Manchester United 1-1 West Ham: Anthony Martial forces replay after Dimitri Payet's cracker
By Jack Wilkinson
Last Updated: 13/03/16 11:39pm
Anthony Martial kept Manchester United's FA Cup hopes alive as his late equaliser earned a 1-1 draw against West Ham at Old Trafford and forced a quarter-final replay.
Dimitri Payet's sumptuous 68th-minute free-kick looked to have sent the Hammers to Wembley but the hosts rallied, with Martial levelling the score seven minutes from time.
The result sees both sides join Crystal Palace, Everton and Watford in Monday's semi-final draw, while West Ham's Boleyn Ground will play host to Manchester United in its final FA Cup game before the Hammers move to the Olympic Stadium.
With holders Arsenal falling out of the competition at the hands of Watford earlier in the day, the winner of Sunday's tie would have been tipped as cup favourites.
The contest was the second game in a defining week for Louis van Gaal, who made three changes to the side which was overpowered in Thursday's Europa League defeat at Liverpool.
Slaven Bilic made three changes too, with Andy Carroll and Winston Reid recalled into the starting line-up as the Hammers looked to extend a four-game winning streak.
And it was the visitors who created the better chances in a cautious first half. First Carroll played strike partner Emmanuel Emenike through on goal, only for the Nigerian to drag his shot wide on six minutes, before Carroll's thunderous 10th-minute header missed the target.
Emenike should have put the Hammers in front on 18 minutes but he headed Aaron Cresswell's cross straight at David de Gea, who gratefully gathered.
West Ham struggled to deal with Martial's pace down the left but nothing came of the Frenchman's attacking threat as the home side failed to register a shot on target in the first half.
Ander Herrera missed the clearest opening shortly before the half-hour mark, firing Marcos Rojo's cut-back wide.
The second half was strewn with a host of penalty claims, but referee Martin Atkinson chose not to penalise Angelo Ogbonna or Reid for alleged handballs, before Rojo escaped punishment for appearing to trip Payet at the other end.
Atkinson did award Payet a free-kick after he was clipped by Daley Blind shortly after, and West Ham's talisman produced a stunning 30-yard effort which beat De Gea at full stretch.
As the 9,000 travelling away supporters began to sing Wembley chants, Payet could have sealed their passage 13 minutes from time only for Guillermo Varela to keep the home side's hopes alive with a last-gasp interception, after a deflection fell kindly for the forward.
Six minutes later the hosts were level. Jesse Lingard and Herrera combined to tee up Martial and the 20-year-old hooked the ball past Darren Randolph, who appeared to have been impeded by substitute Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Michael Carrick came close late on, dragging a shot wide against his former club, before the visitors' late assault proved to be fruitless, with De Gea thwarting Michail Antonio in the closing stages.