LONDON, United Kingdom–
Manchester United put a torrid week behind them by thrashing third-tier
Tranmere 6-0 as holders Manchester City also cruised into the FA Cup fifth
round with a 4-0 win over Fulham on Sunday.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was badly in need of a
convincing performance after 2-0 defeats to Liverpool and Burnley in the
Premier League over the past seven days.
Many tipped the Red Devils to get bogged down on a sandy
surface at Prenton Park, but a flying start thanks to a host of unlikely
goalscorers ensured there was no chance of an upset.
Captain Harry Maguire led by example by striding forward to
smash home his first goal for the club since an £80 million ($105 million) move
Diogo Dalot then also grabbed his first United goal before
Jesse Lingard curled home for just a second time in a year for club and country
inside 16 minutes.
Phil Jones then nodded home his first United effort since
2014 and Anthony Martial’s deflected strike made it five before the break.
Solskjaer could then afford the luxury of resting Martial,
Maguire and Nemanja Matic for most of the second half ahead of Wednesday’s
attempt to overturn a 3-1 first leg deficit against City in the League Cup
Tahith Chong was one of those introduced and he was brought
down by Tranmere goalkeeper Scott Davies, allowing Mason Greenwood to score
United’s sixth from the penalty spot.