Man United Scrape Through To The Next Round

With 93 league places between the two sides, on paper it should have been an easy win for Man United, but it was far from that. Crawley made sure that Manchester United had to fight for their place in the next round of the FA Cup.

The Manchester United starting line-up was: Anders Lindegaard, Rafael Da Silva, Wes Brown, John O'Shea, Fabio Da Silva, Michael Carrick, Anderson, Darron Gibson, Bebe, Javier Hernandez and Gabriel Obertan.
Tomasz Kuszczak, Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling, Darren Fletcher, Josh King, Paul Pogba and Ryan Tunnicliffe were all named on the bench.

The first proper opportunity of the game fell to Crawley with Ben Smith hitting a long range shot, which flew just wide of Lindegaard's post. Not much happend for the first 25 minutes, Crawley looked fairly comfortable and Man United weren't really testing keeper Michel Kuiper.

It was Brown who got the only goal of the game, which came 27 minutes in. From a short corner, Gibson's cross into the area from the left was flicked on and past Kuiper by Brown, for his first goal since October 2008.

Minutes after the goal, Gibson's wonderful pass found Fabio who only managed to poke the ball wide. Man United's next opportunity came from Obertan, who brought a good save out of Kuiper.

Rooney was brought immediately on for Anderson for the start of the second half. The striker made an early impact after setting Obertan clear but he was unable to find Hernandez who was waiting in the area.

It was Crawley who had most of the chances during the start of the second half with Ben Smith, Dannie Bulman and Craig McAllister all causing Man United problems.

For the rest of the game, the better of the chances fell to Crawley and the longer the game went on the more frustrated the Man United players got. An unmarked David Hunt volleyed the ball wide, Matthew Tubbs tried an overhead kick took a deflection and flew just over the bar.

The non league side were nearly on level terms with during injury time after substitute Richard Brodie header hit the bar and fortunately for United, it was cleared. Man United scraped through to the next round with a 1-0 win.

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