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Yeovil savour brush with United royalty that bolsters self-belief

League One side’s brave display discomfits Manchester United and shows team are better than lowly position indicates
Match report: Yeovil 0-2 Manchester United

In years to come it will be remembered in Somerset as the day Sir Alex Ferguson dropped into Huish Park by helicopter, the most expensive player in English football cleared a header off his own line and Louis van Gaal sang Yeovil Town’s praises. It was that sort of afternoon as Yeovil embraced the romance of the FA Cup and gave Manchester United a far more uncomfortable ride than anyone could have imagined.

In the end it took a world-class goal from Ander Herrera and the introduction of Ángel di María, a £59.7m signing from Real Madrid, to liberate United. That is as much an indictment of another unconvincing United performance as it is a compliment to Yeovil, who belied their status at the foot of League One with a courageous display. Joe Edwards, the Yeovil captain, summed it up perfectly at the final whistle. “Mass disappointment but extremely proud of each other,” said Edwards, whose header was nodded off the line by Di María.

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