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Seeing the Manchester side flash up during the previous game, the opportunity to see James Wilson play again was tempting. Added that to James Berrett being on the bench for Yeovil, it was on.

So, what happened? A typical blood and thunder cup tie this one; the Glovers were upon the Red Devils from the off, pressing hard and looking to stop them playing as well as they could.

Blood and thunder almost literally in the cases of Kieffer Moore and Paddy McNair whose early clash of heads left both needing bandages.

That Yeovil’s plan succeeded so successfully was perhaps no surprise. He may have struggled this season, but Gary Johnson has not become a bad manager overnight. He has drilled them well and they all knew their rôles. That they were aided by Moore being fit was obvious, though I would have preferred to see Ajay Leitch-Smith.

And so it went on. United stumbling and stuttering while Yeovil dealt with their attack and launched sporadic attacks of their own, though the best chance came to Moore and was scuffed – a precursor to the only moment of real quality all match.


Ander Herrera scoring against Yeovil (Reuters)

A Darren Fletcher ball was deflected into the path of Ander Herrera just outside the box, who stroked a shot at goal like he was stroking a family cat. It followed a similar trajectory before nestling in the back of the net.

That, pretty much, was that. The Red Devils were good enough to suffocate the match from there. They got a late second, Angel Di Maria breaking into so much space that it looked as if he’d missed the bus home and had Somerset to himself. He slotted the ball home and it ended 0-2.

Yeovil had huffed and puffed but eventually Big Bad United blew their house down. No romance here.

Entertainment value? 6.0/10 – more interesting than exciting, but none the worse for it.