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Yeovil Town 0-4 Manchester United: FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED

Manchester United sailed into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable win at Yeovil Town on Friday night.

Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku were all on the scoresheet as United won 4-0 at Huish Park.

Sportsmail’s ALEX BYWATER provides five things we learned from Somerset. 

Paul Pogba takes a break…

Paul Pogba was absent for this fourth-round FA Cup tie, not that United needed him. The France international was given the weekend off by Jose Mourinho to rest and recuperate and he took full advantage, enjoying a family meal with brothers Florentin and Mathias in his homeland. 

There will be bigger tests for United to come this season and Pogba will surely return to Mourinho’s starting line-up refreshed when United travel to Wembley on Wednesday for a crucial Premier League clash with Tottenham.

Paul Pogba (left) enjoyed some family time in France on Friday night instead of being at Yeovil

Michael Carrick is back…

Michael Carrick had made just one appearance for United this season prior to the game at Huish Park. The former England midfielder’s admittance earlier in the campaign that he had undergone a procedure to cure an irregular heart rhythm had worried those concerned about his long-term future. With that in mind, it was good to see the 36-year-old back in action. Carrick was his usual calm self in the centre of midfield and a guiding light for United’s younger faces. Let’s hope he still has another season in him.

Michael Carrick made his first appearance for United since September on Friday night

Michael Carrick made his first appearance for United since September on Friday night

The magic of the FA Cup is very much still alive…

Some in football doubt whether the magic of the FA Cup still exists. You only had to be in Yeovil on Friday night to realise that’s very much not the case. A capacity home crowd – with reporters sat in among them – relished the chance to see their team take on one of the world’s best sides, Yeovil supporters gleefully taking the opportunity to jeer Alexis Sanchez on every occasion he got the ball. 

It made for a great atmosphere. One shout of ‘Alexis, you’ve dropped a tenner’ as the former Arsenal man sprinted down the touchline was a particular highlight.

Yeovil supporters were out in full force at Huish Park to support their side against United

Yeovil supporters were out in full force at Huish Park to support their side against United

Yeovil Town play their part…

Yeovil went into this game against Premier League giants United lying in 21st position in League 2. Their league form has been poor, but perhaps inspired by their opponents, they rose up a level here. Ultimately they were beaten and outclassed, but the Glovers can be proud of their efforts. 

Striker Sam Surridge and left back Ryan Dickson stood out and it was a shame Yeovil couldn’t get to the break level. They were always going to struggle to come back from Marcus Rashford’s opener.

Sam Surridge can leave Huish Park happy with his display against the Premier League giants

Sam Surridge can leave Huish Park happy with his display against the Premier League giants

Marcos Rojo fails to convince…

Marcos Rojo has been a bit-part figure for United after recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament problem. After such a serious injury, a degree of adaptation is to be expected, but here the Argentine was thoroughly unconvincing. 

The centre half went down too easily in the first minute under pressure from Francois Zoko and was given plenty to think about by Surridge. Rojo was also lucky to avoid a first-half booking and Mourinho will undoubtedly be demanding much better from the former Sporting man. 

Marcos Rojo (left) endured a tricky night against the Yeovil attack during the FA Cup clash

Marcos Rojo (left) endured a tricky night against the Yeovil attack during the FA Cup clash



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