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FA Cup: Lukaku, Matic headers lead Manchester United to semifinals after 2-0 win over Brighton

Not even a 2-0 victory over Brighton was enough to mellow United manager Jose Mourinho, whose joy at beating Liverpool last weekend in the league was wiped out by a Champions League exit to Sevilla.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: March 18, 2018 11:01 IST ]
Image Source : AP A file image of Manchester United players celebrating after scoring against Brighton

Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic scored in each half as Manchester United reached the semifinals of the FA Cup with a 2-0 victory over Brighton on Saturday. Lukaku picked up Matic's precision pass from outside the box to nod the opener in the 37th minute. Matic doubled United's lead in the 83rd by heading in from Ashley Young's free kick.

Alexis Sanchez started on the bench for the first time since his January arrival, with Paul Pogba another among the substitutes. Neither player made an appearance in the quarterfinal as United made a swift recovery from being knocked out of the Champions League by Sevilla in midweek.

Not even a 2-0 victory over Brighton was enough to mellow United manager Jose Mourinho, whose joy at beating Liverpool last weekend in the league was wiped out by a Champions League exit to Sevilla.

"We didn't play the way I want the players to play. I didn't have the reaction from all of them," Mourinho said after United managed only two shots on target against Brighton.

They scored from both: Headers from Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic.

"I wanted more personality in the team because many, many times I felt that Matic was an island," Mourinho said. "An island of personality, desire and control surrounded — not by water — but surrounded by lack of personality, lack of class, lack of desire."

Tottenham joined United in the FA Cup semifinals by beating Swansea 3-0 earlier Saturday. In the other quarterfinal matches on Sunday, Chelsea visits Leicester and third-tier Wigan is at home to Southampton.

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