Paul Pogba returns with a blast but Marcus Rashford can’t hit the barn door before Boro

MANCHESTER UNITED’s disastrous week ended in disaster as Middlesbrough knocked them out of the FA Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo missed the penalty before Jadon Sancho gave them the lead.

Middlesbrough knocks Man Utd out of FA Cup on penalties


Middlesbrough knocks Man Utd out of FA Cup on penaltiesCredit: PA
Anthony Elanga explodes in penalty shootout to open a miserable night for United


Anthony Elanga explodes in penalty shootout to open a miserable night for UnitedCredit: Reuters

But one Matt Crooks .’s controversial equalizer took the game to a penalty shootout – and the Stretford End was as dumb as Anthony Elango is more brilliant.

Sancho soon settled it with the opening goal.

Sun SportGary Stonehouse’s was at Old Trafford to give his verdict on how each UnitedTheir men lost the match against the Championship team:


Had nothing to do in the first half but brilliantly headed Matt Crooks’ driver after starting again.

Nothing more could be done about the controversial equalizer except appeal for handball.

He then knocked out Aaron Connolly in his last real duty before the penalty shootout in extra time.

Didn’t save a single penalty in the 8-7 loss.



Similar to Luke Shaw on the opposite flank, he moves forward whenever possible to cross and join the attack.

The equalizer could not be seen, however, but did his best in extra time to put United back in the lead as he hugged the touchline.

Step up to score his penalty.


There was little threat from Andraz Sporar or Folarin Balogun but it looked a bit shaky compared to Duncan Watmore’s speed.

The captain failed to inspire United to find a way back from penalties, and summed things up perfectly playing the ball from the start after joining an attack late in extra time when groans around the Theater of Dreams.

Had the courage to go ahead and create a penalty for the home team.


The pundit reads a Sporar pass to deny Balogun a clean pass in goal and then crosses the next Arsenal-loan transition to show he’s gone for business.

Was up to class throughout and past the youngster’s challenge until Watmore replaced striker Boro from the bench.

Within seconds, the centre-back was swept into no-man’s-land as Isiah Jones found Watmore freely gliding past Henderson towards Matt Crooks to slide in. Injured for 90 minutes.


A threat strikes down the left and plays in Pogba to win the penalty.

But was caught up on the pitch as Boro enjoyed a resurgence in their second half – including in the move that led to the equalizer.


Passed without making much of an impact as Pogba’s defensive duties outperformed him.

Come close with a header in extra time and score his own goal.


Showed his defensive qualities by stopping Isiah Jones’ surge early and then winning the penalty after being tripped by Anfernee Dijksteel.

Reclaim the ball to open the scoring for Sancho and then try to get his name on the scoresheet with a long range attack.

Show off his immaturity by booking a room for the team when Marcus Tavernier is breaking through.

Nick again cushioned Tavernier on the edge of the box just as the Boro man was about to pull the trigger and continued to provide an attacking threat in a superb performance until he was sent off at the end of the hour. .


He could have done better when he hit the back of the net after Sancho’s low shot bounced off the bar, but then missed a better opportunity to finish after breaking the offside trap.

Make a beautiful pass over the head for Sancho to score the first.

Denied by the post in the second half with his own goal behind another Boro keeper and a defensive combination.

Always buzzing about things that are dense but can solve the game if he wears his shooting boots – which he has been missing for a while now – but still manages to keep the pen in place.


His speed is always a danger but he was too fast for half an hour as his 20-yard drive past Joe Lumley was ruled out for offside.

A bad miss after the ball was placed for him by Sancho after halftime and he could still play at midnight and not find the net.

One night for the front.


He almost broke the deadlock with just over 70 seconds left after Boro’s foul, but his effort went over the bar.

Modified in the 25th minute when he dashed away and twisted Jones before running home, with the aid of a deflected shot, to break the deadlock.

Quiet in the second half but still posed a danger – but unfortunately for him his night ended prematurely with what appeared to be an injury.


Catch Boro’s Dael Fry and the opposition keeper early to set up Sancho and then close in with an overhead kick.

Mixed his lines from the penalty spot with a long shot and then made another attempt before the break.

Shot straight at Joe Lumley on his next attempt and his frustration continued after starting again as he brought Rashford back into the side net.

Another home goal for the veteran in extra time but he redeemed himself with a thunderous penalty in the penalty shootout.



Entered for Rashford but incorrectly headed from eight yards after Fred’s cross to win and then headed straight for the keeper in additional time to win.

Then the crucial penalty was taken to award Boro the victory.

FRED (ON 82 MIN) – 6

Substituted by Pogba and team-mates toppled Elanga twice with superb crosses but his team-mates failed to convert either.

Showed good energy in extra time and fired a long shot and scored his own goal.


Substituting Varane started extra time and, with the exception of many crosses, contributed little.

JUAN MATA (100 MIN) – 4

The veteran Spaniard emerged from the bench to replace goalscorer Sancho in just his fourth appearance of the campaign.

And he hasn’t done much to show Rangnick why he deserves more game time except converting the free kick.

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