Manchester United’s Ander Herrera ends Yeovil’s brave FA Cup challenge

“We are Yeovil Town, ooh arrr!” went the chorus of Yeovil True, the song they once took to No36 in the charts. The supporters here had queued up to 17 hours for a ticket, including one who had flown in from Brisbane especially for the occasion, and for over an hour they might have looked at Manchester United and dared to think they could be ripe for an upset.

There were the three occasions inside the opening 16 minutes when the most expensively assembled group of footballers to roll into town resorted to safety-first football and lumped the ball over the stands. There was the inexplicable moment when Wayne Rooney could be seen putting a straightforward pass out for a throw-in. Once again there were long passages when United’s football seemed strangely aimless and Louis van Gaal must have been alarmed by the way his team struggled to keep the ball.

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