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West Ham 1-2 Manchester United FA Cup: Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini fire Red Devils to Wembley

Published 13/04/2016

Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini (L) has a shot saved by West Ham United's Irish goalkeeper Darren Randolph during the FA cup quarter final replay football match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn ground in London on April 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini (L) has a shot saved by West Ham United's Irish goalkeeper Darren Randolph during the FA cup quarter final replay football match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn ground in London on April 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Dutch defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah heads the ball during the FA cup quarter final replay football match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn ground in London on April 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English midfielder Michael Carrick (L) and West Ham United's Ecuadorian striker Enner Valencia jump for a header during the FA cup quarter final replay football match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn ground in London on April 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini (R) jumps for a header with West Ham United's English striker Andy Carroll during the FA cup quarter final replay football match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn ground in London on April 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney (C) sits on the bench during the FA cup quarter final replay football match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn ground in London on April 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mates during The Emirates FA Cup, sixth round replay between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on April 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Manchester United's English striker Marcus Rashford scores past West Ham United's Irish goalkeeper Darren Randolph during the FA cup quarter final replay football match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn ground in London on April 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal during The Emirates FA Cup, sixth round replay between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on April 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Andy Carroll of West Ham United wins a header with Chris Smalling of Manchester United during The Emirates FA Cup, sixth round replay between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on April 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United is mobbed by team mates including Jesse Lingard after scoring his team's second goal during The Emirates FA Cup, sixth round replay between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on April 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini (R) scores past West Ham United's Irish goalkeeper Darren Randolph to make it 2-0 during the FA cup quarter final replay football match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn ground in London on April 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini (C) scores past West Ham United's Irish goalkeeper Darren Randolph to make it 2-0 during the FA cup quarter final replay football match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn ground in London on April 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Louis van Gaal, manager of Manchester United looks on during The Emirates FA Cup, sixth round replay between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on April 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Mark Noble of West Ham United carries Ander Herrera of Manchester United off the pitch during The Emirates FA Cup, sixth round replay between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on April 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
West Ham United's Mark Noble (second right) carries Manchester United's Ander Herrera from the field of play after he suffered an injury during the Emirates FA Cup, Quarter Final Replay match at Upton Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER West Ham. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal with Anthony Martial of Manchester United during The Emirates FA Cup, sixth round replay between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on April 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United challenges Manuel Lanzini of West Ham United during the Emirates FA Cup, sixth round replay between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on April 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Slaven Bilic, manager of West Ham United gives instructions during The Emirates FA Cup, sixth round replay between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on April 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United warms up prior to the Emirates FA Cup, sixth round replay between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on April 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Andy Carroll of West Ham United walks out for the Emirates FA Cup, sixth round replay between West Ham United and Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on April 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic. PA

Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini fired Manchester United to Wembley as West Ham's last ever FA Cup tie at Upton Park ended in a 2-1 defeat.

The Hammers went into the quarter-final replay as favourites to see off a United side enduring another tough season amid rumours of dressing room disharmony and mounting criticism of boss Louis Van Gaal.

But second-half goals from youngster Rashford, his sixth since bursting onto the scene in February, and the much-maligned Fellaini booked a semi-final clash with Everton a week on Saturday.

James Tomkins set up a grandstand finish with a brave header with 11 minutes remaining, and Cheikhou Kouyate had a last-gasp equaliser ruled out for offside.

But United held on to keep Van Gaal in with a chance of finishing a turbulent campaign with some silverware - their first for three years.

The Hammers move to the Olympic Stadium next season but are determined to say goodbye to the Boleyn Ground with a bang.

They swarmed all over the visitors in the opening stages with Michail Antonio and Enner Valencia forcing saves from David De Gea.

But United soaked up the early pressure and actually created the best chance of the first half, Jesse Lingard finding Fellaini in the area only for Darren Randolph to tip his shot over.

Valencia should have done better after getting in behind Chris Smalling but once again his shot was too close to De Gea, while Randolph made another smart stop to deny Lingard.

Nine minutes into the second half United made the breakthrough after Antonio gave the ball away inside his own half and Anthony Martial slipped in Rashford just inside the penalty area.

The youngster still had plenty to do, but he stepped inside James Tomkins before curling a superb shot beyond Randolph and into the top corner for a 54th-minute opener.

West Ham felt they should have been awarded a penalty moments later when Daley Blind blocked Dimitri Payet's run in the area but referee Roger East was unconvinced.

Instead they fell two behind when Lingard's cross was blasted back across goal by Martial and diverted into the net by the knee of Fellaini (67).

West Ham should have been down and out but they at least made a game of it when Andy Carroll nodded Payet's corner into the six-yard box and Tomkins bravely stooped to head past De Gea with 11 minutes left.

In a frantic finale Carroll headed narrowly over and De Gea made a superb save to deny Kouyate, before the midfielder's header was ruled out by a narrow offside decision.

Confirmed semi-final ties

Everton vs Manchester - Saturday April 23 - 5.15pm

Crystal Palace vs Watford - Saturday May 21 - 4pm

Match preview

We look at five key talking points ahead of the contest at Upton Park, where the prize for the winner will be a last-four Wembley clash with Everton.

LAST CHANCE FOR UNITED - AND VAN GAAL?

What is known for definite is that if United lose on Wednesday, it will be game over in terms of their hopes this season of claiming their first trophy since 2013. It will also, surely, leave things looking more bleak than ever for Louis van Gaal's reign as Red Devils boss. Following Sunday's 3-0 Barclays Premier League loss at Tottenham, which left fifth-placed United four points off fourth spot, there has been renewed questioning over the Dutchman's position, while reports have suggested his relationship with some of his players has become strained.

HOW WILL UNITED LINE UP?

There has been much bafflement - including, reportedly, from members of the playing staff - at some of Van Gaal's tactics, not least on Sunday during a match which saw him at one point deploy winger Ashley Young as a centre-forward. It would be fair to say it feels difficult to predict exactly how the team might look on Wednesday night.

ROONEY TO RETURN?

One particularly notable unknown is whether United skipper Wayne Rooney will be involved. The forward got his first run-out since sustaining a knee injury in February when he played 61 minutes for the club's Under-21s on Monday, and Van Gaal had previously indicated Rooney could make his first-team comeback in Wednesday's clash.

CARROLL ON SONG

West Ham have a frontman looking very much fit again in Andy Carroll, whose hat-trick against Arsenal on Saturday has prompted talk about his chances of joining Rooney in the England squad for Euro 2016, and certainly caught United's eye. Van Gaal has spoken about his wariness of Carroll's threat, while Hammers boss Slaven Bilic has labelled the player "very special".

CUP CONCLUSION FOR UPTON PARK

Bilic's description of Carroll would also seem apt for the entire occasion on Wednesday, when West Ham, whose home matches will be at the Olympic Stadium from next season, play a cup game at Upton Park for the last time. All connected to the London club will be keen for it to prove a triumphant finale, and it will be interesting to see how the atmosphere generated by the crowd appears to impact on proceedings.

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