Two strikes by Zlatan Ibrahimovic – which bookended a double from under-fire frontman Anthony Martial – gave Manchester United a comfortable 4-1 victory over West Ham United in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening, 90min reports.
Former Red Devils striker Ashley Fletcher threatened to cause his former employers a shock but a strong second-half display from Jose Mourinho’s men saw them reach the semi-finals of the League Cup for the fourteenth time.
With the game won, United introduced outcast Bastian Schweinsteiger in place of Martial for his first appearance of the season, to rapturous applause at the Theatre of Dreams. Old Trafford cheered the German’s every touch and the 32-year-old – who was the last captain to lift the World Cup – nearly provided the loudest cheer of the night when he shot narrowly wide from 25 yards out.
In stoppage time, it was Schweinsteiger who started the move that saw Ibrahimovic complete the scoring. The former Bayern Munich midfielder released Ander Herrera, who centred for the Swedish striker to convert with a simple finish, completing an emphatic and deserved win for Mourinho’s men.