 2018 6:57PM And here's the man in question Calls himself a footballer with those headphones? Paul Pogba will have him wearing a pair the size of furry frying pans soon enough. Alexis Sanchez arrives at Huish Park Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 6:55PM Alexis Sanchez is starting How the Reds line up for tonight's @EmiratesFACup clash with Yeovil! It's an #MUFC debut for @Alexis_Sanchez... pic.twitter.com/XB9AmCPdqo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2018 6:52PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of the Alexis Sánchez showFA Cup fourth round tie between Yeovil Town of League Two and Manchester United. After the broadcasters gave United their 13-yearly break from televised Cup ties in the last round, normal service has been resumed for the visit of the 12-time winners to Huish Park where the home side's manager, Darren Way, has identified the route to success: "Put a brick wall up in front of the goal, make sure we’re tactically astute, concentrate." In a revealing interview with Jim White, Way said he hoped it would appease some of the 'grumblier' elements among the support and also indulged in one of the great Manchester United cliches, ruminating on the quality of red wine he was contemplating purchasing for their manager's delectation. For the last 10 years of Sir Alex Ferguson's spell in charge, he managed to turn his managerial colleagues into sommeliers. Here we go again, it seems. Perhaps life in the Travel TavernLowry has prompted Jose Mourinho to develop his palate. And so on to Friday night's Somerset fiesta of football. The only question dominating the airwaves and newsprint is whether Sanchez will be given his debut tonight as a starter or off the bench. One presumes he'll be thrown straight in but one should never underestimate the obtuseness of a football manager when it comes to a midseason signing. They do tend to like to make you wait. We'll let you know if we'll get a sighting of the No7 straight from the kick-off. Variously described as "iconic" and "prestigious", the shirt number Sanchez inherited has been the emblem of a long and distinguished line of United's most cherished players, from Johnny Berry, George Best and Steve Coppell back when it was routinely put on the dressing-room peg of the outside right, to Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who established it as a brand in the era when names started to appear on the back of shirts as a marketing exercise. Here's Alan Tyers' inquisition into the shirt he will wear and what it means. MUFC magnificent sevens Of course it has a symbolic significance but perhaps it has a psychological one, too. Bill Shankly joked his Preston No4 had otherworldly properties, telling his successor in it, Tommy Docherty, "Congratulations. You are now the greatest right-half in the world. Just put the No4 shirt on and let it run round, it knows where to go". We shall see. Join us for coverage of the match and team news when it lands at about 6.55pm.
Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' Of all the places to start his ­Manchester United career, Alexis Sánchez did so in the FA Cup fourth round at Huish Park, where the highest-paid player in Premier League history was kicked up in the air, booed by the locals and ­finally sent home with the sponsors’ man of the match award. A double FA Cup winner, Sánchez knows this competition as well as any Englishman and, given his route to the top from a small town in northern Chile, there is nothing for him to fear at a League Two ­stadium on a chilly January night. Even so, it is clear that the stakes have been raised with his move from Arsenal to United, and he is under greater scrutiny than ever before. He came up with two assists and Darren Way, the Yeovil Town manager, talked in awe of a “world-class performance”. Jose Mourinho substituted his Chilean with around 19 minutes remaining and Sánchez's patience wearing thin with some of the treatment meted out. Mourinho said that a first-half foul on Sánchez by defender Nathan Smith should have been a red card, but he understood why referee Paul Tierney had been so reluctant to do so early in the game. Victory was never in doubt for United, even with a team that had 10 changes from the side that beat Burnley last Saturday, and Yeovil struggled to get close. Marcus Rashford was gifted a goal just before half-time when Thomas James, the Yeovil full-back, simply failed to realise how near the forward was to him and had the ball taken off his toe just yards from his own goal. Sánchez bent an early free kick around the wall Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Michael Carrick was back for his second performance of the season, captain on the night in this his first game since a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm that was diagnosed in November. Luke Shaw was back in the team, and so too the lesser-spotted Victor Lindelof. But this was about Sánchez, the man who is earning around £600,000-a-week, a remarkable salary anywhere in the game, never mind a team 87 places below United in the league pyramid and fighting relegation to the Conference. There seems to be a trend these days to boo the recipient of the big-money move, regardless of whether it has had any effect on one’s own club – just ask Raheem Sterling – and there might be more of this hostility to come for Sánchez. Ander Herrera buries United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Smith’s challenge was after 30 minutes and might well have been a red card and, by the time Sánchez got more of the same in the second half, Mourinho decided it was time to bring him off. By then Sánchez had also generously created Ander Herrera’s goal, United’s second, and taken over free-kick duty. He was booed before the game and was booed when he came off and, when the stadium announcer said Sanchez had been voted man of the match, he was booed for that, too. Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku both scored late in the game with Yeovil stretched and exhausted, and there was a second senior outing for the 17-year-old Angel Gomes. For Way, whose side are 21st in League Two, there are greater concerns ahead, but he was delighted with the experience and his interaction with Mourinho. “We gave it everything,” he said. “We couldn’t have done any more. I just needed Sánchez in my team.” The club is under pressure from fans to make signings to keep their league status and Ryan Seager has joined on loan from Southampton. Lingard, who replaced Sánchez, scythed Yeovil apart to score United's third Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images On Mourinho, Way said: “It’s an absolute honour for me to speak to a manager of that class. He oozes class, and was very humble towards me. He’s done his homework. It wouldn’t surprise me if he knew my children’s names. “To share that moment with him was special. I’ll be interested to ask him what he thought of my team but, by all accounts, he was impressed with what he saw. The guy’s a winner. My players gave everything.” The greatest Yeovil threat came from set-pieces. The enormous centre-half Omar Sowunmi went forward in search of the ball into the area and he forced an early save out of Sergio Romero. There was also the pace of left winger Jordan Green for United to think about when they did not have the ball, which was seldom during a game in which they enjoyed 74 per cent of the possession. For United’s first goal, Rashford had skipped through the middle onto Sánchez's pass but was crowded out and James was in possession when Rashford realised the full-back had forgotten about him. James was idly guiding the ball back to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, unaware of Rashford’s proximity, and the United man nipped back in and tucked a shot into the net. United’s second started with a long ball cleared out from the back by Shaw and gathered by unlikely target man, Juan Mata, whose touch and awareness of space meant he could turn right and pick out Sánchez breaking forward. Lukaku volleys in the late fourth Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It must have crossed the Chilean’s mind to shoot, but he had Rashford and Herrera holding their runs ahead of him and picked the ­latter, who finished neatly. Before at last Sánchez was replaced by Lingard after 71 minutes he was kicked again on his right ankle and spent some time demonstrating his pain on the pitch. It precipitated an aggrieved Sanchez charging towards his own goal to win back possession as Mourinho urged caution and then decided to summon a replacement. Lingard was given too much space down the right to add a third goal. By the time Lukaku added a fourth, a volley from Marcos Rojo’s cross, the dream was over for Yeovil. For Sánchez, it was just beginning and United would have liked what they saw. 9:59PM Here's Jim White on the debutant Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' 9:58PM Jose Mourinho speaks These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct. Even so the attitude is correct but they gave us a hard time in the first half. I could hear Darren on the touchline and knew what he was asking of the players. We were professional and took control. In the second half we were professional and killed the game. Fantastic addition. Like Ander says, everybody is happy that Alexis comes. We have fantastic group of attacking players - he has a bit more of experience and maturity and class. 9:50PM Full time Manchester United are the first team in the fifth round. They didn't play particularly entertainingly in the first half but ground out a supremacy with utmost professionalism and then turned the screw in the second half. Yeovil played well in the first half but quality (and money) told in the end as it almost always does. 9:48PM 90+3 min Terrific cross from Rojo who had no reason to be so far forward and to be the man picked out by Herrera. He fired in a precise cross that Lukaku met on the volley eight yards out and blasted into the net. 9:47PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd (Lukaku) 9:46PM 89 min Open Sesame, Lingard parted Yeovil, gliding diagonally down the inside right channel and spanked a low shot past Krysiak with five men in pursuit but defeated. 9:43PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-3 Man Utd (Lingard) 9:43PM 88 min And he makes an immediate impact, twisting James' blood with a snake-hipped burst from the left. He bounds past the right-back and bends a shot into the side netting. 9:42PM 87 min Marcus Rashford is coming off and on comes United's Angel Gomes in the storied No47 shirt. 9:40PM 85 min McTominay with a rather cynical and illegal block receives a telling off rather than the second booking the crow want and it probably merited. 9:39PM 84 min Conor Smith on for Lewis Wing. That's Yeovil's last sub. Rashford races into the box from the left, Krysiak comes out and dives headlong to try to slap it away. He misses but Rashford, thinking he can round him, doesn't use the opportunity to fall over and the ball scuttles out of play. 9:37PM 82 min Free kick about 30 yards out that James takes, striking it again with his laces to make it go up and down, over the wall and dipping inside the left post. Romero skips across to catch it. 9:35PM 80 min McTominay goes into the book for trying to make up for his wayward pass by sliding into Zoko. His right foot took the ball cleanly but only after his left had taken Zoko's right ankle in a scissor movement. 9:34PM 78 min Mata and Sanchez earlier seemed to be on the same wavelength immediately but so are Rashford and Lingard and they almost find a way through from the left after Rashford's angled shot is saved by Krysiak's right foot but James and Sowunmi do enough to squeeze them out. Rashford demands the ref deem it obstruction but it wasn't and he doesn't. 9:31PM 76 min Dickson beats Darmian with the simplest method of all, pushing it past him and then burning him off. He crosses to the near post, Lindelof wellies it away but not far enough and Yeovil work it out to the right from the knockdown where Surridge takes the opportunity to drill a shot that Romero palms down and holds at the second attempt. 9:29PM 74 min Lingard almost gets round the back. He's playing on the right and Rashford on the left now. Pace to shred a tired defence. 9:28PM 72 min Alexis Sanchez departs. He took three heavy tackles/fouls in the match and Mourinho doubtlessly has seen enough. Lingard comes on. Now Martin Keown may change his tune. Herrera scores United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 9:25PM 71 min McTominay's shot leads to a corner that Rashford and Sanchez work short but can't get into the box. 9:24PM 70 min Yeovil sub: Green off, replaced by Alex Fisher who drove down tonight to complete his loan from Motherwell and arrived an hour and a half before kick-off after hours in the car. 9:23PM 68 min Sanchez is down and holding his left ankle but eventually gets up when the referee doesn't stop play. Mourinho tells him he'll take him off if he wants but he darts back into the fray. Keown is now coating Mourinho for letting De Bruyne and Salah rot when he was at Chelsea but then says 'I'm sure that won't happen with Sanchez.' Err ... yeah. 9:20PM 66 min Lukaku comes on to replace Juan Mata. 9:19PM 64 min Darmian spanks a right foot shot in off the left post and Mata but it's disallowed because Mata was clearly in front of the last defender when he hit it. It was a breathtakingly slick move though, United dinking passes around Yeovil's defenders and storming past them with rapid, unpredictable movement. 9:17PM 62 min United break from a Yeovil corner by playing it up to Mata in the centre circle. He spins his man, Dickson, and raids forward with Sanchez, Rashford and Herrera sprinting ahead. He slips the ball to Sanchez, Rashford spurts into the box, taking a man with him to open the space for Sanchez's reverse pass to Herrera on the left of the box in a seemingly less promising position to Rashford but unmarked. And he takes the ball, stun the pass and hammers a diagonal shot into the opposite corner. 9:15PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-2 Man Utd (Herrera) 9:15PM 60 min Actually that should have been a penalty. He caught Mata before the ball. United kept recycling it and didn't protest but made no better chance. 9:14PM 59 min United fashion a series of openings from the left, the best when Sanchez arcs the ball in for the first time and Mata was about to pirouette and shoot by the penalty spot, Dickson, I think, took the ball away (and then the man). 9:10PM 56 min Yeovil substitution: Bird goes off to be replaced by Browne. Their free-kick, designed to take advantage of United's high line, is over the top and easily snaffled by Romero. 9:09PM 55 min Lindelof takes out Surridge with a hasty leap, barrelling the centre-forward over. That's the second time he's doen that. 9:08PM 53 min United do look vulnerable down their right and Dickson exploits Darmian's lack of pace and ruggedness with vicious outswinging left-foot cross to the back stick where Surridge meets it but can't apply the necessary power or precision. 9:05PM 51 min Rashford skitters through the box from the left, slicing past James and Sowunmi in a horizontal lune before he turns to shoot, lunging at it somewhat and knocking it into Gray's shins and behind for a corner that comes to naught. 9:04PM 50 min To spring the Yeovil two banks of four United try to go down the sides and Mata opens up a run for Darmian with a sublime reverse pass. The full-back gallops to the byline then massively overhits his cross, giving Sanchez no chance. 9:02PM 49 min United in a more pronounced 4-3-3 now, with McTominay the middle of three midfielders as his side hog the ball without much penetration. 9:01PM 48 min Sanchez is whacked on the top of the foot by Sowunmi as he tried to run on to Rashford's flick on. Yellow card and a free-kick about 35 yards out on the left that Yeovil defend well. 9:00PM 46 min Yeovil kick off, lose the ball and Manchester United shift it about from left to right and back again as they shuffle up to halfway in increments of five yards. 8:53PM Martin Keown is as popular on Twitter tonight ... As he was with Leeds ... If Martin Keown is annoying you on commentary, this will make you feel better. pic.twitter.com/bB7Na5RQen— Coral (@Coral) January 26, 2018 He has been caning Sanchez for choosing United over City, for being too greedy, for being ineffective, for losing the ball. 8:43PM Half time Drab performance from Manchester United so far but they scored the goal because good sides exploit mistakes ruthlessly. No doubt it's a difficult pitch, more familiar to Yeovil obviously who could have scored twice through Green and Sowunmi. 8:42PM 44 min Mourinho, who is standing up, is greeted by 'You're just a s--- Guardiola' and Yeovil's favourite chant, which appears to be 'You what? You what? You what? You what? You what?' Jose Mourinho was accused of being a poor version of Pep Guardiola by Yeovil fans Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:41PM 43 min Carrick has a wayward shot. Let's play commentary bingo. Altogether now. 'Carrick. Of all people.' 8:40PM 40 min James has had a fine game so far but he's just gift-wrapped the Cup tie and given it to United. And put a bow on. Rashford stroked a 10-yard pass from right to centre for Sancjez and kept running. Sanchez dinked the return into the box and into Rashford's stride. But James read his run, muscled in front of him and then tried to shepherd the ball back to the keeper, unaware that Rashford was still on his shoulder. As he hesitated to wait for the goalie to come and gather - it was too far out - Rashford stole round and lashed his shot into the net. Marcus Rashford exploits Yeovil's 'After you, Claude' moment Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:36PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford) 8:36PM 40 min Predicatable cries of 'What a waste of money' greet Sanchez for the umpteenth time when he shanks a shot way wide from 18 yards. 8:35PM 37 min Yeovil free kick right of centre, 25 yards out after Carrick bundles into Bird. James take sit and smashes a shot towards the left post. Ronero is well positioned and slaps it away but United can't clear properly until the fourth attempt as Yeovil keep pinging it back into the box. It's the kind of save that is pretty effective but one that English pundits deride ... as Martin Keown immediately does. 8:33PM 35 min Good cross from Sanchez on the left to Rashford at the back post but he can't get there and Yeovil lash it upfield. 8:31PM 34 min Herrera latches on to a loose ball 30 yards out and flays a shocking shot into oribit. Dreadful. 8:29PM 33 min Sanchez does that thing that he did at Arsenal when he succumbed to Messiah Complex and tried to do it all by himself. He hung on to the ball too long and then, when his team-mates had trotted too far expecting a pass, bludgeoned a pass into touch. 8:28PM 31 min A well-populated wall stands just inside the 18-yard line. Sanchez aims for the bottom right corner, bends it around the wall but telegraphed it with his body shape enough for Krysiak to get down swiftly and catch it. Sanchez takes the free kick Credit: AFP/Getty Images 8:26PM 30 min A rotten challenge from Smith, the Jamaica defender, scythes down Sanchez 25 yards out dead centre. Yellow card and Sanchez is unruffled enough to take the free kick. 8:25PM 28 min Wing, the lad on loan from Boro, plays a neat pass between Lindelof and Rojo looking for Surridge's run but he can't get round the back quickly enough. 8:24PM 26 min Sanchez and Mata link up nicely through the middle, gamboling like Baggio and Del Piero in 1994-95 on the rare occasions they were fielded together for Juve. Tom James, the right-back, diligently sticks to Mata and after some hypnotising footwork, he does not fall under their spell and whips the ball away. 8:22PM 24 min Quick feet from Sanchez creates an opening for Rashford to make the run through the inside left channel to meet it. He gathers it in his stride and flashes a low shot to Krysiak's right. The keeper swoops down to block it with a firm hand. Good save. 8:19PM 22 min He hasn't done anything but the photographers know what picture editors want. More than two-thirds of the photos so far from Husih Park have focused on his nibs, Croesus Sanchez. Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA 8:17PM 20 min McTominay zips the ball around the last third. He looks a busy talent, always available for the short pass and his touches open up a path for Rashford to bullock in from the left with dazzling control until he tries to take on one defender too many and gets it stuck under his feet. Smith stabs it clear. 8:15PM 18 min Lindelof sends Zoko flying with a dumb challenge from behind as Zoko went up to win a header. He just took him out and should have been booked on the first-minute model established by Tierney. 8:14PM 15 min Yeovil free kick when Green is brought down once more as he tries to rampage down the left. McTominay falls asleep and plays the green shirts onside from the set-piece which is again arrowed towards Sowunmi, this time peeling of around the back, but he can only head his attempt tamely into the ground, making it an easy snatch for Romero. 8:12PM 13 min United corner but it could have been better when McTominay squared a header across goal that Yeovil scrambled behind. He was livid that no one ran to meet his intended 'assist' but he should have seen there was no one making the run before he played it. Krysiak strides out to catch Sanchez's corner. Little bit of a size difference between these Man United and Yeovil teams... #MUFC#YTFC#ytfcvmufc#FACuppic.twitter.com/nlNysDDuev— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 26, 2018 8:08PM 11 min Where there's Lindelof there's hope ... for Yeovil who have targeted the right side of United's defence. Green again skins Darmain, gets to the byline and wins a corner from his blocked cross. Yeovil bend it in to the box, swinging it out towards the penalty spot where 6ft 6in Sowunmi meets it but is thwarted by Rojo. 8:05PM 8 min Good chance for Yeovil as they quickly regroup from Romero's clearance. Green plays a one-two with Surridge, turns on the turbo boosters and glides past Lindelof and into the box. His first heavyish trap takes him too close to the touchline and narrows the angle for the shot which he pings at Romero's legs. 8:03PM 7 min And indeed he scuds it into the box for Romero to catch it. 8:03PM 6 min Sanchez is being booed. Perhaps they suspect him of coming from Gloucestershire. Odd. Yeovil have a throw and Dickson prepares to take it long with an elaborate ball-drying routine. 8:01PM 4 min McTominay bundles Smith over after Sanchez switches the play to the right and Yeovil have a free kick that they use to probe around the United box but overplay and United clear up to Rashford. 7:59PM 3 min Always nice to have Martin Keown on co-comms! Lindelof brings the ball out from the back. Surridge presses him quickly and he goes backwards to go forwards. United shift it up to Sanchez who has started wide on the left, whitewash on his boots. 7:58PM 1 min Almost from the off, Zoko chases a ball chipped up the inside left channel and blocks Rojo's clearance. The centre-back's boot connects with the sole of Zoko's boot. He goes down in a heap and Zoko is booked. Looked pretty accidental to me. 7:55PM First up A minute's applause for Jimmy Armfield. Click on the great man's name to read Paul Hayward's magnificent tribute. 7:53PM Alexis Sanchez Walks out last. He's taken the Paul Ince position at the back of the line. Eight people wave green flags in the centre-circle to greet the players. Semaphore. 'Can you see me, Mother?' 7:51PM The United players are in the tunnel Mourinho walks out to take his place on the bench while his side waits for Yeovil's team. Ian Wright Wright Wright thinks United were there first to intimidate the Yeovil players because they'd see all those big names on the shirts. Hmmm. 7:46PM The BBC Has just given Jose Mourinho a bottle of Birthday Brew cider to commemorate his birthday. "I will keep it but I will not drink it," he says. 7:34PM Those teams in black and white Yeovil Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith, Dickson; Green, Wing, Bird, Gray; Zoko, Surridge. Substitutes Connor Smith, Browne, Maddison, Gobern, Whelan, Santos, Fisher. Yeovil Town's Jolly Green Giant welcomes Manchester United to Huish Park Credit: Harry Trump/Getty Images Man Utd Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Carrick; McTominay, Mata, Sanchez; Rashford. Substitutes Joel Pereira, Lukaku, Smalling, Lingard, Young, Matic, Gomes. Referee Paul Tierney (Wigan) 7:03PM And here's how Yeovil line up ⚽️ | Your #YTFC team for tonight's #EmiratesFACup fourth round tie against #MUFC. COYG!�� pic.twitter.com/vLc4qrTqar— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 26, 2018 6:59PM Michael Carrick starts too A welcome return for the club captain after his heart ablation in the autumn. Yeovil Town’s 11 mascots getting their money’s worth: a team talk from Jose Mourinho & now a kickabout with subs Matic, Lingard & Smalling— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 26, 2018 6:57PM And here's the man in question Calls himself a footballer with those headphones? Paul Pogba will have him wearing a pair the size of furry frying pans soon enough. Alexis Sanchez arrives at Huish Park Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 6:55PM Alexis Sanchez is starting How the Reds line up for tonight's @EmiratesFACup clash with Yeovil! It's an #MUFC debut for @Alexis_Sanchez... pic.twitter.com/XB9AmCPdqo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2018 6:52PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of the Alexis Sánchez showFA Cup fourth round tie between Yeovil Town of League Two and Manchester United. After the broadcasters gave United their 13-yearly break from televised Cup ties in the last round, normal service has been resumed for the visit of the 12-time winners to Huish Park where the home side's manager, Darren Way, has identified the route to success: "Put a brick wall up in front of the goal, make sure we’re tactically astute, concentrate." In a revealing interview with Jim White, Way said he hoped it would appease some of the 'grumblier' elements among the support and also indulged in one of the great Manchester United cliches, ruminating on the quality of red wine he was contemplating purchasing for their manager's delectation. For the last 10 years of Sir Alex Ferguson's spell in charge, he managed to turn his managerial colleagues into sommeliers. Here we go again, it seems. Perhaps life in the Travel TavernLowry has prompted Jose Mourinho to develop his palate. And so on to Friday night's Somerset fiesta of football. The only question dominating the airwaves and newsprint is whether Sanchez will be given his debut tonight as a starter or off the bench. One presumes he'll be thrown straight in but one should never underestimate the obtuseness of a football manager when it comes to a midseason signing. They do tend to like to make you wait. We'll let you know if we'll get a sighting of the No7 straight from the kick-off. Variously described as "iconic" and "prestigious", the shirt number Sanchez inherited has been the emblem of a long and distinguished line of United's most cherished players, from Johnny Berry, George Best and Steve Coppell back when it was routinely put on the dressing-room peg of the outside right, to Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who established it as a brand in the era when names started to appear on the back of shirts as a marketing exercise. Here's Alan Tyers' inquisition into the shirt he will wear and what it means. MUFC magnificent sevens Of course it has a symbolic significance but perhaps it has a psychological one, too. Bill Shankly joked his Preston No4 had otherworldly properties, telling his successor in it, Tommy Docherty, "Congratulations. You are now the greatest right-half in the world. Just put the No4 shirt on and let it run round, it knows where to go". We shall see. Join us for coverage of the match and team news when it lands at about 6.55pm.
Yeovil Town 0 Manchester United 4: Alexis Sanchez era begins with second half romp
Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' Of all the places to start his ­Manchester United career, Alexis Sánchez did so in the FA Cup fourth round at Huish Park, where the highest-paid player in Premier League history was kicked up in the air, booed by the locals and ­finally sent home with the sponsors’ man of the match award. A double FA Cup winner, Sánchez knows this competition as well as any Englishman and, given his route to the top from a small town in northern Chile, there is nothing for him to fear at a League Two ­stadium on a chilly January night. Even so, it is clear that the stakes have been raised with his move from Arsenal to United, and he is under greater scrutiny than ever before. He came up with two assists and Darren Way, the Yeovil Town manager, talked in awe of a “world-class performance”. Jose Mourinho substituted his Chilean with around 19 minutes remaining and Sánchez's patience wearing thin with some of the treatment meted out. Mourinho said that a first-half foul on Sánchez by defender Nathan Smith should have been a red card, but he understood why referee Paul Tierney had been so reluctant to do so early in the game. Victory was never in doubt for United, even with a team that had 10 changes from the side that beat Burnley last Saturday, and Yeovil struggled to get close. Marcus Rashford was gifted a goal just before half-time when Thomas James, the Yeovil full-back, simply failed to realise how near the forward was to him and had the ball taken off his toe just yards from his own goal. Sánchez bent an early free kick around the wall Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Michael Carrick was back for his second performance of the season, captain on the night in this his first game since a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm that was diagnosed in November. Luke Shaw was back in the team, and so too the lesser-spotted Victor Lindelof. But this was about Sánchez, the man who is earning around £600,000-a-week, a remarkable salary anywhere in the game, never mind a team 87 places below United in the league pyramid and fighting relegation to the Conference. There seems to be a trend these days to boo the recipient of the big-money move, regardless of whether it has had any effect on one’s own club – just ask Raheem Sterling – and there might be more of this hostility to come for Sánchez. Ander Herrera buries United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Smith’s challenge was after 30 minutes and might well have been a red card and, by the time Sánchez got more of the same in the second half, Mourinho decided it was time to bring him off. By then Sánchez had also generously created Ander Herrera’s goal, United’s second, and taken over free-kick duty. He was booed before the game and was booed when he came off and, when the stadium announcer said Sanchez had been voted man of the match, he was booed for that, too. Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku both scored late in the game with Yeovil stretched and exhausted, and there was a second senior outing for the 17-year-old Angel Gomes. For Way, whose side are 21st in League Two, there are greater concerns ahead, but he was delighted with the experience and his interaction with Mourinho. “We gave it everything,” he said. “We couldn’t have done any more. I just needed Sánchez in my team.” The club is under pressure from fans to make signings to keep their league status and Ryan Seager has joined on loan from Southampton. Lingard, who replaced Sánchez, scythed Yeovil apart to score United's third Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images On Mourinho, Way said: “It’s an absolute honour for me to speak to a manager of that class. He oozes class, and was very humble towards me. He’s done his homework. It wouldn’t surprise me if he knew my children’s names. “To share that moment with him was special. I’ll be interested to ask him what he thought of my team but, by all accounts, he was impressed with what he saw. The guy’s a winner. My players gave everything.” The greatest Yeovil threat came from set-pieces. The enormous centre-half Omar Sowunmi went forward in search of the ball into the area and he forced an early save out of Sergio Romero. There was also the pace of left winger Jordan Green for United to think about when they did not have the ball, which was seldom during a game in which they enjoyed 74 per cent of the possession. For United’s first goal, Rashford had skipped through the middle onto Sánchez's pass but was crowded out and James was in possession when Rashford realised the full-back had forgotten about him. James was idly guiding the ball back to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, unaware of Rashford’s proximity, and the United man nipped back in and tucked a shot into the net. United’s second started with a long ball cleared out from the back by Shaw and gathered by unlikely target man, Juan Mata, whose touch and awareness of space meant he could turn right and pick out Sánchez breaking forward. Lukaku volleys in the late fourth Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It must have crossed the Chilean’s mind to shoot, but he had Rashford and Herrera holding their runs ahead of him and picked the ­latter, who finished neatly. Before at last Sánchez was replaced by Lingard after 71 minutes he was kicked again on his right ankle and spent some time demonstrating his pain on the pitch. It precipitated an aggrieved Sanchez charging towards his own goal to win back possession as Mourinho urged caution and then decided to summon a replacement. Lingard was given too much space down the right to add a third goal. By the time Lukaku added a fourth, a volley from Marcos Rojo’s cross, the dream was over for Yeovil. For Sánchez, it was just beginning and United would have liked what they saw. 9:59PM Here's Jim White on the debutant Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' 9:58PM Jose Mourinho speaks These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct. Even so the attitude is correct but they gave us a hard time in the first half. I could hear Darren on the touchline and knew what he was asking of the players. We were professional and took control. In the second half we were professional and killed the game. Fantastic addition. Like Ander says, everybody is happy that Alexis comes. We have fantastic group of attacking players - he has a bit more of experience and maturity and class. 9:50PM Full time Manchester United are the first team in the fifth round. They didn't play particularly entertainingly in the first half but ground out a supremacy with utmost professionalism and then turned the screw in the second half. Yeovil played well in the first half but quality (and money) told in the end as it almost always does. 9:48PM 90+3 min Terrific cross from Rojo who had no reason to be so far forward and to be the man picked out by Herrera. He fired in a precise cross that Lukaku met on the volley eight yards out and blasted into the net. 9:47PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd (Lukaku) 9:46PM 89 min Open Sesame, Lingard parted Yeovil, gliding diagonally down the inside right channel and spanked a low shot past Krysiak with five men in pursuit but defeated. 9:43PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-3 Man Utd (Lingard) 9:43PM 88 min And he makes an immediate impact, twisting James' blood with a snake-hipped burst from the left. He bounds past the right-back and bends a shot into the side netting. 9:42PM 87 min Marcus Rashford is coming off and on comes United's Angel Gomes in the storied No47 shirt. 9:40PM 85 min McTominay with a rather cynical and illegal block receives a telling off rather than the second booking the crow want and it probably merited. 9:39PM 84 min Conor Smith on for Lewis Wing. That's Yeovil's last sub. Rashford races into the box from the left, Krysiak comes out and dives headlong to try to slap it away. He misses but Rashford, thinking he can round him, doesn't use the opportunity to fall over and the ball scuttles out of play. 9:37PM 82 min Free kick about 30 yards out that James takes, striking it again with his laces to make it go up and down, over the wall and dipping inside the left post. Romero skips across to catch it. 9:35PM 80 min McTominay goes into the book for trying to make up for his wayward pass by sliding into Zoko. His right foot took the ball cleanly but only after his left had taken Zoko's right ankle in a scissor movement. 9:34PM 78 min Mata and Sanchez earlier seemed to be on the same wavelength immediately but so are Rashford and Lingard and they almost find a way through from the left after Rashford's angled shot is saved by Krysiak's right foot but James and Sowunmi do enough to squeeze them out. Rashford demands the ref deem it obstruction but it wasn't and he doesn't. 9:31PM 76 min Dickson beats Darmian with the simplest method of all, pushing it past him and then burning him off. He crosses to the near post, Lindelof wellies it away but not far enough and Yeovil work it out to the right from the knockdown where Surridge takes the opportunity to drill a shot that Romero palms down and holds at the second attempt. 9:29PM 74 min Lingard almost gets round the back. He's playing on the right and Rashford on the left now. Pace to shred a tired defence. 9:28PM 72 min Alexis Sanchez departs. He took three heavy tackles/fouls in the match and Mourinho doubtlessly has seen enough. Lingard comes on. Now Martin Keown may change his tune. Herrera scores United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 9:25PM 71 min McTominay's shot leads to a corner that Rashford and Sanchez work short but can't get into the box. 9:24PM 70 min Yeovil sub: Green off, replaced by Alex Fisher who drove down tonight to complete his loan from Motherwell and arrived an hour and a half before kick-off after hours in the car. 9:23PM 68 min Sanchez is down and holding his left ankle but eventually gets up when the referee doesn't stop play. Mourinho tells him he'll take him off if he wants but he darts back into the fray. Keown is now coating Mourinho for letting De Bruyne and Salah rot when he was at Chelsea but then says 'I'm sure that won't happen with Sanchez.' Err ... yeah. 9:20PM 66 min Lukaku comes on to replace Juan Mata. 9:19PM 64 min Darmian spanks a right foot shot in off the left post and Mata but it's disallowed because Mata was clearly in front of the last defender when he hit it. It was a breathtakingly slick move though, United dinking passes around Yeovil's defenders and storming past them with rapid, unpredictable movement. 9:17PM 62 min United break from a Yeovil corner by playing it up to Mata in the centre circle. He spins his man, Dickson, and raids forward with Sanchez, Rashford and Herrera sprinting ahead. He slips the ball to Sanchez, Rashford spurts into the box, taking a man with him to open the space for Sanchez's reverse pass to Herrera on the left of the box in a seemingly less promising position to Rashford but unmarked. And he takes the ball, stun the pass and hammers a diagonal shot into the opposite corner. 9:15PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-2 Man Utd (Herrera) 9:15PM 60 min Actually that should have been a penalty. He caught Mata before the ball. United kept recycling it and didn't protest but made no better chance. 9:14PM 59 min United fashion a series of openings from the left, the best when Sanchez arcs the ball in for the first time and Mata was about to pirouette and shoot by the penalty spot, Dickson, I think, took the ball away (and then the man). 9:10PM 56 min Yeovil substitution: Bird goes off to be replaced by Browne. Their free-kick, designed to take advantage of United's high line, is over the top and easily snaffled by Romero. 9:09PM 55 min Lindelof takes out Surridge with a hasty leap, barrelling the centre-forward over. That's the second time he's doen that. 9:08PM 53 min United do look vulnerable down their right and Dickson exploits Darmian's lack of pace and ruggedness with vicious outswinging left-foot cross to the back stick where Surridge meets it but can't apply the necessary power or precision. 9:05PM 51 min Rashford skitters through the box from the left, slicing past James and Sowunmi in a horizontal lune before he turns to shoot, lunging at it somewhat and knocking it into Gray's shins and behind for a corner that comes to naught. 9:04PM 50 min To spring the Yeovil two banks of four United try to go down the sides and Mata opens up a run for Darmian with a sublime reverse pass. The full-back gallops to the byline then massively overhits his cross, giving Sanchez no chance. 9:02PM 49 min United in a more pronounced 4-3-3 now, with McTominay the middle of three midfielders as his side hog the ball without much penetration. 9:01PM 48 min Sanchez is whacked on the top of the foot by Sowunmi as he tried to run on to Rashford's flick on. Yellow card and a free-kick about 35 yards out on the left that Yeovil defend well. 9:00PM 46 min Yeovil kick off, lose the ball and Manchester United shift it about from left to right and back again as they shuffle up to halfway in increments of five yards. 8:53PM Martin Keown is as popular on Twitter tonight ... As he was with Leeds ... If Martin Keown is annoying you on commentary, this will make you feel better. pic.twitter.com/bB7Na5RQen— Coral (@Coral) January 26, 2018 He has been caning Sanchez for choosing United over City, for being too greedy, for being ineffective, for losing the ball. 8:43PM Half time Drab performance from Manchester United so far but they scored the goal because good sides exploit mistakes ruthlessly. No doubt it's a difficult pitch, more familiar to Yeovil obviously who could have scored twice through Green and Sowunmi. 8:42PM 44 min Mourinho, who is standing up, is greeted by 'You're just a s--- Guardiola' and Yeovil's favourite chant, which appears to be 'You what? You what? You what? You what? You what?' Jose Mourinho was accused of being a poor version of Pep Guardiola by Yeovil fans Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:41PM 43 min Carrick has a wayward shot. Let's play commentary bingo. Altogether now. 'Carrick. Of all people.' 8:40PM 40 min James has had a fine game so far but he's just gift-wrapped the Cup tie and given it to United. And put a bow on. Rashford stroked a 10-yard pass from right to centre for Sancjez and kept running. Sanchez dinked the return into the box and into Rashford's stride. But James read his run, muscled in front of him and then tried to shepherd the ball back to the keeper, unaware that Rashford was still on his shoulder. As he hesitated to wait for the goalie to come and gather - it was too far out - Rashford stole round and lashed his shot into the net. Marcus Rashford exploits Yeovil's 'After you, Claude' moment Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:36PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford) 8:36PM 40 min Predicatable cries of 'What a waste of money' greet Sanchez for the umpteenth time when he shanks a shot way wide from 18 yards. 8:35PM 37 min Yeovil free kick right of centre, 25 yards out after Carrick bundles into Bird. James take sit and smashes a shot towards the left post. Ronero is well positioned and slaps it away but United can't clear properly until the fourth attempt as Yeovil keep pinging it back into the box. It's the kind of save that is pretty effective but one that English pundits deride ... as Martin Keown immediately does. 8:33PM 35 min Good cross from Sanchez on the left to Rashford at the back post but he can't get there and Yeovil lash it upfield. 8:31PM 34 min Herrera latches on to a loose ball 30 yards out and flays a shocking shot into oribit. Dreadful. 8:29PM 33 min Sanchez does that thing that he did at Arsenal when he succumbed to Messiah Complex and tried to do it all by himself. He hung on to the ball too long and then, when his team-mates had trotted too far expecting a pass, bludgeoned a pass into touch. 8:28PM 31 min A well-populated wall stands just inside the 18-yard line. Sanchez aims for the bottom right corner, bends it around the wall but telegraphed it with his body shape enough for Krysiak to get down swiftly and catch it. Sanchez takes the free kick Credit: AFP/Getty Images 8:26PM 30 min A rotten challenge from Smith, the Jamaica defender, scythes down Sanchez 25 yards out dead centre. Yellow card and Sanchez is unruffled enough to take the free kick. 8:25PM 28 min Wing, the lad on loan from Boro, plays a neat pass between Lindelof and Rojo looking for Surridge's run but he can't get round the back quickly enough. 8:24PM 26 min Sanchez and Mata link up nicely through the middle, gamboling like Baggio and Del Piero in 1994-95 on the rare occasions they were fielded together for Juve. Tom James, the right-back, diligently sticks to Mata and after some hypnotising footwork, he does not fall under their spell and whips the ball away. 8:22PM 24 min Quick feet from Sanchez creates an opening for Rashford to make the run through the inside left channel to meet it. He gathers it in his stride and flashes a low shot to Krysiak's right. The keeper swoops down to block it with a firm hand. Good save. 8:19PM 22 min He hasn't done anything but the photographers know what picture editors want. More than two-thirds of the photos so far from Husih Park have focused on his nibs, Croesus Sanchez. Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA 8:17PM 20 min McTominay zips the ball around the last third. He looks a busy talent, always available for the short pass and his touches open up a path for Rashford to bullock in from the left with dazzling control until he tries to take on one defender too many and gets it stuck under his feet. Smith stabs it clear. 8:15PM 18 min Lindelof sends Zoko flying with a dumb challenge from behind as Zoko went up to win a header. He just took him out and should have been booked on the first-minute model established by Tierney. 8:14PM 15 min Yeovil free kick when Green is brought down once more as he tries to rampage down the left. McTominay falls asleep and plays the green shirts onside from the set-piece which is again arrowed towards Sowunmi, this time peeling of around the back, but he can only head his attempt tamely into the ground, making it an easy snatch for Romero. 8:12PM 13 min United corner but it could have been better when McTominay squared a header across goal that Yeovil scrambled behind. He was livid that no one ran to meet his intended 'assist' but he should have seen there was no one making the run before he played it. Krysiak strides out to catch Sanchez's corner. Little bit of a size difference between these Man United and Yeovil teams... #MUFC#YTFC#ytfcvmufc#FACuppic.twitter.com/nlNysDDuev— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 26, 2018 8:08PM 11 min Where there's Lindelof there's hope ... for Yeovil who have targeted the right side of United's defence. Green again skins Darmain, gets to the byline and wins a corner from his blocked cross. Yeovil bend it in to the box, swinging it out towards the penalty spot where 6ft 6in Sowunmi meets it but is thwarted by Rojo. 8:05PM 8 min Good chance for Yeovil as they quickly regroup from Romero's clearance. Green plays a one-two with Surridge, turns on the turbo boosters and glides past Lindelof and into the box. His first heavyish trap takes him too close to the touchline and narrows the angle for the shot which he pings at Romero's legs. 8:03PM 7 min And indeed he scuds it into the box for Romero to catch it. 8:03PM 6 min Sanchez is being booed. Perhaps they suspect him of coming from Gloucestershire. Odd. Yeovil have a throw and Dickson prepares to take it long with an elaborate ball-drying routine. 8:01PM 4 min McTominay bundles Smith over after Sanchez switches the play to the right and Yeovil have a free kick that they use to probe around the United box but overplay and United clear up to Rashford. 7:59PM 3 min Always nice to have Martin Keown on co-comms! Lindelof brings the ball out from the back. Surridge presses him quickly and he goes backwards to go forwards. United shift it up to Sanchez who has started wide on the left, whitewash on his boots. 7:58PM 1 min Almost from the off, Zoko chases a ball chipped up the inside left channel and blocks Rojo's clearance. The centre-back's boot connects with the sole of Zoko's boot. He goes down in a heap and Zoko is booked. Looked pretty accidental to me. 7:55PM First up A minute's applause for Jimmy Armfield. Click on the great man's name to read Paul Hayward's magnificent tribute. 7:53PM Alexis Sanchez Walks out last. He's taken the Paul Ince position at the back of the line. Eight people wave green flags in the centre-circle to greet the players. Semaphore. 'Can you see me, Mother?' 7:51PM The United players are in the tunnel Mourinho walks out to take his place on the bench while his side waits for Yeovil's team. Ian Wright Wright Wright thinks United were there first to intimidate the Yeovil players because they'd see all those big names on the shirts. Hmmm. 7:46PM The BBC Has just given Jose Mourinho a bottle of Birthday Brew cider to commemorate his birthday. "I will keep it but I will not drink it," he says. 7:34PM Those teams in black and white Yeovil Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith, Dickson; Green, Wing, Bird, Gray; Zoko, Surridge. Substitutes Connor Smith, Browne, Maddison, Gobern, Whelan, Santos, Fisher. Yeovil Town's Jolly Green Giant welcomes Manchester United to Huish Park Credit: Harry Trump/Getty Images Man Utd Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Carrick; McTominay, Mata, Sanchez; Rashford. Substitutes Joel Pereira, Lukaku, Smalling, Lingard, Young, Matic, Gomes. Referee Paul Tierney (Wigan) 7:03PM And here's how Yeovil line up ⚽️ | Your #YTFC team for tonight's #EmiratesFACup fourth round tie against #MUFC. COYG!�� pic.twitter.com/vLc4qrTqar— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 26, 2018 6:59PM Michael Carrick starts too A welcome return for the club captain after his heart ablation in the autumn. Yeovil Town’s 11 mascots getting their money’s worth: a team talk from Jose Mourinho & now a kickabout with subs Matic, Lingard & Smalling— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 26, 2018 6:57PM And here's the man in question Calls himself a footballer with those headphones? Paul Pogba will have him wearing a pair the size of furry frying pans soon enough. Alexis Sanchez arrives at Huish Park Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 6:55PM Alexis Sanchez is starting How the Reds line up for tonight's @EmiratesFACup clash with Yeovil! It's an #MUFC debut for @Alexis_Sanchez... pic.twitter.com/XB9AmCPdqo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2018 6:52PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of the Alexis Sánchez showFA Cup fourth round tie between Yeovil Town of League Two and Manchester United. After the broadcasters gave United their 13-yearly break from televised Cup ties in the last round, normal service has been resumed for the visit of the 12-time winners to Huish Park where the home side's manager, Darren Way, has identified the route to success: "Put a brick wall up in front of the goal, make sure we’re tactically astute, concentrate." In a revealing interview with Jim White, Way said he hoped it would appease some of the 'grumblier' elements among the support and also indulged in one of the great Manchester United cliches, ruminating on the quality of red wine he was contemplating purchasing for their manager's delectation. For the last 10 years of Sir Alex Ferguson's spell in charge, he managed to turn his managerial colleagues into sommeliers. Here we go again, it seems. Perhaps life in the Travel TavernLowry has prompted Jose Mourinho to develop his palate. And so on to Friday night's Somerset fiesta of football. The only question dominating the airwaves and newsprint is whether Sanchez will be given his debut tonight as a starter or off the bench. One presumes he'll be thrown straight in but one should never underestimate the obtuseness of a football manager when it comes to a midseason signing. They do tend to like to make you wait. We'll let you know if we'll get a sighting of the No7 straight from the kick-off. Variously described as "iconic" and "prestigious", the shirt number Sanchez inherited has been the emblem of a long and distinguished line of United's most cherished players, from Johnny Berry, George Best and Steve Coppell back when it was routinely put on the dressing-room peg of the outside right, to Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who established it as a brand in the era when names started to appear on the back of shirts as a marketing exercise. Here's Alan Tyers' inquisition into the shirt he will wear and what it means. MUFC magnificent sevens Of course it has a symbolic significance but perhaps it has a psychological one, too. Bill Shankly joked his Preston No4 had otherworldly properties, telling his successor in it, Tommy Docherty, "Congratulations. You are now the greatest right-half in the world. Just put the No4 shirt on and let it run round, it knows where to go". We shall see. Join us for coverage of the match and team news when it lands at about 6.55pm.
Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' Of all the places to start his ­Manchester United career, Alexis Sánchez did so in the FA Cup fourth round at Huish Park, where the highest-paid player in Premier League history was kicked up in the air, booed by the locals and ­finally sent home with the sponsors’ man of the match award. A double FA Cup winner, Sánchez knows this competition as well as any Englishman and, given his route to the top from a small town in northern Chile, there is nothing for him to fear at a League Two ­stadium on a chilly January night. Even so, it is clear that the stakes have been raised with his move from Arsenal to United, and he is under greater scrutiny than ever before. He came up with two assists and Darren Way, the Yeovil Town manager, talked in awe of a “world-class performance”. Jose Mourinho substituted his Chilean with around 19 minutes remaining and Sánchez's patience wearing thin with some of the treatment meted out. Mourinho said that a first-half foul on Sánchez by defender Nathan Smith should have been a red card, but he understood why referee Paul Tierney had been so reluctant to do so early in the game. Victory was never in doubt for United, even with a team that had 10 changes from the side that beat Burnley last Saturday, and Yeovil struggled to get close. Marcus Rashford was gifted a goal just before half-time when Thomas James, the Yeovil full-back, simply failed to realise how near the forward was to him and had the ball taken off his toe just yards from his own goal. Sánchez bent an early free kick around the wall Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Michael Carrick was back for his second performance of the season, captain on the night in this his first game since a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm that was diagnosed in November. Luke Shaw was back in the team, and so too the lesser-spotted Victor Lindelof. But this was about Sánchez, the man who is earning around £600,000-a-week, a remarkable salary anywhere in the game, never mind a team 87 places below United in the league pyramid and fighting relegation to the Conference. There seems to be a trend these days to boo the recipient of the big-money move, regardless of whether it has had any effect on one’s own club – just ask Raheem Sterling – and there might be more of this hostility to come for Sánchez. Ander Herrera buries United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Smith’s challenge was after 30 minutes and might well have been a red card and, by the time Sánchez got more of the same in the second half, Mourinho decided it was time to bring him off. By then Sánchez had also generously created Ander Herrera’s goal, United’s second, and taken over free-kick duty. He was booed before the game and was booed when he came off and, when the stadium announcer said Sanchez had been voted man of the match, he was booed for that, too. Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku both scored late in the game with Yeovil stretched and exhausted, and there was a second senior outing for the 17-year-old Angel Gomes. For Way, whose side are 21st in League Two, there are greater concerns ahead, but he was delighted with the experience and his interaction with Mourinho. “We gave it everything,” he said. “We couldn’t have done any more. I just needed Sánchez in my team.” The club is under pressure from fans to make signings to keep their league status and Ryan Seager has joined on loan from Southampton. Lingard, who replaced Sánchez, scythed Yeovil apart to score United's third Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images On Mourinho, Way said: “It’s an absolute honour for me to speak to a manager of that class. He oozes class, and was very humble towards me. He’s done his homework. It wouldn’t surprise me if he knew my children’s names. “To share that moment with him was special. I’ll be interested to ask him what he thought of my team but, by all accounts, he was impressed with what he saw. The guy’s a winner. My players gave everything.” The greatest Yeovil threat came from set-pieces. The enormous centre-half Omar Sowunmi went forward in search of the ball into the area and he forced an early save out of Sergio Romero. There was also the pace of left winger Jordan Green for United to think about when they did not have the ball, which was seldom during a game in which they enjoyed 74 per cent of the possession. For United’s first goal, Rashford had skipped through the middle onto Sánchez's pass but was crowded out and James was in possession when Rashford realised the full-back had forgotten about him. James was idly guiding the ball back to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, unaware of Rashford’s proximity, and the United man nipped back in and tucked a shot into the net. United’s second started with a long ball cleared out from the back by Shaw and gathered by unlikely target man, Juan Mata, whose touch and awareness of space meant he could turn right and pick out Sánchez breaking forward. Lukaku volleys in the late fourth Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It must have crossed the Chilean’s mind to shoot, but he had Rashford and Herrera holding their runs ahead of him and picked the ­latter, who finished neatly. Before at last Sánchez was replaced by Lingard after 71 minutes he was kicked again on his right ankle and spent some time demonstrating his pain on the pitch. It precipitated an aggrieved Sanchez charging towards his own goal to win back possession as Mourinho urged caution and then decided to summon a replacement. Lingard was given too much space down the right to add a third goal. By the time Lukaku added a fourth, a volley from Marcos Rojo’s cross, the dream was over for Yeovil. For Sánchez, it was just beginning and United would have liked what they saw. 9:59PM Here's Jim White on the debutant Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' 9:58PM Jose Mourinho speaks These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct. Even so the attitude is correct but they gave us a hard time in the first half. I could hear Darren on the touchline and knew what he was asking of the players. We were professional and took control. In the second half we were professional and killed the game. Fantastic addition. Like Ander says, everybody is happy that Alexis comes. We have fantastic group of attacking players - he has a bit more of experience and maturity and class. 9:50PM Full time Manchester United are the first team in the fifth round. They didn't play particularly entertainingly in the first half but ground out a supremacy with utmost professionalism and then turned the screw in the second half. Yeovil played well in the first half but quality (and money) told in the end as it almost always does. 9:48PM 90+3 min Terrific cross from Rojo who had no reason to be so far forward and to be the man picked out by Herrera. He fired in a precise cross that Lukaku met on the volley eight yards out and blasted into the net. 9:47PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd (Lukaku) 9:46PM 89 min Open Sesame, Lingard parted Yeovil, gliding diagonally down the inside right channel and spanked a low shot past Krysiak with five men in pursuit but defeated. 9:43PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-3 Man Utd (Lingard) 9:43PM 88 min And he makes an immediate impact, twisting James' blood with a snake-hipped burst from the left. He bounds past the right-back and bends a shot into the side netting. 9:42PM 87 min Marcus Rashford is coming off and on comes United's Angel Gomes in the storied No47 shirt. 9:40PM 85 min McTominay with a rather cynical and illegal block receives a telling off rather than the second booking the crow want and it probably merited. 9:39PM 84 min Conor Smith on for Lewis Wing. That's Yeovil's last sub. Rashford races into the box from the left, Krysiak comes out and dives headlong to try to slap it away. He misses but Rashford, thinking he can round him, doesn't use the opportunity to fall over and the ball scuttles out of play. 9:37PM 82 min Free kick about 30 yards out that James takes, striking it again with his laces to make it go up and down, over the wall and dipping inside the left post. Romero skips across to catch it. 9:35PM 80 min McTominay goes into the book for trying to make up for his wayward pass by sliding into Zoko. His right foot took the ball cleanly but only after his left had taken Zoko's right ankle in a scissor movement. 9:34PM 78 min Mata and Sanchez earlier seemed to be on the same wavelength immediately but so are Rashford and Lingard and they almost find a way through from the left after Rashford's angled shot is saved by Krysiak's right foot but James and Sowunmi do enough to squeeze them out. Rashford demands the ref deem it obstruction but it wasn't and he doesn't. 9:31PM 76 min Dickson beats Darmian with the simplest method of all, pushing it past him and then burning him off. He crosses to the near post, Lindelof wellies it away but not far enough and Yeovil work it out to the right from the knockdown where Surridge takes the opportunity to drill a shot that Romero palms down and holds at the second attempt. 9:29PM 74 min Lingard almost gets round the back. He's playing on the right and Rashford on the left now. Pace to shred a tired defence. 9:28PM 72 min Alexis Sanchez departs. He took three heavy tackles/fouls in the match and Mourinho doubtlessly has seen enough. Lingard comes on. Now Martin Keown may change his tune. Herrera scores United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 9:25PM 71 min McTominay's shot leads to a corner that Rashford and Sanchez work short but can't get into the box. 9:24PM 70 min Yeovil sub: Green off, replaced by Alex Fisher who drove down tonight to complete his loan from Motherwell and arrived an hour and a half before kick-off after hours in the car. 9:23PM 68 min Sanchez is down and holding his left ankle but eventually gets up when the referee doesn't stop play. Mourinho tells him he'll take him off if he wants but he darts back into the fray. Keown is now coating Mourinho for letting De Bruyne and Salah rot when he was at Chelsea but then says 'I'm sure that won't happen with Sanchez.' Err ... yeah. 9:20PM 66 min Lukaku comes on to replace Juan Mata. 9:19PM 64 min Darmian spanks a right foot shot in off the left post and Mata but it's disallowed because Mata was clearly in front of the last defender when he hit it. It was a breathtakingly slick move though, United dinking passes around Yeovil's defenders and storming past them with rapid, unpredictable movement. 9:17PM 62 min United break from a Yeovil corner by playing it up to Mata in the centre circle. He spins his man, Dickson, and raids forward with Sanchez, Rashford and Herrera sprinting ahead. He slips the ball to Sanchez, Rashford spurts into the box, taking a man with him to open the space for Sanchez's reverse pass to Herrera on the left of the box in a seemingly less promising position to Rashford but unmarked. And he takes the ball, stun the pass and hammers a diagonal shot into the opposite corner. 9:15PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-2 Man Utd (Herrera) 9:15PM 60 min Actually that should have been a penalty. He caught Mata before the ball. United kept recycling it and didn't protest but made no better chance. 9:14PM 59 min United fashion a series of openings from the left, the best when Sanchez arcs the ball in for the first time and Mata was about to pirouette and shoot by the penalty spot, Dickson, I think, took the ball away (and then the man). 9:10PM 56 min Yeovil substitution: Bird goes off to be replaced by Browne. Their free-kick, designed to take advantage of United's high line, is over the top and easily snaffled by Romero. 9:09PM 55 min Lindelof takes out Surridge with a hasty leap, barrelling the centre-forward over. That's the second time he's doen that. 9:08PM 53 min United do look vulnerable down their right and Dickson exploits Darmian's lack of pace and ruggedness with vicious outswinging left-foot cross to the back stick where Surridge meets it but can't apply the necessary power or precision. 9:05PM 51 min Rashford skitters through the box from the left, slicing past James and Sowunmi in a horizontal lune before he turns to shoot, lunging at it somewhat and knocking it into Gray's shins and behind for a corner that comes to naught. 9:04PM 50 min To spring the Yeovil two banks of four United try to go down the sides and Mata opens up a run for Darmian with a sublime reverse pass. The full-back gallops to the byline then massively overhits his cross, giving Sanchez no chance. 9:02PM 49 min United in a more pronounced 4-3-3 now, with McTominay the middle of three midfielders as his side hog the ball without much penetration. 9:01PM 48 min Sanchez is whacked on the top of the foot by Sowunmi as he tried to run on to Rashford's flick on. Yellow card and a free-kick about 35 yards out on the left that Yeovil defend well. 9:00PM 46 min Yeovil kick off, lose the ball and Manchester United shift it about from left to right and back again as they shuffle up to halfway in increments of five yards. 8:53PM Martin Keown is as popular on Twitter tonight ... As he was with Leeds ... If Martin Keown is annoying you on commentary, this will make you feel better. pic.twitter.com/bB7Na5RQen— Coral (@Coral) January 26, 2018 He has been caning Sanchez for choosing United over City, for being too greedy, for being ineffective, for losing the ball. 8:43PM Half time Drab performance from Manchester United so far but they scored the goal because good sides exploit mistakes ruthlessly. No doubt it's a difficult pitch, more familiar to Yeovil obviously who could have scored twice through Green and Sowunmi. 8:42PM 44 min Mourinho, who is standing up, is greeted by 'You're just a s--- Guardiola' and Yeovil's favourite chant, which appears to be 'You what? You what? You what? You what? You what?' Jose Mourinho was accused of being a poor version of Pep Guardiola by Yeovil fans Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:41PM 43 min Carrick has a wayward shot. Let's play commentary bingo. Altogether now. 'Carrick. Of all people.' 8:40PM 40 min James has had a fine game so far but he's just gift-wrapped the Cup tie and given it to United. And put a bow on. Rashford stroked a 10-yard pass from right to centre for Sancjez and kept running. Sanchez dinked the return into the box and into Rashford's stride. But James read his run, muscled in front of him and then tried to shepherd the ball back to the keeper, unaware that Rashford was still on his shoulder. As he hesitated to wait for the goalie to come and gather - it was too far out - Rashford stole round and lashed his shot into the net. Marcus Rashford exploits Yeovil's 'After you, Claude' moment Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:36PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford) 8:36PM 40 min Predicatable cries of 'What a waste of money' greet Sanchez for the umpteenth time when he shanks a shot way wide from 18 yards. 8:35PM 37 min Yeovil free kick right of centre, 25 yards out after Carrick bundles into Bird. James take sit and smashes a shot towards the left post. Ronero is well positioned and slaps it away but United can't clear properly until the fourth attempt as Yeovil keep pinging it back into the box. It's the kind of save that is pretty effective but one that English pundits deride ... as Martin Keown immediately does. 8:33PM 35 min Good cross from Sanchez on the left to Rashford at the back post but he can't get there and Yeovil lash it upfield. 8:31PM 34 min Herrera latches on to a loose ball 30 yards out and flays a shocking shot into oribit. Dreadful. 8:29PM 33 min Sanchez does that thing that he did at Arsenal when he succumbed to Messiah Complex and tried to do it all by himself. He hung on to the ball too long and then, when his team-mates had trotted too far expecting a pass, bludgeoned a pass into touch. 8:28PM 31 min A well-populated wall stands just inside the 18-yard line. Sanchez aims for the bottom right corner, bends it around the wall but telegraphed it with his body shape enough for Krysiak to get down swiftly and catch it. Sanchez takes the free kick Credit: AFP/Getty Images 8:26PM 30 min A rotten challenge from Smith, the Jamaica defender, scythes down Sanchez 25 yards out dead centre. Yellow card and Sanchez is unruffled enough to take the free kick. 8:25PM 28 min Wing, the lad on loan from Boro, plays a neat pass between Lindelof and Rojo looking for Surridge's run but he can't get round the back quickly enough. 8:24PM 26 min Sanchez and Mata link up nicely through the middle, gamboling like Baggio and Del Piero in 1994-95 on the rare occasions they were fielded together for Juve. Tom James, the right-back, diligently sticks to Mata and after some hypnotising footwork, he does not fall under their spell and whips the ball away. 8:22PM 24 min Quick feet from Sanchez creates an opening for Rashford to make the run through the inside left channel to meet it. He gathers it in his stride and flashes a low shot to Krysiak's right. The keeper swoops down to block it with a firm hand. Good save. 8:19PM 22 min He hasn't done anything but the photographers know what picture editors want. More than two-thirds of the photos so far from Husih Park have focused on his nibs, Croesus Sanchez. Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA 8:17PM 20 min McTominay zips the ball around the last third. He looks a busy talent, always available for the short pass and his touches open up a path for Rashford to bullock in from the left with dazzling control until he tries to take on one defender too many and gets it stuck under his feet. Smith stabs it clear. 8:15PM 18 min Lindelof sends Zoko flying with a dumb challenge from behind as Zoko went up to win a header. He just took him out and should have been booked on the first-minute model established by Tierney. 8:14PM 15 min Yeovil free kick when Green is brought down once more as he tries to rampage down the left. McTominay falls asleep and plays the green shirts onside from the set-piece which is again arrowed towards Sowunmi, this time peeling of around the back, but he can only head his attempt tamely into the ground, making it an easy snatch for Romero. 8:12PM 13 min United corner but it could have been better when McTominay squared a header across goal that Yeovil scrambled behind. He was livid that no one ran to meet his intended 'assist' but he should have seen there was no one making the run before he played it. Krysiak strides out to catch Sanchez's corner. Little bit of a size difference between these Man United and Yeovil teams... #MUFC#YTFC#ytfcvmufc#FACuppic.twitter.com/nlNysDDuev— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 26, 2018 8:08PM 11 min Where there's Lindelof there's hope ... for Yeovil who have targeted the right side of United's defence. Green again skins Darmain, gets to the byline and wins a corner from his blocked cross. Yeovil bend it in to the box, swinging it out towards the penalty spot where 6ft 6in Sowunmi meets it but is thwarted by Rojo. 8:05PM 8 min Good chance for Yeovil as they quickly regroup from Romero's clearance. Green plays a one-two with Surridge, turns on the turbo boosters and glides past Lindelof and into the box. His first heavyish trap takes him too close to the touchline and narrows the angle for the shot which he pings at Romero's legs. 8:03PM 7 min And indeed he scuds it into the box for Romero to catch it. 8:03PM 6 min Sanchez is being booed. Perhaps they suspect him of coming from Gloucestershire. Odd. Yeovil have a throw and Dickson prepares to take it long with an elaborate ball-drying routine. 8:01PM 4 min McTominay bundles Smith over after Sanchez switches the play to the right and Yeovil have a free kick that they use to probe around the United box but overplay and United clear up to Rashford. 7:59PM 3 min Always nice to have Martin Keown on co-comms! Lindelof brings the ball out from the back. Surridge presses him quickly and he goes backwards to go forwards. United shift it up to Sanchez who has started wide on the left, whitewash on his boots. 7:58PM 1 min Almost from the off, Zoko chases a ball chipped up the inside left channel and blocks Rojo's clearance. The centre-back's boot connects with the sole of Zoko's boot. He goes down in a heap and Zoko is booked. Looked pretty accidental to me. 7:55PM First up A minute's applause for Jimmy Armfield. Click on the great man's name to read Paul Hayward's magnificent tribute. 7:53PM Alexis Sanchez Walks out last. He's taken the Paul Ince position at the back of the line. Eight people wave green flags in the centre-circle to greet the players. Semaphore. 'Can you see me, Mother?' 7:51PM The United players are in the tunnel Mourinho walks out to take his place on the bench while his side waits for Yeovil's team. Ian Wright Wright Wright thinks United were there first to intimidate the Yeovil players because they'd see all those big names on the shirts. Hmmm. 7:46PM The BBC Has just given Jose Mourinho a bottle of Birthday Brew cider to commemorate his birthday. "I will keep it but I will not drink it," he says. 7:34PM Those teams in black and white Yeovil Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith, Dickson; Green, Wing, Bird, Gray; Zoko, Surridge. Substitutes Connor Smith, Browne, Maddison, Gobern, Whelan, Santos, Fisher. Yeovil Town's Jolly Green Giant welcomes Manchester United to Huish Park Credit: Harry Trump/Getty Images Man Utd Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Carrick; McTominay, Mata, Sanchez; Rashford. Substitutes Joel Pereira, Lukaku, Smalling, Lingard, Young, Matic, Gomes. Referee Paul Tierney (Wigan) 7:03PM And here's how Yeovil line up ⚽️ | Your #YTFC team for tonight's #EmiratesFACup fourth round tie against #MUFC. COYG!�� pic.twitter.com/vLc4qrTqar— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 26, 2018 6:59PM Michael Carrick starts too A welcome return for the club captain after his heart ablation in the autumn. Yeovil Town’s 11 mascots getting their money’s worth: a team talk from Jose Mourinho & now a kickabout with subs Matic, Lingard & Smalling— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 26, 2018 6:57PM And here's the man in question Calls himself a footballer with those headphones? Paul Pogba will have him wearing a pair the size of furry frying pans soon enough. Alexis Sanchez arrives at Huish Park Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 6:55PM Alexis Sanchez is starting How the Reds line up for tonight's @EmiratesFACup clash with Yeovil! It's an #MUFC debut for @Alexis_Sanchez... pic.twitter.com/XB9AmCPdqo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2018 6:52PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of the Alexis Sánchez showFA Cup fourth round tie between Yeovil Town of League Two and Manchester United. After the broadcasters gave United their 13-yearly break from televised Cup ties in the last round, normal service has been resumed for the visit of the 12-time winners to Huish Park where the home side's manager, Darren Way, has identified the route to success: "Put a brick wall up in front of the goal, make sure we’re tactically astute, concentrate." In a revealing interview with Jim White, Way said he hoped it would appease some of the 'grumblier' elements among the support and also indulged in one of the great Manchester United cliches, ruminating on the quality of red wine he was contemplating purchasing for their manager's delectation. For the last 10 years of Sir Alex Ferguson's spell in charge, he managed to turn his managerial colleagues into sommeliers. Here we go again, it seems. Perhaps life in the Travel TavernLowry has prompted Jose Mourinho to develop his palate. And so on to Friday night's Somerset fiesta of football. The only question dominating the airwaves and newsprint is whether Sanchez will be given his debut tonight as a starter or off the bench. One presumes he'll be thrown straight in but one should never underestimate the obtuseness of a football manager when it comes to a midseason signing. They do tend to like to make you wait. We'll let you know if we'll get a sighting of the No7 straight from the kick-off. Variously described as "iconic" and "prestigious", the shirt number Sanchez inherited has been the emblem of a long and distinguished line of United's most cherished players, from Johnny Berry, George Best and Steve Coppell back when it was routinely put on the dressing-room peg of the outside right, to Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who established it as a brand in the era when names started to appear on the back of shirts as a marketing exercise. Here's Alan Tyers' inquisition into the shirt he will wear and what it means. MUFC magnificent sevens Of course it has a symbolic significance but perhaps it has a psychological one, too. Bill Shankly joked his Preston No4 had otherworldly properties, telling his successor in it, Tommy Docherty, "Congratulations. You are now the greatest right-half in the world. Just put the No4 shirt on and let it run round, it knows where to go". We shall see. Join us for coverage of the match and team news when it lands at about 6.55pm.
Yeovil Town 0 Manchester United 4: Alexis Sanchez era begins with second half romp
Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' Of all the places to start his ­Manchester United career, Alexis Sánchez did so in the FA Cup fourth round at Huish Park, where the highest-paid player in Premier League history was kicked up in the air, booed by the locals and ­finally sent home with the sponsors’ man of the match award. A double FA Cup winner, Sánchez knows this competition as well as any Englishman and, given his route to the top from a small town in northern Chile, there is nothing for him to fear at a League Two ­stadium on a chilly January night. Even so, it is clear that the stakes have been raised with his move from Arsenal to United, and he is under greater scrutiny than ever before. He came up with two assists and Darren Way, the Yeovil Town manager, talked in awe of a “world-class performance”. Jose Mourinho substituted his Chilean with around 19 minutes remaining and Sánchez's patience wearing thin with some of the treatment meted out. Mourinho said that a first-half foul on Sánchez by defender Nathan Smith should have been a red card, but he understood why referee Paul Tierney had been so reluctant to do so early in the game. Victory was never in doubt for United, even with a team that had 10 changes from the side that beat Burnley last Saturday, and Yeovil struggled to get close. Marcus Rashford was gifted a goal just before half-time when Thomas James, the Yeovil full-back, simply failed to realise how near the forward was to him and had the ball taken off his toe just yards from his own goal. Sánchez bent an early free kick around the wall Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Michael Carrick was back for his second performance of the season, captain on the night in this his first game since a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm that was diagnosed in November. Luke Shaw was back in the team, and so too the lesser-spotted Victor Lindelof. But this was about Sánchez, the man who is earning around £600,000-a-week, a remarkable salary anywhere in the game, never mind a team 87 places below United in the league pyramid and fighting relegation to the Conference. There seems to be a trend these days to boo the recipient of the big-money move, regardless of whether it has had any effect on one’s own club – just ask Raheem Sterling – and there might be more of this hostility to come for Sánchez. Ander Herrera buries United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Smith’s challenge was after 30 minutes and might well have been a red card and, by the time Sánchez got more of the same in the second half, Mourinho decided it was time to bring him off. By then Sánchez had also generously created Ander Herrera’s goal, United’s second, and taken over free-kick duty. He was booed before the game and was booed when he came off and, when the stadium announcer said Sanchez had been voted man of the match, he was booed for that, too. Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku both scored late in the game with Yeovil stretched and exhausted, and there was a second senior outing for the 17-year-old Angel Gomes. For Way, whose side are 21st in League Two, there are greater concerns ahead, but he was delighted with the experience and his interaction with Mourinho. “We gave it everything,” he said. “We couldn’t have done any more. I just needed Sánchez in my team.” The club is under pressure from fans to make signings to keep their league status and Ryan Seager has joined on loan from Southampton. Lingard, who replaced Sánchez, scythed Yeovil apart to score United's third Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images On Mourinho, Way said: “It’s an absolute honour for me to speak to a manager of that class. He oozes class, and was very humble towards me. He’s done his homework. It wouldn’t surprise me if he knew my children’s names. “To share that moment with him was special. I’ll be interested to ask him what he thought of my team but, by all accounts, he was impressed with what he saw. The guy’s a winner. My players gave everything.” The greatest Yeovil threat came from set-pieces. The enormous centre-half Omar Sowunmi went forward in search of the ball into the area and he forced an early save out of Sergio Romero. There was also the pace of left winger Jordan Green for United to think about when they did not have the ball, which was seldom during a game in which they enjoyed 74 per cent of the possession. For United’s first goal, Rashford had skipped through the middle onto Sánchez's pass but was crowded out and James was in possession when Rashford realised the full-back had forgotten about him. James was idly guiding the ball back to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, unaware of Rashford’s proximity, and the United man nipped back in and tucked a shot into the net. United’s second started with a long ball cleared out from the back by Shaw and gathered by unlikely target man, Juan Mata, whose touch and awareness of space meant he could turn right and pick out Sánchez breaking forward. Lukaku volleys in the late fourth Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It must have crossed the Chilean’s mind to shoot, but he had Rashford and Herrera holding their runs ahead of him and picked the ­latter, who finished neatly. Before at last Sánchez was replaced by Lingard after 71 minutes he was kicked again on his right ankle and spent some time demonstrating his pain on the pitch. It precipitated an aggrieved Sanchez charging towards his own goal to win back possession as Mourinho urged caution and then decided to summon a replacement. Lingard was given too much space down the right to add a third goal. By the time Lukaku added a fourth, a volley from Marcos Rojo’s cross, the dream was over for Yeovil. For Sánchez, it was just beginning and United would have liked what they saw. 9:59PM Here's Jim White on the debutant Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' 9:58PM Jose Mourinho speaks These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct. Even so the attitude is correct but they gave us a hard time in the first half. I could hear Darren on the touchline and knew what he was asking of the players. We were professional and took control. In the second half we were professional and killed the game. Fantastic addition. Like Ander says, everybody is happy that Alexis comes. We have fantastic group of attacking players - he has a bit more of experience and maturity and class. 9:50PM Full time Manchester United are the first team in the fifth round. They didn't play particularly entertainingly in the first half but ground out a supremacy with utmost professionalism and then turned the screw in the second half. Yeovil played well in the first half but quality (and money) told in the end as it almost always does. 9:48PM 90+3 min Terrific cross from Rojo who had no reason to be so far forward and to be the man picked out by Herrera. He fired in a precise cross that Lukaku met on the volley eight yards out and blasted into the net. 9:47PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd (Lukaku) 9:46PM 89 min Open Sesame, Lingard parted Yeovil, gliding diagonally down the inside right channel and spanked a low shot past Krysiak with five men in pursuit but defeated. 9:43PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-3 Man Utd (Lingard) 9:43PM 88 min And he makes an immediate impact, twisting James' blood with a snake-hipped burst from the left. He bounds past the right-back and bends a shot into the side netting. 9:42PM 87 min Marcus Rashford is coming off and on comes United's Angel Gomes in the storied No47 shirt. 9:40PM 85 min McTominay with a rather cynical and illegal block receives a telling off rather than the second booking the crow want and it probably merited. 9:39PM 84 min Conor Smith on for Lewis Wing. That's Yeovil's last sub. Rashford races into the box from the left, Krysiak comes out and dives headlong to try to slap it away. He misses but Rashford, thinking he can round him, doesn't use the opportunity to fall over and the ball scuttles out of play. 9:37PM 82 min Free kick about 30 yards out that James takes, striking it again with his laces to make it go up and down, over the wall and dipping inside the left post. Romero skips across to catch it. 9:35PM 80 min McTominay goes into the book for trying to make up for his wayward pass by sliding into Zoko. His right foot took the ball cleanly but only after his left had taken Zoko's right ankle in a scissor movement. 9:34PM 78 min Mata and Sanchez earlier seemed to be on the same wavelength immediately but so are Rashford and Lingard and they almost find a way through from the left after Rashford's angled shot is saved by Krysiak's right foot but James and Sowunmi do enough to squeeze them out. Rashford demands the ref deem it obstruction but it wasn't and he doesn't. 9:31PM 76 min Dickson beats Darmian with the simplest method of all, pushing it past him and then burning him off. He crosses to the near post, Lindelof wellies it away but not far enough and Yeovil work it out to the right from the knockdown where Surridge takes the opportunity to drill a shot that Romero palms down and holds at the second attempt. 9:29PM 74 min Lingard almost gets round the back. He's playing on the right and Rashford on the left now. Pace to shred a tired defence. 9:28PM 72 min Alexis Sanchez departs. He took three heavy tackles/fouls in the match and Mourinho doubtlessly has seen enough. Lingard comes on. Now Martin Keown may change his tune. Herrera scores United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 9:25PM 71 min McTominay's shot leads to a corner that Rashford and Sanchez work short but can't get into the box. 9:24PM 70 min Yeovil sub: Green off, replaced by Alex Fisher who drove down tonight to complete his loan from Motherwell and arrived an hour and a half before kick-off after hours in the car. 9:23PM 68 min Sanchez is down and holding his left ankle but eventually gets up when the referee doesn't stop play. Mourinho tells him he'll take him off if he wants but he darts back into the fray. Keown is now coating Mourinho for letting De Bruyne and Salah rot when he was at Chelsea but then says 'I'm sure that won't happen with Sanchez.' Err ... yeah. 9:20PM 66 min Lukaku comes on to replace Juan Mata. 9:19PM 64 min Darmian spanks a right foot shot in off the left post and Mata but it's disallowed because Mata was clearly in front of the last defender when he hit it. It was a breathtakingly slick move though, United dinking passes around Yeovil's defenders and storming past them with rapid, unpredictable movement. 9:17PM 62 min United break from a Yeovil corner by playing it up to Mata in the centre circle. He spins his man, Dickson, and raids forward with Sanchez, Rashford and Herrera sprinting ahead. He slips the ball to Sanchez, Rashford spurts into the box, taking a man with him to open the space for Sanchez's reverse pass to Herrera on the left of the box in a seemingly less promising position to Rashford but unmarked. And he takes the ball, stun the pass and hammers a diagonal shot into the opposite corner. 9:15PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-2 Man Utd (Herrera) 9:15PM 60 min Actually that should have been a penalty. He caught Mata before the ball. United kept recycling it and didn't protest but made no better chance. 9:14PM 59 min United fashion a series of openings from the left, the best when Sanchez arcs the ball in for the first time and Mata was about to pirouette and shoot by the penalty spot, Dickson, I think, took the ball away (and then the man). 9:10PM 56 min Yeovil substitution: Bird goes off to be replaced by Browne. Their free-kick, designed to take advantage of United's high line, is over the top and easily snaffled by Romero. 9:09PM 55 min Lindelof takes out Surridge with a hasty leap, barrelling the centre-forward over. That's the second time he's doen that. 9:08PM 53 min United do look vulnerable down their right and Dickson exploits Darmian's lack of pace and ruggedness with vicious outswinging left-foot cross to the back stick where Surridge meets it but can't apply the necessary power or precision. 9:05PM 51 min Rashford skitters through the box from the left, slicing past James and Sowunmi in a horizontal lune before he turns to shoot, lunging at it somewhat and knocking it into Gray's shins and behind for a corner that comes to naught. 9:04PM 50 min To spring the Yeovil two banks of four United try to go down the sides and Mata opens up a run for Darmian with a sublime reverse pass. The full-back gallops to the byline then massively overhits his cross, giving Sanchez no chance. 9:02PM 49 min United in a more pronounced 4-3-3 now, with McTominay the middle of three midfielders as his side hog the ball without much penetration. 9:01PM 48 min Sanchez is whacked on the top of the foot by Sowunmi as he tried to run on to Rashford's flick on. Yellow card and a free-kick about 35 yards out on the left that Yeovil defend well. 9:00PM 46 min Yeovil kick off, lose the ball and Manchester United shift it about from left to right and back again as they shuffle up to halfway in increments of five yards. 8:53PM Martin Keown is as popular on Twitter tonight ... As he was with Leeds ... If Martin Keown is annoying you on commentary, this will make you feel better. pic.twitter.com/bB7Na5RQen— Coral (@Coral) January 26, 2018 He has been caning Sanchez for choosing United over City, for being too greedy, for being ineffective, for losing the ball. 8:43PM Half time Drab performance from Manchester United so far but they scored the goal because good sides exploit mistakes ruthlessly. No doubt it's a difficult pitch, more familiar to Yeovil obviously who could have scored twice through Green and Sowunmi. 8:42PM 44 min Mourinho, who is standing up, is greeted by 'You're just a s--- Guardiola' and Yeovil's favourite chant, which appears to be 'You what? You what? You what? You what? You what?' Jose Mourinho was accused of being a poor version of Pep Guardiola by Yeovil fans Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:41PM 43 min Carrick has a wayward shot. Let's play commentary bingo. Altogether now. 'Carrick. Of all people.' 8:40PM 40 min James has had a fine game so far but he's just gift-wrapped the Cup tie and given it to United. And put a bow on. Rashford stroked a 10-yard pass from right to centre for Sancjez and kept running. Sanchez dinked the return into the box and into Rashford's stride. But James read his run, muscled in front of him and then tried to shepherd the ball back to the keeper, unaware that Rashford was still on his shoulder. As he hesitated to wait for the goalie to come and gather - it was too far out - Rashford stole round and lashed his shot into the net. Marcus Rashford exploits Yeovil's 'After you, Claude' moment Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:36PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford) 8:36PM 40 min Predicatable cries of 'What a waste of money' greet Sanchez for the umpteenth time when he shanks a shot way wide from 18 yards. 8:35PM 37 min Yeovil free kick right of centre, 25 yards out after Carrick bundles into Bird. James take sit and smashes a shot towards the left post. Ronero is well positioned and slaps it away but United can't clear properly until the fourth attempt as Yeovil keep pinging it back into the box. It's the kind of save that is pretty effective but one that English pundits deride ... as Martin Keown immediately does. 8:33PM 35 min Good cross from Sanchez on the left to Rashford at the back post but he can't get there and Yeovil lash it upfield. 8:31PM 34 min Herrera latches on to a loose ball 30 yards out and flays a shocking shot into oribit. Dreadful. 8:29PM 33 min Sanchez does that thing that he did at Arsenal when he succumbed to Messiah Complex and tried to do it all by himself. He hung on to the ball too long and then, when his team-mates had trotted too far expecting a pass, bludgeoned a pass into touch. 8:28PM 31 min A well-populated wall stands just inside the 18-yard line. Sanchez aims for the bottom right corner, bends it around the wall but telegraphed it with his body shape enough for Krysiak to get down swiftly and catch it. Sanchez takes the free kick Credit: AFP/Getty Images 8:26PM 30 min A rotten challenge from Smith, the Jamaica defender, scythes down Sanchez 25 yards out dead centre. Yellow card and Sanchez is unruffled enough to take the free kick. 8:25PM 28 min Wing, the lad on loan from Boro, plays a neat pass between Lindelof and Rojo looking for Surridge's run but he can't get round the back quickly enough. 8:24PM 26 min Sanchez and Mata link up nicely through the middle, gamboling like Baggio and Del Piero in 1994-95 on the rare occasions they were fielded together for Juve. Tom James, the right-back, diligently sticks to Mata and after some hypnotising footwork, he does not fall under their spell and whips the ball away. 8:22PM 24 min Quick feet from Sanchez creates an opening for Rashford to make the run through the inside left channel to meet it. He gathers it in his stride and flashes a low shot to Krysiak's right. The keeper swoops down to block it with a firm hand. Good save. 8:19PM 22 min He hasn't done anything but the photographers know what picture editors want. More than two-thirds of the photos so far from Husih Park have focused on his nibs, Croesus Sanchez. Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA 8:17PM 20 min McTominay zips the ball around the last third. He looks a busy talent, always available for the short pass and his touches open up a path for Rashford to bullock in from the left with dazzling control until he tries to take on one defender too many and gets it stuck under his feet. Smith stabs it clear. 8:15PM 18 min Lindelof sends Zoko flying with a dumb challenge from behind as Zoko went up to win a header. He just took him out and should have been booked on the first-minute model established by Tierney. 8:14PM 15 min Yeovil free kick when Green is brought down once more as he tries to rampage down the left. McTominay falls asleep and plays the green shirts onside from the set-piece which is again arrowed towards Sowunmi, this time peeling of around the back, but he can only head his attempt tamely into the ground, making it an easy snatch for Romero. 8:12PM 13 min United corner but it could have been better when McTominay squared a header across goal that Yeovil scrambled behind. He was livid that no one ran to meet his intended 'assist' but he should have seen there was no one making the run before he played it. Krysiak strides out to catch Sanchez's corner. Little bit of a size difference between these Man United and Yeovil teams... #MUFC#YTFC#ytfcvmufc#FACuppic.twitter.com/nlNysDDuev— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 26, 2018 8:08PM 11 min Where there's Lindelof there's hope ... for Yeovil who have targeted the right side of United's defence. Green again skins Darmain, gets to the byline and wins a corner from his blocked cross. Yeovil bend it in to the box, swinging it out towards the penalty spot where 6ft 6in Sowunmi meets it but is thwarted by Rojo. 8:05PM 8 min Good chance for Yeovil as they quickly regroup from Romero's clearance. Green plays a one-two with Surridge, turns on the turbo boosters and glides past Lindelof and into the box. His first heavyish trap takes him too close to the touchline and narrows the angle for the shot which he pings at Romero's legs. 8:03PM 7 min And indeed he scuds it into the box for Romero to catch it. 8:03PM 6 min Sanchez is being booed. Perhaps they suspect him of coming from Gloucestershire. Odd. Yeovil have a throw and Dickson prepares to take it long with an elaborate ball-drying routine. 8:01PM 4 min McTominay bundles Smith over after Sanchez switches the play to the right and Yeovil have a free kick that they use to probe around the United box but overplay and United clear up to Rashford. 7:59PM 3 min Always nice to have Martin Keown on co-comms! Lindelof brings the ball out from the back. Surridge presses him quickly and he goes backwards to go forwards. United shift it up to Sanchez who has started wide on the left, whitewash on his boots. 7:58PM 1 min Almost from the off, Zoko chases a ball chipped up the inside left channel and blocks Rojo's clearance. The centre-back's boot connects with the sole of Zoko's boot. He goes down in a heap and Zoko is booked. Looked pretty accidental to me. 7:55PM First up A minute's applause for Jimmy Armfield. Click on the great man's name to read Paul Hayward's magnificent tribute. 7:53PM Alexis Sanchez Walks out last. He's taken the Paul Ince position at the back of the line. Eight people wave green flags in the centre-circle to greet the players. Semaphore. 'Can you see me, Mother?' 7:51PM The United players are in the tunnel Mourinho walks out to take his place on the bench while his side waits for Yeovil's team. Ian Wright Wright Wright thinks United were there first to intimidate the Yeovil players because they'd see all those big names on the shirts. Hmmm. 7:46PM The BBC Has just given Jose Mourinho a bottle of Birthday Brew cider to commemorate his birthday. "I will keep it but I will not drink it," he says. 7:34PM Those teams in black and white Yeovil Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith, Dickson; Green, Wing, Bird, Gray; Zoko, Surridge. Substitutes Connor Smith, Browne, Maddison, Gobern, Whelan, Santos, Fisher. Yeovil Town's Jolly Green Giant welcomes Manchester United to Huish Park Credit: Harry Trump/Getty Images Man Utd Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Carrick; McTominay, Mata, Sanchez; Rashford. Substitutes Joel Pereira, Lukaku, Smalling, Lingard, Young, Matic, Gomes. Referee Paul Tierney (Wigan) 7:03PM And here's how Yeovil line up ⚽️ | Your #YTFC team for tonight's #EmiratesFACup fourth round tie against #MUFC. COYG!�� pic.twitter.com/vLc4qrTqar— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 26, 2018 6:59PM Michael Carrick starts too A welcome return for the club captain after his heart ablation in the autumn. Yeovil Town’s 11 mascots getting their money’s worth: a team talk from Jose Mourinho & now a kickabout with subs Matic, Lingard & Smalling— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 26, 2018 6:57PM And here's the man in question Calls himself a footballer with those headphones? Paul Pogba will have him wearing a pair the size of furry frying pans soon enough. Alexis Sanchez arrives at Huish Park Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 6:55PM Alexis Sanchez is starting How the Reds line up for tonight's @EmiratesFACup clash with Yeovil! It's an #MUFC debut for @Alexis_Sanchez... pic.twitter.com/XB9AmCPdqo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2018 6:52PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of the Alexis Sánchez showFA Cup fourth round tie between Yeovil Town of League Two and Manchester United. After the broadcasters gave United their 13-yearly break from televised Cup ties in the last round, normal service has been resumed for the visit of the 12-time winners to Huish Park where the home side's manager, Darren Way, has identified the route to success: "Put a brick wall up in front of the goal, make sure we’re tactically astute, concentrate." In a revealing interview with Jim White, Way said he hoped it would appease some of the 'grumblier' elements among the support and also indulged in one of the great Manchester United cliches, ruminating on the quality of red wine he was contemplating purchasing for their manager's delectation. For the last 10 years of Sir Alex Ferguson's spell in charge, he managed to turn his managerial colleagues into sommeliers. Here we go again, it seems. Perhaps life in the Travel TavernLowry has prompted Jose Mourinho to develop his palate. And so on to Friday night's Somerset fiesta of football. The only question dominating the airwaves and newsprint is whether Sanchez will be given his debut tonight as a starter or off the bench. One presumes he'll be thrown straight in but one should never underestimate the obtuseness of a football manager when it comes to a midseason signing. They do tend to like to make you wait. We'll let you know if we'll get a sighting of the No7 straight from the kick-off. Variously described as "iconic" and "prestigious", the shirt number Sanchez inherited has been the emblem of a long and distinguished line of United's most cherished players, from Johnny Berry, George Best and Steve Coppell back when it was routinely put on the dressing-room peg of the outside right, to Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who established it as a brand in the era when names started to appear on the back of shirts as a marketing exercise. Here's Alan Tyers' inquisition into the shirt he will wear and what it means. MUFC magnificent sevens Of course it has a symbolic significance but perhaps it has a psychological one, too. Bill Shankly joked his Preston No4 had otherworldly properties, telling his successor in it, Tommy Docherty, "Congratulations. You are now the greatest right-half in the world. Just put the No4 shirt on and let it run round, it knows where to go". We shall see. Join us for coverage of the match and team news when it lands at about 6.55pm.
Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' Of all the places to start his ­Manchester United career, Alexis Sánchez did so in the FA Cup fourth round at Huish Park, where the highest-paid player in Premier League history was kicked up in the air, booed by the locals and ­finally sent home with the sponsors’ man of the match award. A double FA Cup winner, Sánchez knows this competition as well as any Englishman and, given his route to the top from a small town in northern Chile, there is nothing for him to fear at a League Two ­stadium on a chilly January night. Even so, it is clear that the stakes have been raised with his move from Arsenal to United, and he is under greater scrutiny than ever before. He came up with two assists and Darren Way, the Yeovil Town manager, talked in awe of a “world-class performance”. Jose Mourinho substituted his Chilean with around 19 minutes remaining and Sánchez's patience wearing thin with some of the treatment meted out. Mourinho said that a first-half foul on Sánchez by defender Nathan Smith should have been a red card, but he understood why referee Paul Tierney had been so reluctant to do so early in the game. Victory was never in doubt for United, even with a team that had 10 changes from the side that beat Burnley last Saturday, and Yeovil struggled to get close. Marcus Rashford was gifted a goal just before half-time when Thomas James, the Yeovil full-back, simply failed to realise how near the forward was to him and had the ball taken off his toe just yards from his own goal. Sánchez bent an early free kick around the wall Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Michael Carrick was back for his second performance of the season, captain on the night in this his first game since a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm that was diagnosed in November. Luke Shaw was back in the team, and so too the lesser-spotted Victor Lindelof. But this was about Sánchez, the man who is earning around £600,000-a-week, a remarkable salary anywhere in the game, never mind a team 87 places below United in the league pyramid and fighting relegation to the Conference. There seems to be a trend these days to boo the recipient of the big-money move, regardless of whether it has had any effect on one’s own club – just ask Raheem Sterling – and there might be more of this hostility to come for Sánchez. Ander Herrera buries United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Smith’s challenge was after 30 minutes and might well have been a red card and, by the time Sánchez got more of the same in the second half, Mourinho decided it was time to bring him off. By then Sánchez had also generously created Ander Herrera’s goal, United’s second, and taken over free-kick duty. He was booed before the game and was booed when he came off and, when the stadium announcer said Sanchez had been voted man of the match, he was booed for that, too. Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku both scored late in the game with Yeovil stretched and exhausted, and there was a second senior outing for the 17-year-old Angel Gomes. For Way, whose side are 21st in League Two, there are greater concerns ahead, but he was delighted with the experience and his interaction with Mourinho. “We gave it everything,” he said. “We couldn’t have done any more. I just needed Sánchez in my team.” The club is under pressure from fans to make signings to keep their league status and Ryan Seager has joined on loan from Southampton. Lingard, who replaced Sánchez, scythed Yeovil apart to score United's third Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images On Mourinho, Way said: “It’s an absolute honour for me to speak to a manager of that class. He oozes class, and was very humble towards me. He’s done his homework. It wouldn’t surprise me if he knew my children’s names. “To share that moment with him was special. I’ll be interested to ask him what he thought of my team but, by all accounts, he was impressed with what he saw. The guy’s a winner. My players gave everything.” The greatest Yeovil threat came from set-pieces. The enormous centre-half Omar Sowunmi went forward in search of the ball into the area and he forced an early save out of Sergio Romero. There was also the pace of left winger Jordan Green for United to think about when they did not have the ball, which was seldom during a game in which they enjoyed 74 per cent of the possession. For United’s first goal, Rashford had skipped through the middle onto Sánchez's pass but was crowded out and James was in possession when Rashford realised the full-back had forgotten about him. James was idly guiding the ball back to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, unaware of Rashford’s proximity, and the United man nipped back in and tucked a shot into the net. United’s second started with a long ball cleared out from the back by Shaw and gathered by unlikely target man, Juan Mata, whose touch and awareness of space meant he could turn right and pick out Sánchez breaking forward. Lukaku volleys in the late fourth Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It must have crossed the Chilean’s mind to shoot, but he had Rashford and Herrera holding their runs ahead of him and picked the ­latter, who finished neatly. Before at last Sánchez was replaced by Lingard after 71 minutes he was kicked again on his right ankle and spent some time demonstrating his pain on the pitch. It precipitated an aggrieved Sanchez charging towards his own goal to win back possession as Mourinho urged caution and then decided to summon a replacement. Lingard was given too much space down the right to add a third goal. By the time Lukaku added a fourth, a volley from Marcos Rojo’s cross, the dream was over for Yeovil. For Sánchez, it was just beginning and United would have liked what they saw. 9:59PM Here's Jim White on the debutant Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' 9:58PM Jose Mourinho speaks These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct. Even so the attitude is correct but they gave us a hard time in the first half. I could hear Darren on the touchline and knew what he was asking of the players. We were professional and took control. In the second half we were professional and killed the game. Fantastic addition. Like Ander says, everybody is happy that Alexis comes. We have fantastic group of attacking players - he has a bit more of experience and maturity and class. 9:50PM Full time Manchester United are the first team in the fifth round. They didn't play particularly entertainingly in the first half but ground out a supremacy with utmost professionalism and then turned the screw in the second half. Yeovil played well in the first half but quality (and money) told in the end as it almost always does. 9:48PM 90+3 min Terrific cross from Rojo who had no reason to be so far forward and to be the man picked out by Herrera. He fired in a precise cross that Lukaku met on the volley eight yards out and blasted into the net. 9:47PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd (Lukaku) 9:46PM 89 min Open Sesame, Lingard parted Yeovil, gliding diagonally down the inside right channel and spanked a low shot past Krysiak with five men in pursuit but defeated. 9:43PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-3 Man Utd (Lingard) 9:43PM 88 min And he makes an immediate impact, twisting James' blood with a snake-hipped burst from the left. He bounds past the right-back and bends a shot into the side netting. 9:42PM 87 min Marcus Rashford is coming off and on comes United's Angel Gomes in the storied No47 shirt. 9:40PM 85 min McTominay with a rather cynical and illegal block receives a telling off rather than the second booking the crow want and it probably merited. 9:39PM 84 min Conor Smith on for Lewis Wing. That's Yeovil's last sub. Rashford races into the box from the left, Krysiak comes out and dives headlong to try to slap it away. He misses but Rashford, thinking he can round him, doesn't use the opportunity to fall over and the ball scuttles out of play. 9:37PM 82 min Free kick about 30 yards out that James takes, striking it again with his laces to make it go up and down, over the wall and dipping inside the left post. Romero skips across to catch it. 9:35PM 80 min McTominay goes into the book for trying to make up for his wayward pass by sliding into Zoko. His right foot took the ball cleanly but only after his left had taken Zoko's right ankle in a scissor movement. 9:34PM 78 min Mata and Sanchez earlier seemed to be on the same wavelength immediately but so are Rashford and Lingard and they almost find a way through from the left after Rashford's angled shot is saved by Krysiak's right foot but James and Sowunmi do enough to squeeze them out. Rashford demands the ref deem it obstruction but it wasn't and he doesn't. 9:31PM 76 min Dickson beats Darmian with the simplest method of all, pushing it past him and then burning him off. He crosses to the near post, Lindelof wellies it away but not far enough and Yeovil work it out to the right from the knockdown where Surridge takes the opportunity to drill a shot that Romero palms down and holds at the second attempt. 9:29PM 74 min Lingard almost gets round the back. He's playing on the right and Rashford on the left now. Pace to shred a tired defence. 9:28PM 72 min Alexis Sanchez departs. He took three heavy tackles/fouls in the match and Mourinho doubtlessly has seen enough. Lingard comes on. Now Martin Keown may change his tune. Herrera scores United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 9:25PM 71 min McTominay's shot leads to a corner that Rashford and Sanchez work short but can't get into the box. 9:24PM 70 min Yeovil sub: Green off, replaced by Alex Fisher who drove down tonight to complete his loan from Motherwell and arrived an hour and a half before kick-off after hours in the car. 9:23PM 68 min Sanchez is down and holding his left ankle but eventually gets up when the referee doesn't stop play. Mourinho tells him he'll take him off if he wants but he darts back into the fray. Keown is now coating Mourinho for letting De Bruyne and Salah rot when he was at Chelsea but then says 'I'm sure that won't happen with Sanchez.' Err ... yeah. 9:20PM 66 min Lukaku comes on to replace Juan Mata. 9:19PM 64 min Darmian spanks a right foot shot in off the left post and Mata but it's disallowed because Mata was clearly in front of the last defender when he hit it. It was a breathtakingly slick move though, United dinking passes around Yeovil's defenders and storming past them with rapid, unpredictable movement. 9:17PM 62 min United break from a Yeovil corner by playing it up to Mata in the centre circle. He spins his man, Dickson, and raids forward with Sanchez, Rashford and Herrera sprinting ahead. He slips the ball to Sanchez, Rashford spurts into the box, taking a man with him to open the space for Sanchez's reverse pass to Herrera on the left of the box in a seemingly less promising position to Rashford but unmarked. And he takes the ball, stun the pass and hammers a diagonal shot into the opposite corner. 9:15PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-2 Man Utd (Herrera) 9:15PM 60 min Actually that should have been a penalty. He caught Mata before the ball. United kept recycling it and didn't protest but made no better chance. 9:14PM 59 min United fashion a series of openings from the left, the best when Sanchez arcs the ball in for the first time and Mata was about to pirouette and shoot by the penalty spot, Dickson, I think, took the ball away (and then the man). 9:10PM 56 min Yeovil substitution: Bird goes off to be replaced by Browne. Their free-kick, designed to take advantage of United's high line, is over the top and easily snaffled by Romero. 9:09PM 55 min Lindelof takes out Surridge with a hasty leap, barrelling the centre-forward over. That's the second time he's doen that. 9:08PM 53 min United do look vulnerable down their right and Dickson exploits Darmian's lack of pace and ruggedness with vicious outswinging left-foot cross to the back stick where Surridge meets it but can't apply the necessary power or precision. 9:05PM 51 min Rashford skitters through the box from the left, slicing past James and Sowunmi in a horizontal lune before he turns to shoot, lunging at it somewhat and knocking it into Gray's shins and behind for a corner that comes to naught. 9:04PM 50 min To spring the Yeovil two banks of four United try to go down the sides and Mata opens up a run for Darmian with a sublime reverse pass. The full-back gallops to the byline then massively overhits his cross, giving Sanchez no chance. 9:02PM 49 min United in a more pronounced 4-3-3 now, with McTominay the middle of three midfielders as his side hog the ball without much penetration. 9:01PM 48 min Sanchez is whacked on the top of the foot by Sowunmi as he tried to run on to Rashford's flick on. Yellow card and a free-kick about 35 yards out on the left that Yeovil defend well. 9:00PM 46 min Yeovil kick off, lose the ball and Manchester United shift it about from left to right and back again as they shuffle up to halfway in increments of five yards. 8:53PM Martin Keown is as popular on Twitter tonight ... As he was with Leeds ... If Martin Keown is annoying you on commentary, this will make you feel better. pic.twitter.com/bB7Na5RQen— Coral (@Coral) January 26, 2018 He has been caning Sanchez for choosing United over City, for being too greedy, for being ineffective, for losing the ball. 8:43PM Half time Drab performance from Manchester United so far but they scored the goal because good sides exploit mistakes ruthlessly. No doubt it's a difficult pitch, more familiar to Yeovil obviously who could have scored twice through Green and Sowunmi. 8:42PM 44 min Mourinho, who is standing up, is greeted by 'You're just a s--- Guardiola' and Yeovil's favourite chant, which appears to be 'You what? You what? You what? You what? You what?' Jose Mourinho was accused of being a poor version of Pep Guardiola by Yeovil fans Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:41PM 43 min Carrick has a wayward shot. Let's play commentary bingo. Altogether now. 'Carrick. Of all people.' 8:40PM 40 min James has had a fine game so far but he's just gift-wrapped the Cup tie and given it to United. And put a bow on. Rashford stroked a 10-yard pass from right to centre for Sancjez and kept running. Sanchez dinked the return into the box and into Rashford's stride. But James read his run, muscled in front of him and then tried to shepherd the ball back to the keeper, unaware that Rashford was still on his shoulder. As he hesitated to wait for the goalie to come and gather - it was too far out - Rashford stole round and lashed his shot into the net. Marcus Rashford exploits Yeovil's 'After you, Claude' moment Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:36PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford) 8:36PM 40 min Predicatable cries of 'What a waste of money' greet Sanchez for the umpteenth time when he shanks a shot way wide from 18 yards. 8:35PM 37 min Yeovil free kick right of centre, 25 yards out after Carrick bundles into Bird. James take sit and smashes a shot towards the left post. Ronero is well positioned and slaps it away but United can't clear properly until the fourth attempt as Yeovil keep pinging it back into the box. It's the kind of save that is pretty effective but one that English pundits deride ... as Martin Keown immediately does. 8:33PM 35 min Good cross from Sanchez on the left to Rashford at the back post but he can't get there and Yeovil lash it upfield. 8:31PM 34 min Herrera latches on to a loose ball 30 yards out and flays a shocking shot into oribit. Dreadful. 8:29PM 33 min Sanchez does that thing that he did at Arsenal when he succumbed to Messiah Complex and tried to do it all by himself. He hung on to the ball too long and then, when his team-mates had trotted too far expecting a pass, bludgeoned a pass into touch. 8:28PM 31 min A well-populated wall stands just inside the 18-yard line. Sanchez aims for the bottom right corner, bends it around the wall but telegraphed it with his body shape enough for Krysiak to get down swiftly and catch it. Sanchez takes the free kick Credit: AFP/Getty Images 8:26PM 30 min A rotten challenge from Smith, the Jamaica defender, scythes down Sanchez 25 yards out dead centre. Yellow card and Sanchez is unruffled enough to take the free kick. 8:25PM 28 min Wing, the lad on loan from Boro, plays a neat pass between Lindelof and Rojo looking for Surridge's run but he can't get round the back quickly enough. 8:24PM 26 min Sanchez and Mata link up nicely through the middle, gamboling like Baggio and Del Piero in 1994-95 on the rare occasions they were fielded together for Juve. Tom James, the right-back, diligently sticks to Mata and after some hypnotising footwork, he does not fall under their spell and whips the ball away. 8:22PM 24 min Quick feet from Sanchez creates an opening for Rashford to make the run through the inside left channel to meet it. He gathers it in his stride and flashes a low shot to Krysiak's right. The keeper swoops down to block it with a firm hand. Good save. 8:19PM 22 min He hasn't done anything but the photographers know what picture editors want. More than two-thirds of the photos so far from Husih Park have focused on his nibs, Croesus Sanchez. Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA 8:17PM 20 min McTominay zips the ball around the last third. He looks a busy talent, always available for the short pass and his touches open up a path for Rashford to bullock in from the left with dazzling control until he tries to take on one defender too many and gets it stuck under his feet. Smith stabs it clear. 8:15PM 18 min Lindelof sends Zoko flying with a dumb challenge from behind as Zoko went up to win a header. He just took him out and should have been booked on the first-minute model established by Tierney. 8:14PM 15 min Yeovil free kick when Green is brought down once more as he tries to rampage down the left. McTominay falls asleep and plays the green shirts onside from the set-piece which is again arrowed towards Sowunmi, this time peeling of around the back, but he can only head his attempt tamely into the ground, making it an easy snatch for Romero. 8:12PM 13 min United corner but it could have been better when McTominay squared a header across goal that Yeovil scrambled behind. He was livid that no one ran to meet his intended 'assist' but he should have seen there was no one making the run before he played it. Krysiak strides out to catch Sanchez's corner. Little bit of a size difference between these Man United and Yeovil teams... #MUFC#YTFC#ytfcvmufc#FACuppic.twitter.com/nlNysDDuev— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 26, 2018 8:08PM 11 min Where there's Lindelof there's hope ... for Yeovil who have targeted the right side of United's defence. Green again skins Darmain, gets to the byline and wins a corner from his blocked cross. Yeovil bend it in to the box, swinging it out towards the penalty spot where 6ft 6in Sowunmi meets it but is thwarted by Rojo. 8:05PM 8 min Good chance for Yeovil as they quickly regroup from Romero's clearance. Green plays a one-two with Surridge, turns on the turbo boosters and glides past Lindelof and into the box. His first heavyish trap takes him too close to the touchline and narrows the angle for the shot which he pings at Romero's legs. 8:03PM 7 min And indeed he scuds it into the box for Romero to catch it. 8:03PM 6 min Sanchez is being booed. Perhaps they suspect him of coming from Gloucestershire. Odd. Yeovil have a throw and Dickson prepares to take it long with an elaborate ball-drying routine. 8:01PM 4 min McTominay bundles Smith over after Sanchez switches the play to the right and Yeovil have a free kick that they use to probe around the United box but overplay and United clear up to Rashford. 7:59PM 3 min Always nice to have Martin Keown on co-comms! Lindelof brings the ball out from the back. Surridge presses him quickly and he goes backwards to go forwards. United shift it up to Sanchez who has started wide on the left, whitewash on his boots. 7:58PM 1 min Almost from the off, Zoko chases a ball chipped up the inside left channel and blocks Rojo's clearance. The centre-back's boot connects with the sole of Zoko's boot. He goes down in a heap and Zoko is booked. Looked pretty accidental to me. 7:55PM First up A minute's applause for Jimmy Armfield. Click on the great man's name to read Paul Hayward's magnificent tribute. 7:53PM Alexis Sanchez Walks out last. He's taken the Paul Ince position at the back of the line. Eight people wave green flags in the centre-circle to greet the players. Semaphore. 'Can you see me, Mother?' 7:51PM The United players are in the tunnel Mourinho walks out to take his place on the bench while his side waits for Yeovil's team. Ian Wright Wright Wright thinks United were there first to intimidate the Yeovil players because they'd see all those big names on the shirts. Hmmm. 7:46PM The BBC Has just given Jose Mourinho a bottle of Birthday Brew cider to commemorate his birthday. "I will keep it but I will not drink it," he says. 7:34PM Those teams in black and white Yeovil Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith, Dickson; Green, Wing, Bird, Gray; Zoko, Surridge. Substitutes Connor Smith, Browne, Maddison, Gobern, Whelan, Santos, Fisher. Yeovil Town's Jolly Green Giant welcomes Manchester United to Huish Park Credit: Harry Trump/Getty Images Man Utd Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Carrick; McTominay, Mata, Sanchez; Rashford. Substitutes Joel Pereira, Lukaku, Smalling, Lingard, Young, Matic, Gomes. Referee Paul Tierney (Wigan) 7:03PM And here's how Yeovil line up ⚽️ | Your #YTFC team for tonight's #EmiratesFACup fourth round tie against #MUFC. COYG!�� pic.twitter.com/vLc4qrTqar— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 26, 2018 6:59PM Michael Carrick starts too A welcome return for the club captain after his heart ablation in the autumn. Yeovil Town’s 11 mascots getting their money’s worth: a team talk from Jose Mourinho & now a kickabout with subs Matic, Lingard & Smalling— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 26, 2018 6:57PM And here's the man in question Calls himself a footballer with those headphones? Paul Pogba will have him wearing a pair the size of furry frying pans soon enough. Alexis Sanchez arrives at Huish Park Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 6:55PM Alexis Sanchez is starting How the Reds line up for tonight's @EmiratesFACup clash with Yeovil! It's an #MUFC debut for @Alexis_Sanchez... pic.twitter.com/XB9AmCPdqo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2018 6:52PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of the Alexis Sánchez showFA Cup fourth round tie between Yeovil Town of League Two and Manchester United. After the broadcasters gave United their 13-yearly break from televised Cup ties in the last round, normal service has been resumed for the visit of the 12-time winners to Huish Park where the home side's manager, Darren Way, has identified the route to success: "Put a brick wall up in front of the goal, make sure we’re tactically astute, concentrate." In a revealing interview with Jim White, Way said he hoped it would appease some of the 'grumblier' elements among the support and also indulged in one of the great Manchester United cliches, ruminating on the quality of red wine he was contemplating purchasing for their manager's delectation. For the last 10 years of Sir Alex Ferguson's spell in charge, he managed to turn his managerial colleagues into sommeliers. Here we go again, it seems. Perhaps life in the Travel TavernLowry has prompted Jose Mourinho to develop his palate. And so on to Friday night's Somerset fiesta of football. The only question dominating the airwaves and newsprint is whether Sanchez will be given his debut tonight as a starter or off the bench. One presumes he'll be thrown straight in but one should never underestimate the obtuseness of a football manager when it comes to a midseason signing. They do tend to like to make you wait. We'll let you know if we'll get a sighting of the No7 straight from the kick-off. Variously described as "iconic" and "prestigious", the shirt number Sanchez inherited has been the emblem of a long and distinguished line of United's most cherished players, from Johnny Berry, George Best and Steve Coppell back when it was routinely put on the dressing-room peg of the outside right, to Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who established it as a brand in the era when names started to appear on the back of shirts as a marketing exercise. Here's Alan Tyers' inquisition into the shirt he will wear and what it means. MUFC magnificent sevens Of course it has a symbolic significance but perhaps it has a psychological one, too. Bill Shankly joked his Preston No4 had otherworldly properties, telling his successor in it, Tommy Docherty, "Congratulations. You are now the greatest right-half in the world. Just put the No4 shirt on and let it run round, it knows where to go". We shall see. Join us for coverage of the match and team news when it lands at about 6.55pm.
Yeovil Town 0 Manchester United 4: Alexis Sanchez era begins with second half romp
Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' Of all the places to start his ­Manchester United career, Alexis Sánchez did so in the FA Cup fourth round at Huish Park, where the highest-paid player in Premier League history was kicked up in the air, booed by the locals and ­finally sent home with the sponsors’ man of the match award. A double FA Cup winner, Sánchez knows this competition as well as any Englishman and, given his route to the top from a small town in northern Chile, there is nothing for him to fear at a League Two ­stadium on a chilly January night. Even so, it is clear that the stakes have been raised with his move from Arsenal to United, and he is under greater scrutiny than ever before. He came up with two assists and Darren Way, the Yeovil Town manager, talked in awe of a “world-class performance”. Jose Mourinho substituted his Chilean with around 19 minutes remaining and Sánchez's patience wearing thin with some of the treatment meted out. Mourinho said that a first-half foul on Sánchez by defender Nathan Smith should have been a red card, but he understood why referee Paul Tierney had been so reluctant to do so early in the game. Victory was never in doubt for United, even with a team that had 10 changes from the side that beat Burnley last Saturday, and Yeovil struggled to get close. Marcus Rashford was gifted a goal just before half-time when Thomas James, the Yeovil full-back, simply failed to realise how near the forward was to him and had the ball taken off his toe just yards from his own goal. Sánchez bent an early free kick around the wall Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Michael Carrick was back for his second performance of the season, captain on the night in this his first game since a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm that was diagnosed in November. Luke Shaw was back in the team, and so too the lesser-spotted Victor Lindelof. But this was about Sánchez, the man who is earning around £600,000-a-week, a remarkable salary anywhere in the game, never mind a team 87 places below United in the league pyramid and fighting relegation to the Conference. There seems to be a trend these days to boo the recipient of the big-money move, regardless of whether it has had any effect on one’s own club – just ask Raheem Sterling – and there might be more of this hostility to come for Sánchez. Ander Herrera buries United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Smith’s challenge was after 30 minutes and might well have been a red card and, by the time Sánchez got more of the same in the second half, Mourinho decided it was time to bring him off. By then Sánchez had also generously created Ander Herrera’s goal, United’s second, and taken over free-kick duty. He was booed before the game and was booed when he came off and, when the stadium announcer said Sanchez had been voted man of the match, he was booed for that, too. Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku both scored late in the game with Yeovil stretched and exhausted, and there was a second senior outing for the 17-year-old Angel Gomes. For Way, whose side are 21st in League Two, there are greater concerns ahead, but he was delighted with the experience and his interaction with Mourinho. “We gave it everything,” he said. “We couldn’t have done any more. I just needed Sánchez in my team.” The club is under pressure from fans to make signings to keep their league status and Ryan Seager has joined on loan from Southampton. Lingard, who replaced Sánchez, scythed Yeovil apart to score United's third Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images On Mourinho, Way said: “It’s an absolute honour for me to speak to a manager of that class. He oozes class, and was very humble towards me. He’s done his homework. It wouldn’t surprise me if he knew my children’s names. “To share that moment with him was special. I’ll be interested to ask him what he thought of my team but, by all accounts, he was impressed with what he saw. The guy’s a winner. My players gave everything.” The greatest Yeovil threat came from set-pieces. The enormous centre-half Omar Sowunmi went forward in search of the ball into the area and he forced an early save out of Sergio Romero. There was also the pace of left winger Jordan Green for United to think about when they did not have the ball, which was seldom during a game in which they enjoyed 74 per cent of the possession. For United’s first goal, Rashford had skipped through the middle onto Sánchez's pass but was crowded out and James was in possession when Rashford realised the full-back had forgotten about him. James was idly guiding the ball back to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, unaware of Rashford’s proximity, and the United man nipped back in and tucked a shot into the net. United’s second started with a long ball cleared out from the back by Shaw and gathered by unlikely target man, Juan Mata, whose touch and awareness of space meant he could turn right and pick out Sánchez breaking forward. Lukaku volleys in the late fourth Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It must have crossed the Chilean’s mind to shoot, but he had Rashford and Herrera holding their runs ahead of him and picked the ­latter, who finished neatly. Before at last Sánchez was replaced by Lingard after 71 minutes he was kicked again on his right ankle and spent some time demonstrating his pain on the pitch. It precipitated an aggrieved Sanchez charging towards his own goal to win back possession as Mourinho urged caution and then decided to summon a replacement. Lingard was given too much space down the right to add a third goal. By the time Lukaku added a fourth, a volley from Marcos Rojo’s cross, the dream was over for Yeovil. For Sánchez, it was just beginning and United would have liked what they saw. 9:59PM Here's Jim White on the debutant Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' 9:58PM Jose Mourinho speaks These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct. Even so the attitude is correct but they gave us a hard time in the first half. I could hear Darren on the touchline and knew what he was asking of the players. We were professional and took control. In the second half we were professional and killed the game. Fantastic addition. Like Ander says, everybody is happy that Alexis comes. We have fantastic group of attacking players - he has a bit more of experience and maturity and class. 9:50PM Full time Manchester United are the first team in the fifth round. They didn't play particularly entertainingly in the first half but ground out a supremacy with utmost professionalism and then turned the screw in the second half. Yeovil played well in the first half but quality (and money) told in the end as it almost always does. 9:48PM 90+3 min Terrific cross from Rojo who had no reason to be so far forward and to be the man picked out by Herrera. He fired in a precise cross that Lukaku met on the volley eight yards out and blasted into the net. 9:47PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd (Lukaku) 9:46PM 89 min Open Sesame, Lingard parted Yeovil, gliding diagonally down the inside right channel and spanked a low shot past Krysiak with five men in pursuit but defeated. 9:43PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-3 Man Utd (Lingard) 9:43PM 88 min And he makes an immediate impact, twisting James' blood with a snake-hipped burst from the left. He bounds past the right-back and bends a shot into the side netting. 9:42PM 87 min Marcus Rashford is coming off and on comes United's Angel Gomes in the storied No47 shirt. 9:40PM 85 min McTominay with a rather cynical and illegal block receives a telling off rather than the second booking the crow want and it probably merited. 9:39PM 84 min Conor Smith on for Lewis Wing. That's Yeovil's last sub. Rashford races into the box from the left, Krysiak comes out and dives headlong to try to slap it away. He misses but Rashford, thinking he can round him, doesn't use the opportunity to fall over and the ball scuttles out of play. 9:37PM 82 min Free kick about 30 yards out that James takes, striking it again with his laces to make it go up and down, over the wall and dipping inside the left post. Romero skips across to catch it. 9:35PM 80 min McTominay goes into the book for trying to make up for his wayward pass by sliding into Zoko. His right foot took the ball cleanly but only after his left had taken Zoko's right ankle in a scissor movement. 9:34PM 78 min Mata and Sanchez earlier seemed to be on the same wavelength immediately but so are Rashford and Lingard and they almost find a way through from the left after Rashford's angled shot is saved by Krysiak's right foot but James and Sowunmi do enough to squeeze them out. Rashford demands the ref deem it obstruction but it wasn't and he doesn't. 9:31PM 76 min Dickson beats Darmian with the simplest method of all, pushing it past him and then burning him off. He crosses to the near post, Lindelof wellies it away but not far enough and Yeovil work it out to the right from the knockdown where Surridge takes the opportunity to drill a shot that Romero palms down and holds at the second attempt. 9:29PM 74 min Lingard almost gets round the back. He's playing on the right and Rashford on the left now. Pace to shred a tired defence. 9:28PM 72 min Alexis Sanchez departs. He took three heavy tackles/fouls in the match and Mourinho doubtlessly has seen enough. Lingard comes on. Now Martin Keown may change his tune. Herrera scores United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 9:25PM 71 min McTominay's shot leads to a corner that Rashford and Sanchez work short but can't get into the box. 9:24PM 70 min Yeovil sub: Green off, replaced by Alex Fisher who drove down tonight to complete his loan from Motherwell and arrived an hour and a half before kick-off after hours in the car. 9:23PM 68 min Sanchez is down and holding his left ankle but eventually gets up when the referee doesn't stop play. Mourinho tells him he'll take him off if he wants but he darts back into the fray. Keown is now coating Mourinho for letting De Bruyne and Salah rot when he was at Chelsea but then says 'I'm sure that won't happen with Sanchez.' Err ... yeah. 9:20PM 66 min Lukaku comes on to replace Juan Mata. 9:19PM 64 min Darmian spanks a right foot shot in off the left post and Mata but it's disallowed because Mata was clearly in front of the last defender when he hit it. It was a breathtakingly slick move though, United dinking passes around Yeovil's defenders and storming past them with rapid, unpredictable movement. 9:17PM 62 min United break from a Yeovil corner by playing it up to Mata in the centre circle. He spins his man, Dickson, and raids forward with Sanchez, Rashford and Herrera sprinting ahead. He slips the ball to Sanchez, Rashford spurts into the box, taking a man with him to open the space for Sanchez's reverse pass to Herrera on the left of the box in a seemingly less promising position to Rashford but unmarked. And he takes the ball, stun the pass and hammers a diagonal shot into the opposite corner. 9:15PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-2 Man Utd (Herrera) 9:15PM 60 min Actually that should have been a penalty. He caught Mata before the ball. United kept recycling it and didn't protest but made no better chance. 9:14PM 59 min United fashion a series of openings from the left, the best when Sanchez arcs the ball in for the first time and Mata was about to pirouette and shoot by the penalty spot, Dickson, I think, took the ball away (and then the man). 9:10PM 56 min Yeovil substitution: Bird goes off to be replaced by Browne. Their free-kick, designed to take advantage of United's high line, is over the top and easily snaffled by Romero. 9:09PM 55 min Lindelof takes out Surridge with a hasty leap, barrelling the centre-forward over. That's the second time he's doen that. 9:08PM 53 min United do look vulnerable down their right and Dickson exploits Darmian's lack of pace and ruggedness with vicious outswinging left-foot cross to the back stick where Surridge meets it but can't apply the necessary power or precision. 9:05PM 51 min Rashford skitters through the box from the left, slicing past James and Sowunmi in a horizontal lune before he turns to shoot, lunging at it somewhat and knocking it into Gray's shins and behind for a corner that comes to naught. 9:04PM 50 min To spring the Yeovil two banks of four United try to go down the sides and Mata opens up a run for Darmian with a sublime reverse pass. The full-back gallops to the byline then massively overhits his cross, giving Sanchez no chance. 9:02PM 49 min United in a more pronounced 4-3-3 now, with McTominay the middle of three midfielders as his side hog the ball without much penetration. 9:01PM 48 min Sanchez is whacked on the top of the foot by Sowunmi as he tried to run on to Rashford's flick on. Yellow card and a free-kick about 35 yards out on the left that Yeovil defend well. 9:00PM 46 min Yeovil kick off, lose the ball and Manchester United shift it about from left to right and back again as they shuffle up to halfway in increments of five yards. 8:53PM Martin Keown is as popular on Twitter tonight ... As he was with Leeds ... If Martin Keown is annoying you on commentary, this will make you feel better. pic.twitter.com/bB7Na5RQen— Coral (@Coral) January 26, 2018 He has been caning Sanchez for choosing United over City, for being too greedy, for being ineffective, for losing the ball. 8:43PM Half time Drab performance from Manchester United so far but they scored the goal because good sides exploit mistakes ruthlessly. No doubt it's a difficult pitch, more familiar to Yeovil obviously who could have scored twice through Green and Sowunmi. 8:42PM 44 min Mourinho, who is standing up, is greeted by 'You're just a s--- Guardiola' and Yeovil's favourite chant, which appears to be 'You what? You what? You what? You what? You what?' Jose Mourinho was accused of being a poor version of Pep Guardiola by Yeovil fans Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:41PM 43 min Carrick has a wayward shot. Let's play commentary bingo. Altogether now. 'Carrick. Of all people.' 8:40PM 40 min James has had a fine game so far but he's just gift-wrapped the Cup tie and given it to United. And put a bow on. Rashford stroked a 10-yard pass from right to centre for Sancjez and kept running. Sanchez dinked the return into the box and into Rashford's stride. But James read his run, muscled in front of him and then tried to shepherd the ball back to the keeper, unaware that Rashford was still on his shoulder. As he hesitated to wait for the goalie to come and gather - it was too far out - Rashford stole round and lashed his shot into the net. Marcus Rashford exploits Yeovil's 'After you, Claude' moment Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:36PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford) 8:36PM 40 min Predicatable cries of 'What a waste of money' greet Sanchez for the umpteenth time when he shanks a shot way wide from 18 yards. 8:35PM 37 min Yeovil free kick right of centre, 25 yards out after Carrick bundles into Bird. James take sit and smashes a shot towards the left post. Ronero is well positioned and slaps it away but United can't clear properly until the fourth attempt as Yeovil keep pinging it back into the box. It's the kind of save that is pretty effective but one that English pundits deride ... as Martin Keown immediately does. 8:33PM 35 min Good cross from Sanchez on the left to Rashford at the back post but he can't get there and Yeovil lash it upfield. 8:31PM 34 min Herrera latches on to a loose ball 30 yards out and flays a shocking shot into oribit. Dreadful. 8:29PM 33 min Sanchez does that thing that he did at Arsenal when he succumbed to Messiah Complex and tried to do it all by himself. He hung on to the ball too long and then, when his team-mates had trotted too far expecting a pass, bludgeoned a pass into touch. 8:28PM 31 min A well-populated wall stands just inside the 18-yard line. Sanchez aims for the bottom right corner, bends it around the wall but telegraphed it with his body shape enough for Krysiak to get down swiftly and catch it. Sanchez takes the free kick Credit: AFP/Getty Images 8:26PM 30 min A rotten challenge from Smith, the Jamaica defender, scythes down Sanchez 25 yards out dead centre. Yellow card and Sanchez is unruffled enough to take the free kick. 8:25PM 28 min Wing, the lad on loan from Boro, plays a neat pass between Lindelof and Rojo looking for Surridge's run but he can't get round the back quickly enough. 8:24PM 26 min Sanchez and Mata link up nicely through the middle, gamboling like Baggio and Del Piero in 1994-95 on the rare occasions they were fielded together for Juve. Tom James, the right-back, diligently sticks to Mata and after some hypnotising footwork, he does not fall under their spell and whips the ball away. 8:22PM 24 min Quick feet from Sanchez creates an opening for Rashford to make the run through the inside left channel to meet it. He gathers it in his stride and flashes a low shot to Krysiak's right. The keeper swoops down to block it with a firm hand. Good save. 8:19PM 22 min He hasn't done anything but the photographers know what picture editors want. More than two-thirds of the photos so far from Husih Park have focused on his nibs, Croesus Sanchez. Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA 8:17PM 20 min McTominay zips the ball around the last third. He looks a busy talent, always available for the short pass and his touches open up a path for Rashford to bullock in from the left with dazzling control until he tries to take on one defender too many and gets it stuck under his feet. Smith stabs it clear. 8:15PM 18 min Lindelof sends Zoko flying with a dumb challenge from behind as Zoko went up to win a header. He just took him out and should have been booked on the first-minute model established by Tierney. 8:14PM 15 min Yeovil free kick when Green is brought down once more as he tries to rampage down the left. McTominay falls asleep and plays the green shirts onside from the set-piece which is again arrowed towards Sowunmi, this time peeling of around the back, but he can only head his attempt tamely into the ground, making it an easy snatch for Romero. 8:12PM 13 min United corner but it could have been better when McTominay squared a header across goal that Yeovil scrambled behind. He was livid that no one ran to meet his intended 'assist' but he should have seen there was no one making the run before he played it. Krysiak strides out to catch Sanchez's corner. Little bit of a size difference between these Man United and Yeovil teams... #MUFC#YTFC#ytfcvmufc#FACuppic.twitter.com/nlNysDDuev— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 26, 2018 8:08PM 11 min Where there's Lindelof there's hope ... for Yeovil who have targeted the right side of United's defence. Green again skins Darmain, gets to the byline and wins a corner from his blocked cross. Yeovil bend it in to the box, swinging it out towards the penalty spot where 6ft 6in Sowunmi meets it but is thwarted by Rojo. 8:05PM 8 min Good chance for Yeovil as they quickly regroup from Romero's clearance. Green plays a one-two with Surridge, turns on the turbo boosters and glides past Lindelof and into the box. His first heavyish trap takes him too close to the touchline and narrows the angle for the shot which he pings at Romero's legs. 8:03PM 7 min And indeed he scuds it into the box for Romero to catch it. 8:03PM 6 min Sanchez is being booed. Perhaps they suspect him of coming from Gloucestershire. Odd. Yeovil have a throw and Dickson prepares to take it long with an elaborate ball-drying routine. 8:01PM 4 min McTominay bundles Smith over after Sanchez switches the play to the right and Yeovil have a free kick that they use to probe around the United box but overplay and United clear up to Rashford. 7:59PM 3 min Always nice to have Martin Keown on co-comms! Lindelof brings the ball out from the back. Surridge presses him quickly and he goes backwards to go forwards. United shift it up to Sanchez who has started wide on the left, whitewash on his boots. 7:58PM 1 min Almost from the off, Zoko chases a ball chipped up the inside left channel and blocks Rojo's clearance. The centre-back's boot connects with the sole of Zoko's boot. He goes down in a heap and Zoko is booked. Looked pretty accidental to me. 7:55PM First up A minute's applause for Jimmy Armfield. Click on the great man's name to read Paul Hayward's magnificent tribute. 7:53PM Alexis Sanchez Walks out last. He's taken the Paul Ince position at the back of the line. Eight people wave green flags in the centre-circle to greet the players. Semaphore. 'Can you see me, Mother?' 7:51PM The United players are in the tunnel Mourinho walks out to take his place on the bench while his side waits for Yeovil's team. Ian Wright Wright Wright thinks United were there first to intimidate the Yeovil players because they'd see all those big names on the shirts. Hmmm. 7:46PM The BBC Has just given Jose Mourinho a bottle of Birthday Brew cider to commemorate his birthday. "I will keep it but I will not drink it," he says. 7:34PM Those teams in black and white Yeovil Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith, Dickson; Green, Wing, Bird, Gray; Zoko, Surridge. Substitutes Connor Smith, Browne, Maddison, Gobern, Whelan, Santos, Fisher. Yeovil Town's Jolly Green Giant welcomes Manchester United to Huish Park Credit: Harry Trump/Getty Images Man Utd Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Carrick; McTominay, Mata, Sanchez; Rashford. Substitutes Joel Pereira, Lukaku, Smalling, Lingard, Young, Matic, Gomes. Referee Paul Tierney (Wigan) 7:03PM And here's how Yeovil line up ⚽️ | Your #YTFC team for tonight's #EmiratesFACup fourth round tie against #MUFC. COYG!�� pic.twitter.com/vLc4qrTqar— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 26, 2018 6:59PM Michael Carrick starts too A welcome return for the club captain after his heart ablation in the autumn. Yeovil Town’s 11 mascots getting their money’s worth: a team talk from Jose Mourinho & now a kickabout with subs Matic, Lingard & Smalling— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 26, 2018 6:57PM And here's the man in question Calls himself a footballer with those headphones? Paul Pogba will have him wearing a pair the size of furry frying pans soon enough. Alexis Sanchez arrives at Huish Park Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 6:55PM Alexis Sanchez is starting How the Reds line up for tonight's @EmiratesFACup clash with Yeovil! It's an #MUFC debut for @Alexis_Sanchez... pic.twitter.com/XB9AmCPdqo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2018 6:52PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of the Alexis Sánchez showFA Cup fourth round tie between Yeovil Town of League Two and Manchester United. After the broadcasters gave United their 13-yearly break from televised Cup ties in the last round, normal service has been resumed for the visit of the 12-time winners to Huish Park where the home side's manager, Darren Way, has identified the route to success: "Put a brick wall up in front of the goal, make sure we’re tactically astute, concentrate." In a revealing interview with Jim White, Way said he hoped it would appease some of the 'grumblier' elements among the support and also indulged in one of the great Manchester United cliches, ruminating on the quality of red wine he was contemplating purchasing for their manager's delectation. For the last 10 years of Sir Alex Ferguson's spell in charge, he managed to turn his managerial colleagues into sommeliers. Here we go again, it seems. Perhaps life in the Travel TavernLowry has prompted Jose Mourinho to develop his palate. And so on to Friday night's Somerset fiesta of football. The only question dominating the airwaves and newsprint is whether Sanchez will be given his debut tonight as a starter or off the bench. One presumes he'll be thrown straight in but one should never underestimate the obtuseness of a football manager when it comes to a midseason signing. They do tend to like to make you wait. We'll let you know if we'll get a sighting of the No7 straight from the kick-off. Variously described as "iconic" and "prestigious", the shirt number Sanchez inherited has been the emblem of a long and distinguished line of United's most cherished players, from Johnny Berry, George Best and Steve Coppell back when it was routinely put on the dressing-room peg of the outside right, to Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who established it as a brand in the era when names started to appear on the back of shirts as a marketing exercise. Here's Alan Tyers' inquisition into the shirt he will wear and what it means. MUFC magnificent sevens Of course it has a symbolic significance but perhaps it has a psychological one, too. Bill Shankly joked his Preston No4 had otherworldly properties, telling his successor in it, Tommy Docherty, "Congratulations. You are now the greatest right-half in the world. Just put the No4 shirt on and let it run round, it knows where to go". We shall see. Join us for coverage of the match and team news when it lands at about 6.55pm.
Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' Of all the places to start his ­Manchester United career, Alexis Sánchez did so in the FA Cup fourth round at Huish Park, where the highest-paid player in Premier League history was kicked up in the air, booed by the locals and ­finally sent home with the sponsors’ man of the match award. A double FA Cup winner, Sánchez knows this competition as well as any Englishman and, given his route to the top from a small town in northern Chile, there is nothing for him to fear at a League Two ­stadium on a chilly January night. Even so, it is clear that the stakes have been raised with his move from Arsenal to United, and he is under greater scrutiny than ever before. He came up with two assists and Darren Way, the Yeovil Town manager, talked in awe of a “world-class performance”. Jose Mourinho substituted his Chilean with around 19 minutes remaining and Sánchez's patience wearing thin with some of the treatment meted out. Mourinho said that a first-half foul on Sánchez by defender Nathan Smith should have been a red card, but he understood why referee Paul Tierney had been so reluctant to do so early in the game. Victory was never in doubt for United, even with a team that had 10 changes from the side that beat Burnley last Saturday, and Yeovil struggled to get close. Marcus Rashford was gifted a goal just before half-time when Thomas James, the Yeovil full-back, simply failed to realise how near the forward was to him and had the ball taken off his toe just yards from his own goal. Sánchez bent an early free kick around the wall Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Michael Carrick was back for his second performance of the season, captain on the night in this his first game since a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm that was diagnosed in November. Luke Shaw was back in the team, and so too the lesser-spotted Victor Lindelof. But this was about Sánchez, the man who is earning around £600,000-a-week, a remarkable salary anywhere in the game, never mind a team 87 places below United in the league pyramid and fighting relegation to the Conference. There seems to be a trend these days to boo the recipient of the big-money move, regardless of whether it has had any effect on one’s own club – just ask Raheem Sterling – and there might be more of this hostility to come for Sánchez. Ander Herrera buries United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Smith’s challenge was after 30 minutes and might well have been a red card and, by the time Sánchez got more of the same in the second half, Mourinho decided it was time to bring him off. By then Sánchez had also generously created Ander Herrera’s goal, United’s second, and taken over free-kick duty. He was booed before the game and was booed when he came off and, when the stadium announcer said Sanchez had been voted man of the match, he was booed for that, too. Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku both scored late in the game with Yeovil stretched and exhausted, and there was a second senior outing for the 17-year-old Angel Gomes. For Way, whose side are 21st in League Two, there are greater concerns ahead, but he was delighted with the experience and his interaction with Mourinho. “We gave it everything,” he said. “We couldn’t have done any more. I just needed Sánchez in my team.” The club is under pressure from fans to make signings to keep their league status and Ryan Seager has joined on loan from Southampton. Lingard, who replaced Sánchez, scythed Yeovil apart to score United's third Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images On Mourinho, Way said: “It’s an absolute honour for me to speak to a manager of that class. He oozes class, and was very humble towards me. He’s done his homework. It wouldn’t surprise me if he knew my children’s names. “To share that moment with him was special. I’ll be interested to ask him what he thought of my team but, by all accounts, he was impressed with what he saw. The guy’s a winner. My players gave everything.” The greatest Yeovil threat came from set-pieces. The enormous centre-half Omar Sowunmi went forward in search of the ball into the area and he forced an early save out of Sergio Romero. There was also the pace of left winger Jordan Green for United to think about when they did not have the ball, which was seldom during a game in which they enjoyed 74 per cent of the possession. For United’s first goal, Rashford had skipped through the middle onto Sánchez's pass but was crowded out and James was in possession when Rashford realised the full-back had forgotten about him. James was idly guiding the ball back to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, unaware of Rashford’s proximity, and the United man nipped back in and tucked a shot into the net. United’s second started with a long ball cleared out from the back by Shaw and gathered by unlikely target man, Juan Mata, whose touch and awareness of space meant he could turn right and pick out Sánchez breaking forward. Lukaku volleys in the late fourth Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It must have crossed the Chilean’s mind to shoot, but he had Rashford and Herrera holding their runs ahead of him and picked the ­latter, who finished neatly. Before at last Sánchez was replaced by Lingard after 71 minutes he was kicked again on his right ankle and spent some time demonstrating his pain on the pitch. It precipitated an aggrieved Sanchez charging towards his own goal to win back possession as Mourinho urged caution and then decided to summon a replacement. Lingard was given too much space down the right to add a third goal. By the time Lukaku added a fourth, a volley from Marcos Rojo’s cross, the dream was over for Yeovil. For Sánchez, it was just beginning and United would have liked what they saw. 9:59PM Here's Jim White on the debutant Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' 9:58PM Jose Mourinho speaks These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct. Even so the attitude is correct but they gave us a hard time in the first half. I could hear Darren on the touchline and knew what he was asking of the players. We were professional and took control. In the second half we were professional and killed the game. Fantastic addition. Like Ander says, everybody is happy that Alexis comes. We have fantastic group of attacking players - he has a bit more of experience and maturity and class. 9:50PM Full time Manchester United are the first team in the fifth round. They didn't play particularly entertainingly in the first half but ground out a supremacy with utmost professionalism and then turned the screw in the second half. Yeovil played well in the first half but quality (and money) told in the end as it almost always does. 9:48PM 90+3 min Terrific cross from Rojo who had no reason to be so far forward and to be the man picked out by Herrera. He fired in a precise cross that Lukaku met on the volley eight yards out and blasted into the net. 9:47PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd (Lukaku) 9:46PM 89 min Open Sesame, Lingard parted Yeovil, gliding diagonally down the inside right channel and spanked a low shot past Krysiak with five men in pursuit but defeated. 9:43PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-3 Man Utd (Lingard) 9:43PM 88 min And he makes an immediate impact, twisting James' blood with a snake-hipped burst from the left. He bounds past the right-back and bends a shot into the side netting. 9:42PM 87 min Marcus Rashford is coming off and on comes United's Angel Gomes in the storied No47 shirt. 9:40PM 85 min McTominay with a rather cynical and illegal block receives a telling off rather than the second booking the crow want and it probably merited. 9:39PM 84 min Conor Smith on for Lewis Wing. That's Yeovil's last sub. Rashford races into the box from the left, Krysiak comes out and dives headlong to try to slap it away. He misses but Rashford, thinking he can round him, doesn't use the opportunity to fall over and the ball scuttles out of play. 9:37PM 82 min Free kick about 30 yards out that James takes, striking it again with his laces to make it go up and down, over the wall and dipping inside the left post. Romero skips across to catch it. 9:35PM 80 min McTominay goes into the book for trying to make up for his wayward pass by sliding into Zoko. His right foot took the ball cleanly but only after his left had taken Zoko's right ankle in a scissor movement. 9:34PM 78 min Mata and Sanchez earlier seemed to be on the same wavelength immediately but so are Rashford and Lingard and they almost find a way through from the left after Rashford's angled shot is saved by Krysiak's right foot but James and Sowunmi do enough to squeeze them out. Rashford demands the ref deem it obstruction but it wasn't and he doesn't. 9:31PM 76 min Dickson beats Darmian with the simplest method of all, pushing it past him and then burning him off. He crosses to the near post, Lindelof wellies it away but not far enough and Yeovil work it out to the right from the knockdown where Surridge takes the opportunity to drill a shot that Romero palms down and holds at the second attempt. 9:29PM 74 min Lingard almost gets round the back. He's playing on the right and Rashford on the left now. Pace to shred a tired defence. 9:28PM 72 min Alexis Sanchez departs. He took three heavy tackles/fouls in the match and Mourinho doubtlessly has seen enough. Lingard comes on. Now Martin Keown may change his tune. Herrera scores United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 9:25PM 71 min McTominay's shot leads to a corner that Rashford and Sanchez work short but can't get into the box. 9:24PM 70 min Yeovil sub: Green off, replaced by Alex Fisher who drove down tonight to complete his loan from Motherwell and arrived an hour and a half before kick-off after hours in the car. 9:23PM 68 min Sanchez is down and holding his left ankle but eventually gets up when the referee doesn't stop play. Mourinho tells him he'll take him off if he wants but he darts back into the fray. Keown is now coating Mourinho for letting De Bruyne and Salah rot when he was at Chelsea but then says 'I'm sure that won't happen with Sanchez.' Err ... yeah. 9:20PM 66 min Lukaku comes on to replace Juan Mata. 9:19PM 64 min Darmian spanks a right foot shot in off the left post and Mata but it's disallowed because Mata was clearly in front of the last defender when he hit it. It was a breathtakingly slick move though, United dinking passes around Yeovil's defenders and storming past them with rapid, unpredictable movement. 9:17PM 62 min United break from a Yeovil corner by playing it up to Mata in the centre circle. He spins his man, Dickson, and raids forward with Sanchez, Rashford and Herrera sprinting ahead. He slips the ball to Sanchez, Rashford spurts into the box, taking a man with him to open the space for Sanchez's reverse pass to Herrera on the left of the box in a seemingly less promising position to Rashford but unmarked. And he takes the ball, stun the pass and hammers a diagonal shot into the opposite corner. 9:15PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-2 Man Utd (Herrera) 9:15PM 60 min Actually that should have been a penalty. He caught Mata before the ball. United kept recycling it and didn't protest but made no better chance. 9:14PM 59 min United fashion a series of openings from the left, the best when Sanchez arcs the ball in for the first time and Mata was about to pirouette and shoot by the penalty spot, Dickson, I think, took the ball away (and then the man). 9:10PM 56 min Yeovil substitution: Bird goes off to be replaced by Browne. Their free-kick, designed to take advantage of United's high line, is over the top and easily snaffled by Romero. 9:09PM 55 min Lindelof takes out Surridge with a hasty leap, barrelling the centre-forward over. That's the second time he's doen that. 9:08PM 53 min United do look vulnerable down their right and Dickson exploits Darmian's lack of pace and ruggedness with vicious outswinging left-foot cross to the back stick where Surridge meets it but can't apply the necessary power or precision. 9:05PM 51 min Rashford skitters through the box from the left, slicing past James and Sowunmi in a horizontal lune before he turns to shoot, lunging at it somewhat and knocking it into Gray's shins and behind for a corner that comes to naught. 9:04PM 50 min To spring the Yeovil two banks of four United try to go down the sides and Mata opens up a run for Darmian with a sublime reverse pass. The full-back gallops to the byline then massively overhits his cross, giving Sanchez no chance. 9:02PM 49 min United in a more pronounced 4-3-3 now, with McTominay the middle of three midfielders as his side hog the ball without much penetration. 9:01PM 48 min Sanchez is whacked on the top of the foot by Sowunmi as he tried to run on to Rashford's flick on. Yellow card and a free-kick about 35 yards out on the left that Yeovil defend well. 9:00PM 46 min Yeovil kick off, lose the ball and Manchester United shift it about from left to right and back again as they shuffle up to halfway in increments of five yards. 8:53PM Martin Keown is as popular on Twitter tonight ... As he was with Leeds ... If Martin Keown is annoying you on commentary, this will make you feel better. pic.twitter.com/bB7Na5RQen— Coral (@Coral) January 26, 2018 He has been caning Sanchez for choosing United over City, for being too greedy, for being ineffective, for losing the ball. 8:43PM Half time Drab performance from Manchester United so far but they scored the goal because good sides exploit mistakes ruthlessly. No doubt it's a difficult pitch, more familiar to Yeovil obviously who could have scored twice through Green and Sowunmi. 8:42PM 44 min Mourinho, who is standing up, is greeted by 'You're just a s--- Guardiola' and Yeovil's favourite chant, which appears to be 'You what? You what? You what? You what? You what?' Jose Mourinho was accused of being a poor version of Pep Guardiola by Yeovil fans Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:41PM 43 min Carrick has a wayward shot. Let's play commentary bingo. Altogether now. 'Carrick. Of all people.' 8:40PM 40 min James has had a fine game so far but he's just gift-wrapped the Cup tie and given it to United. And put a bow on. Rashford stroked a 10-yard pass from right to centre for Sancjez and kept running. Sanchez dinked the return into the box and into Rashford's stride. But James read his run, muscled in front of him and then tried to shepherd the ball back to the keeper, unaware that Rashford was still on his shoulder. As he hesitated to wait for the goalie to come and gather - it was too far out - Rashford stole round and lashed his shot into the net. Marcus Rashford exploits Yeovil's 'After you, Claude' moment Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:36PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford) 8:36PM 40 min Predicatable cries of 'What a waste of money' greet Sanchez for the umpteenth time when he shanks a shot way wide from 18 yards. 8:35PM 37 min Yeovil free kick right of centre, 25 yards out after Carrick bundles into Bird. James take sit and smashes a shot towards the left post. Ronero is well positioned and slaps it away but United can't clear properly until the fourth attempt as Yeovil keep pinging it back into the box. It's the kind of save that is pretty effective but one that English pundits deride ... as Martin Keown immediately does. 8:33PM 35 min Good cross from Sanchez on the left to Rashford at the back post but he can't get there and Yeovil lash it upfield. 8:31PM 34 min Herrera latches on to a loose ball 30 yards out and flays a shocking shot into oribit. Dreadful. 8:29PM 33 min Sanchez does that thing that he did at Arsenal when he succumbed to Messiah Complex and tried to do it all by himself. He hung on to the ball too long and then, when his team-mates had trotted too far expecting a pass, bludgeoned a pass into touch. 8:28PM 31 min A well-populated wall stands just inside the 18-yard line. Sanchez aims for the bottom right corner, bends it around the wall but telegraphed it with his body shape enough for Krysiak to get down swiftly and catch it. Sanchez takes the free kick Credit: AFP/Getty Images 8:26PM 30 min A rotten challenge from Smith, the Jamaica defender, scythes down Sanchez 25 yards out dead centre. Yellow card and Sanchez is unruffled enough to take the free kick. 8:25PM 28 min Wing, the lad on loan from Boro, plays a neat pass between Lindelof and Rojo looking for Surridge's run but he can't get round the back quickly enough. 8:24PM 26 min Sanchez and Mata link up nicely through the middle, gamboling like Baggio and Del Piero in 1994-95 on the rare occasions they were fielded together for Juve. Tom James, the right-back, diligently sticks to Mata and after some hypnotising footwork, he does not fall under their spell and whips the ball away. 8:22PM 24 min Quick feet from Sanchez creates an opening for Rashford to make the run through the inside left channel to meet it. He gathers it in his stride and flashes a low shot to Krysiak's right. The keeper swoops down to block it with a firm hand. Good save. 8:19PM 22 min He hasn't done anything but the photographers know what picture editors want. More than two-thirds of the photos so far from Husih Park have focused on his nibs, Croesus Sanchez. Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA 8:17PM 20 min McTominay zips the ball around the last third. He looks a busy talent, always available for the short pass and his touches open up a path for Rashford to bullock in from the left with dazzling control until he tries to take on one defender too many and gets it stuck under his feet. Smith stabs it clear. 8:15PM 18 min Lindelof sends Zoko flying with a dumb challenge from behind as Zoko went up to win a header. He just took him out and should have been booked on the first-minute model established by Tierney. 8:14PM 15 min Yeovil free kick when Green is brought down once more as he tries to rampage down the left. McTominay falls asleep and plays the green shirts onside from the set-piece which is again arrowed towards Sowunmi, this time peeling of around the back, but he can only head his attempt tamely into the ground, making it an easy snatch for Romero. 8:12PM 13 min United corner but it could have been better when McTominay squared a header across goal that Yeovil scrambled behind. He was livid that no one ran to meet his intended 'assist' but he should have seen there was no one making the run before he played it. Krysiak strides out to catch Sanchez's corner. Little bit of a size difference between these Man United and Yeovil teams... #MUFC#YTFC#ytfcvmufc#FACuppic.twitter.com/nlNysDDuev— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 26, 2018 8:08PM 11 min Where there's Lindelof there's hope ... for Yeovil who have targeted the right side of United's defence. Green again skins Darmain, gets to the byline and wins a corner from his blocked cross. Yeovil bend it in to the box, swinging it out towards the penalty spot where 6ft 6in Sowunmi meets it but is thwarted by Rojo. 8:05PM 8 min Good chance for Yeovil as they quickly regroup from Romero's clearance. Green plays a one-two with Surridge, turns on the turbo boosters and glides past Lindelof and into the box. His first heavyish trap takes him too close to the touchline and narrows the angle for the shot which he pings at Romero's legs. 8:03PM 7 min And indeed he scuds it into the box for Romero to catch it. 8:03PM 6 min Sanchez is being booed. Perhaps they suspect him of coming from Gloucestershire. Odd. Yeovil have a throw and Dickson prepares to take it long with an elaborate ball-drying routine. 8:01PM 4 min McTominay bundles Smith over after Sanchez switches the play to the right and Yeovil have a free kick that they use to probe around the United box but overplay and United clear up to Rashford. 7:59PM 3 min Always nice to have Martin Keown on co-comms! Lindelof brings the ball out from the back. Surridge presses him quickly and he goes backwards to go forwards. United shift it up to Sanchez who has started wide on the left, whitewash on his boots. 7:58PM 1 min Almost from the off, Zoko chases a ball chipped up the inside left channel and blocks Rojo's clearance. The centre-back's boot connects with the sole of Zoko's boot. He goes down in a heap and Zoko is booked. Looked pretty accidental to me. 7:55PM First up A minute's applause for Jimmy Armfield. Click on the great man's name to read Paul Hayward's magnificent tribute. 7:53PM Alexis Sanchez Walks out last. He's taken the Paul Ince position at the back of the line. Eight people wave green flags in the centre-circle to greet the players. Semaphore. 'Can you see me, Mother?' 7:51PM The United players are in the tunnel Mourinho walks out to take his place on the bench while his side waits for Yeovil's team. Ian Wright Wright Wright thinks United were there first to intimidate the Yeovil players because they'd see all those big names on the shirts. Hmmm. 7:46PM The BBC Has just given Jose Mourinho a bottle of Birthday Brew cider to commemorate his birthday. "I will keep it but I will not drink it," he says. 7:34PM Those teams in black and white Yeovil Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith, Dickson; Green, Wing, Bird, Gray; Zoko, Surridge. Substitutes Connor Smith, Browne, Maddison, Gobern, Whelan, Santos, Fisher. Yeovil Town's Jolly Green Giant welcomes Manchester United to Huish Park Credit: Harry Trump/Getty Images Man Utd Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Carrick; McTominay, Mata, Sanchez; Rashford. Substitutes Joel Pereira, Lukaku, Smalling, Lingard, Young, Matic, Gomes. Referee Paul Tierney (Wigan) 7:03PM And here's how Yeovil line up ⚽️ | Your #YTFC team for tonight's #EmiratesFACup fourth round tie against #MUFC. COYG!�� pic.twitter.com/vLc4qrTqar— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 26, 2018 6:59PM Michael Carrick starts too A welcome return for the club captain after his heart ablation in the autumn. Yeovil Town’s 11 mascots getting their money’s worth: a team talk from Jose Mourinho & now a kickabout with subs Matic, Lingard & Smalling— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 26, 2018 6:57PM And here's the man in question Calls himself a footballer with those headphones? Paul Pogba will have him wearing a pair the size of furry frying pans soon enough. Alexis Sanchez arrives at Huish Park Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 6:55PM Alexis Sanchez is starting How the Reds line up for tonight's @EmiratesFACup clash with Yeovil! It's an #MUFC debut for @Alexis_Sanchez... pic.twitter.com/XB9AmCPdqo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2018 6:52PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of the Alexis Sánchez showFA Cup fourth round tie between Yeovil Town of League Two and Manchester United. After the broadcasters gave United their 13-yearly break from televised Cup ties in the last round, normal service has been resumed for the visit of the 12-time winners to Huish Park where the home side's manager, Darren Way, has identified the route to success: "Put a brick wall up in front of the goal, make sure we’re tactically astute, concentrate." In a revealing interview with Jim White, Way said he hoped it would appease some of the 'grumblier' elements among the support and also indulged in one of the great Manchester United cliches, ruminating on the quality of red wine he was contemplating purchasing for their manager's delectation. For the last 10 years of Sir Alex Ferguson's spell in charge, he managed to turn his managerial colleagues into sommeliers. Here we go again, it seems. Perhaps life in the Travel TavernLowry has prompted Jose Mourinho to develop his palate. And so on to Friday night's Somerset fiesta of football. The only question dominating the airwaves and newsprint is whether Sanchez will be given his debut tonight as a starter or off the bench. One presumes he'll be thrown straight in but one should never underestimate the obtuseness of a football manager when it comes to a midseason signing. They do tend to like to make you wait. We'll let you know if we'll get a sighting of the No7 straight from the kick-off. Variously described as "iconic" and "prestigious", the shirt number Sanchez inherited has been the emblem of a long and distinguished line of United's most cherished players, from Johnny Berry, George Best and Steve Coppell back when it was routinely put on the dressing-room peg of the outside right, to Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who established it as a brand in the era when names started to appear on the back of shirts as a marketing exercise. Here's Alan Tyers' inquisition into the shirt he will wear and what it means. MUFC magnificent sevens Of course it has a symbolic significance but perhaps it has a psychological one, too. Bill Shankly joked his Preston No4 had otherworldly properties, telling his successor in it, Tommy Docherty, "Congratulations. You are now the greatest right-half in the world. Just put the No4 shirt on and let it run round, it knows where to go". We shall see. Join us for coverage of the match and team news when it lands at about 6.55pm.
Yeovil Town 0 Manchester United 4: Alexis Sanchez era begins with second half romp
Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' Of all the places to start his ­Manchester United career, Alexis Sánchez did so in the FA Cup fourth round at Huish Park, where the highest-paid player in Premier League history was kicked up in the air, booed by the locals and ­finally sent home with the sponsors’ man of the match award. A double FA Cup winner, Sánchez knows this competition as well as any Englishman and, given his route to the top from a small town in northern Chile, there is nothing for him to fear at a League Two ­stadium on a chilly January night. Even so, it is clear that the stakes have been raised with his move from Arsenal to United, and he is under greater scrutiny than ever before. He came up with two assists and Darren Way, the Yeovil Town manager, talked in awe of a “world-class performance”. Jose Mourinho substituted his Chilean with around 19 minutes remaining and Sánchez's patience wearing thin with some of the treatment meted out. Mourinho said that a first-half foul on Sánchez by defender Nathan Smith should have been a red card, but he understood why referee Paul Tierney had been so reluctant to do so early in the game. Victory was never in doubt for United, even with a team that had 10 changes from the side that beat Burnley last Saturday, and Yeovil struggled to get close. Marcus Rashford was gifted a goal just before half-time when Thomas James, the Yeovil full-back, simply failed to realise how near the forward was to him and had the ball taken off his toe just yards from his own goal. Sánchez bent an early free kick around the wall Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Michael Carrick was back for his second performance of the season, captain on the night in this his first game since a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm that was diagnosed in November. Luke Shaw was back in the team, and so too the lesser-spotted Victor Lindelof. But this was about Sánchez, the man who is earning around £600,000-a-week, a remarkable salary anywhere in the game, never mind a team 87 places below United in the league pyramid and fighting relegation to the Conference. There seems to be a trend these days to boo the recipient of the big-money move, regardless of whether it has had any effect on one’s own club – just ask Raheem Sterling – and there might be more of this hostility to come for Sánchez. Ander Herrera buries United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Smith’s challenge was after 30 minutes and might well have been a red card and, by the time Sánchez got more of the same in the second half, Mourinho decided it was time to bring him off. By then Sánchez had also generously created Ander Herrera’s goal, United’s second, and taken over free-kick duty. He was booed before the game and was booed when he came off and, when the stadium announcer said Sanchez had been voted man of the match, he was booed for that, too. Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku both scored late in the game with Yeovil stretched and exhausted, and there was a second senior outing for the 17-year-old Angel Gomes. For Way, whose side are 21st in League Two, there are greater concerns ahead, but he was delighted with the experience and his interaction with Mourinho. “We gave it everything,” he said. “We couldn’t have done any more. I just needed Sánchez in my team.” The club is under pressure from fans to make signings to keep their league status and Ryan Seager has joined on loan from Southampton. Lingard, who replaced Sánchez, scythed Yeovil apart to score United's third Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images On Mourinho, Way said: “It’s an absolute honour for me to speak to a manager of that class. He oozes class, and was very humble towards me. He’s done his homework. It wouldn’t surprise me if he knew my children’s names. “To share that moment with him was special. I’ll be interested to ask him what he thought of my team but, by all accounts, he was impressed with what he saw. The guy’s a winner. My players gave everything.” The greatest Yeovil threat came from set-pieces. The enormous centre-half Omar Sowunmi went forward in search of the ball into the area and he forced an early save out of Sergio Romero. There was also the pace of left winger Jordan Green for United to think about when they did not have the ball, which was seldom during a game in which they enjoyed 74 per cent of the possession. For United’s first goal, Rashford had skipped through the middle onto Sánchez's pass but was crowded out and James was in possession when Rashford realised the full-back had forgotten about him. James was idly guiding the ball back to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, unaware of Rashford’s proximity, and the United man nipped back in and tucked a shot into the net. United’s second started with a long ball cleared out from the back by Shaw and gathered by unlikely target man, Juan Mata, whose touch and awareness of space meant he could turn right and pick out Sánchez breaking forward. Lukaku volleys in the late fourth Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It must have crossed the Chilean’s mind to shoot, but he had Rashford and Herrera holding their runs ahead of him and picked the ­latter, who finished neatly. Before at last Sánchez was replaced by Lingard after 71 minutes he was kicked again on his right ankle and spent some time demonstrating his pain on the pitch. It precipitated an aggrieved Sanchez charging towards his own goal to win back possession as Mourinho urged caution and then decided to summon a replacement. Lingard was given too much space down the right to add a third goal. By the time Lukaku added a fourth, a volley from Marcos Rojo’s cross, the dream was over for Yeovil. For Sánchez, it was just beginning and United would have liked what they saw. 9:59PM Here's Jim White on the debutant Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' 9:58PM Jose Mourinho speaks These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct. Even so the attitude is correct but they gave us a hard time in the first half. I could hear Darren on the touchline and knew what he was asking of the players. We were professional and took control. In the second half we were professional and killed the game. Fantastic addition. Like Ander says, everybody is happy that Alexis comes. We have fantastic group of attacking players - he has a bit more of experience and maturity and class. 9:50PM Full time Manchester United are the first team in the fifth round. They didn't play particularly entertainingly in the first half but ground out a supremacy with utmost professionalism and then turned the screw in the second half. Yeovil played well in the first half but quality (and money) told in the end as it almost always does. 9:48PM 90+3 min Terrific cross from Rojo who had no reason to be so far forward and to be the man picked out by Herrera. He fired in a precise cross that Lukaku met on the volley eight yards out and blasted into the net. 9:47PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd (Lukaku) 9:46PM 89 min Open Sesame, Lingard parted Yeovil, gliding diagonally down the inside right channel and spanked a low shot past Krysiak with five men in pursuit but defeated. 9:43PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-3 Man Utd (Lingard) 9:43PM 88 min And he makes an immediate impact, twisting James' blood with a snake-hipped burst from the left. He bounds past the right-back and bends a shot into the side netting. 9:42PM 87 min Marcus Rashford is coming off and on comes United's Angel Gomes in the storied No47 shirt. 9:40PM 85 min McTominay with a rather cynical and illegal block receives a telling off rather than the second booking the crow want and it probably merited. 9:39PM 84 min Conor Smith on for Lewis Wing. That's Yeovil's last sub. Rashford races into the box from the left, Krysiak comes out and dives headlong to try to slap it away. He misses but Rashford, thinking he can round him, doesn't use the opportunity to fall over and the ball scuttles out of play. 9:37PM 82 min Free kick about 30 yards out that James takes, striking it again with his laces to make it go up and down, over the wall and dipping inside the left post. Romero skips across to catch it. 9:35PM 80 min McTominay goes into the book for trying to make up for his wayward pass by sliding into Zoko. His right foot took the ball cleanly but only after his left had taken Zoko's right ankle in a scissor movement. 9:34PM 78 min Mata and Sanchez earlier seemed to be on the same wavelength immediately but so are Rashford and Lingard and they almost find a way through from the left after Rashford's angled shot is saved by Krysiak's right foot but James and Sowunmi do enough to squeeze them out. Rashford demands the ref deem it obstruction but it wasn't and he doesn't. 9:31PM 76 min Dickson beats Darmian with the simplest method of all, pushing it past him and then burning him off. He crosses to the near post, Lindelof wellies it away but not far enough and Yeovil work it out to the right from the knockdown where Surridge takes the opportunity to drill a shot that Romero palms down and holds at the second attempt. 9:29PM 74 min Lingard almost gets round the back. He's playing on the right and Rashford on the left now. Pace to shred a tired defence. 9:28PM 72 min Alexis Sanchez departs. He took three heavy tackles/fouls in the match and Mourinho doubtlessly has seen enough. Lingard comes on. Now Martin Keown may change his tune. Herrera scores United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 9:25PM 71 min McTominay's shot leads to a corner that Rashford and Sanchez work short but can't get into the box. 9:24PM 70 min Yeovil sub: Green off, replaced by Alex Fisher who drove down tonight to complete his loan from Motherwell and arrived an hour and a half before kick-off after hours in the car. 9:23PM 68 min Sanchez is down and holding his left ankle but eventually gets up when the referee doesn't stop play. Mourinho tells him he'll take him off if he wants but he darts back into the fray. Keown is now coating Mourinho for letting De Bruyne and Salah rot when he was at Chelsea but then says 'I'm sure that won't happen with Sanchez.' Err ... yeah. 9:20PM 66 min Lukaku comes on to replace Juan Mata. 9:19PM 64 min Darmian spanks a right foot shot in off the left post and Mata but it's disallowed because Mata was clearly in front of the last defender when he hit it. It was a breathtakingly slick move though, United dinking passes around Yeovil's defenders and storming past them with rapid, unpredictable movement. 9:17PM 62 min United break from a Yeovil corner by playing it up to Mata in the centre circle. He spins his man, Dickson, and raids forward with Sanchez, Rashford and Herrera sprinting ahead. He slips the ball to Sanchez, Rashford spurts into the box, taking a man with him to open the space for Sanchez's reverse pass to Herrera on the left of the box in a seemingly less promising position to Rashford but unmarked. And he takes the ball, stun the pass and hammers a diagonal shot into the opposite corner. 9:15PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-2 Man Utd (Herrera) 9:15PM 60 min Actually that should have been a penalty. He caught Mata before the ball. United kept recycling it and didn't protest but made no better chance. 9:14PM 59 min United fashion a series of openings from the left, the best when Sanchez arcs the ball in for the first time and Mata was about to pirouette and shoot by the penalty spot, Dickson, I think, took the ball away (and then the man). 9:10PM 56 min Yeovil substitution: Bird goes off to be replaced by Browne. Their free-kick, designed to take advantage of United's high line, is over the top and easily snaffled by Romero. 9:09PM 55 min Lindelof takes out Surridge with a hasty leap, barrelling the centre-forward over. That's the second time he's doen that. 9:08PM 53 min United do look vulnerable down their right and Dickson exploits Darmian's lack of pace and ruggedness with vicious outswinging left-foot cross to the back stick where Surridge meets it but can't apply the necessary power or precision. 9:05PM 51 min Rashford skitters through the box from the left, slicing past James and Sowunmi in a horizontal lune before he turns to shoot, lunging at it somewhat and knocking it into Gray's shins and behind for a corner that comes to naught. 9:04PM 50 min To spring the Yeovil two banks of four United try to go down the sides and Mata opens up a run for Darmian with a sublime reverse pass. The full-back gallops to the byline then massively overhits his cross, giving Sanchez no chance. 9:02PM 49 min United in a more pronounced 4-3-3 now, with McTominay the middle of three midfielders as his side hog the ball without much penetration. 9:01PM 48 min Sanchez is whacked on the top of the foot by Sowunmi as he tried to run on to Rashford's flick on. Yellow card and a free-kick about 35 yards out on the left that Yeovil defend well. 9:00PM 46 min Yeovil kick off, lose the ball and Manchester United shift it about from left to right and back again as they shuffle up to halfway in increments of five yards. 8:53PM Martin Keown is as popular on Twitter tonight ... As he was with Leeds ... If Martin Keown is annoying you on commentary, this will make you feel better. pic.twitter.com/bB7Na5RQen— Coral (@Coral) January 26, 2018 He has been caning Sanchez for choosing United over City, for being too greedy, for being ineffective, for losing the ball. 8:43PM Half time Drab performance from Manchester United so far but they scored the goal because good sides exploit mistakes ruthlessly. No doubt it's a difficult pitch, more familiar to Yeovil obviously who could have scored twice through Green and Sowunmi. 8:42PM 44 min Mourinho, who is standing up, is greeted by 'You're just a s--- Guardiola' and Yeovil's favourite chant, which appears to be 'You what? You what? You what? You what? You what?' Jose Mourinho was accused of being a poor version of Pep Guardiola by Yeovil fans Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:41PM 43 min Carrick has a wayward shot. Let's play commentary bingo. Altogether now. 'Carrick. Of all people.' 8:40PM 40 min James has had a fine game so far but he's just gift-wrapped the Cup tie and given it to United. And put a bow on. Rashford stroked a 10-yard pass from right to centre for Sancjez and kept running. Sanchez dinked the return into the box and into Rashford's stride. But James read his run, muscled in front of him and then tried to shepherd the ball back to the keeper, unaware that Rashford was still on his shoulder. As he hesitated to wait for the goalie to come and gather - it was too far out - Rashford stole round and lashed his shot into the net. Marcus Rashford exploits Yeovil's 'After you, Claude' moment Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:36PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford) 8:36PM 40 min Predicatable cries of 'What a waste of money' greet Sanchez for the umpteenth time when he shanks a shot way wide from 18 yards. 8:35PM 37 min Yeovil free kick right of centre, 25 yards out after Carrick bundles into Bird. James take sit and smashes a shot towards the left post. Ronero is well positioned and slaps it away but United can't clear properly until the fourth attempt as Yeovil keep pinging it back into the box. It's the kind of save that is pretty effective but one that English pundits deride ... as Martin Keown immediately does. 8:33PM 35 min Good cross from Sanchez on the left to Rashford at the back post but he can't get there and Yeovil lash it upfield. 8:31PM 34 min Herrera latches on to a loose ball 30 yards out and flays a shocking shot into oribit. Dreadful. 8:29PM 33 min Sanchez does that thing that he did at Arsenal when he succumbed to Messiah Complex and tried to do it all by himself. He hung on to the ball too long and then, when his team-mates had trotted too far expecting a pass, bludgeoned a pass into touch. 8:28PM 31 min A well-populated wall stands just inside the 18-yard line. Sanchez aims for the bottom right corner, bends it around the wall but telegraphed it with his body shape enough for Krysiak to get down swiftly and catch it. Sanchez takes the free kick Credit: AFP/Getty Images 8:26PM 30 min A rotten challenge from Smith, the Jamaica defender, scythes down Sanchez 25 yards out dead centre. Yellow card and Sanchez is unruffled enough to take the free kick. 8:25PM 28 min Wing, the lad on loan from Boro, plays a neat pass between Lindelof and Rojo looking for Surridge's run but he can't get round the back quickly enough. 8:24PM 26 min Sanchez and Mata link up nicely through the middle, gamboling like Baggio and Del Piero in 1994-95 on the rare occasions they were fielded together for Juve. Tom James, the right-back, diligently sticks to Mata and after some hypnotising footwork, he does not fall under their spell and whips the ball away. 8:22PM 24 min Quick feet from Sanchez creates an opening for Rashford to make the run through the inside left channel to meet it. He gathers it in his stride and flashes a low shot to Krysiak's right. The keeper swoops down to block it with a firm hand. Good save. 8:19PM 22 min He hasn't done anything but the photographers know what picture editors want. More than two-thirds of the photos so far from Husih Park have focused on his nibs, Croesus Sanchez. Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA 8:17PM 20 min McTominay zips the ball around the last third. He looks a busy talent, always available for the short pass and his touches open up a path for Rashford to bullock in from the left with dazzling control until he tries to take on one defender too many and gets it stuck under his feet. Smith stabs it clear. 8:15PM 18 min Lindelof sends Zoko flying with a dumb challenge from behind as Zoko went up to win a header. He just took him out and should have been booked on the first-minute model established by Tierney. 8:14PM 15 min Yeovil free kick when Green is brought down once more as he tries to rampage down the left. McTominay falls asleep and plays the green shirts onside from the set-piece which is again arrowed towards Sowunmi, this time peeling of around the back, but he can only head his attempt tamely into the ground, making it an easy snatch for Romero. 8:12PM 13 min United corner but it could have been better when McTominay squared a header across goal that Yeovil scrambled behind. He was livid that no one ran to meet his intended 'assist' but he should have seen there was no one making the run before he played it. Krysiak strides out to catch Sanchez's corner. Little bit of a size difference between these Man United and Yeovil teams... #MUFC#YTFC#ytfcvmufc#FACuppic.twitter.com/nlNysDDuev— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 26, 2018 8:08PM 11 min Where there's Lindelof there's hope ... for Yeovil who have targeted the right side of United's defence. Green again skins Darmain, gets to the byline and wins a corner from his blocked cross. Yeovil bend it in to the box, swinging it out towards the penalty spot where 6ft 6in Sowunmi meets it but is thwarted by Rojo. 8:05PM 8 min Good chance for Yeovil as they quickly regroup from Romero's clearance. Green plays a one-two with Surridge, turns on the turbo boosters and glides past Lindelof and into the box. His first heavyish trap takes him too close to the touchline and narrows the angle for the shot which he pings at Romero's legs. 8:03PM 7 min And indeed he scuds it into the box for Romero to catch it. 8:03PM 6 min Sanchez is being booed. Perhaps they suspect him of coming from Gloucestershire. Odd. Yeovil have a throw and Dickson prepares to take it long with an elaborate ball-drying routine. 8:01PM 4 min McTominay bundles Smith over after Sanchez switches the play to the right and Yeovil have a free kick that they use to probe around the United box but overplay and United clear up to Rashford. 7:59PM 3 min Always nice to have Martin Keown on co-comms! Lindelof brings the ball out from the back. Surridge presses him quickly and he goes backwards to go forwards. United shift it up to Sanchez who has started wide on the left, whitewash on his boots. 7:58PM 1 min Almost from the off, Zoko chases a ball chipped up the inside left channel and blocks Rojo's clearance. The centre-back's boot connects with the sole of Zoko's boot. He goes down in a heap and Zoko is booked. Looked pretty accidental to me. 7:55PM First up A minute's applause for Jimmy Armfield. Click on the great man's name to read Paul Hayward's magnificent tribute. 7:53PM Alexis Sanchez Walks out last. He's taken the Paul Ince position at the back of the line. Eight people wave green flags in the centre-circle to greet the players. Semaphore. 'Can you see me, Mother?' 7:51PM The United players are in the tunnel Mourinho walks out to take his place on the bench while his side waits for Yeovil's team. Ian Wright Wright Wright thinks United were there first to intimidate the Yeovil players because they'd see all those big names on the shirts. Hmmm. 7:46PM The BBC Has just given Jose Mourinho a bottle of Birthday Brew cider to commemorate his birthday. "I will keep it but I will not drink it," he says. 7:34PM Those teams in black and white Yeovil Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith, Dickson; Green, Wing, Bird, Gray; Zoko, Surridge. Substitutes Connor Smith, Browne, Maddison, Gobern, Whelan, Santos, Fisher. Yeovil Town's Jolly Green Giant welcomes Manchester United to Huish Park Credit: Harry Trump/Getty Images Man Utd Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Carrick; McTominay, Mata, Sanchez; Rashford. Substitutes Joel Pereira, Lukaku, Smalling, Lingard, Young, Matic, Gomes. Referee Paul Tierney (Wigan) 7:03PM And here's how Yeovil line up ⚽️ | Your #YTFC team for tonight's #EmiratesFACup fourth round tie against #MUFC. COYG!�� pic.twitter.com/vLc4qrTqar— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 26, 2018 6:59PM Michael Carrick starts too A welcome return for the club captain after his heart ablation in the autumn. Yeovil Town’s 11 mascots getting their money’s worth: a team talk from Jose Mourinho & now a kickabout with subs Matic, Lingard & Smalling— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 26, 2018 6:57PM And here's the man in question Calls himself a footballer with those headphones? Paul Pogba will have him wearing a pair the size of furry frying pans soon enough. Alexis Sanchez arrives at Huish Park Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 6:55PM Alexis Sanchez is starting How the Reds line up for tonight's @EmiratesFACup clash with Yeovil! It's an #MUFC debut for @Alexis_Sanchez... pic.twitter.com/XB9AmCPdqo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2018 6:52PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of the Alexis Sánchez showFA Cup fourth round tie between Yeovil Town of League Two and Manchester United. After the broadcasters gave United their 13-yearly break from televised Cup ties in the last round, normal service has been resumed for the visit of the 12-time winners to Huish Park where the home side's manager, Darren Way, has identified the route to success: "Put a brick wall up in front of the goal, make sure we’re tactically astute, concentrate." In a revealing interview with Jim White, Way said he hoped it would appease some of the 'grumblier' elements among the support and also indulged in one of the great Manchester United cliches, ruminating on the quality of red wine he was contemplating purchasing for their manager's delectation. For the last 10 years of Sir Alex Ferguson's spell in charge, he managed to turn his managerial colleagues into sommeliers. Here we go again, it seems. Perhaps life in the Travel TavernLowry has prompted Jose Mourinho to develop his palate. And so on to Friday night's Somerset fiesta of football. The only question dominating the airwaves and newsprint is whether Sanchez will be given his debut tonight as a starter or off the bench. One presumes he'll be thrown straight in but one should never underestimate the obtuseness of a football manager when it comes to a midseason signing. They do tend to like to make you wait. We'll let you know if we'll get a sighting of the No7 straight from the kick-off. Variously described as "iconic" and "prestigious", the shirt number Sanchez inherited has been the emblem of a long and distinguished line of United's most cherished players, from Johnny Berry, George Best and Steve Coppell back when it was routinely put on the dressing-room peg of the outside right, to Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who established it as a brand in the era when names started to appear on the back of shirts as a marketing exercise. Here's Alan Tyers' inquisition into the shirt he will wear and what it means. MUFC magnificent sevens Of course it has a symbolic significance but perhaps it has a psychological one, too. Bill Shankly joked his Preston No4 had otherworldly properties, telling his successor in it, Tommy Docherty, "Congratulations. You are now the greatest right-half in the world. Just put the No4 shirt on and let it run round, it knows where to go". We shall see. Join us for coverage of the match and team news when it lands at about 6.55pm.
Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' Of all the places to start his ­Manchester United career, Alexis Sánchez did so in the FA Cup fourth round at Huish Park, where the highest-paid player in Premier League history was kicked up in the air, booed by the locals and ­finally sent home with the sponsors’ man of the match award. A double FA Cup winner, Sánchez knows this competition as well as any Englishman and, given his route to the top from a small town in northern Chile, there is nothing for him to fear at a League Two ­stadium on a chilly January night. Even so, it is clear that the stakes have been raised with his move from Arsenal to United, and he is under greater scrutiny than ever before. He came up with two assists and Darren Way, the Yeovil Town manager, talked in awe of a “world-class performance”. Jose Mourinho substituted his Chilean with around 19 minutes remaining and Sánchez's patience wearing thin with some of the treatment meted out. Mourinho said that a first-half foul on Sánchez by defender Nathan Smith should have been a red card, but he understood why referee Paul Tierney had been so reluctant to do so early in the game. Victory was never in doubt for United, even with a team that had 10 changes from the side that beat Burnley last Saturday, and Yeovil struggled to get close. Marcus Rashford was gifted a goal just before half-time when Thomas James, the Yeovil full-back, simply failed to realise how near the forward was to him and had the ball taken off his toe just yards from his own goal. Sánchez bent an early free kick around the wall Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Michael Carrick was back for his second performance of the season, captain on the night in this his first game since a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm that was diagnosed in November. Luke Shaw was back in the team, and so too the lesser-spotted Victor Lindelof. But this was about Sánchez, the man who is earning around £600,000-a-week, a remarkable salary anywhere in the game, never mind a team 87 places below United in the league pyramid and fighting relegation to the Conference. There seems to be a trend these days to boo the recipient of the big-money move, regardless of whether it has had any effect on one’s own club – just ask Raheem Sterling – and there might be more of this hostility to come for Sánchez. Ander Herrera buries United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Smith’s challenge was after 30 minutes and might well have been a red card and, by the time Sánchez got more of the same in the second half, Mourinho decided it was time to bring him off. By then Sánchez had also generously created Ander Herrera’s goal, United’s second, and taken over free-kick duty. He was booed before the game and was booed when he came off and, when the stadium announcer said Sanchez had been voted man of the match, he was booed for that, too. Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku both scored late in the game with Yeovil stretched and exhausted, and there was a second senior outing for the 17-year-old Angel Gomes. For Way, whose side are 21st in League Two, there are greater concerns ahead, but he was delighted with the experience and his interaction with Mourinho. “We gave it everything,” he said. “We couldn’t have done any more. I just needed Sánchez in my team.” The club is under pressure from fans to make signings to keep their league status and Ryan Seager has joined on loan from Southampton. Lingard, who replaced Sánchez, scythed Yeovil apart to score United's third Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images On Mourinho, Way said: “It’s an absolute honour for me to speak to a manager of that class. He oozes class, and was very humble towards me. He’s done his homework. It wouldn’t surprise me if he knew my children’s names. “To share that moment with him was special. I’ll be interested to ask him what he thought of my team but, by all accounts, he was impressed with what he saw. The guy’s a winner. My players gave everything.” The greatest Yeovil threat came from set-pieces. The enormous centre-half Omar Sowunmi went forward in search of the ball into the area and he forced an early save out of Sergio Romero. There was also the pace of left winger Jordan Green for United to think about when they did not have the ball, which was seldom during a game in which they enjoyed 74 per cent of the possession. For United’s first goal, Rashford had skipped through the middle onto Sánchez's pass but was crowded out and James was in possession when Rashford realised the full-back had forgotten about him. James was idly guiding the ball back to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, unaware of Rashford’s proximity, and the United man nipped back in and tucked a shot into the net. United’s second started with a long ball cleared out from the back by Shaw and gathered by unlikely target man, Juan Mata, whose touch and awareness of space meant he could turn right and pick out Sánchez breaking forward. Lukaku volleys in the late fourth Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It must have crossed the Chilean’s mind to shoot, but he had Rashford and Herrera holding their runs ahead of him and picked the ­latter, who finished neatly. Before at last Sánchez was replaced by Lingard after 71 minutes he was kicked again on his right ankle and spent some time demonstrating his pain on the pitch. It precipitated an aggrieved Sanchez charging towards his own goal to win back possession as Mourinho urged caution and then decided to summon a replacement. Lingard was given too much space down the right to add a third goal. By the time Lukaku added a fourth, a volley from Marcos Rojo’s cross, the dream was over for Yeovil. For Sánchez, it was just beginning and United would have liked what they saw. 9:59PM Here's Jim White on the debutant Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' 9:58PM Jose Mourinho speaks These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct. Even so the attitude is correct but they gave us a hard time in the first half. I could hear Darren on the touchline and knew what he was asking of the players. We were professional and took control. In the second half we were professional and killed the game. Fantastic addition. Like Ander says, everybody is happy that Alexis comes. We have fantastic group of attacking players - he has a bit more of experience and maturity and class. 9:50PM Full time Manchester United are the first team in the fifth round. They didn't play particularly entertainingly in the first half but ground out a supremacy with utmost professionalism and then turned the screw in the second half. Yeovil played well in the first half but quality (and money) told in the end as it almost always does. 9:48PM 90+3 min Terrific cross from Rojo who had no reason to be so far forward and to be the man picked out by Herrera. He fired in a precise cross that Lukaku met on the volley eight yards out and blasted into the net. 9:47PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd (Lukaku) 9:46PM 89 min Open Sesame, Lingard parted Yeovil, gliding diagonally down the inside right channel and spanked a low shot past Krysiak with five men in pursuit but defeated. 9:43PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-3 Man Utd (Lingard) 9:43PM 88 min And he makes an immediate impact, twisting James' blood with a snake-hipped burst from the left. He bounds past the right-back and bends a shot into the side netting. 9:42PM 87 min Marcus Rashford is coming off and on comes United's Angel Gomes in the storied No47 shirt. 9:40PM 85 min McTominay with a rather cynical and illegal block receives a telling off rather than the second booking the crow want and it probably merited. 9:39PM 84 min Conor Smith on for Lewis Wing. That's Yeovil's last sub. Rashford races into the box from the left, Krysiak comes out and dives headlong to try to slap it away. He misses but Rashford, thinking he can round him, doesn't use the opportunity to fall over and the ball scuttles out of play. 9:37PM 82 min Free kick about 30 yards out that James takes, striking it again with his laces to make it go up and down, over the wall and dipping inside the left post. Romero skips across to catch it. 9:35PM 80 min McTominay goes into the book for trying to make up for his wayward pass by sliding into Zoko. His right foot took the ball cleanly but only after his left had taken Zoko's right ankle in a scissor movement. 9:34PM 78 min Mata and Sanchez earlier seemed to be on the same wavelength immediately but so are Rashford and Lingard and they almost find a way through from the left after Rashford's angled shot is saved by Krysiak's right foot but James and Sowunmi do enough to squeeze them out. Rashford demands the ref deem it obstruction but it wasn't and he doesn't. 9:31PM 76 min Dickson beats Darmian with the simplest method of all, pushing it past him and then burning him off. He crosses to the near post, Lindelof wellies it away but not far enough and Yeovil work it out to the right from the knockdown where Surridge takes the opportunity to drill a shot that Romero palms down and holds at the second attempt. 9:29PM 74 min Lingard almost gets round the back. He's playing on the right and Rashford on the left now. Pace to shred a tired defence. 9:28PM 72 min Alexis Sanchez departs. He took three heavy tackles/fouls in the match and Mourinho doubtlessly has seen enough. Lingard comes on. Now Martin Keown may change his tune. Herrera scores United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 9:25PM 71 min McTominay's shot leads to a corner that Rashford and Sanchez work short but can't get into the box. 9:24PM 70 min Yeovil sub: Green off, replaced by Alex Fisher who drove down tonight to complete his loan from Motherwell and arrived an hour and a half before kick-off after hours in the car. 9:23PM 68 min Sanchez is down and holding his left ankle but eventually gets up when the referee doesn't stop play. Mourinho tells him he'll take him off if he wants but he darts back into the fray. Keown is now coating Mourinho for letting De Bruyne and Salah rot when he was at Chelsea but then says 'I'm sure that won't happen with Sanchez.' Err ... yeah. 9:20PM 66 min Lukaku comes on to replace Juan Mata. 9:19PM 64 min Darmian spanks a right foot shot in off the left post and Mata but it's disallowed because Mata was clearly in front of the last defender when he hit it. It was a breathtakingly slick move though, United dinking passes around Yeovil's defenders and storming past them with rapid, unpredictable movement. 9:17PM 62 min United break from a Yeovil corner by playing it up to Mata in the centre circle. He spins his man, Dickson, and raids forward with Sanchez, Rashford and Herrera sprinting ahead. He slips the ball to Sanchez, Rashford spurts into the box, taking a man with him to open the space for Sanchez's reverse pass to Herrera on the left of the box in a seemingly less promising position to Rashford but unmarked. And he takes the ball, stun the pass and hammers a diagonal shot into the opposite corner. 9:15PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-2 Man Utd (Herrera) 9:15PM 60 min Actually that should have been a penalty. He caught Mata before the ball. United kept recycling it and didn't protest but made no better chance. 9:14PM 59 min United fashion a series of openings from the left, the best when Sanchez arcs the ball in for the first time and Mata was about to pirouette and shoot by the penalty spot, Dickson, I think, took the ball away (and then the man). 9:10PM 56 min Yeovil substitution: Bird goes off to be replaced by Browne. Their free-kick, designed to take advantage of United's high line, is over the top and easily snaffled by Romero. 9:09PM 55 min Lindelof takes out Surridge with a hasty leap, barrelling the centre-forward over. That's the second time he's doen that. 9:08PM 53 min United do look vulnerable down their right and Dickson exploits Darmian's lack of pace and ruggedness with vicious outswinging left-foot cross to the back stick where Surridge meets it but can't apply the necessary power or precision. 9:05PM 51 min Rashford skitters through the box from the left, slicing past James and Sowunmi in a horizontal lune before he turns to shoot, lunging at it somewhat and knocking it into Gray's shins and behind for a corner that comes to naught. 9:04PM 50 min To spring the Yeovil two banks of four United try to go down the sides and Mata opens up a run for Darmian with a sublime reverse pass. The full-back gallops to the byline then massively overhits his cross, giving Sanchez no chance. 9:02PM 49 min United in a more pronounced 4-3-3 now, with McTominay the middle of three midfielders as his side hog the ball without much penetration. 9:01PM 48 min Sanchez is whacked on the top of the foot by Sowunmi as he tried to run on to Rashford's flick on. Yellow card and a free-kick about 35 yards out on the left that Yeovil defend well. 9:00PM 46 min Yeovil kick off, lose the ball and Manchester United shift it about from left to right and back again as they shuffle up to halfway in increments of five yards. 8:53PM Martin Keown is as popular on Twitter tonight ... As he was with Leeds ... If Martin Keown is annoying you on commentary, this will make you feel better. pic.twitter.com/bB7Na5RQen— Coral (@Coral) January 26, 2018 He has been caning Sanchez for choosing United over City, for being too greedy, for being ineffective, for losing the ball. 8:43PM Half time Drab performance from Manchester United so far but they scored the goal because good sides exploit mistakes ruthlessly. No doubt it's a difficult pitch, more familiar to Yeovil obviously who could have scored twice through Green and Sowunmi. 8:42PM 44 min Mourinho, who is standing up, is greeted by 'You're just a s--- Guardiola' and Yeovil's favourite chant, which appears to be 'You what? You what? You what? You what? You what?' Jose Mourinho was accused of being a poor version of Pep Guardiola by Yeovil fans Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:41PM 43 min Carrick has a wayward shot. Let's play commentary bingo. Altogether now. 'Carrick. Of all people.' 8:40PM 40 min James has had a fine game so far but he's just gift-wrapped the Cup tie and given it to United. And put a bow on. Rashford stroked a 10-yard pass from right to centre for Sancjez and kept running. Sanchez dinked the return into the box and into Rashford's stride. But James read his run, muscled in front of him and then tried to shepherd the ball back to the keeper, unaware that Rashford was still on his shoulder. As he hesitated to wait for the goalie to come and gather - it was too far out - Rashford stole round and lashed his shot into the net. Marcus Rashford exploits Yeovil's 'After you, Claude' moment Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:36PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford) 8:36PM 40 min Predicatable cries of 'What a waste of money' greet Sanchez for the umpteenth time when he shanks a shot way wide from 18 yards. 8:35PM 37 min Yeovil free kick right of centre, 25 yards out after Carrick bundles into Bird. James take sit and smashes a shot towards the left post. Ronero is well positioned and slaps it away but United can't clear properly until the fourth attempt as Yeovil keep pinging it back into the box. It's the kind of save that is pretty effective but one that English pundits deride ... as Martin Keown immediately does. 8:33PM 35 min Good cross from Sanchez on the left to Rashford at the back post but he can't get there and Yeovil lash it upfield. 8:31PM 34 min Herrera latches on to a loose ball 30 yards out and flays a shocking shot into oribit. Dreadful. 8:29PM 33 min Sanchez does that thing that he did at Arsenal when he succumbed to Messiah Complex and tried to do it all by himself. He hung on to the ball too long and then, when his team-mates had trotted too far expecting a pass, bludgeoned a pass into touch. 8:28PM 31 min A well-populated wall stands just inside the 18-yard line. Sanchez aims for the bottom right corner, bends it around the wall but telegraphed it with his body shape enough for Krysiak to get down swiftly and catch it. Sanchez takes the free kick Credit: AFP/Getty Images 8:26PM 30 min A rotten challenge from Smith, the Jamaica defender, scythes down Sanchez 25 yards out dead centre. Yellow card and Sanchez is unruffled enough to take the free kick. 8:25PM 28 min Wing, the lad on loan from Boro, plays a neat pass between Lindelof and Rojo looking for Surridge's run but he can't get round the back quickly enough. 8:24PM 26 min Sanchez and Mata link up nicely through the middle, gamboling like Baggio and Del Piero in 1994-95 on the rare occasions they were fielded together for Juve. Tom James, the right-back, diligently sticks to Mata and after some hypnotising footwork, he does not fall under their spell and whips the ball away. 8:22PM 24 min Quick feet from Sanchez creates an opening for Rashford to make the run through the inside left channel to meet it. He gathers it in his stride and flashes a low shot to Krysiak's right. The keeper swoops down to block it with a firm hand. Good save. 8:19PM 22 min He hasn't done anything but the photographers know what picture editors want. More than two-thirds of the photos so far from Husih Park have focused on his nibs, Croesus Sanchez. Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA 8:17PM 20 min McTominay zips the ball around the last third. He looks a busy talent, always available for the short pass and his touches open up a path for Rashford to bullock in from the left with dazzling control until he tries to take on one defender too many and gets it stuck under his feet. Smith stabs it clear. 8:15PM 18 min Lindelof sends Zoko flying with a dumb challenge from behind as Zoko went up to win a header. He just took him out and should have been booked on the first-minute model established by Tierney. 8:14PM 15 min Yeovil free kick when Green is brought down once more as he tries to rampage down the left. McTominay falls asleep and plays the green shirts onside from the set-piece which is again arrowed towards Sowunmi, this time peeling of around the back, but he can only head his attempt tamely into the ground, making it an easy snatch for Romero. 8:12PM 13 min United corner but it could have been better when McTominay squared a header across goal that Yeovil scrambled behind. He was livid that no one ran to meet his intended 'assist' but he should have seen there was no one making the run before he played it. Krysiak strides out to catch Sanchez's corner. Little bit of a size difference between these Man United and Yeovil teams... #MUFC#YTFC#ytfcvmufc#FACuppic.twitter.com/nlNysDDuev— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 26, 2018 8:08PM 11 min Where there's Lindelof there's hope ... for Yeovil who have targeted the right side of United's defence. Green again skins Darmain, gets to the byline and wins a corner from his blocked cross. Yeovil bend it in to the box, swinging it out towards the penalty spot where 6ft 6in Sowunmi meets it but is thwarted by Rojo. 8:05PM 8 min Good chance for Yeovil as they quickly regroup from Romero's clearance. Green plays a one-two with Surridge, turns on the turbo boosters and glides past Lindelof and into the box. His first heavyish trap takes him too close to the touchline and narrows the angle for the shot which he pings at Romero's legs. 8:03PM 7 min And indeed he scuds it into the box for Romero to catch it. 8:03PM 6 min Sanchez is being booed. Perhaps they suspect him of coming from Gloucestershire. Odd. Yeovil have a throw and Dickson prepares to take it long with an elaborate ball-drying routine. 8:01PM 4 min McTominay bundles Smith over after Sanchez switches the play to the right and Yeovil have a free kick that they use to probe around the United box but overplay and United clear up to Rashford. 7:59PM 3 min Always nice to have Martin Keown on co-comms! Lindelof brings the ball out from the back. Surridge presses him quickly and he goes backwards to go forwards. United shift it up to Sanchez who has started wide on the left, whitewash on his boots. 7:58PM 1 min Almost from the off, Zoko chases a ball chipped up the inside left channel and blocks Rojo's clearance. The centre-back's boot connects with the sole of Zoko's boot. He goes down in a heap and Zoko is booked. Looked pretty accidental to me. 7:55PM First up A minute's applause for Jimmy Armfield. Click on the great man's name to read Paul Hayward's magnificent tribute. 7:53PM Alexis Sanchez Walks out last. He's taken the Paul Ince position at the back of the line. Eight people wave green flags in the centre-circle to greet the players. Semaphore. 'Can you see me, Mother?' 7:51PM The United players are in the tunnel Mourinho walks out to take his place on the bench while his side waits for Yeovil's team. Ian Wright Wright Wright thinks United were there first to intimidate the Yeovil players because they'd see all those big names on the shirts. Hmmm. 7:46PM The BBC Has just given Jose Mourinho a bottle of Birthday Brew cider to commemorate his birthday. "I will keep it but I will not drink it," he says. 7:34PM Those teams in black and white Yeovil Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith, Dickson; Green, Wing, Bird, Gray; Zoko, Surridge. Substitutes Connor Smith, Browne, Maddison, Gobern, Whelan, Santos, Fisher. Yeovil Town's Jolly Green Giant welcomes Manchester United to Huish Park Credit: Harry Trump/Getty Images Man Utd Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Carrick; McTominay, Mata, Sanchez; Rashford. Substitutes Joel Pereira, Lukaku, Smalling, Lingard, Young, Matic, Gomes. Referee Paul Tierney (Wigan) 7:03PM And here's how Yeovil line up ⚽️ | Your #YTFC team for tonight's #EmiratesFACup fourth round tie against #MUFC. COYG!�� pic.twitter.com/vLc4qrTqar— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 26, 2018 6:59PM Michael Carrick starts too A welcome return for the club captain after his heart ablation in the autumn. Yeovil Town’s 11 mascots getting their money’s worth: a team talk from Jose Mourinho & now a kickabout with subs Matic, Lingard & Smalling— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 26, 2018 6:57PM And here's the man in question Calls himself a footballer with those headphones? Paul Pogba will have him wearing a pair the size of furry frying pans soon enough. Alexis Sanchez arrives at Huish Park Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 6:55PM Alexis Sanchez is starting How the Reds line up for tonight's @EmiratesFACup clash with Yeovil! It's an #MUFC debut for @Alexis_Sanchez... pic.twitter.com/XB9AmCPdqo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2018 6:52PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of the Alexis Sánchez showFA Cup fourth round tie between Yeovil Town of League Two and Manchester United. After the broadcasters gave United their 13-yearly break from televised Cup ties in the last round, normal service has been resumed for the visit of the 12-time winners to Huish Park where the home side's manager, Darren Way, has identified the route to success: "Put a brick wall up in front of the goal, make sure we’re tactically astute, concentrate." In a revealing interview with Jim White, Way said he hoped it would appease some of the 'grumblier' elements among the support and also indulged in one of the great Manchester United cliches, ruminating on the quality of red wine he was contemplating purchasing for their manager's delectation. For the last 10 years of Sir Alex Ferguson's spell in charge, he managed to turn his managerial colleagues into sommeliers. Here we go again, it seems. Perhaps life in the Travel TavernLowry has prompted Jose Mourinho to develop his palate. And so on to Friday night's Somerset fiesta of football. The only question dominating the airwaves and newsprint is whether Sanchez will be given his debut tonight as a starter or off the bench. One presumes he'll be thrown straight in but one should never underestimate the obtuseness of a football manager when it comes to a midseason signing. They do tend to like to make you wait. We'll let you know if we'll get a sighting of the No7 straight from the kick-off. Variously described as "iconic" and "prestigious", the shirt number Sanchez inherited has been the emblem of a long and distinguished line of United's most cherished players, from Johnny Berry, George Best and Steve Coppell back when it was routinely put on the dressing-room peg of the outside right, to Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who established it as a brand in the era when names started to appear on the back of shirts as a marketing exercise. Here's Alan Tyers' inquisition into the shirt he will wear and what it means. MUFC magnificent sevens Of course it has a symbolic significance but perhaps it has a psychological one, too. Bill Shankly joked his Preston No4 had otherworldly properties, telling his successor in it, Tommy Docherty, "Congratulations. You are now the greatest right-half in the world. Just put the No4 shirt on and let it run round, it knows where to go". We shall see. Join us for coverage of the match and team news when it lands at about 6.55pm.
Yeovil Town 0 Manchester United 4: Alexis Sanchez era begins with second half romp
Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' Of all the places to start his ­Manchester United career, Alexis Sánchez did so in the FA Cup fourth round at Huish Park, where the highest-paid player in Premier League history was kicked up in the air, booed by the locals and ­finally sent home with the sponsors’ man of the match award. A double FA Cup winner, Sánchez knows this competition as well as any Englishman and, given his route to the top from a small town in northern Chile, there is nothing for him to fear at a League Two ­stadium on a chilly January night. Even so, it is clear that the stakes have been raised with his move from Arsenal to United, and he is under greater scrutiny than ever before. He came up with two assists and Darren Way, the Yeovil Town manager, talked in awe of a “world-class performance”. Jose Mourinho substituted his Chilean with around 19 minutes remaining and Sánchez's patience wearing thin with some of the treatment meted out. Mourinho said that a first-half foul on Sánchez by defender Nathan Smith should have been a red card, but he understood why referee Paul Tierney had been so reluctant to do so early in the game. Victory was never in doubt for United, even with a team that had 10 changes from the side that beat Burnley last Saturday, and Yeovil struggled to get close. Marcus Rashford was gifted a goal just before half-time when Thomas James, the Yeovil full-back, simply failed to realise how near the forward was to him and had the ball taken off his toe just yards from his own goal. Sánchez bent an early free kick around the wall Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Michael Carrick was back for his second performance of the season, captain on the night in this his first game since a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm that was diagnosed in November. Luke Shaw was back in the team, and so too the lesser-spotted Victor Lindelof. But this was about Sánchez, the man who is earning around £600,000-a-week, a remarkable salary anywhere in the game, never mind a team 87 places below United in the league pyramid and fighting relegation to the Conference. There seems to be a trend these days to boo the recipient of the big-money move, regardless of whether it has had any effect on one’s own club – just ask Raheem Sterling – and there might be more of this hostility to come for Sánchez. Ander Herrera buries United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Smith’s challenge was after 30 minutes and might well have been a red card and, by the time Sánchez got more of the same in the second half, Mourinho decided it was time to bring him off. By then Sánchez had also generously created Ander Herrera’s goal, United’s second, and taken over free-kick duty. He was booed before the game and was booed when he came off and, when the stadium announcer said Sanchez had been voted man of the match, he was booed for that, too. Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku both scored late in the game with Yeovil stretched and exhausted, and there was a second senior outing for the 17-year-old Angel Gomes. For Way, whose side are 21st in League Two, there are greater concerns ahead, but he was delighted with the experience and his interaction with Mourinho. “We gave it everything,” he said. “We couldn’t have done any more. I just needed Sánchez in my team.” The club is under pressure from fans to make signings to keep their league status and Ryan Seager has joined on loan from Southampton. Lingard, who replaced Sánchez, scythed Yeovil apart to score United's third Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images On Mourinho, Way said: “It’s an absolute honour for me to speak to a manager of that class. He oozes class, and was very humble towards me. He’s done his homework. It wouldn’t surprise me if he knew my children’s names. “To share that moment with him was special. I’ll be interested to ask him what he thought of my team but, by all accounts, he was impressed with what he saw. The guy’s a winner. My players gave everything.” The greatest Yeovil threat came from set-pieces. The enormous centre-half Omar Sowunmi went forward in search of the ball into the area and he forced an early save out of Sergio Romero. There was also the pace of left winger Jordan Green for United to think about when they did not have the ball, which was seldom during a game in which they enjoyed 74 per cent of the possession. For United’s first goal, Rashford had skipped through the middle onto Sánchez's pass but was crowded out and James was in possession when Rashford realised the full-back had forgotten about him. James was idly guiding the ball back to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, unaware of Rashford’s proximity, and the United man nipped back in and tucked a shot into the net. United’s second started with a long ball cleared out from the back by Shaw and gathered by unlikely target man, Juan Mata, whose touch and awareness of space meant he could turn right and pick out Sánchez breaking forward. Lukaku volleys in the late fourth Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It must have crossed the Chilean’s mind to shoot, but he had Rashford and Herrera holding their runs ahead of him and picked the ­latter, who finished neatly. Before at last Sánchez was replaced by Lingard after 71 minutes he was kicked again on his right ankle and spent some time demonstrating his pain on the pitch. It precipitated an aggrieved Sanchez charging towards his own goal to win back possession as Mourinho urged caution and then decided to summon a replacement. Lingard was given too much space down the right to add a third goal. By the time Lukaku added a fourth, a volley from Marcos Rojo’s cross, the dream was over for Yeovil. For Sánchez, it was just beginning and United would have liked what they saw. 9:59PM Here's Jim White on the debutant Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' 9:58PM Jose Mourinho speaks These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct. Even so the attitude is correct but they gave us a hard time in the first half. I could hear Darren on the touchline and knew what he was asking of the players. We were professional and took control. In the second half we were professional and killed the game. Fantastic addition. Like Ander says, everybody is happy that Alexis comes. We have fantastic group of attacking players - he has a bit more of experience and maturity and class. 9:50PM Full time Manchester United are the first team in the fifth round. They didn't play particularly entertainingly in the first half but ground out a supremacy with utmost professionalism and then turned the screw in the second half. Yeovil played well in the first half but quality (and money) told in the end as it almost always does. 9:48PM 90+3 min Terrific cross from Rojo who had no reason to be so far forward and to be the man picked out by Herrera. He fired in a precise cross that Lukaku met on the volley eight yards out and blasted into the net. 9:47PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd (Lukaku) 9:46PM 89 min Open Sesame, Lingard parted Yeovil, gliding diagonally down the inside right channel and spanked a low shot past Krysiak with five men in pursuit but defeated. 9:43PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-3 Man Utd (Lingard) 9:43PM 88 min And he makes an immediate impact, twisting James' blood with a snake-hipped burst from the left. He bounds past the right-back and bends a shot into the side netting. 9:42PM 87 min Marcus Rashford is coming off and on comes United's Angel Gomes in the storied No47 shirt. 9:40PM 85 min McTominay with a rather cynical and illegal block receives a telling off rather than the second booking the crow want and it probably merited. 9:39PM 84 min Conor Smith on for Lewis Wing. That's Yeovil's last sub. Rashford races into the box from the left, Krysiak comes out and dives headlong to try to slap it away. He misses but Rashford, thinking he can round him, doesn't use the opportunity to fall over and the ball scuttles out of play. 9:37PM 82 min Free kick about 30 yards out that James takes, striking it again with his laces to make it go up and down, over the wall and dipping inside the left post. Romero skips across to catch it. 9:35PM 80 min McTominay goes into the book for trying to make up for his wayward pass by sliding into Zoko. His right foot took the ball cleanly but only after his left had taken Zoko's right ankle in a scissor movement. 9:34PM 78 min Mata and Sanchez earlier seemed to be on the same wavelength immediately but so are Rashford and Lingard and they almost find a way through from the left after Rashford's angled shot is saved by Krysiak's right foot but James and Sowunmi do enough to squeeze them out. Rashford demands the ref deem it obstruction but it wasn't and he doesn't. 9:31PM 76 min Dickson beats Darmian with the simplest method of all, pushing it past him and then burning him off. He crosses to the near post, Lindelof wellies it away but not far enough and Yeovil work it out to the right from the knockdown where Surridge takes the opportunity to drill a shot that Romero palms down and holds at the second attempt. 9:29PM 74 min Lingard almost gets round the back. He's playing on the right and Rashford on the left now. Pace to shred a tired defence. 9:28PM 72 min Alexis Sanchez departs. He took three heavy tackles/fouls in the match and Mourinho doubtlessly has seen enough. Lingard comes on. Now Martin Keown may change his tune. Herrera scores United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 9:25PM 71 min McTominay's shot leads to a corner that Rashford and Sanchez work short but can't get into the box. 9:24PM 70 min Yeovil sub: Green off, replaced by Alex Fisher who drove down tonight to complete his loan from Motherwell and arrived an hour and a half before kick-off after hours in the car. 9:23PM 68 min Sanchez is down and holding his left ankle but eventually gets up when the referee doesn't stop play. Mourinho tells him he'll take him off if he wants but he darts back into the fray. Keown is now coating Mourinho for letting De Bruyne and Salah rot when he was at Chelsea but then says 'I'm sure that won't happen with Sanchez.' Err ... yeah. 9:20PM 66 min Lukaku comes on to replace Juan Mata. 9:19PM 64 min Darmian spanks a right foot shot in off the left post and Mata but it's disallowed because Mata was clearly in front of the last defender when he hit it. It was a breathtakingly slick move though, United dinking passes around Yeovil's defenders and storming past them with rapid, unpredictable movement. 9:17PM 62 min United break from a Yeovil corner by playing it up to Mata in the centre circle. He spins his man, Dickson, and raids forward with Sanchez, Rashford and Herrera sprinting ahead. He slips the ball to Sanchez, Rashford spurts into the box, taking a man with him to open the space for Sanchez's reverse pass to Herrera on the left of the box in a seemingly less promising position to Rashford but unmarked. And he takes the ball, stun the pass and hammers a diagonal shot into the opposite corner. 9:15PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-2 Man Utd (Herrera) 9:15PM 60 min Actually that should have been a penalty. He caught Mata before the ball. United kept recycling it and didn't protest but made no better chance. 9:14PM 59 min United fashion a series of openings from the left, the best when Sanchez arcs the ball in for the first time and Mata was about to pirouette and shoot by the penalty spot, Dickson, I think, took the ball away (and then the man). 9:10PM 56 min Yeovil substitution: Bird goes off to be replaced by Browne. Their free-kick, designed to take advantage of United's high line, is over the top and easily snaffled by Romero. 9:09PM 55 min Lindelof takes out Surridge with a hasty leap, barrelling the centre-forward over. That's the second time he's doen that. 9:08PM 53 min United do look vulnerable down their right and Dickson exploits Darmian's lack of pace and ruggedness with vicious outswinging left-foot cross to the back stick where Surridge meets it but can't apply the necessary power or precision. 9:05PM 51 min Rashford skitters through the box from the left, slicing past James and Sowunmi in a horizontal lune before he turns to shoot, lunging at it somewhat and knocking it into Gray's shins and behind for a corner that comes to naught. 9:04PM 50 min To spring the Yeovil two banks of four United try to go down the sides and Mata opens up a run for Darmian with a sublime reverse pass. The full-back gallops to the byline then massively overhits his cross, giving Sanchez no chance. 9:02PM 49 min United in a more pronounced 4-3-3 now, with McTominay the middle of three midfielders as his side hog the ball without much penetration. 9:01PM 48 min Sanchez is whacked on the top of the foot by Sowunmi as he tried to run on to Rashford's flick on. Yellow card and a free-kick about 35 yards out on the left that Yeovil defend well. 9:00PM 46 min Yeovil kick off, lose the ball and Manchester United shift it about from left to right and back again as they shuffle up to halfway in increments of five yards. 8:53PM Martin Keown is as popular on Twitter tonight ... As he was with Leeds ... If Martin Keown is annoying you on commentary, this will make you feel better. pic.twitter.com/bB7Na5RQen— Coral (@Coral) January 26, 2018 He has been caning Sanchez for choosing United over City, for being too greedy, for being ineffective, for losing the ball. 8:43PM Half time Drab performance from Manchester United so far but they scored the goal because good sides exploit mistakes ruthlessly. No doubt it's a difficult pitch, more familiar to Yeovil obviously who could have scored twice through Green and Sowunmi. 8:42PM 44 min Mourinho, who is standing up, is greeted by 'You're just a s--- Guardiola' and Yeovil's favourite chant, which appears to be 'You what? You what? You what? You what? You what?' Jose Mourinho was accused of being a poor version of Pep Guardiola by Yeovil fans Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:41PM 43 min Carrick has a wayward shot. Let's play commentary bingo. Altogether now. 'Carrick. Of all people.' 8:40PM 40 min James has had a fine game so far but he's just gift-wrapped the Cup tie and given it to United. And put a bow on. Rashford stroked a 10-yard pass from right to centre for Sancjez and kept running. Sanchez dinked the return into the box and into Rashford's stride. But James read his run, muscled in front of him and then tried to shepherd the ball back to the keeper, unaware that Rashford was still on his shoulder. As he hesitated to wait for the goalie to come and gather - it was too far out - Rashford stole round and lashed his shot into the net. Marcus Rashford exploits Yeovil's 'After you, Claude' moment Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:36PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford) 8:36PM 40 min Predicatable cries of 'What a waste of money' greet Sanchez for the umpteenth time when he shanks a shot way wide from 18 yards. 8:35PM 37 min Yeovil free kick right of centre, 25 yards out after Carrick bundles into Bird. James take sit and smashes a shot towards the left post. Ronero is well positioned and slaps it away but United can't clear properly until the fourth attempt as Yeovil keep pinging it back into the box. It's the kind of save that is pretty effective but one that English pundits deride ... as Martin Keown immediately does. 8:33PM 35 min Good cross from Sanchez on the left to Rashford at the back post but he can't get there and Yeovil lash it upfield. 8:31PM 34 min Herrera latches on to a loose ball 30 yards out and flays a shocking shot into oribit. Dreadful. 8:29PM 33 min Sanchez does that thing that he did at Arsenal when he succumbed to Messiah Complex and tried to do it all by himself. He hung on to the ball too long and then, when his team-mates had trotted too far expecting a pass, bludgeoned a pass into touch. 8:28PM 31 min A well-populated wall stands just inside the 18-yard line. Sanchez aims for the bottom right corner, bends it around the wall but telegraphed it with his body shape enough for Krysiak to get down swiftly and catch it. Sanchez takes the free kick Credit: AFP/Getty Images 8:26PM 30 min A rotten challenge from Smith, the Jamaica defender, scythes down Sanchez 25 yards out dead centre. Yellow card and Sanchez is unruffled enough to take the free kick. 8:25PM 28 min Wing, the lad on loan from Boro, plays a neat pass between Lindelof and Rojo looking for Surridge's run but he can't get round the back quickly enough. 8:24PM 26 min Sanchez and Mata link up nicely through the middle, gamboling like Baggio and Del Piero in 1994-95 on the rare occasions they were fielded together for Juve. Tom James, the right-back, diligently sticks to Mata and after some hypnotising footwork, he does not fall under their spell and whips the ball away. 8:22PM 24 min Quick feet from Sanchez creates an opening for Rashford to make the run through the inside left channel to meet it. He gathers it in his stride and flashes a low shot to Krysiak's right. The keeper swoops down to block it with a firm hand. Good save. 8:19PM 22 min He hasn't done anything but the photographers know what picture editors want. More than two-thirds of the photos so far from Husih Park have focused on his nibs, Croesus Sanchez. Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA 8:17PM 20 min McTominay zips the ball around the last third. He looks a busy talent, always available for the short pass and his touches open up a path for Rashford to bullock in from the left with dazzling control until he tries to take on one defender too many and gets it stuck under his feet. Smith stabs it clear. 8:15PM 18 min Lindelof sends Zoko flying with a dumb challenge from behind as Zoko went up to win a header. He just took him out and should have been booked on the first-minute model established by Tierney. 8:14PM 15 min Yeovil free kick when Green is brought down once more as he tries to rampage down the left. McTominay falls asleep and plays the green shirts onside from the set-piece which is again arrowed towards Sowunmi, this time peeling of around the back, but he can only head his attempt tamely into the ground, making it an easy snatch for Romero. 8:12PM 13 min United corner but it could have been better when McTominay squared a header across goal that Yeovil scrambled behind. He was livid that no one ran to meet his intended 'assist' but he should have seen there was no one making the run before he played it. Krysiak strides out to catch Sanchez's corner. Little bit of a size difference between these Man United and Yeovil teams... #MUFC#YTFC#ytfcvmufc#FACuppic.twitter.com/nlNysDDuev— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 26, 2018 8:08PM 11 min Where there's Lindelof there's hope ... for Yeovil who have targeted the right side of United's defence. Green again skins Darmain, gets to the byline and wins a corner from his blocked cross. Yeovil bend it in to the box, swinging it out towards the penalty spot where 6ft 6in Sowunmi meets it but is thwarted by Rojo. 8:05PM 8 min Good chance for Yeovil as they quickly regroup from Romero's clearance. Green plays a one-two with Surridge, turns on the turbo boosters and glides past Lindelof and into the box. His first heavyish trap takes him too close to the touchline and narrows the angle for the shot which he pings at Romero's legs. 8:03PM 7 min And indeed he scuds it into the box for Romero to catch it. 8:03PM 6 min Sanchez is being booed. Perhaps they suspect him of coming from Gloucestershire. Odd. Yeovil have a throw and Dickson prepares to take it long with an elaborate ball-drying routine. 8:01PM 4 min McTominay bundles Smith over after Sanchez switches the play to the right and Yeovil have a free kick that they use to probe around the United box but overplay and United clear up to Rashford. 7:59PM 3 min Always nice to have Martin Keown on co-comms! Lindelof brings the ball out from the back. Surridge presses him quickly and he goes backwards to go forwards. United shift it up to Sanchez who has started wide on the left, whitewash on his boots. 7:58PM 1 min Almost from the off, Zoko chases a ball chipped up the inside left channel and blocks Rojo's clearance. The centre-back's boot connects with the sole of Zoko's boot. He goes down in a heap and Zoko is booked. Looked pretty accidental to me. 7:55PM First up A minute's applause for Jimmy Armfield. Click on the great man's name to read Paul Hayward's magnificent tribute. 7:53PM Alexis Sanchez Walks out last. He's taken the Paul Ince position at the back of the line. Eight people wave green flags in the centre-circle to greet the players. Semaphore. 'Can you see me, Mother?' 7:51PM The United players are in the tunnel Mourinho walks out to take his place on the bench while his side waits for Yeovil's team. Ian Wright Wright Wright thinks United were there first to intimidate the Yeovil players because they'd see all those big names on the shirts. Hmmm. 7:46PM The BBC Has just given Jose Mourinho a bottle of Birthday Brew cider to commemorate his birthday. "I will keep it but I will not drink it," he says. 7:34PM Those teams in black and white Yeovil Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith, Dickson; Green, Wing, Bird, Gray; Zoko, Surridge. Substitutes Connor Smith, Browne, Maddison, Gobern, Whelan, Santos, Fisher. Yeovil Town's Jolly Green Giant welcomes Manchester United to Huish Park Credit: Harry Trump/Getty Images Man Utd Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Carrick; McTominay, Mata, Sanchez; Rashford. Substitutes Joel Pereira, Lukaku, Smalling, Lingard, Young, Matic, Gomes. Referee Paul Tierney (Wigan) 7:03PM And here's how Yeovil line up ⚽️ | Your #YTFC team for tonight's #EmiratesFACup fourth round tie against #MUFC. COYG!�� pic.twitter.com/vLc4qrTqar— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 26, 2018 6:59PM Michael Carrick starts too A welcome return for the club captain after his heart ablation in the autumn. Yeovil Town’s 11 mascots getting their money’s worth: a team talk from Jose Mourinho & now a kickabout with subs Matic, Lingard & Smalling— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 26, 2018 6:57PM And here's the man in question Calls himself a footballer with those headphones? Paul Pogba will have him wearing a pair the size of furry frying pans soon enough. Alexis Sanchez arrives at Huish Park Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 6:55PM Alexis Sanchez is starting How the Reds line up for tonight's @EmiratesFACup clash with Yeovil! It's an #MUFC debut for @Alexis_Sanchez... pic.twitter.com/XB9AmCPdqo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2018 6:52PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of the Alexis Sánchez showFA Cup fourth round tie between Yeovil Town of League Two and Manchester United. After the broadcasters gave United their 13-yearly break from televised Cup ties in the last round, normal service has been resumed for the visit of the 12-time winners to Huish Park where the home side's manager, Darren Way, has identified the route to success: "Put a brick wall up in front of the goal, make sure we’re tactically astute, concentrate." In a revealing interview with Jim White, Way said he hoped it would appease some of the 'grumblier' elements among the support and also indulged in one of the great Manchester United cliches, ruminating on the quality of red wine he was contemplating purchasing for their manager's delectation. For the last 10 years of Sir Alex Ferguson's spell in charge, he managed to turn his managerial colleagues into sommeliers. Here we go again, it seems. Perhaps life in the Travel TavernLowry has prompted Jose Mourinho to develop his palate. And so on to Friday night's Somerset fiesta of football. The only question dominating the airwaves and newsprint is whether Sanchez will be given his debut tonight as a starter or off the bench. One presumes he'll be thrown straight in but one should never underestimate the obtuseness of a football manager when it comes to a midseason signing. They do tend to like to make you wait. We'll let you know if we'll get a sighting of the No7 straight from the kick-off. Variously described as "iconic" and "prestigious", the shirt number Sanchez inherited has been the emblem of a long and distinguished line of United's most cherished players, from Johnny Berry, George Best and Steve Coppell back when it was routinely put on the dressing-room peg of the outside right, to Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who established it as a brand in the era when names started to appear on the back of shirts as a marketing exercise. Here's Alan Tyers' inquisition into the shirt he will wear and what it means. MUFC magnificent sevens Of course it has a symbolic significance but perhaps it has a psychological one, too. Bill Shankly joked his Preston No4 had otherworldly properties, telling his successor in it, Tommy Docherty, "Congratulations. You are now the greatest right-half in the world. Just put the No4 shirt on and let it run round, it knows where to go". We shall see. Join us for coverage of the match and team news when it lands at about 6.55pm.
Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' Of all the places to start his ­Manchester United career, Alexis Sánchez did so in the FA Cup fourth round at Huish Park, where the highest-paid player in Premier League history was kicked up in the air, booed by the locals and ­finally sent home with the sponsors’ man of the match award. A double FA Cup winner, Sánchez knows this competition as well as any Englishman and, given his route to the top from a small town in northern Chile, there is nothing for him to fear at a League Two ­stadium on a chilly January night. Even so, it is clear that the stakes have been raised with his move from Arsenal to United, and he is under greater scrutiny than ever before. He came up with two assists and Darren Way, the Yeovil Town manager, talked in awe of a “world-class performance”. Jose Mourinho substituted his Chilean with around 19 minutes remaining and Sánchez's patience wearing thin with some of the treatment meted out. Mourinho said that a first-half foul on Sánchez by defender Nathan Smith should have been a red card, but he understood why referee Paul Tierney had been so reluctant to do so early in the game. Victory was never in doubt for United, even with a team that had 10 changes from the side that beat Burnley last Saturday, and Yeovil struggled to get close. Marcus Rashford was gifted a goal just before half-time when Thomas James, the Yeovil full-back, simply failed to realise how near the forward was to him and had the ball taken off his toe just yards from his own goal. Sánchez bent an early free kick around the wall Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Michael Carrick was back for his second performance of the season, captain on the night in this his first game since a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm that was diagnosed in November. Luke Shaw was back in the team, and so too the lesser-spotted Victor Lindelof. But this was about Sánchez, the man who is earning around £600,000-a-week, a remarkable salary anywhere in the game, never mind a team 87 places below United in the league pyramid and fighting relegation to the Conference. There seems to be a trend these days to boo the recipient of the big-money move, regardless of whether it has had any effect on one’s own club – just ask Raheem Sterling – and there might be more of this hostility to come for Sánchez. Ander Herrera buries United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Smith’s challenge was after 30 minutes and might well have been a red card and, by the time Sánchez got more of the same in the second half, Mourinho decided it was time to bring him off. By then Sánchez had also generously created Ander Herrera’s goal, United’s second, and taken over free-kick duty. He was booed before the game and was booed when he came off and, when the stadium announcer said Sanchez had been voted man of the match, he was booed for that, too. Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku both scored late in the game with Yeovil stretched and exhausted, and there was a second senior outing for the 17-year-old Angel Gomes. For Way, whose side are 21st in League Two, there are greater concerns ahead, but he was delighted with the experience and his interaction with Mourinho. “We gave it everything,” he said. “We couldn’t have done any more. I just needed Sánchez in my team.” The club is under pressure from fans to make signings to keep their league status and Ryan Seager has joined on loan from Southampton. Lingard, who replaced Sánchez, scythed Yeovil apart to score United's third Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images On Mourinho, Way said: “It’s an absolute honour for me to speak to a manager of that class. He oozes class, and was very humble towards me. He’s done his homework. It wouldn’t surprise me if he knew my children’s names. “To share that moment with him was special. I’ll be interested to ask him what he thought of my team but, by all accounts, he was impressed with what he saw. The guy’s a winner. My players gave everything.” The greatest Yeovil threat came from set-pieces. The enormous centre-half Omar Sowunmi went forward in search of the ball into the area and he forced an early save out of Sergio Romero. There was also the pace of left winger Jordan Green for United to think about when they did not have the ball, which was seldom during a game in which they enjoyed 74 per cent of the possession. For United’s first goal, Rashford had skipped through the middle onto Sánchez's pass but was crowded out and James was in possession when Rashford realised the full-back had forgotten about him. James was idly guiding the ball back to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, unaware of Rashford’s proximity, and the United man nipped back in and tucked a shot into the net. United’s second started with a long ball cleared out from the back by Shaw and gathered by unlikely target man, Juan Mata, whose touch and awareness of space meant he could turn right and pick out Sánchez breaking forward. Lukaku volleys in the late fourth Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It must have crossed the Chilean’s mind to shoot, but he had Rashford and Herrera holding their runs ahead of him and picked the ­latter, who finished neatly. Before at last Sánchez was replaced by Lingard after 71 minutes he was kicked again on his right ankle and spent some time demonstrating his pain on the pitch. It precipitated an aggrieved Sanchez charging towards his own goal to win back possession as Mourinho urged caution and then decided to summon a replacement. Lingard was given too much space down the right to add a third goal. By the time Lukaku added a fourth, a volley from Marcos Rojo’s cross, the dream was over for Yeovil. For Sánchez, it was just beginning and United would have liked what they saw. 9:59PM Here's Jim White on the debutant Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' 9:58PM Jose Mourinho speaks These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct. Even so the attitude is correct but they gave us a hard time in the first half. I could hear Darren on the touchline and knew what he was asking of the players. We were professional and took control. In the second half we were professional and killed the game. Fantastic addition. Like Ander says, everybody is happy that Alexis comes. We have fantastic group of attacking players - he has a bit more of experience and maturity and class. 9:50PM Full time Manchester United are the first team in the fifth round. They didn't play particularly entertainingly in the first half but ground out a supremacy with utmost professionalism and then turned the screw in the second half. Yeovil played well in the first half but quality (and money) told in the end as it almost always does. 9:48PM 90+3 min Terrific cross from Rojo who had no reason to be so far forward and to be the man picked out by Herrera. He fired in a precise cross that Lukaku met on the volley eight yards out and blasted into the net. 9:47PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd (Lukaku) 9:46PM 89 min Open Sesame, Lingard parted Yeovil, gliding diagonally down the inside right channel and spanked a low shot past Krysiak with five men in pursuit but defeated. 9:43PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-3 Man Utd (Lingard) 9:43PM 88 min And he makes an immediate impact, twisting James' blood with a snake-hipped burst from the left. He bounds past the right-back and bends a shot into the side netting. 9:42PM 87 min Marcus Rashford is coming off and on comes United's Angel Gomes in the storied No47 shirt. 9:40PM 85 min McTominay with a rather cynical and illegal block receives a telling off rather than the second booking the crow want and it probably merited. 9:39PM 84 min Conor Smith on for Lewis Wing. That's Yeovil's last sub. Rashford races into the box from the left, Krysiak comes out and dives headlong to try to slap it away. He misses but Rashford, thinking he can round him, doesn't use the opportunity to fall over and the ball scuttles out of play. 9:37PM 82 min Free kick about 30 yards out that James takes, striking it again with his laces to make it go up and down, over the wall and dipping inside the left post. Romero skips across to catch it. 9:35PM 80 min McTominay goes into the book for trying to make up for his wayward pass by sliding into Zoko. His right foot took the ball cleanly but only after his left had taken Zoko's right ankle in a scissor movement. 9:34PM 78 min Mata and Sanchez earlier seemed to be on the same wavelength immediately but so are Rashford and Lingard and they almost find a way through from the left after Rashford's angled shot is saved by Krysiak's right foot but James and Sowunmi do enough to squeeze them out. Rashford demands the ref deem it obstruction but it wasn't and he doesn't. 9:31PM 76 min Dickson beats Darmian with the simplest method of all, pushing it past him and then burning him off. He crosses to the near post, Lindelof wellies it away but not far enough and Yeovil work it out to the right from the knockdown where Surridge takes the opportunity to drill a shot that Romero palms down and holds at the second attempt. 9:29PM 74 min Lingard almost gets round the back. He's playing on the right and Rashford on the left now. Pace to shred a tired defence. 9:28PM 72 min Alexis Sanchez departs. He took three heavy tackles/fouls in the match and Mourinho doubtlessly has seen enough. Lingard comes on. Now Martin Keown may change his tune. Herrera scores United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 9:25PM 71 min McTominay's shot leads to a corner that Rashford and Sanchez work short but can't get into the box. 9:24PM 70 min Yeovil sub: Green off, replaced by Alex Fisher who drove down tonight to complete his loan from Motherwell and arrived an hour and a half before kick-off after hours in the car. 9:23PM 68 min Sanchez is down and holding his left ankle but eventually gets up when the referee doesn't stop play. Mourinho tells him he'll take him off if he wants but he darts back into the fray. Keown is now coating Mourinho for letting De Bruyne and Salah rot when he was at Chelsea but then says 'I'm sure that won't happen with Sanchez.' Err ... yeah. 9:20PM 66 min Lukaku comes on to replace Juan Mata. 9:19PM 64 min Darmian spanks a right foot shot in off the left post and Mata but it's disallowed because Mata was clearly in front of the last defender when he hit it. It was a breathtakingly slick move though, United dinking passes around Yeovil's defenders and storming past them with rapid, unpredictable movement. 9:17PM 62 min United break from a Yeovil corner by playing it up to Mata in the centre circle. He spins his man, Dickson, and raids forward with Sanchez, Rashford and Herrera sprinting ahead. He slips the ball to Sanchez, Rashford spurts into the box, taking a man with him to open the space for Sanchez's reverse pass to Herrera on the left of the box in a seemingly less promising position to Rashford but unmarked. And he takes the ball, stun the pass and hammers a diagonal shot into the opposite corner. 9:15PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-2 Man Utd (Herrera) 9:15PM 60 min Actually that should have been a penalty. He caught Mata before the ball. United kept recycling it and didn't protest but made no better chance. 9:14PM 59 min United fashion a series of openings from the left, the best when Sanchez arcs the ball in for the first time and Mata was about to pirouette and shoot by the penalty spot, Dickson, I think, took the ball away (and then the man). 9:10PM 56 min Yeovil substitution: Bird goes off to be replaced by Browne. Their free-kick, designed to take advantage of United's high line, is over the top and easily snaffled by Romero. 9:09PM 55 min Lindelof takes out Surridge with a hasty leap, barrelling the centre-forward over. That's the second time he's doen that. 9:08PM 53 min United do look vulnerable down their right and Dickson exploits Darmian's lack of pace and ruggedness with vicious outswinging left-foot cross to the back stick where Surridge meets it but can't apply the necessary power or precision. 9:05PM 51 min Rashford skitters through the box from the left, slicing past James and Sowunmi in a horizontal lune before he turns to shoot, lunging at it somewhat and knocking it into Gray's shins and behind for a corner that comes to naught. 9:04PM 50 min To spring the Yeovil two banks of four United try to go down the sides and Mata opens up a run for Darmian with a sublime reverse pass. The full-back gallops to the byline then massively overhits his cross, giving Sanchez no chance. 9:02PM 49 min United in a more pronounced 4-3-3 now, with McTominay the middle of three midfielders as his side hog the ball without much penetration. 9:01PM 48 min Sanchez is whacked on the top of the foot by Sowunmi as he tried to run on to Rashford's flick on. Yellow card and a free-kick about 35 yards out on the left that Yeovil defend well. 9:00PM 46 min Yeovil kick off, lose the ball and Manchester United shift it about from left to right and back again as they shuffle up to halfway in increments of five yards. 8:53PM Martin Keown is as popular on Twitter tonight ... As he was with Leeds ... If Martin Keown is annoying you on commentary, this will make you feel better. pic.twitter.com/bB7Na5RQen— Coral (@Coral) January 26, 2018 He has been caning Sanchez for choosing United over City, for being too greedy, for being ineffective, for losing the ball. 8:43PM Half time Drab performance from Manchester United so far but they scored the goal because good sides exploit mistakes ruthlessly. No doubt it's a difficult pitch, more familiar to Yeovil obviously who could have scored twice through Green and Sowunmi. 8:42PM 44 min Mourinho, who is standing up, is greeted by 'You're just a s--- Guardiola' and Yeovil's favourite chant, which appears to be 'You what? You what? You what? You what? You what?' Jose Mourinho was accused of being a poor version of Pep Guardiola by Yeovil fans Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:41PM 43 min Carrick has a wayward shot. Let's play commentary bingo. Altogether now. 'Carrick. Of all people.' 8:40PM 40 min James has had a fine game so far but he's just gift-wrapped the Cup tie and given it to United. And put a bow on. Rashford stroked a 10-yard pass from right to centre for Sancjez and kept running. Sanchez dinked the return into the box and into Rashford's stride. But James read his run, muscled in front of him and then tried to shepherd the ball back to the keeper, unaware that Rashford was still on his shoulder. As he hesitated to wait for the goalie to come and gather - it was too far out - Rashford stole round and lashed his shot into the net. Marcus Rashford exploits Yeovil's 'After you, Claude' moment Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:36PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford) 8:36PM 40 min Predicatable cries of 'What a waste of money' greet Sanchez for the umpteenth time when he shanks a shot way wide from 18 yards. 8:35PM 37 min Yeovil free kick right of centre, 25 yards out after Carrick bundles into Bird. James take sit and smashes a shot towards the left post. Ronero is well positioned and slaps it away but United can't clear properly until the fourth attempt as Yeovil keep pinging it back into the box. It's the kind of save that is pretty effective but one that English pundits deride ... as Martin Keown immediately does. 8:33PM 35 min Good cross from Sanchez on the left to Rashford at the back post but he can't get there and Yeovil lash it upfield. 8:31PM 34 min Herrera latches on to a loose ball 30 yards out and flays a shocking shot into oribit. Dreadful. 8:29PM 33 min Sanchez does that thing that he did at Arsenal when he succumbed to Messiah Complex and tried to do it all by himself. He hung on to the ball too long and then, when his team-mates had trotted too far expecting a pass, bludgeoned a pass into touch. 8:28PM 31 min A well-populated wall stands just inside the 18-yard line. Sanchez aims for the bottom right corner, bends it around the wall but telegraphed it with his body shape enough for Krysiak to get down swiftly and catch it. Sanchez takes the free kick Credit: AFP/Getty Images 8:26PM 30 min A rotten challenge from Smith, the Jamaica defender, scythes down Sanchez 25 yards out dead centre. Yellow card and Sanchez is unruffled enough to take the free kick. 8:25PM 28 min Wing, the lad on loan from Boro, plays a neat pass between Lindelof and Rojo looking for Surridge's run but he can't get round the back quickly enough. 8:24PM 26 min Sanchez and Mata link up nicely through the middle, gamboling like Baggio and Del Piero in 1994-95 on the rare occasions they were fielded together for Juve. Tom James, the right-back, diligently sticks to Mata and after some hypnotising footwork, he does not fall under their spell and whips the ball away. 8:22PM 24 min Quick feet from Sanchez creates an opening for Rashford to make the run through the inside left channel to meet it. He gathers it in his stride and flashes a low shot to Krysiak's right. The keeper swoops down to block it with a firm hand. Good save. 8:19PM 22 min He hasn't done anything but the photographers know what picture editors want. More than two-thirds of the photos so far from Husih Park have focused on his nibs, Croesus Sanchez. Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA 8:17PM 20 min McTominay zips the ball around the last third. He looks a busy talent, always available for the short pass and his touches open up a path for Rashford to bullock in from the left with dazzling control until he tries to take on one defender too many and gets it stuck under his feet. Smith stabs it clear. 8:15PM 18 min Lindelof sends Zoko flying with a dumb challenge from behind as Zoko went up to win a header. He just took him out and should have been booked on the first-minute model established by Tierney. 8:14PM 15 min Yeovil free kick when Green is brought down once more as he tries to rampage down the left. McTominay falls asleep and plays the green shirts onside from the set-piece which is again arrowed towards Sowunmi, this time peeling of around the back, but he can only head his attempt tamely into the ground, making it an easy snatch for Romero. 8:12PM 13 min United corner but it could have been better when McTominay squared a header across goal that Yeovil scrambled behind. He was livid that no one ran to meet his intended 'assist' but he should have seen there was no one making the run before he played it. Krysiak strides out to catch Sanchez's corner. Little bit of a size difference between these Man United and Yeovil teams... #MUFC#YTFC#ytfcvmufc#FACuppic.twitter.com/nlNysDDuev— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 26, 2018 8:08PM 11 min Where there's Lindelof there's hope ... for Yeovil who have targeted the right side of United's defence. Green again skins Darmain, gets to the byline and wins a corner from his blocked cross. Yeovil bend it in to the box, swinging it out towards the penalty spot where 6ft 6in Sowunmi meets it but is thwarted by Rojo. 8:05PM 8 min Good chance for Yeovil as they quickly regroup from Romero's clearance. Green plays a one-two with Surridge, turns on the turbo boosters and glides past Lindelof and into the box. His first heavyish trap takes him too close to the touchline and narrows the angle for the shot which he pings at Romero's legs. 8:03PM 7 min And indeed he scuds it into the box for Romero to catch it. 8:03PM 6 min Sanchez is being booed. Perhaps they suspect him of coming from Gloucestershire. Odd. Yeovil have a throw and Dickson prepares to take it long with an elaborate ball-drying routine. 8:01PM 4 min McTominay bundles Smith over after Sanchez switches the play to the right and Yeovil have a free kick that they use to probe around the United box but overplay and United clear up to Rashford. 7:59PM 3 min Always nice to have Martin Keown on co-comms! Lindelof brings the ball out from the back. Surridge presses him quickly and he goes backwards to go forwards. United shift it up to Sanchez who has started wide on the left, whitewash on his boots. 7:58PM 1 min Almost from the off, Zoko chases a ball chipped up the inside left channel and blocks Rojo's clearance. The centre-back's boot connects with the sole of Zoko's boot. He goes down in a heap and Zoko is booked. Looked pretty accidental to me. 7:55PM First up A minute's applause for Jimmy Armfield. Click on the great man's name to read Paul Hayward's magnificent tribute. 7:53PM Alexis Sanchez Walks out last. He's taken the Paul Ince position at the back of the line. Eight people wave green flags in the centre-circle to greet the players. Semaphore. 'Can you see me, Mother?' 7:51PM The United players are in the tunnel Mourinho walks out to take his place on the bench while his side waits for Yeovil's team. Ian Wright Wright Wright thinks United were there first to intimidate the Yeovil players because they'd see all those big names on the shirts. Hmmm. 7:46PM The BBC Has just given Jose Mourinho a bottle of Birthday Brew cider to commemorate his birthday. "I will keep it but I will not drink it," he says. 7:34PM Those teams in black and white Yeovil Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith, Dickson; Green, Wing, Bird, Gray; Zoko, Surridge. Substitutes Connor Smith, Browne, Maddison, Gobern, Whelan, Santos, Fisher. Yeovil Town's Jolly Green Giant welcomes Manchester United to Huish Park Credit: Harry Trump/Getty Images Man Utd Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Carrick; McTominay, Mata, Sanchez; Rashford. Substitutes Joel Pereira, Lukaku, Smalling, Lingard, Young, Matic, Gomes. Referee Paul Tierney (Wigan) 7:03PM And here's how Yeovil line up ⚽️ | Your #YTFC team for tonight's #EmiratesFACup fourth round tie against #MUFC. COYG!�� pic.twitter.com/vLc4qrTqar— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 26, 2018 6:59PM Michael Carrick starts too A welcome return for the club captain after his heart ablation in the autumn. Yeovil Town’s 11 mascots getting their money’s worth: a team talk from Jose Mourinho & now a kickabout with subs Matic, Lingard & Smalling— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 26, 2018 6:57PM And here's the man in question Calls himself a footballer with those headphones? Paul Pogba will have him wearing a pair the size of furry frying pans soon enough. Alexis Sanchez arrives at Huish Park Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 6:55PM Alexis Sanchez is starting How the Reds line up for tonight's @EmiratesFACup clash with Yeovil! It's an #MUFC debut for @Alexis_Sanchez... pic.twitter.com/XB9AmCPdqo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2018 6:52PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of the Alexis Sánchez showFA Cup fourth round tie between Yeovil Town of League Two and Manchester United. After the broadcasters gave United their 13-yearly break from televised Cup ties in the last round, normal service has been resumed for the visit of the 12-time winners to Huish Park where the home side's manager, Darren Way, has identified the route to success: "Put a brick wall up in front of the goal, make sure we’re tactically astute, concentrate." In a revealing interview with Jim White, Way said he hoped it would appease some of the 'grumblier' elements among the support and also indulged in one of the great Manchester United cliches, ruminating on the quality of red wine he was contemplating purchasing for their manager's delectation. For the last 10 years of Sir Alex Ferguson's spell in charge, he managed to turn his managerial colleagues into sommeliers. Here we go again, it seems. Perhaps life in the Travel TavernLowry has prompted Jose Mourinho to develop his palate. And so on to Friday night's Somerset fiesta of football. The only question dominating the airwaves and newsprint is whether Sanchez will be given his debut tonight as a starter or off the bench. One presumes he'll be thrown straight in but one should never underestimate the obtuseness of a football manager when it comes to a midseason signing. They do tend to like to make you wait. We'll let you know if we'll get a sighting of the No7 straight from the kick-off. Variously described as "iconic" and "prestigious", the shirt number Sanchez inherited has been the emblem of a long and distinguished line of United's most cherished players, from Johnny Berry, George Best and Steve Coppell back when it was routinely put on the dressing-room peg of the outside right, to Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who established it as a brand in the era when names started to appear on the back of shirts as a marketing exercise. Here's Alan Tyers' inquisition into the shirt he will wear and what it means. MUFC magnificent sevens Of course it has a symbolic significance but perhaps it has a psychological one, too. Bill Shankly joked his Preston No4 had otherworldly properties, telling his successor in it, Tommy Docherty, "Congratulations. You are now the greatest right-half in the world. Just put the No4 shirt on and let it run round, it knows where to go". We shall see. Join us for coverage of the match and team news when it lands at about 6.55pm.
Yeovil Town 0 Manchester United 4: Alexis Sanchez era begins with second half romp
Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' Of all the places to start his ­Manchester United career, Alexis Sánchez did so in the FA Cup fourth round at Huish Park, where the highest-paid player in Premier League history was kicked up in the air, booed by the locals and ­finally sent home with the sponsors’ man of the match award. A double FA Cup winner, Sánchez knows this competition as well as any Englishman and, given his route to the top from a small town in northern Chile, there is nothing for him to fear at a League Two ­stadium on a chilly January night. Even so, it is clear that the stakes have been raised with his move from Arsenal to United, and he is under greater scrutiny than ever before. He came up with two assists and Darren Way, the Yeovil Town manager, talked in awe of a “world-class performance”. Jose Mourinho substituted his Chilean with around 19 minutes remaining and Sánchez's patience wearing thin with some of the treatment meted out. Mourinho said that a first-half foul on Sánchez by defender Nathan Smith should have been a red card, but he understood why referee Paul Tierney had been so reluctant to do so early in the game. Victory was never in doubt for United, even with a team that had 10 changes from the side that beat Burnley last Saturday, and Yeovil struggled to get close. Marcus Rashford was gifted a goal just before half-time when Thomas James, the Yeovil full-back, simply failed to realise how near the forward was to him and had the ball taken off his toe just yards from his own goal. Sánchez bent an early free kick around the wall Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Michael Carrick was back for his second performance of the season, captain on the night in this his first game since a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm that was diagnosed in November. Luke Shaw was back in the team, and so too the lesser-spotted Victor Lindelof. But this was about Sánchez, the man who is earning around £600,000-a-week, a remarkable salary anywhere in the game, never mind a team 87 places below United in the league pyramid and fighting relegation to the Conference. There seems to be a trend these days to boo the recipient of the big-money move, regardless of whether it has had any effect on one’s own club – just ask Raheem Sterling – and there might be more of this hostility to come for Sánchez. Ander Herrera buries United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Smith’s challenge was after 30 minutes and might well have been a red card and, by the time Sánchez got more of the same in the second half, Mourinho decided it was time to bring him off. By then Sánchez had also generously created Ander Herrera’s goal, United’s second, and taken over free-kick duty. He was booed before the game and was booed when he came off and, when the stadium announcer said Sanchez had been voted man of the match, he was booed for that, too. Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku both scored late in the game with Yeovil stretched and exhausted, and there was a second senior outing for the 17-year-old Angel Gomes. For Way, whose side are 21st in League Two, there are greater concerns ahead, but he was delighted with the experience and his interaction with Mourinho. “We gave it everything,” he said. “We couldn’t have done any more. I just needed Sánchez in my team.” The club is under pressure from fans to make signings to keep their league status and Ryan Seager has joined on loan from Southampton. Lingard, who replaced Sánchez, scythed Yeovil apart to score United's third Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images On Mourinho, Way said: “It’s an absolute honour for me to speak to a manager of that class. He oozes class, and was very humble towards me. He’s done his homework. It wouldn’t surprise me if he knew my children’s names. “To share that moment with him was special. I’ll be interested to ask him what he thought of my team but, by all accounts, he was impressed with what he saw. The guy’s a winner. My players gave everything.” The greatest Yeovil threat came from set-pieces. The enormous centre-half Omar Sowunmi went forward in search of the ball into the area and he forced an early save out of Sergio Romero. There was also the pace of left winger Jordan Green for United to think about when they did not have the ball, which was seldom during a game in which they enjoyed 74 per cent of the possession. For United’s first goal, Rashford had skipped through the middle onto Sánchez's pass but was crowded out and James was in possession when Rashford realised the full-back had forgotten about him. James was idly guiding the ball back to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, unaware of Rashford’s proximity, and the United man nipped back in and tucked a shot into the net. United’s second started with a long ball cleared out from the back by Shaw and gathered by unlikely target man, Juan Mata, whose touch and awareness of space meant he could turn right and pick out Sánchez breaking forward. Lukaku volleys in the late fourth Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It must have crossed the Chilean’s mind to shoot, but he had Rashford and Herrera holding their runs ahead of him and picked the ­latter, who finished neatly. Before at last Sánchez was replaced by Lingard after 71 minutes he was kicked again on his right ankle and spent some time demonstrating his pain on the pitch. It precipitated an aggrieved Sanchez charging towards his own goal to win back possession as Mourinho urged caution and then decided to summon a replacement. Lingard was given too much space down the right to add a third goal. By the time Lukaku added a fourth, a volley from Marcos Rojo’s cross, the dream was over for Yeovil. For Sánchez, it was just beginning and United would have liked what they saw. 9:59PM Here's Jim White on the debutant Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' 9:58PM Jose Mourinho speaks These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct. Even so the attitude is correct but they gave us a hard time in the first half. I could hear Darren on the touchline and knew what he was asking of the players. We were professional and took control. In the second half we were professional and killed the game. Fantastic addition. Like Ander says, everybody is happy that Alexis comes. We have fantastic group of attacking players - he has a bit more of experience and maturity and class. 9:50PM Full time Manchester United are the first team in the fifth round. They didn't play particularly entertainingly in the first half but ground out a supremacy with utmost professionalism and then turned the screw in the second half. Yeovil played well in the first half but quality (and money) told in the end as it almost always does. 9:48PM 90+3 min Terrific cross from Rojo who had no reason to be so far forward and to be the man picked out by Herrera. He fired in a precise cross that Lukaku met on the volley eight yards out and blasted into the net. 9:47PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd (Lukaku) 9:46PM 89 min Open Sesame, Lingard parted Yeovil, gliding diagonally down the inside right channel and spanked a low shot past Krysiak with five men in pursuit but defeated. 9:43PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-3 Man Utd (Lingard) 9:43PM 88 min And he makes an immediate impact, twisting James' blood with a snake-hipped burst from the left. He bounds past the right-back and bends a shot into the side netting. 9:42PM 87 min Marcus Rashford is coming off and on comes United's Angel Gomes in the storied No47 shirt. 9:40PM 85 min McTominay with a rather cynical and illegal block receives a telling off rather than the second booking the crow want and it probably merited. 9:39PM 84 min Conor Smith on for Lewis Wing. That's Yeovil's last sub. Rashford races into the box from the left, Krysiak comes out and dives headlong to try to slap it away. He misses but Rashford, thinking he can round him, doesn't use the opportunity to fall over and the ball scuttles out of play. 9:37PM 82 min Free kick about 30 yards out that James takes, striking it again with his laces to make it go up and down, over the wall and dipping inside the left post. Romero skips across to catch it. 9:35PM 80 min McTominay goes into the book for trying to make up for his wayward pass by sliding into Zoko. His right foot took the ball cleanly but only after his left had taken Zoko's right ankle in a scissor movement. 9:34PM 78 min Mata and Sanchez earlier seemed to be on the same wavelength immediately but so are Rashford and Lingard and they almost find a way through from the left after Rashford's angled shot is saved by Krysiak's right foot but James and Sowunmi do enough to squeeze them out. Rashford demands the ref deem it obstruction but it wasn't and he doesn't. 9:31PM 76 min Dickson beats Darmian with the simplest method of all, pushing it past him and then burning him off. He crosses to the near post, Lindelof wellies it away but not far enough and Yeovil work it out to the right from the knockdown where Surridge takes the opportunity to drill a shot that Romero palms down and holds at the second attempt. 9:29PM 74 min Lingard almost gets round the back. He's playing on the right and Rashford on the left now. Pace to shred a tired defence. 9:28PM 72 min Alexis Sanchez departs. He took three heavy tackles/fouls in the match and Mourinho doubtlessly has seen enough. Lingard comes on. Now Martin Keown may change his tune. Herrera scores United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 9:25PM 71 min McTominay's shot leads to a corner that Rashford and Sanchez work short but can't get into the box. 9:24PM 70 min Yeovil sub: Green off, replaced by Alex Fisher who drove down tonight to complete his loan from Motherwell and arrived an hour and a half before kick-off after hours in the car. 9:23PM 68 min Sanchez is down and holding his left ankle but eventually gets up when the referee doesn't stop play. Mourinho tells him he'll take him off if he wants but he darts back into the fray. Keown is now coating Mourinho for letting De Bruyne and Salah rot when he was at Chelsea but then says 'I'm sure that won't happen with Sanchez.' Err ... yeah. 9:20PM 66 min Lukaku comes on to replace Juan Mata. 9:19PM 64 min Darmian spanks a right foot shot in off the left post and Mata but it's disallowed because Mata was clearly in front of the last defender when he hit it. It was a breathtakingly slick move though, United dinking passes around Yeovil's defenders and storming past them with rapid, unpredictable movement. 9:17PM 62 min United break from a Yeovil corner by playing it up to Mata in the centre circle. He spins his man, Dickson, and raids forward with Sanchez, Rashford and Herrera sprinting ahead. He slips the ball to Sanchez, Rashford spurts into the box, taking a man with him to open the space for Sanchez's reverse pass to Herrera on the left of the box in a seemingly less promising position to Rashford but unmarked. And he takes the ball, stun the pass and hammers a diagonal shot into the opposite corner. 9:15PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-2 Man Utd (Herrera) 9:15PM 60 min Actually that should have been a penalty. He caught Mata before the ball. United kept recycling it and didn't protest but made no better chance. 9:14PM 59 min United fashion a series of openings from the left, the best when Sanchez arcs the ball in for the first time and Mata was about to pirouette and shoot by the penalty spot, Dickson, I think, took the ball away (and then the man). 9:10PM 56 min Yeovil substitution: Bird goes off to be replaced by Browne. Their free-kick, designed to take advantage of United's high line, is over the top and easily snaffled by Romero. 9:09PM 55 min Lindelof takes out Surridge with a hasty leap, barrelling the centre-forward over. That's the second time he's doen that. 9:08PM 53 min United do look vulnerable down their right and Dickson exploits Darmian's lack of pace and ruggedness with vicious outswinging left-foot cross to the back stick where Surridge meets it but can't apply the necessary power or precision. 9:05PM 51 min Rashford skitters through the box from the left, slicing past James and Sowunmi in a horizontal lune before he turns to shoot, lunging at it somewhat and knocking it into Gray's shins and behind for a corner that comes to naught. 9:04PM 50 min To spring the Yeovil two banks of four United try to go down the sides and Mata opens up a run for Darmian with a sublime reverse pass. The full-back gallops to the byline then massively overhits his cross, giving Sanchez no chance. 9:02PM 49 min United in a more pronounced 4-3-3 now, with McTominay the middle of three midfielders as his side hog the ball without much penetration. 9:01PM 48 min Sanchez is whacked on the top of the foot by Sowunmi as he tried to run on to Rashford's flick on. Yellow card and a free-kick about 35 yards out on the left that Yeovil defend well. 9:00PM 46 min Yeovil kick off, lose the ball and Manchester United shift it about from left to right and back again as they shuffle up to halfway in increments of five yards. 8:53PM Martin Keown is as popular on Twitter tonight ... As he was with Leeds ... If Martin Keown is annoying you on commentary, this will make you feel better. pic.twitter.com/bB7Na5RQen— Coral (@Coral) January 26, 2018 He has been caning Sanchez for choosing United over City, for being too greedy, for being ineffective, for losing the ball. 8:43PM Half time Drab performance from Manchester United so far but they scored the goal because good sides exploit mistakes ruthlessly. No doubt it's a difficult pitch, more familiar to Yeovil obviously who could have scored twice through Green and Sowunmi. 8:42PM 44 min Mourinho, who is standing up, is greeted by 'You're just a s--- Guardiola' and Yeovil's favourite chant, which appears to be 'You what? You what? You what? You what? You what?' Jose Mourinho was accused of being a poor version of Pep Guardiola by Yeovil fans Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:41PM 43 min Carrick has a wayward shot. Let's play commentary bingo. Altogether now. 'Carrick. Of all people.' 8:40PM 40 min James has had a fine game so far but he's just gift-wrapped the Cup tie and given it to United. And put a bow on. Rashford stroked a 10-yard pass from right to centre for Sancjez and kept running. Sanchez dinked the return into the box and into Rashford's stride. But James read his run, muscled in front of him and then tried to shepherd the ball back to the keeper, unaware that Rashford was still on his shoulder. As he hesitated to wait for the goalie to come and gather - it was too far out - Rashford stole round and lashed his shot into the net. Marcus Rashford exploits Yeovil's 'After you, Claude' moment Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:36PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford) 8:36PM 40 min Predicatable cries of 'What a waste of money' greet Sanchez for the umpteenth time when he shanks a shot way wide from 18 yards. 8:35PM 37 min Yeovil free kick right of centre, 25 yards out after Carrick bundles into Bird. James take sit and smashes a shot towards the left post. Ronero is well positioned and slaps it away but United can't clear properly until the fourth attempt as Yeovil keep pinging it back into the box. It's the kind of save that is pretty effective but one that English pundits deride ... as Martin Keown immediately does. 8:33PM 35 min Good cross from Sanchez on the left to Rashford at the back post but he can't get there and Yeovil lash it upfield. 8:31PM 34 min Herrera latches on to a loose ball 30 yards out and flays a shocking shot into oribit. Dreadful. 8:29PM 33 min Sanchez does that thing that he did at Arsenal when he succumbed to Messiah Complex and tried to do it all by himself. He hung on to the ball too long and then, when his team-mates had trotted too far expecting a pass, bludgeoned a pass into touch. 8:28PM 31 min A well-populated wall stands just inside the 18-yard line. Sanchez aims for the bottom right corner, bends it around the wall but telegraphed it with his body shape enough for Krysiak to get down swiftly and catch it. Sanchez takes the free kick Credit: AFP/Getty Images 8:26PM 30 min A rotten challenge from Smith, the Jamaica defender, scythes down Sanchez 25 yards out dead centre. Yellow card and Sanchez is unruffled enough to take the free kick. 8:25PM 28 min Wing, the lad on loan from Boro, plays a neat pass between Lindelof and Rojo looking for Surridge's run but he can't get round the back quickly enough. 8:24PM 26 min Sanchez and Mata link up nicely through the middle, gamboling like Baggio and Del Piero in 1994-95 on the rare occasions they were fielded together for Juve. Tom James, the right-back, diligently sticks to Mata and after some hypnotising footwork, he does not fall under their spell and whips the ball away. 8:22PM 24 min Quick feet from Sanchez creates an opening for Rashford to make the run through the inside left channel to meet it. He gathers it in his stride and flashes a low shot to Krysiak's right. The keeper swoops down to block it with a firm hand. Good save. 8:19PM 22 min He hasn't done anything but the photographers know what picture editors want. More than two-thirds of the photos so far from Husih Park have focused on his nibs, Croesus Sanchez. Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA 8:17PM 20 min McTominay zips the ball around the last third. He looks a busy talent, always available for the short pass and his touches open up a path for Rashford to bullock in from the left with dazzling control until he tries to take on one defender too many and gets it stuck under his feet. Smith stabs it clear. 8:15PM 18 min Lindelof sends Zoko flying with a dumb challenge from behind as Zoko went up to win a header. He just took him out and should have been booked on the first-minute model established by Tierney. 8:14PM 15 min Yeovil free kick when Green is brought down once more as he tries to rampage down the left. McTominay falls asleep and plays the green shirts onside from the set-piece which is again arrowed towards Sowunmi, this time peeling of around the back, but he can only head his attempt tamely into the ground, making it an easy snatch for Romero. 8:12PM 13 min United corner but it could have been better when McTominay squared a header across goal that Yeovil scrambled behind. He was livid that no one ran to meet his intended 'assist' but he should have seen there was no one making the run before he played it. Krysiak strides out to catch Sanchez's corner. Little bit of a size difference between these Man United and Yeovil teams... #MUFC#YTFC#ytfcvmufc#FACuppic.twitter.com/nlNysDDuev— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 26, 2018 8:08PM 11 min Where there's Lindelof there's hope ... for Yeovil who have targeted the right side of United's defence. Green again skins Darmain, gets to the byline and wins a corner from his blocked cross. Yeovil bend it in to the box, swinging it out towards the penalty spot where 6ft 6in Sowunmi meets it but is thwarted by Rojo. 8:05PM 8 min Good chance for Yeovil as they quickly regroup from Romero's clearance. Green plays a one-two with Surridge, turns on the turbo boosters and glides past Lindelof and into the box. His first heavyish trap takes him too close to the touchline and narrows the angle for the shot which he pings at Romero's legs. 8:03PM 7 min And indeed he scuds it into the box for Romero to catch it. 8:03PM 6 min Sanchez is being booed. Perhaps they suspect him of coming from Gloucestershire. Odd. Yeovil have a throw and Dickson prepares to take it long with an elaborate ball-drying routine. 8:01PM 4 min McTominay bundles Smith over after Sanchez switches the play to the right and Yeovil have a free kick that they use to probe around the United box but overplay and United clear up to Rashford. 7:59PM 3 min Always nice to have Martin Keown on co-comms! Lindelof brings the ball out from the back. Surridge presses him quickly and he goes backwards to go forwards. United shift it up to Sanchez who has started wide on the left, whitewash on his boots. 7:58PM 1 min Almost from the off, Zoko chases a ball chipped up the inside left channel and blocks Rojo's clearance. The centre-back's boot connects with the sole of Zoko's boot. He goes down in a heap and Zoko is booked. Looked pretty accidental to me. 7:55PM First up A minute's applause for Jimmy Armfield. Click on the great man's name to read Paul Hayward's magnificent tribute. 7:53PM Alexis Sanchez Walks out last. He's taken the Paul Ince position at the back of the line. Eight people wave green flags in the centre-circle to greet the players. Semaphore. 'Can you see me, Mother?' 7:51PM The United players are in the tunnel Mourinho walks out to take his place on the bench while his side waits for Yeovil's team. Ian Wright Wright Wright thinks United were there first to intimidate the Yeovil players because they'd see all those big names on the shirts. Hmmm. 7:46PM The BBC Has just given Jose Mourinho a bottle of Birthday Brew cider to commemorate his birthday. "I will keep it but I will not drink it," he says. 7:34PM Those teams in black and white Yeovil Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith, Dickson; Green, Wing, Bird, Gray; Zoko, Surridge. Substitutes Connor Smith, Browne, Maddison, Gobern, Whelan, Santos, Fisher. Yeovil Town's Jolly Green Giant welcomes Manchester United to Huish Park Credit: Harry Trump/Getty Images Man Utd Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Carrick; McTominay, Mata, Sanchez; Rashford. Substitutes Joel Pereira, Lukaku, Smalling, Lingard, Young, Matic, Gomes. Referee Paul Tierney (Wigan) 7:03PM And here's how Yeovil line up ⚽️ | Your #YTFC team for tonight's #EmiratesFACup fourth round tie against #MUFC. COYG!�� pic.twitter.com/vLc4qrTqar— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 26, 2018 6:59PM Michael Carrick starts too A welcome return for the club captain after his heart ablation in the autumn. Yeovil Town’s 11 mascots getting their money’s worth: a team talk from Jose Mourinho & now a kickabout with subs Matic, Lingard & Smalling— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 26, 2018 6:57PM And here's the man in question Calls himself a footballer with those headphones? Paul Pogba will have him wearing a pair the size of furry frying pans soon enough. Alexis Sanchez arrives at Huish Park Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 6:55PM Alexis Sanchez is starting How the Reds line up for tonight's @EmiratesFACup clash with Yeovil! It's an #MUFC debut for @Alexis_Sanchez... pic.twitter.com/XB9AmCPdqo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2018 6:52PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of the Alexis Sánchez showFA Cup fourth round tie between Yeovil Town of League Two and Manchester United. After the broadcasters gave United their 13-yearly break from televised Cup ties in the last round, normal service has been resumed for the visit of the 12-time winners to Huish Park where the home side's manager, Darren Way, has identified the route to success: "Put a brick wall up in front of the goal, make sure we’re tactically astute, concentrate." In a revealing interview with Jim White, Way said he hoped it would appease some of the 'grumblier' elements among the support and also indulged in one of the great Manchester United cliches, ruminating on the quality of red wine he was contemplating purchasing for their manager's delectation. For the last 10 years of Sir Alex Ferguson's spell in charge, he managed to turn his managerial colleagues into sommeliers. Here we go again, it seems. Perhaps life in the Travel TavernLowry has prompted Jose Mourinho to develop his palate. And so on to Friday night's Somerset fiesta of football. The only question dominating the airwaves and newsprint is whether Sanchez will be given his debut tonight as a starter or off the bench. One presumes he'll be thrown straight in but one should never underestimate the obtuseness of a football manager when it comes to a midseason signing. They do tend to like to make you wait. We'll let you know if we'll get a sighting of the No7 straight from the kick-off. Variously described as "iconic" and "prestigious", the shirt number Sanchez inherited has been the emblem of a long and distinguished line of United's most cherished players, from Johnny Berry, George Best and Steve Coppell back when it was routinely put on the dressing-room peg of the outside right, to Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who established it as a brand in the era when names started to appear on the back of shirts as a marketing exercise. Here's Alan Tyers' inquisition into the shirt he will wear and what it means. MUFC magnificent sevens Of course it has a symbolic significance but perhaps it has a psychological one, too. Bill Shankly joked his Preston No4 had otherworldly properties, telling his successor in it, Tommy Docherty, "Congratulations. You are now the greatest right-half in the world. Just put the No4 shirt on and let it run round, it knows where to go". We shall see. Join us for coverage of the match and team news when it lands at about 6.55pm.
Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' Of all the places to start his ­Manchester United career, Alexis Sánchez did so in the FA Cup fourth round at Huish Park, where the highest-paid player in Premier League history was kicked up in the air, booed by the locals and ­finally sent home with the sponsors’ man of the match award. A double FA Cup winner, Sánchez knows this competition as well as any Englishman and, given his route to the top from a small town in northern Chile, there is nothing for him to fear at a League Two ­stadium on a chilly January night. Even so, it is clear that the stakes have been raised with his move from Arsenal to United, and he is under greater scrutiny than ever before. He came up with two assists and Darren Way, the Yeovil Town manager, talked in awe of a “world-class performance”. Jose Mourinho substituted his Chilean with around 19 minutes remaining and Sánchez's patience wearing thin with some of the treatment meted out. Mourinho said that a first-half foul on Sánchez by defender Nathan Smith should have been a red card, but he understood why referee Paul Tierney had been so reluctant to do so early in the game. Victory was never in doubt for United, even with a team that had 10 changes from the side that beat Burnley last Saturday, and Yeovil struggled to get close. Marcus Rashford was gifted a goal just before half-time when Thomas James, the Yeovil full-back, simply failed to realise how near the forward was to him and had the ball taken off his toe just yards from his own goal. Sánchez bent an early free kick around the wall Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Michael Carrick was back for his second performance of the season, captain on the night in this his first game since a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm that was diagnosed in November. Luke Shaw was back in the team, and so too the lesser-spotted Victor Lindelof. But this was about Sánchez, the man who is earning around £600,000-a-week, a remarkable salary anywhere in the game, never mind a team 87 places below United in the league pyramid and fighting relegation to the Conference. There seems to be a trend these days to boo the recipient of the big-money move, regardless of whether it has had any effect on one’s own club – just ask Raheem Sterling – and there might be more of this hostility to come for Sánchez. Ander Herrera buries United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Smith’s challenge was after 30 minutes and might well have been a red card and, by the time Sánchez got more of the same in the second half, Mourinho decided it was time to bring him off. By then Sánchez had also generously created Ander Herrera’s goal, United’s second, and taken over free-kick duty. He was booed before the game and was booed when he came off and, when the stadium announcer said Sanchez had been voted man of the match, he was booed for that, too. Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku both scored late in the game with Yeovil stretched and exhausted, and there was a second senior outing for the 17-year-old Angel Gomes. For Way, whose side are 21st in League Two, there are greater concerns ahead, but he was delighted with the experience and his interaction with Mourinho. “We gave it everything,” he said. “We couldn’t have done any more. I just needed Sánchez in my team.” The club is under pressure from fans to make signings to keep their league status and Ryan Seager has joined on loan from Southampton. Lingard, who replaced Sánchez, scythed Yeovil apart to score United's third Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images On Mourinho, Way said: “It’s an absolute honour for me to speak to a manager of that class. He oozes class, and was very humble towards me. He’s done his homework. It wouldn’t surprise me if he knew my children’s names. “To share that moment with him was special. I’ll be interested to ask him what he thought of my team but, by all accounts, he was impressed with what he saw. The guy’s a winner. My players gave everything.” The greatest Yeovil threat came from set-pieces. The enormous centre-half Omar Sowunmi went forward in search of the ball into the area and he forced an early save out of Sergio Romero. There was also the pace of left winger Jordan Green for United to think about when they did not have the ball, which was seldom during a game in which they enjoyed 74 per cent of the possession. For United’s first goal, Rashford had skipped through the middle onto Sánchez's pass but was crowded out and James was in possession when Rashford realised the full-back had forgotten about him. James was idly guiding the ball back to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, unaware of Rashford’s proximity, and the United man nipped back in and tucked a shot into the net. United’s second started with a long ball cleared out from the back by Shaw and gathered by unlikely target man, Juan Mata, whose touch and awareness of space meant he could turn right and pick out Sánchez breaking forward. Lukaku volleys in the late fourth Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It must have crossed the Chilean’s mind to shoot, but he had Rashford and Herrera holding their runs ahead of him and picked the ­latter, who finished neatly. Before at last Sánchez was replaced by Lingard after 71 minutes he was kicked again on his right ankle and spent some time demonstrating his pain on the pitch. It precipitated an aggrieved Sanchez charging towards his own goal to win back possession as Mourinho urged caution and then decided to summon a replacement. Lingard was given too much space down the right to add a third goal. By the time Lukaku added a fourth, a volley from Marcos Rojo’s cross, the dream was over for Yeovil. For Sánchez, it was just beginning and United would have liked what they saw. 9:59PM Here's Jim White on the debutant Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' 9:58PM Jose Mourinho speaks These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct. Even so the attitude is correct but they gave us a hard time in the first half. I could hear Darren on the touchline and knew what he was asking of the players. We were professional and took control. In the second half we were professional and killed the game. Fantastic addition. Like Ander says, everybody is happy that Alexis comes. We have fantastic group of attacking players - he has a bit more of experience and maturity and class. 9:50PM Full time Manchester United are the first team in the fifth round. They didn't play particularly entertainingly in the first half but ground out a supremacy with utmost professionalism and then turned the screw in the second half. Yeovil played well in the first half but quality (and money) told in the end as it almost always does. 9:48PM 90+3 min Terrific cross from Rojo who had no reason to be so far forward and to be the man picked out by Herrera. He fired in a precise cross that Lukaku met on the volley eight yards out and blasted into the net. 9:47PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd (Lukaku) 9:46PM 89 min Open Sesame, Lingard parted Yeovil, gliding diagonally down the inside right channel and spanked a low shot past Krysiak with five men in pursuit but defeated. 9:43PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-3 Man Utd (Lingard) 9:43PM 88 min And he makes an immediate impact, twisting James' blood with a snake-hipped burst from the left. He bounds past the right-back and bends a shot into the side netting. 9:42PM 87 min Marcus Rashford is coming off and on comes United's Angel Gomes in the storied No47 shirt. 9:40PM 85 min McTominay with a rather cynical and illegal block receives a telling off rather than the second booking the crow want and it probably merited. 9:39PM 84 min Conor Smith on for Lewis Wing. That's Yeovil's last sub. Rashford races into the box from the left, Krysiak comes out and dives headlong to try to slap it away. He misses but Rashford, thinking he can round him, doesn't use the opportunity to fall over and the ball scuttles out of play. 9:37PM 82 min Free kick about 30 yards out that James takes, striking it again with his laces to make it go up and down, over the wall and dipping inside the left post. Romero skips across to catch it. 9:35PM 80 min McTominay goes into the book for trying to make up for his wayward pass by sliding into Zoko. His right foot took the ball cleanly but only after his left had taken Zoko's right ankle in a scissor movement. 9:34PM 78 min Mata and Sanchez earlier seemed to be on the same wavelength immediately but so are Rashford and Lingard and they almost find a way through from the left after Rashford's angled shot is saved by Krysiak's right foot but James and Sowunmi do enough to squeeze them out. Rashford demands the ref deem it obstruction but it wasn't and he doesn't. 9:31PM 76 min Dickson beats Darmian with the simplest method of all, pushing it past him and then burning him off. He crosses to the near post, Lindelof wellies it away but not far enough and Yeovil work it out to the right from the knockdown where Surridge takes the opportunity to drill a shot that Romero palms down and holds at the second attempt. 9:29PM 74 min Lingard almost gets round the back. He's playing on the right and Rashford on the left now. Pace to shred a tired defence. 9:28PM 72 min Alexis Sanchez departs. He took three heavy tackles/fouls in the match and Mourinho doubtlessly has seen enough. Lingard comes on. Now Martin Keown may change his tune. Herrera scores United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 9:25PM 71 min McTominay's shot leads to a corner that Rashford and Sanchez work short but can't get into the box. 9:24PM 70 min Yeovil sub: Green off, replaced by Alex Fisher who drove down tonight to complete his loan from Motherwell and arrived an hour and a half before kick-off after hours in the car. 9:23PM 68 min Sanchez is down and holding his left ankle but eventually gets up when the referee doesn't stop play. Mourinho tells him he'll take him off if he wants but he darts back into the fray. Keown is now coating Mourinho for letting De Bruyne and Salah rot when he was at Chelsea but then says 'I'm sure that won't happen with Sanchez.' Err ... yeah. 9:20PM 66 min Lukaku comes on to replace Juan Mata. 9:19PM 64 min Darmian spanks a right foot shot in off the left post and Mata but it's disallowed because Mata was clearly in front of the last defender when he hit it. It was a breathtakingly slick move though, United dinking passes around Yeovil's defenders and storming past them with rapid, unpredictable movement. 9:17PM 62 min United break from a Yeovil corner by playing it up to Mata in the centre circle. He spins his man, Dickson, and raids forward with Sanchez, Rashford and Herrera sprinting ahead. He slips the ball to Sanchez, Rashford spurts into the box, taking a man with him to open the space for Sanchez's reverse pass to Herrera on the left of the box in a seemingly less promising position to Rashford but unmarked. And he takes the ball, stun the pass and hammers a diagonal shot into the opposite corner. 9:15PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-2 Man Utd (Herrera) 9:15PM 60 min Actually that should have been a penalty. He caught Mata before the ball. United kept recycling it and didn't protest but made no better chance. 9:14PM 59 min United fashion a series of openings from the left, the best when Sanchez arcs the ball in for the first time and Mata was about to pirouette and shoot by the penalty spot, Dickson, I think, took the ball away (and then the man). 9:10PM 56 min Yeovil substitution: Bird goes off to be replaced by Browne. Their free-kick, designed to take advantage of United's high line, is over the top and easily snaffled by Romero. 9:09PM 55 min Lindelof takes out Surridge with a hasty leap, barrelling the centre-forward over. That's the second time he's doen that. 9:08PM 53 min United do look vulnerable down their right and Dickson exploits Darmian's lack of pace and ruggedness with vicious outswinging left-foot cross to the back stick where Surridge meets it but can't apply the necessary power or precision. 9:05PM 51 min Rashford skitters through the box from the left, slicing past James and Sowunmi in a horizontal lune before he turns to shoot, lunging at it somewhat and knocking it into Gray's shins and behind for a corner that comes to naught. 9:04PM 50 min To spring the Yeovil two banks of four United try to go down the sides and Mata opens up a run for Darmian with a sublime reverse pass. The full-back gallops to the byline then massively overhits his cross, giving Sanchez no chance. 9:02PM 49 min United in a more pronounced 4-3-3 now, with McTominay the middle of three midfielders as his side hog the ball without much penetration. 9:01PM 48 min Sanchez is whacked on the top of the foot by Sowunmi as he tried to run on to Rashford's flick on. Yellow card and a free-kick about 35 yards out on the left that Yeovil defend well. 9:00PM 46 min Yeovil kick off, lose the ball and Manchester United shift it about from left to right and back again as they shuffle up to halfway in increments of five yards. 8:53PM Martin Keown is as popular on Twitter tonight ... As he was with Leeds ... If Martin Keown is annoying you on commentary, this will make you feel better. pic.twitter.com/bB7Na5RQen— Coral (@Coral) January 26, 2018 He has been caning Sanchez for choosing United over City, for being too greedy, for being ineffective, for losing the ball. 8:43PM Half time Drab performance from Manchester United so far but they scored the goal because good sides exploit mistakes ruthlessly. No doubt it's a difficult pitch, more familiar to Yeovil obviously who could have scored twice through Green and Sowunmi. 8:42PM 44 min Mourinho, who is standing up, is greeted by 'You're just a s--- Guardiola' and Yeovil's favourite chant, which appears to be 'You what? You what? You what? You what? You what?' Jose Mourinho was accused of being a poor version of Pep Guardiola by Yeovil fans Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:41PM 43 min Carrick has a wayward shot. Let's play commentary bingo. Altogether now. 'Carrick. Of all people.' 8:40PM 40 min James has had a fine game so far but he's just gift-wrapped the Cup tie and given it to United. And put a bow on. Rashford stroked a 10-yard pass from right to centre for Sancjez and kept running. Sanchez dinked the return into the box and into Rashford's stride. But James read his run, muscled in front of him and then tried to shepherd the ball back to the keeper, unaware that Rashford was still on his shoulder. As he hesitated to wait for the goalie to come and gather - it was too far out - Rashford stole round and lashed his shot into the net. Marcus Rashford exploits Yeovil's 'After you, Claude' moment Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 8:36PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-1 Manchester United (Rashford) 8:36PM 40 min Predicatable cries of 'What a waste of money' greet Sanchez for the umpteenth time when he shanks a shot way wide from 18 yards. 8:35PM 37 min Yeovil free kick right of centre, 25 yards out after Carrick bundles into Bird. James take sit and smashes a shot towards the left post. Ronero is well positioned and slaps it away but United can't clear properly until the fourth attempt as Yeovil keep pinging it back into the box. It's the kind of save that is pretty effective but one that English pundits deride ... as Martin Keown immediately does. 8:33PM 35 min Good cross from Sanchez on the left to Rashford at the back post but he can't get there and Yeovil lash it upfield. 8:31PM 34 min Herrera latches on to a loose ball 30 yards out and flays a shocking shot into oribit. Dreadful. 8:29PM 33 min Sanchez does that thing that he did at Arsenal when he succumbed to Messiah Complex and tried to do it all by himself. He hung on to the ball too long and then, when his team-mates had trotted too far expecting a pass, bludgeoned a pass into touch. 8:28PM 31 min A well-populated wall stands just inside the 18-yard line. Sanchez aims for the bottom right corner, bends it around the wall but telegraphed it with his body shape enough for Krysiak to get down swiftly and catch it. Sanchez takes the free kick Credit: AFP/Getty Images 8:26PM 30 min A rotten challenge from Smith, the Jamaica defender, scythes down Sanchez 25 yards out dead centre. Yellow card and Sanchez is unruffled enough to take the free kick. 8:25PM 28 min Wing, the lad on loan from Boro, plays a neat pass between Lindelof and Rojo looking for Surridge's run but he can't get round the back quickly enough. 8:24PM 26 min Sanchez and Mata link up nicely through the middle, gamboling like Baggio and Del Piero in 1994-95 on the rare occasions they were fielded together for Juve. Tom James, the right-back, diligently sticks to Mata and after some hypnotising footwork, he does not fall under their spell and whips the ball away. 8:22PM 24 min Quick feet from Sanchez creates an opening for Rashford to make the run through the inside left channel to meet it. He gathers it in his stride and flashes a low shot to Krysiak's right. The keeper swoops down to block it with a firm hand. Good save. 8:19PM 22 min He hasn't done anything but the photographers know what picture editors want. More than two-thirds of the photos so far from Husih Park have focused on his nibs, Croesus Sanchez. Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez Credit: Nick Potts/PA 8:17PM 20 min McTominay zips the ball around the last third. He looks a busy talent, always available for the short pass and his touches open up a path for Rashford to bullock in from the left with dazzling control until he tries to take on one defender too many and gets it stuck under his feet. Smith stabs it clear. 8:15PM 18 min Lindelof sends Zoko flying with a dumb challenge from behind as Zoko went up to win a header. He just took him out and should have been booked on the first-minute model established by Tierney. 8:14PM 15 min Yeovil free kick when Green is brought down once more as he tries to rampage down the left. McTominay falls asleep and plays the green shirts onside from the set-piece which is again arrowed towards Sowunmi, this time peeling of around the back, but he can only head his attempt tamely into the ground, making it an easy snatch for Romero. 8:12PM 13 min United corner but it could have been better when McTominay squared a header across goal that Yeovil scrambled behind. He was livid that no one ran to meet his intended 'assist' but he should have seen there was no one making the run before he played it. Krysiak strides out to catch Sanchez's corner. Little bit of a size difference between these Man United and Yeovil teams... #MUFC#YTFC#ytfcvmufc#FACuppic.twitter.com/nlNysDDuev— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) January 26, 2018 8:08PM 11 min Where there's Lindelof there's hope ... for Yeovil who have targeted the right side of United's defence. Green again skins Darmain, gets to the byline and wins a corner from his blocked cross. Yeovil bend it in to the box, swinging it out towards the penalty spot where 6ft 6in Sowunmi meets it but is thwarted by Rojo. 8:05PM 8 min Good chance for Yeovil as they quickly regroup from Romero's clearance. Green plays a one-two with Surridge, turns on the turbo boosters and glides past Lindelof and into the box. His first heavyish trap takes him too close to the touchline and narrows the angle for the shot which he pings at Romero's legs. 8:03PM 7 min And indeed he scuds it into the box for Romero to catch it. 8:03PM 6 min Sanchez is being booed. Perhaps they suspect him of coming from Gloucestershire. Odd. Yeovil have a throw and Dickson prepares to take it long with an elaborate ball-drying routine. 8:01PM 4 min McTominay bundles Smith over after Sanchez switches the play to the right and Yeovil have a free kick that they use to probe around the United box but overplay and United clear up to Rashford. 7:59PM 3 min Always nice to have Martin Keown on co-comms! Lindelof brings the ball out from the back. Surridge presses him quickly and he goes backwards to go forwards. United shift it up to Sanchez who has started wide on the left, whitewash on his boots. 7:58PM 1 min Almost from the off, Zoko chases a ball chipped up the inside left channel and blocks Rojo's clearance. The centre-back's boot connects with the sole of Zoko's boot. He goes down in a heap and Zoko is booked. Looked pretty accidental to me. 7:55PM First up A minute's applause for Jimmy Armfield. Click on the great man's name to read Paul Hayward's magnificent tribute. 7:53PM Alexis Sanchez Walks out last. He's taken the Paul Ince position at the back of the line. Eight people wave green flags in the centre-circle to greet the players. Semaphore. 'Can you see me, Mother?' 7:51PM The United players are in the tunnel Mourinho walks out to take his place on the bench while his side waits for Yeovil's team. Ian Wright Wright Wright thinks United were there first to intimidate the Yeovil players because they'd see all those big names on the shirts. Hmmm. 7:46PM The BBC Has just given Jose Mourinho a bottle of Birthday Brew cider to commemorate his birthday. "I will keep it but I will not drink it," he says. 7:34PM Those teams in black and white Yeovil Krysiak; James, Sowunmi, Nathan Smith, Dickson; Green, Wing, Bird, Gray; Zoko, Surridge. Substitutes Connor Smith, Browne, Maddison, Gobern, Whelan, Santos, Fisher. Yeovil Town's Jolly Green Giant welcomes Manchester United to Huish Park Credit: Harry Trump/Getty Images Man Utd Romero; Darmian, Lindelof, Rojo, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Carrick; McTominay, Mata, Sanchez; Rashford. Substitutes Joel Pereira, Lukaku, Smalling, Lingard, Young, Matic, Gomes. Referee Paul Tierney (Wigan) 7:03PM And here's how Yeovil line up ⚽️ | Your #YTFC team for tonight's #EmiratesFACup fourth round tie against #MUFC. COYG!�� pic.twitter.com/vLc4qrTqar— Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 26, 2018 6:59PM Michael Carrick starts too A welcome return for the club captain after his heart ablation in the autumn. Yeovil Town’s 11 mascots getting their money’s worth: a team talk from Jose Mourinho & now a kickabout with subs Matic, Lingard & Smalling— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 26, 2018 6:57PM And here's the man in question Calls himself a footballer with those headphones? Paul Pogba will have him wearing a pair the size of furry frying pans soon enough. Alexis Sanchez arrives at Huish Park Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs 6:55PM Alexis Sanchez is starting How the Reds line up for tonight's @EmiratesFACup clash with Yeovil! It's an #MUFC debut for @Alexis_Sanchez... pic.twitter.com/XB9AmCPdqo— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 26, 2018 6:52PM Good evening And welcome to live coverage of the Alexis Sánchez showFA Cup fourth round tie between Yeovil Town of League Two and Manchester United. After the broadcasters gave United their 13-yearly break from televised Cup ties in the last round, normal service has been resumed for the visit of the 12-time winners to Huish Park where the home side's manager, Darren Way, has identified the route to success: "Put a brick wall up in front of the goal, make sure we’re tactically astute, concentrate." In a revealing interview with Jim White, Way said he hoped it would appease some of the 'grumblier' elements among the support and also indulged in one of the great Manchester United cliches, ruminating on the quality of red wine he was contemplating purchasing for their manager's delectation. For the last 10 years of Sir Alex Ferguson's spell in charge, he managed to turn his managerial colleagues into sommeliers. Here we go again, it seems. Perhaps life in the Travel TavernLowry has prompted Jose Mourinho to develop his palate. And so on to Friday night's Somerset fiesta of football. The only question dominating the airwaves and newsprint is whether Sanchez will be given his debut tonight as a starter or off the bench. One presumes he'll be thrown straight in but one should never underestimate the obtuseness of a football manager when it comes to a midseason signing. They do tend to like to make you wait. We'll let you know if we'll get a sighting of the No7 straight from the kick-off. Variously described as "iconic" and "prestigious", the shirt number Sanchez inherited has been the emblem of a long and distinguished line of United's most cherished players, from Johnny Berry, George Best and Steve Coppell back when it was routinely put on the dressing-room peg of the outside right, to Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, who established it as a brand in the era when names started to appear on the back of shirts as a marketing exercise. Here's Alan Tyers' inquisition into the shirt he will wear and what it means. MUFC magnificent sevens Of course it has a symbolic significance but perhaps it has a psychological one, too. Bill Shankly joked his Preston No4 had otherworldly properties, telling his successor in it, Tommy Docherty, "Congratulations. You are now the greatest right-half in the world. Just put the No4 shirt on and let it run round, it knows where to go". We shall see. Join us for coverage of the match and team news when it lands at about 6.55pm.
Yeovil Town 0 Manchester United 4: Alexis Sanchez era begins with second half romp
Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' Of all the places to start his ­Manchester United career, Alexis Sánchez did so in the FA Cup fourth round at Huish Park, where the highest-paid player in Premier League history was kicked up in the air, booed by the locals and ­finally sent home with the sponsors’ man of the match award. A double FA Cup winner, Sánchez knows this competition as well as any Englishman and, given his route to the top from a small town in northern Chile, there is nothing for him to fear at a League Two ­stadium on a chilly January night. Even so, it is clear that the stakes have been raised with his move from Arsenal to United, and he is under greater scrutiny than ever before. He came up with two assists and Darren Way, the Yeovil Town manager, talked in awe of a “world-class performance”. Jose Mourinho substituted his Chilean with around 19 minutes remaining and Sánchez's patience wearing thin with some of the treatment meted out. Mourinho said that a first-half foul on Sánchez by defender Nathan Smith should have been a red card, but he understood why referee Paul Tierney had been so reluctant to do so early in the game. Victory was never in doubt for United, even with a team that had 10 changes from the side that beat Burnley last Saturday, and Yeovil struggled to get close. Marcus Rashford was gifted a goal just before half-time when Thomas James, the Yeovil full-back, simply failed to realise how near the forward was to him and had the ball taken off his toe just yards from his own goal. Sánchez bent an early free kick around the wall Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Michael Carrick was back for his second performance of the season, captain on the night in this his first game since a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm that was diagnosed in November. Luke Shaw was back in the team, and so too the lesser-spotted Victor Lindelof. But this was about Sánchez, the man who is earning around £600,000-a-week, a remarkable salary anywhere in the game, never mind a team 87 places below United in the league pyramid and fighting relegation to the Conference. There seems to be a trend these days to boo the recipient of the big-money move, regardless of whether it has had any effect on one’s own club – just ask Raheem Sterling – and there might be more of this hostility to come for Sánchez. Ander Herrera buries United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images Smith’s challenge was after 30 minutes and might well have been a red card and, by the time Sánchez got more of the same in the second half, Mourinho decided it was time to bring him off. By then Sánchez had also generously created Ander Herrera’s goal, United’s second, and taken over free-kick duty. He was booed before the game and was booed when he came off and, when the stadium announcer said Sanchez had been voted man of the match, he was booed for that, too. Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku both scored late in the game with Yeovil stretched and exhausted, and there was a second senior outing for the 17-year-old Angel Gomes. For Way, whose side are 21st in League Two, there are greater concerns ahead, but he was delighted with the experience and his interaction with Mourinho. “We gave it everything,” he said. “We couldn’t have done any more. I just needed Sánchez in my team.” The club is under pressure from fans to make signings to keep their league status and Ryan Seager has joined on loan from Southampton. Lingard, who replaced Sánchez, scythed Yeovil apart to score United's third Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images On Mourinho, Way said: “It’s an absolute honour for me to speak to a manager of that class. He oozes class, and was very humble towards me. He’s done his homework. It wouldn’t surprise me if he knew my children’s names. “To share that moment with him was special. I’ll be interested to ask him what he thought of my team but, by all accounts, he was impressed with what he saw. The guy’s a winner. My players gave everything.” The greatest Yeovil threat came from set-pieces. The enormous centre-half Omar Sowunmi went forward in search of the ball into the area and he forced an early save out of Sergio Romero. There was also the pace of left winger Jordan Green for United to think about when they did not have the ball, which was seldom during a game in which they enjoyed 74 per cent of the possession. For United’s first goal, Rashford had skipped through the middle onto Sánchez's pass but was crowded out and James was in possession when Rashford realised the full-back had forgotten about him. James was idly guiding the ball back to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, unaware of Rashford’s proximity, and the United man nipped back in and tucked a shot into the net. United’s second started with a long ball cleared out from the back by Shaw and gathered by unlikely target man, Juan Mata, whose touch and awareness of space meant he could turn right and pick out Sánchez breaking forward. Lukaku volleys in the late fourth Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs It must have crossed the Chilean’s mind to shoot, but he had Rashford and Herrera holding their runs ahead of him and picked the ­latter, who finished neatly. Before at last Sánchez was replaced by Lingard after 71 minutes he was kicked again on his right ankle and spent some time demonstrating his pain on the pitch. It precipitated an aggrieved Sanchez charging towards his own goal to win back possession as Mourinho urged caution and then decided to summon a replacement. Lingard was given too much space down the right to add a third goal. By the time Lukaku added a fourth, a volley from Marcos Rojo’s cross, the dream was over for Yeovil. For Sánchez, it was just beginning and United would have liked what they saw. 9:59PM Here's Jim White on the debutant Alexis Sanchez debut verdict: 'As a start this was close to perfection' 9:58PM Jose Mourinho speaks These matches are difficult if the attitude is not correct. Even so the attitude is correct but they gave us a hard time in the first half. I could hear Darren on the touchline and knew what he was asking of the players. We were professional and took control. In the second half we were professional and killed the game. Fantastic addition. Like Ander says, everybody is happy that Alexis comes. We have fantastic group of attacking players - he has a bit more of experience and maturity and class. 9:50PM Full time Manchester United are the first team in the fifth round. They didn't play particularly entertainingly in the first half but ground out a supremacy with utmost professionalism and then turned the screw in the second half. Yeovil played well in the first half but quality (and money) told in the end as it almost always does. 9:48PM 90+3 min Terrific cross from Rojo who had no reason to be so far forward and to be the man picked out by Herrera. He fired in a precise cross that Lukaku met on the volley eight yards out and blasted into the net. 9:47PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-4 Man Utd (Lukaku) 9:46PM 89 min Open Sesame, Lingard parted Yeovil, gliding diagonally down the inside right channel and spanked a low shot past Krysiak with five men in pursuit but defeated. 9:43PM GOAL!! Yeovil 0-3 Man Utd (Lingard) 9:43PM 88 min And he makes an immediate impact, twisting James' blood with a snake-hipped burst from the left. He bounds past the right-back and bends a shot into the side netting. 9:42PM 87 min Marcus Rashford is coming off and on comes United's Angel Gomes in the storied No47 shirt. 9:40PM 85 min McTominay with a rather cynical and illegal block receives a telling off rather than the second booking the crow want and it probably merited. 9:39PM 84 min Conor Smith on for Lewis Wing. That's Yeovil's last sub. Rashford races into the box from the left, Krysiak comes out and dives headlong to try to slap it away. He misses but Rashford, thinking he can round him, doesn't use the opportunity to fall over and the ball scuttles out of play. 9:37PM 82 min Free kick about 30 yards out that James takes, striking it again with his laces to make it go up and down, over the wall and dipping inside the left post. Romero skips across to catch it. 9:35PM 80 min McTominay goes into the book for trying to make up for his wayward pass by sliding into Zoko. His right foot took the ball cleanly but only after his left had taken Zoko's right ankle in a scissor movement. 9:34PM 78 min Mata and Sanchez earlier seemed to be on the same wavelength immediately but so are Rashford and Lingard and they almost find a way through from the left after Rashford's angled shot is saved by Krysiak's right foot but James and Sowunmi do enough to squeeze them out. Rashford demands the ref deem it obstruction but it wasn't and he doesn't. 9:31PM 76 min Dickson beats Darmian with the simplest method of all, pushing it past him and then burning him off. He crosses to the near post, Lindelof wellies it away but not far enough and Yeovil work it out to the right from the knockdown where Surridge takes the opportunity to drill a shot that Romero palms down and holds at the second attempt. 9:29PM 74 min Lingard almost gets round the back. He's playing on the right and Rashford on the left now. Pace to shred a tired defence. 9:28PM 72 min Alexis Sanchez departs. He took three heavy tackles/fouls in the match and Mourinho doubtlessly has seen enough. Lingard comes on. Now Martin Keown may change his tune. Herrera scores United's second Credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images 9:25PM 71 min McTominay's shot leads to a corner that Rashford and Sanchez work short but can't get into the box. 9:24PM 70 min Yeovil sub: Green off, replaced by A