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Report by Dave Coleman 

A result that is about what should be expected when a top 5 Premier League side plays a bottom 3 League 1 side. But this was a game that considering the situation the playing surface and the negative results and publicity we have had recently it was a vitally important result for progress in the cup and instil some confidence into the players. The first couple of minutes we looked like getting an early goal. Then Tranmere ran at us down our right put some crosses in got free kicks and corners and generally pumped the ball into our box as expected in this sort of game. But l thought our defence stood up to the 7 or 8 minutes of pressure really well and didnt give Tranmere any real opening. Then on 10 minutes Maguire took the ball forward and crashed a shot into the net from outside the box via a slight deflection. A great way to score his first goal for United and within 5 minutes Dalot and Lingard scored 2 more really good goals. That was it essentially we had the game in the bag but we werent finished there in the last 5 minutes of the half Jones scored with a great header and Martial scored another with a slight deflection. So we went in at half time 0-5 up and it’s a long time since we have been so comfortably winning a game. The second half was always going to be a bit of an anti climax particularly with substitutions disrupting the flow and an understandable drop off by our players and a determination not to be embarassed by the Tranmere players. But we still managed to get a 6th from a Greenwood penalty Lingard hit the post and Chong hit the bar plus 1 or 2 other decent attempts. In the end it was a thoroughly satisfying result and performance which belied the recent pessimism about the way the team may perform. I saw many many so called “fans” criticising the manager the players the formation and the defensive 😂 set up. Well every single one of those should apologise to all considering what happened and the far from defensive set up! We as supporters should get behind the team before every match and have a little belief, the team certainly before and during matches needs encouragement not criticsm! I thought every player had a more than decent game and applied themselves to situation admirably. In the first half l thought Matic was excellent and controlled the game but as he only played the first half l made Lingard MOTM for his goal and playing a little more like he is capable of. Next match is City away in Carabao Cup on Wednesday. Come on United! 🇾🇪

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