Marcus Rashford starred as Manchester United beat Everton 3-1 at Old Trafford.
Goals from Rashford, Antony, and a Conor Coady own goal secured United’s place in the fourth round. Whilst Coady also scored the visitors only goal.
Ten Hag’s men won their sixth game in a row knocking Everton out of their last cup competition meaning they’re sole focus is now on surviving the drop and Frank Lampard’s on avoiding losing his job.
This result continues United’s runs in the trophy hunt, after five years since winning the Europa League under former manager Jose Mourinho in the 2017/18 season.
Manchester United and Everton have faced each other 209 times with United winning 93, drawing 48 and losing 68. Thus, this result followed a convincing history of wins for the Manchester side.
United blitzed into an early lead within four minutes after Rashford’s electric pace took him round Ben Godfrey before he drilled the ball into the back post for an Antony tap in.
After eight defeats in eleven games, optimism wasn’t high, and such an early blow led most to believe it would be a one-sided game hereafter.
However, Everton never lacked belief, putting the pressure onto the inform side soon after.
Demari Gray cracked the post coming agonisingly close before just minutes after a David De Gea mistake gave Conor Coady an open net to fire into, levelling the game.
United struck back in the 52nd minute, with England international Rashford picking up the ball wide on the left flank driving at Seamus Coleman, teasing him left, right and then left again before launching it into the penalty area, where a reluctant Coady was to fire into his own net.
Everton thought they’d equalized again after Gray perfectly set up Dominic Calvert Lewin to chest home. However, VAR saved United’s blushes due to an offside in the build-up.
United’s number 10 ended the tie in the 97th minute with a relaxed penalty after Darren England deemed that Godfrey fouled the young Alejandro Garnacho.
This result continues United’s impressive form before their League Cup Quarter Final against Coventry City on Tuesday.
However, on the contrary, this defeat worsens Everton’s already bleak run and ramps up the pressure on Lampard’s future even more.
Everton next face Southampton at Goodison Park on the 14th January.