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Manchester United 1-2 Arsenal
The FA Cup Sixth Round
Monday 9 March 2015
Old Trafford, Manchester
It was the tale of an old favourite coming back to haunt the home faithful, as Manchester-born Danny Welbeck returned to score the goal that sent holders Arsenal on their way to a famous 2-1 victory at Old Trafford.
Welbeck’s strike came with just over half an hour to play, with the game finely poised as Wayne Rooney’s stunning header followed Nacho Monreal’s neatly taken opener in the first half.
United fans were craving a grandstand finish from the home side, so often an eternal force at Old Trafford, but Angel Di Maria was sent off just as they were mounting a response.
Arsenal make their return to Wembley in the semi-final, where they will take on either Reading or Bradford City.
The game had began at a frenetic pace, and although neither goalkeeper was called into action in the opening 15 minutes, the expectant crowd had plenty to cheer.
United, so often maligned in recent weeks for their lethargy in the opponent’s final third, moved the ball sharply and had their opponents on the back foot.
Ashley Young drew a foul and a booking from right-back Hector Bellerin, and Rooney, playing as an out-an-out striker, chased every cause.
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