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Friday 18 August 2017

Welbeck's revenge: Arsenal striker knocks United out of FA Cup

Arsenal striker knocks United out of FA Cup having been dumped by Van Gaal

Arsenal's Danny Welbeck celebrates scoring their second goal
Arsenal's Danny Welbeck celebrates scoring their second goal

DANNY Welbeck came back to haunt Louis van Gaal by dumping Manchester United out of the FA Cup and heaping pressure on the stubborn Dutchman.

Arsene Wenger walked away with a 2-1 win and a plum semi-final draw against the winners of the Bradford City v Reading replay.

"Last year we played a tricky game at Wembley. We have not got fond memories of a Cup tie against Bradford. It will be down to the performance on the day," said Arsene Wenger after the draw for the semi-finals.

Arsenal will meet either Bradford or Reading while Aston Villa will play either Blackburn or Liverpool at Wembley.

Welbeck scored the winner in a 2-1 victory for the Gunners which ends Van Gaal's hopes of registering silverware in his first season.

Welbeck was given a standing ovation by many Manchester United fans when he was substituted late in the game and it was clear they were sending a message to Van Gaal who decided he didn't need the striker last summer.

There was more bad news for Van Gaal when Angel di Maria was sent off late in the game for pulling the referee's jersey.

Nacho Monreal scored first for Arsenal after some very poor defending but a wonderful early ball from Di Maria set Wayne Rooney up for an equaliser with a brilliant diving header.

A woeful back-pass from Valencia was pounced upon by Welbeck and that was the end of that.

First in to criticise Manchester United was Republic of Ireland assistant boss Roy Keane who made a surprise appearance as a pundit on BBC's coverage.

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"There was shocking defending and you could not begrudge Arsenal that win, said Keane.

"Defending for the first goal was shocking but it was even worse for the second."

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