The Red Devils weren’t helped by a raft of changes to their starting line-up but still managed to defeat Norwich 2-1 to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.
Both were on target in Saturday’s hard-fought 2-1 victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road and both deserve the credit that will come their way.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had made eight changes to the side that dispatched of Sheffield United so easily at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, with only Maguire, Luke Shaw and Bruno Fernandes retaining their places and there was a rust to their performance here.
Indeed, as the game headed into extra time, it looked as though the Norwegian would come to regret his squad rotation.
With no fans allowed at Carrow Road the ‘magic of the cup’ was non-existent and the slow tempo of the first half, along with the empty stands and the muggy weather, meant the game felt more like a pre-season friendly than a crunch clash with a huge amount of significance for both sides.
Norwich were in the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1992, while Solskjaer is hunting for his first silverware as United manager.
For all their possession in the first half, though, United lacked the penetration, spark and powerful attacking threat they had shown just three days before.
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