Shrewsbury vs. Manchester United: Winners and Losers from FA Cup 5th Round

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2016

Shrewsbury vs. Manchester United: Winners and Losers from FA Cup 5th Round

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    Manchester United cruised into the final eight of the FA Cup on Monday with a 3-0 win over League One side Shrewsbury Town at New Meadow. 

    United struck first blood in the 38th minute, when Chris Smalling remained forward following a corner kick and sent a deflected strike into the back of the net. 

    Juan Mata added a second tally right before half-time, and Jesse Lingard finished off the match with a goal in the 61st minute. 

    United became the sixth Premier League team to advance to the quarter-finals of the competition. The Red Devils will host West Ham United at Old Trafford on the weekend of March 12.

    Here's a look at our winners and losers from United's easy win in the fifth round of the FA Cup. 

Winner: Chris Smalling

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    Credit must be given to Chris Smalling for staying forward following a United corner kick in the 38th minute. 

    The center-back benefited from Morgan Schneiderlin's win in the air and knocked the ball into the back of the net from the right side of the box. 

    The goal came at the perfect time for United as a few doubts were beginning to appear about whether they'd score before half-time. 

    Smalling's strike came on the 13th United shot of the night, per WhoScored.com, and it allowed the Red Devils to continue their domination of the match with a relaxed attitude instead of pressing to score later on in the contest. 

Loser: Memphis Depay

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    Memphis Depay's day started with plenty of energy in the final third over the first 15 minutes, but he lacked any semblance of a quality finishing touch. 

    After being constantly involved in the United attack at the start of the contest, Memphis' production dropped off as the match progressed. 

    The Dutchman popped up for a few minutes in the second half, but his performance was highlighted by a 65th-minute free-kick that looped nowhere close to the goal from the left wing. 

    The disappointing showing from the 22-year-old came less than a week after he shined in the UEFA Europa League against Midtjylland by scoring United's only strike in a 2-1 defeat. 

Winner: Juan Mata

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    Juan Mata put United comfortably into the driver's seat in the match with his free-kick goal right before the half-time whistle. 

    The Spaniard curled in a shot from the right side of the pitch, but the tally was met with a bit of controversy since three United players rushed forward into the wall as the set piece was struck. Some may have interpreted that as interfering with play, which could've led to offside, but nothing was called by the referee. 

    Mata went on to have a strong 65-minute shift for the visitors, who were the dominant side from the first minute on against the League One squad. 

    The professional approach to the match by United handed them a nice boost heading into an important week at home against Midtjylland on Thursday and Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday. 

Loser: Zak Whitbread

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    American defender Zak Whitbread handed United a golden opportunity to score right before half-time as he fouled Anthony Martial on the edge of the penalty area. 

    The foul allowed the Red Devils to head into the locker room with a two-goal advantage thanks to Mata's free-kick. The second strike killed any chance that Shrewsbury had of getting back into the match with a surge at the beginning of the second half. 

    Whitbread almost gave the home fans something to celebrate in the 77th minute, but he sent his header in the box wide to the right after Sergio Romero rushed off his line. 

    With the FA Cup now off their fixture list for another year, Shrewsbury must focus on retaining their status as a League One club. They currently sit in 21st place in the English third division with 33 points. 

Winner: Jesse Lingard

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    Jesse Lingard capped off United's dominant performance with a sliding strike in the 61st minute. 

    The tally from the 23-year-old came during a stretch of play in which Shrewsbury began to surge forward in an attempt to create something positive on their home pitch. 

    After Lingard slid on the right side of the box and slotted home Ander Herrera's cross, any momentum built up by the hosts was taken away. 

    Lingard came close to scoring again later in the second half, but his effort from the right side of the box skirted off to the right of the net. 

    In his last six matches across all competitions, Lingard has three goals and two assists.

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