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hammers beaten 'We need to be more clinical' - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Man United's FA Cup progression

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Manchester United's Scott McTominay celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates REUTERS/Phil Noble

Manchester United's Scott McTominay celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates REUTERS/Phil Noble

Manchester United's Scott McTominay celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates REUTERS/Phil Noble

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his side need to find a more reliable cutting edge in front of goal after they failed to make the most of their chances and finally found an extra-time winner to beat West Ham 1-0 in the FA Cup fifth round.

Scott McTominay fired United's winner in the 97th minute, but Solskjaer accepted his side didn't show enough class in the final third as they struggled to kill off a Hammers side that failed to fire at Old Trafford.

Ex-United boss David Moyes’ West Ham side made life difficult on a bitterly cold night at Old Trafford, where substitute McTominay struck home Marcus Rashford’s lovely 97th-minute lay-off to seal a 1-0 extra-time win.

"We need to be more clinical," Solskjaer told the BBC. "I think we got about 15 to 17 shots in the end but . We should've finished the game off earlier and finished in 90 minutes but sometimes it doesn't happen.

"I felt we dominated. I thought we were in complete control of the first half. In the second half it became more of a game. When it's only 1-0 and we are wasteful, anything can happen to us."

Solskjaer admitted his players were down after they conceded a last minute equaliser to drop two points in Saturday evening's Premier League game against Everton, but now they can look forward to a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals once again.

"We needed to have a good result and a good feeling today because we were low after the Everton game. It's hard to take but they were really focused and did the job," he added.

"Of course you want to win every game. We want to challenge and we want to go to the final. That's what we're here at Manchester United for. Sometimes you're lucky with draws in the cup - we haven't been that lucky - but obviously we move another step closer to the final."

United skipper Harry Maguire also mentioned the deflation from Saturday's draw with Everton as he admitted it was vital his side bounced back with a win.

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West Ham United's Lukasz Fabianski in the snow at Old Trafford REUTERS/Phil Noble     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

West Ham United's Lukasz Fabianski in the snow at Old Trafford REUTERS/Phil Noble TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

West Ham United's Lukasz Fabianski in the snow at Old Trafford REUTERS/Phil Noble TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

"It shows a great spirit and mentality to come back here and perform, get our heads back up," declared the England defender.

"We know it is a long season, there are games every three days. It is the best thing when you are disappointed to have a game in a few days’ time.

"Tonight was perfect, the games come so soon and the lads put on a good performance, it is important to go through."

West Ham struggled to shine on a night when they failed to find the form that has taken them into contention for a top four finish in the Premier League, yet manager David Moyes took a different view as he assessed his side's performance.

"That was really hard to take because the players played brilliantly well," he declared.

"We lost a few players during the game and that was difficult. I don't think we deserved to lose the game. We warranted the chance to go to penalty kicks.

"One of our centre-backs was on the bench and felt his calf in the warm-up. Before we knew it we had a few players out. We didn't play well in the first half - we know that. But we were playing a really good team in terrific form.

"In extra-time we had one or two opportunities. I'm not going to look back on the goal conceded - I'll look at how we played well. The level these teams are at, United have got a really good team."

Republic of Ireland underage striker Ademipo Odubeko made an appearance for West Ham after 54 minutes, as the 18-year-old took another step forward in his development.

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