Red Devils avoid 'hell' in nick of time

KEY GOAL: Martial (in red) scoring the late equaliser against West Ham that keeps hopes alive of Man United bagging silverware this season.


    Mar 15, 2016

    Red Devils avoid 'hell' in nick of time


    MANCHESTER United manager Louis van Gaal praised the spirit of his side as they scored a late goal to earn an FA Cup quarter-final replay at West Ham and potentially save their season.

    United trailed to a stunning Dimitri Payet strike before Anthony Martial equalised in the 83rd minute to give van Gaal's side renewed hope of ending the season with a trophy and potentially keeping the Dutchman in a job.

    Van Gaal said: "When you have played against West Brom and lost and against Liverpool and lost, to come back like that is amazing.

    "I was very proud of my team and the fans were also very proud. I have seen a great match, an entertaining match.

    "We are still in three competitions and I said to Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young that you can still play the final."

    The injured trio will be fit by May but United - trailing Liverpool 2-0 from the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie and sixth in the Premier League - still have a long way to go to try and win the FA Cup for the first time since 2004.

    West Ham, whose last success in the competition was in 1980, had won 10 of their previous 15 games to reach the last eight of the Cup for the first time since 2011 and to go above United in the Premier League in pursuit of a possible top-four finish.