Man Utd beat West Ham to reach the FA Cup quarter as Spurs were sidelined

Alejandro Garnacho and Fred struck late as Manchester United came from behind to beat West Ham 3-1 and reach the FA Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday, but Tottenham were stunned by Sheffield United.

In the other games of the evening’s fifth round, fourth-tier side Grimsby embarrassed Premier League contenders Southampton 2-1 and Burnley beat 10-man Fleetwood 1-0.

Manchester United, who made six changes from the side that started in Sunday’s League Cup final win over Newcastle, lacked fluency in front of an expectant crowd at Old Trafford.

United goalkeeper David de Gea thwarted Michail Antonio as the West Ham striker rushed on goal midway through the opening period and Emerson Palmieri fired an inviting ball across the box.

United manager Erik ten Hag brought in Casemiro for Scott McTominay at half-time but the home side were sluggish.

Said Benrahma made them pay in the 54th minute when he spun the ball past De Gea after the home defenders stopped, thinking the ball had gone wide for a throw-in.

The goal prompted Ten Hag to bring on top scorer Marcus Rashford but Antonio had a great chance to double West Ham’s lead only to be thwarted again by De Gea.

Casemiro had the ball in the net in the 72nd minute but his header from a Bruno Fernandes free-kick was ruled out for offside following a VAR check.

United finally equalized five minutes later when Fernandes sent in a corner and Nayef Aguerd headed into his own goal.

The home side, still on a high after ending their six-year trophy drought over the weekend, pushed forward in search of a winner.

They were rewarded when Argentinian teenager Garnacho hooked up a superb right foot curler in the 90th minute to put United ahead, followed by a Fred goal in added time.

“The best teams never stop believing,” United captain Harry Maguire told ITV. “I’m not saying we’re one of the best teams.

“We’ve got a lot to do but we’re getting there, we’re making steps forward… It felt like the Stretford End was sucking in the goal there at the end.”

– Spurs dumped –

Tottenham have been knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship opponents for the second year in a row after Iliman Ndiaye fired promotion-chasers Sheffield United to a 1-0 win at Bramall Lane.

Spurs, who started Harry Kane on the bench, conceded in the 79th minute and found no way back when Kane headed an Ivan Perisic cross deep into injury time.

Tottenham assistant manager Cristian Stellini, who is deputizing for Antonio Conte who is recovering from gallbladder surgery, apologized to fans.

“If you don’t win a game like this, it’s because something wasn’t perfect and we didn’t have enough energy today to put the opponent in a lot of trouble,” he told the BBC.

New Southampton manager Ruben Selles made nine changes to his team for the home game against League Two Grimsby.

Two Gavan Holohan penalties before and after half gave the visitors a 2-0 lead and although Duje Caleta-Car halved the deficit Grimsby held on.

“We showed up hoping for a miracle and to be in the quarter-finals is incredible,” Grimsby manager Paul Hurst told ITV. “It’s just a fantastic day, we went down in the history books.”

Championship leaders Burnley needed a goal from Connor Roberts in the 90th minute to edge out League One Fleetwood’s 10 men.

In Tuesday’s games, Manchester City defeated Bristol City 3-0, while 2021 winners Leicester suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat by second division side Blackburn.

Fulham beat Premier League contenders Leeds 2-0 and Brighton won 1-0 at Championship side Stoke.

City meets Burnley in the quarter-finals, Manchester United hosts Fulham. Grimsby travel to Brighton while Sheffield United host Blackburn.

jw/ex Man Utd beat West Ham to reach the FA Cup quarter as Spurs were sidelined

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