Juan Mata was the star of the show as Manchester United cruised past Shrewsbury Town, 3-0, in an FA Cup match at New Meadow on Monday.
Shrewsbury Town, which started American back Zak Whitbread, was game from the get-go, and the New Meadow crowd amplified its hopes onto its team, even tossing “Who are ya?” chants at their Premier League opponents.
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Former Arsenal and Dag & Red man Abu Ogogu cleared a deflected Anthony Martial shot off the line as one of several standout defensive plays in the opening frame.
Smalling put United ahead in the 38th minute, pounding a low strike into the ground that may’ve deflected before bounding past Jayson Leutwiler to make it 1-0.
Mata buried a gorgeous free kick from a few yards outside the 18 in first half stoppage time to make it 2-0.
It was Mata who squared a ball to Ander Herrera in the 62nd minute, then watched as Herrera lofted a back post ball for Lingard to head home.
FA Cup sixth round schedule
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