Manchester United saw off Wolverhampton Wanderers in a closely fought FA Cup third round replay at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, and after the match supporters took to social media to laud the performance of a youngster who starred throughout the evening.
After a pretty tame original tie at Molineux, much more was expected of both teams with a clash against either Watford or Tranmere awaiting whichever side could come out on top.
Although the replay was better than the first game, it still wasn’t a classic by any means, even though the two managers named pretty strong starting XIs.
The Red Devils thought they had fallen behind early in the contest, when Pedro Neto was denied the opening goal by an accidental handball by Raul Jimenez, which was picked up by the VAR on review.
United generally grew into the game and sought about testing John Ruddy in the Wolves goal, but were unable to find a breakthrough until the second period.
Finally the Red Devils got the fruits their labour deserved on 67 minutes when Anthony Martial sent Juan Mata through, and the Spaniard deftly lifted the ball over the onrushing keeper to send the Old Trafford outfit into the next round.
It wasn’t a night where too many stood out for United despite their victory, but one player who certainly did was Brandon Williams, the young left-back who took every test he was faced with in his stride.
The Red Devils defender spent much of the game up against dangerman Adama Traore, but was not fazed by the prospect, and went about nullifying one of the biggest threats in the opposition, while still getting forward to support the attacks.
It was a great display from the United man, and that was recognised by supporters who went on to Twitter after the game to express their delight at his showing.
Here are some of their posts:
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