x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

FA Cup round-up: Arsenal and Manchester United edge into fourth round

Wayne Rooney missed a penalty once again but still did enough to book a fourth round tie against Fulham for Manchester United, while Jack Wilshere's late winner was enough to seperate the sides at the Emirates Stadium.

Wayne Rooney celebrates his goal against West Ham in the FA Cup.
Wayne Rooney celebrates his goal against West Ham in the FA Cup.

Arsenal and Manchester United advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup with respective 1-0 replay victories over Swansea and West Ham.

Jack Wilshere struck a superb late winner to fire Arsenal past Michael Laudrup's side at the Emirates Stadium.

The England midfielder - out for more than a year with ankle and knee injuries before returning to action this season - capped a man-of-the-match display to finally beat inspired Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm with a 20-yard shot on 86 minutes to set up a trip to Brighton and keep alive hopes of Arsenal's first trophy since 2005.

"Jack was outstanding tonight," Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal coach, said afterwards.

"He played in a different position, a bit higher up and it suited him well. I didn't expect him to be this good at this stage.

"I always thought that if we could get Jack back to a reasonable level by January we will have done well, but he is ahead of what I could imagine.

"He is back to what he was before the injury, I think so, yes.

Wayne Rooney, meanwhile, notched an early winner - and missed a penalty - as United saw off West Ham at Old Trafford to earn a fourth-round tie against Fulham.

Rooney paid his respects to his late sister-in-law after netting the game's only goal in the ninth minute.

The England striker also blazed a second-half penalty over the bar - the fifth time United have failed from the spot this season - as the hosts survived a spirited second-half rally from the Hammers.

sports@thenational.ae

twitter Follow us @SprtNationalUAE