A late Wayne Rooney penalty helped Manchester United squeeze past a resilient Sheffield United in their FA Cup Third Round clash at Old Trafford on Saturday. The opening 45 minutes saw neither side come even slightly close to scoring with the hosts having the bulk of the possession to no avail. Rooney did have a sniff of a chance in the early stages of the half but the Blades stuck to their plan and guarded their goal pushing him wide to ensure nothing came of the opportunity.
The visiting side did not have any luck either in front of goal as David De Gea and his back four stood firm. The hosts were unable to make much of the large amounts of possession that they forced as they found themselves struggling especially in the final third. In the second stanza the tide started to change as both sides looked to up the tempo.
In the 69th minute the home side had their first shot on target through Matteo Darmian when the Italian broke into the area but could only manage to send his shot straight at George Long. Anthony Martial had a chance from close range in a crowded penalty area but he was unable to find the back of the net. The board went up from the touch line showing that there would be six minutes of added time and inside three of those added minutes the Red Devils skipper put his side ahead from the spot when Dean Hammond challenged Memphis in the box.
The last gasp strike from the skipper saw his side run out 1-0 winners and advance to the fourth round of the FA Cup.