A late Anthony Martial strike helped Manchester United secure a 1-1 draw against West Ham United in their FA Cup quarter-final encounter at Old Trafford on Sunday and force a replay. Both teams had opportunities to break the deadlock in the opening 45 minutes however none came closer than Emmanuel Emenike’s header from an Aaron Cresswell cross that was directed straight at David De Gea as the half ended goalless. The match came alive after the break as the hosts inched towards taking a lead with a number of attacking chances through an Ander Herrera free kick, and penalty shout that was turned down when Winston Reid appeared to handle the ball in the area.
The Red Devils put their visitors under some early pressure but were still unable to find a way to use it to penetrate the Hammers find defences. Just after the hour mark there was a moment of controversy when Dimitri Payet went down in the penalty box and the referee waved play on as he appeared to have gone down without any contact, however the Frenchman had already received a yellow card for a clip on Jesse Lingaard and some would have been of the opinion that his apparent dive would have deserved a second yellow. That was not the case and moments later Daley Blind brought down the midfielder and he scored the resulting free kick sending his curling shot into the top right corner past an outstretched De Gea.
The Old Trafford outfit upped the tempo and looked to try and find an equaliser by applying pressure on the Irons and were rewarded in the 84th minute when Martial turned in Herrera’s cross from a tight angle to draw his side level and set up a quarter-final replay at Upton Park.