FA Cup: Manchester United avoid upset with win at Newport County

Antony celebrates making it 3-2 to Manchester United against Newport County.
Antony’s finish at Newport was his first goal of the season

Manchester United survived a real FA Cup fourth-round scare at Newport County before finally seeing off the League Two side’s brave attempt at a giant-killing.

United made a flying start and looked to have wrapped the tie up when smooth finishes from Bruno Fernandes and Kobbie Mainoo gave them a 2-0 lead inside 13 minutes.

Alejandro Garnacho also hit the woodwork as United dominated but the team 73 places beneath them on the league ladder, roared on by passionate Welsh followers inside a packed Rodney Parade, staged a stirring fightback.

Bryn Morris’ long-range effort glanced off Lisandro Martinez’s head past United’s debutant keeper Altay Bayindir after 36 minutes before Rodney Parade was rocking and Newport started to dream of causing a sensation two minutes after the break.

Adam Lewis’ cross allowed Will Evans to steal in ahead of Raphael Varane to put Newport level as the hordes of ‘The Amber Army’ celebrated wildly.

United were stunned but managed to regain enough composure to regain the lead in the 68th minute, as Antony reacted first to beat Newport goalkeeper Nick Townsend after Luke Shaw’s effort came back off the post.

Rasmus Hojlund made the result safe for Erik ten Hag’s team, finishing from close range after substitute Omari Forson had a shot blocked by Townsend.

This time the hosts had no reply, leaving United to be grateful for the escape to seal a fifth-round tie at either Bristol City or Nottingham Forest.

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Newport County

  1. Squad number1Player nameTownsend

  2. Squad number19Player nameMcLoughlin

  3. Squad number5Player nameJ Clarke

  4. Squad number17Player nameBennett

  5. Squad number4Player nameDelaney

  6. Squad number3Player nameLewis

  7. Squad number8Player nameMorris

  8. Squad number20Player nameCharsley

  9. Squad number24Player nameWildig

  10. Squad number7Player nameEvans

  11. Squad number30Player namePalmer-Houlden

  1. Squad number2Player namePayne

  2. Squad number11Player nameWaite

  3. Squad number18Player nameRai

  4. Squad number22Player nameWood

  5. Squad number28Player nameBaker



Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Townsend
  • 19McLoughlin
  • 5J Clarke
  • 17BennettSubstituted forBakerat 79′minutes
  • 4Delaney
  • 3LewisSubstituted forPayneat 70′minutes
  • 8Morris
  • 20CharsleySubstituted forWaiteat 78′minutes
  • 24WildigSubstituted forRaiat 78′minutes
  • 7Evans
  • 30Palmer-HouldenSubstituted forWoodat 90+7′minutes


  • 2Payne
  • 10Zanzala
  • 11Waite
  • 18Rai
  • 22Wood
  • 23Jameson
  • 26Maxted
  • 28Baker
  • 33Bondswell

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Bayindir
  • 20Dalot
  • 19VaraneSubstituted forEvansat 90+7′minutes
  • 6Li MartínezSubstituted forMaguireat 89′minutes
  • 23ShawSubstituted forKambwalaat 82′minutes
  • 37Mainoo
  • 18CasemiroBooked at 72minsSubstituted forMcTominayat 81′minutes
  • 21AntonySubstituted forForsonat 88′minutes
  • 8Bruno Fernandes
  • 17Garnacho
  • 11Højlund


  • 5Maguire
  • 14Eriksen
  • 16Diallo
  • 22Heaton
  • 28Pellistri
  • 35Evans
  • 39McTominay
  • 53Kambwala
  • 62Forson

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Source: BBC News

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