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FA Cup: Manchester United thrash Yeovil 4-0; Sanchez makes perfect start

The Chile forward created goals for striker Marcus Rashford and midfielder Ander Herrera before coming off with around 20 minutes remaining.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: January 27, 2018 9:15 IST ]
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES Manchester United player celebrate after the match.

New signing Alexis Sanchez set up two goals on a lively debut as Manchester United won 4-0 against a fourth-tier side Yeovil in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday.

The Chile forward, who joined from Premier League rival Arsenal on Monday, created goals for striker Marcus Rashford and midfielder Ander Herrera before coming off with around 20 minutes remaining.

Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku added late goals in southwest England at modest Huish Park, which has a capacity below 10,000.

"He is a fantastic player," Herrera said of Sanchez. "We are going to enjoy him, our fans are going to enjoy him and we are really happy for him."

India Tv - A file image of Alexis Sanchez.

Image Source : GETTY IMAGESA file image of Alexis Sanchez.

Near the end of the first half, Sanchez threaded a pass-through for Rashford, who lost possession before regaining it and dinking the ball over onrushing goalkeeper Artur Krysiak.

United netted from a clinical break in the 61st. Released by Juan Mata, Sanchez teed up Herrera to score and in doing so earned the praise of his new coach Jose Mourinho.

"(Sanchez's) choice for the counterattack for the second goal is the kind of choice that a player like Marcus (Rashford) is still too nervous to make," Mourinho said. "So he will bring us this extra maturity and class."

United was already cruising when the England international Lingard, who has been in fine form this season, raced through and drilled home in the 89th. The Belgium striker Lukaku tapped the fourth into an empty net during injury time.

United advanced to the fifth round with second-tier Sheffield Wednesday, which beat lacklustre Reading 3-1 in the night's other game.

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