Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial struck late goals as Manchester United claimed a scrappy 2-0 victory over Everton to seal a place in the League Cup semifinals at a bitterly cold Goodison Park on Wednesday.
United wasted numerous opportunities in the opening stages and at times the play was dire from both sides as the game appeared to be heading for penalties before Cavani collected the ball on the right wing, skipped inside onto his left foot and fired past Everton goalkeeper Robin Olsen.
Martial added a second with virtually the last kick of the game as the visitors join Championship side Brentford, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the semifinal draw later on Wednesday, with a place in the April 25 final at Wembley up for grabs.
“It was an excellent performance and we should have been out of sight, we had three or four great chances. We need to be more clinical,” United manager Harry Maguire said after the match.
“Edinson Cavani’s finish was excellent on his weak foot too. He’s had an injury but it’s good to have hime back, he’s been a top striker throughout his career.
“We are expected to win trophies. It’s important to reach these big games but we have to start winning them and lift some trophies for this club.”