English FA Cup
January 26, 2013
Rampant United seal Cup progress
#INSERT type:video subtype:lead caption: Man Utd v Fulham highlights END#Wayne Rooney was stripped of penalty-taking duties by Manchester United but found the net anyway as they sauntered past Fulham 4-1 to book an FA Cup fifth-round place.
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And, 20 years and three days after his first FA Cup goal, Giggs scored his 12th.
Rooney did not come alive until after the restart but once he had brutally fired home his 10th goal of the season, he quickly set up strike partner Javier Hernandez for the Mexican's 13th.
Hernandez bagged another before Aaron Hughes' consolation, ensuring Robin van Persie could remain on the bench throughout.
United's penalty woes reached a head 10 days ago, when Rooney's effort in the replay win over West Ham went sailing over the bar.
It was their fifth spot-kick miss of the season, Rooney's second, and his 10th overall as a Red Devil.
And evidently, decisive action had been taken. With van Persie on the bench, it was Giggs who strode straight into the area once Mark Clattenburg had spotted Hughes handling Rooney's corner.
In more than two decades, the only times Giggs had missed in such situations were in shoot-outs, and though Mark Schwarzer got a hand to this one, the Australian was unable to keep it out.
The hosts should have had another when Giggs' pass for Patrice Evra rolled off Damien Duff's arm. Inexplicably, Clattenburg ruled this intervention accidental and Fulham's escape was complete when Schwarzer turned Rooney's shot onto the bar as the hosts pressed at the corner.
A neat move involving Anderson and Giggs presented Rooney with another chance, which Schwarzer blocked at his near post.
Fulham were almost exclusively bystanders to this one-sided game, with Dimitar Berbatov flickering only briefly, and then the applause he received on his return to the club he served for four years was due to a brilliant piece of control on halfway.
Shortly afterwards Sascha Riether drilled a long-range effort just wide, just the reminder United needed that their place in the last 16 was not assured, and which they rectified within five minutes of the restart.
Anderson deserved immense credit for his brilliant through-ball.
But the goal clearly meant something to Rooney, who turned inside Hughes then sent a ferocious shot flying past Schwarzer.
On United's next attack, Nani's trickery put Fulham's defence on the back foot before Rooney's cross ended up with Hernandez, who lashed home a close-range volley.
And midway through the half Hernandez had another, charging onto Giggs' pass before his shot deflected off Hughes and gave Schwarzer no chance.
It was the Mexican's fifth goal in six games, underlining the fact United are not quite as reliant on Van Persie as some people seem to think.
Not that everything went to plan for the hosts.
Having kept faith with under-fire David de Gea, Ferguson would not have been happy that the keeper's goal should be breached at a routine corner.
De Gea himself was not culpable but the ease with which Hughes rose at the near-post to steer home Giorgos Karagounis' corner was alarming for a side with only seven clean sheets all season.• Be part of the Budweiser 2012-13 FA Cup fan film. Share your photos on Twitter: #tothedream
|1 David De Gea||1 Mark Schwarzer|
|3 Patrice Evra||6 Chris Baird|
|2 Rafael||3 John Arne Riise|
|12 Chris Smalling||18 Aaron Hughes|
|4 Phil Jones||5 Brede Hangeland|
|16 Michael Carrick||27 Sascha Riether|
|11 Ryan Giggs||16 Damien Duff|
|17 Nani||7 Steve Sidwell|
|8 Anderson||31 Alexander Kacaniklic|
|10 Wayne Rooney||9 Dimitar Berbatov|
|14 Javier Hernández||11 Bryan Ruiz|
|13 Anders Lindegaard||Neil Etheridge 38|
|5 Rio Ferdinand||Philippe Senderos 4|
|22 Paul Scholes||Matthew Briggs 17|
|7 Antonio Valencia||Giorgos Karagounis 14|
|26 Shinji Kagawa||Ashkan Dejagah 24|
|20 Robin Van Persie||Mladen Petric 10|
|19 Danny Welbeck||Hugo Rodallega 20|
|Paul Scholes for Michael Carrick (61)||Giorgos Karagounis for Chris Baird (46)|
|Shinji Kagawa for Anderson (71)||Hugo Rodallega for Damien Duff (61)|
|Antonio Valencia for Ryan Giggs (71)||Ashkan Dejagah for Bryan Ruiz (70)|
|· Squads: Manchester United | Fulham|