Van Gaal saved his job for now – United reach semifinals of the FA Cup

A solid showing ensured that Manchester United stay in the hunt for at least one piece of silverware in what has been an up-and-down season for them as they showed character, class and composure to beat an in-form West Ham.

West Ham were hoping for glory in their last game at Upton Park but Louis Van Gaal’s side came through; and he could not have needed it more with many sources claiming he would have been sacked if his side lost.

Teenage revelation Marcus Rashford scored first after 10 minutes of the second half had been played, collecting a neat pass from playmaker Anthony Martial and hitting a sweet strike to leave Darren Randolph helpless in goal and leaving the West Ham fans quiet.

12 minutes later it looked to be all over for West Ham as Marouane Fellaini managed to get the ball into the net after another Martial assist.

West Ham recovered in the last 10 minutes and lay siege to the United goal but they were unable to overcome the 2 goal deficit. Tompkins got a late conciliation with a little help from Andy Carroll but they were unable to equalize; even with Herrera being manhandled off the pitch by Noble after a slow substitution which was seen as timewasting.

Relief for Louis Van Gaal and relief for Manchester United fans as this season might not be completely fruitless afterall. Onwards to Everton at Wembley in the semi-finals.

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