New boy Alexis Sanchez handed his debut game has he was involved in the opening two goals on his Manchester United debut as they beat Yeovil Town 4-0 in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday.
The 29-year-old, who completed his move from Arsenal on Monday, played a key part in Marcus Rashford’s opener before setting up Ander Herrera to score the second at Huish Park.
Substitutes Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku added late goals to cap a solid performance from United, who have now won five games in a row in all competitions without conceding.
Manager Jose Mourinho had promised to play a strong side and a number of senior players were involved, with Sanchez joining Juan Mata and Rashford in attack and club captain Michael Carrick handed his first start since September.
Yeovil, who are 21st in England’s fourth tier, acquitted themselves admirably for the first 40 minutes but were undone when Rashford capitalised on some uncertain defending after being set up by Sanchez.
United’s control rarely relented from then on and Herrera finished a clinical move for the second goal on his 150th appearance for the club, with Sanchez claiming the assist.
The Red Devils’ new number seven was taken off after 72 minutes, having taken a few knocks in a combative first outing for the club, before Lingard’s fine run and finish and Lukaku’s tap-in ensured United progressed comfortably to round five.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
Yeovil (4-4-2): Krysiak 6.5; James 6, Smith 6, Sowunmi 7, Dickson 7; Green 6 (Fisher 69, 6), Bird 6 (Browne 56, 6), Wing 6.5 (C. Smith 82), Gray 6; Zoko 6.5, Surridge 7
Unused subs: Maddison, Gobern, Whelan, Santos
Bookings: Zoko 1, N. Smith 29, Sowunmi 47
Manager: Darren Way 6.5
Manchester United (4-3-3): Romero 6.5; Darmian 6, Lindelof 6, Rojo 5, Shaw 6.5; Carrick 7, Herrera 7, McTominay 6 Mata 6.5 (Lukaku 65, 6), Sanchez 6.5 (Lingard 72, 6), Rashford 8 (Gomes 88)
Unused subs: Pereira, Smalling, Young, Matic
Goals: Rashford 40, Ander Herrera 61, Lingard 90, Lukaku 90+3
Booking: McTominay 83
Manager: Jose Mourinho 6.5
Referee: Paul Tierney