Manchester United can look forward to a big FA Cup semi-final at Wembley after comfortably defeating Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 on Saturday night.
Heading into the match there was plenty of pressure of Jose Mourinho’s outfit after a shocking European exit mid-week, but his side delivered, if not in performance then certainly in the result.
The majority of the players failed to impress across the 90 minutes but the Red Devils could rely upon two Mourinho favourites – Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku.
The duo scored the two goals to put United through and in the case of Matic, produced a man of the match calibre performance, dominating the midfield.
He kept his side pushing forward to put Brighton on the back foot and also assisted Lukaku’s opener. He’s emerged as one of the most important players in Mourinho’s side this season, a fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed with supporters.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts on his Saturday display…
Through everything this season, the good, bad, dreary and bloody downright awful, Matic has put a proper shift in. Dipped a little recently but he's probably knackered carrying half of this lot. A quality player. #mufc
— John Ludden (@Johnludds) March 17, 2018
Matic is having his best game in months so far. Actually playing the ball forward, going in for every challenge and getting us up the pitch. He's having a good game so far! #mufc
— All For United🔴 (@allforunited) March 17, 2018
I got to thinking about it more. Matic. Assisted on the opener. Scored to put the game to bed. Controlled the middle of the park. MOTM. #mufc🤙
— ManchesterUnitedTalk (@talk_manchester) March 18, 2018
For me the best 2 players of our season imo stepping up and scoring important goals when the team was poor. Exceptional. Matic and Lukaku appreciation tweet 👏👏 #MUFC
— MUFCfantwentytimes (@mufcfanz20times) March 18, 2018
Got to say Lukaku & Matic have been fantastic for Man Utd this season,,, carried the team at times.
But I think we might have seen the last of Luke Shaw & the can't be arsed lazy twat Anthony Martial. Time is up for them 2 #mufc 🇾🇪🇾🇪
— GILLYtheJIBBER (@DaysUnited) March 17, 2018
— Simbarashe Muzavazi (@YoBoiTristan_21) March 17, 2018
— Dilip Nair (@dilipc5in) March 17, 2018
Our main men this season has been Matic and Lukaku and Jose even admitted it. Two great signings for us that have been a success. #MUFC
— POGBOOM! (@ALii_NaQvii) March 17, 2018