London: Alexis Sanchez shone in a winning Manchester United debut after a thumping 4-0 win at the humble ground of lower-league Yeovil Town eased Jose Mourinho’s team into the fifth round of the FA Cup.
The Chile international was named in the starting line-up just days after he signed United from Arsenal in a swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and was involved in the build-up to the first two goals.
Fresh from signing a contract extension with United, Mourinho put out a much-changed side for the fourth-round clash in his 100th competitive match in charge but the visitors still had far too much firepower for fourth-tier Yeovil.
Sanchez lined up alongside Michael Carrick at Huish Park, with the veteran midfielder making his first start since September after he received treatment for an irregular heart rhythm.
It was the second time the sides have met in the Cup in four seasons and United was desperate to avoid an embarrassing slip-up against a side fighting for their lives in the bottom reaches of League Two.
Yeovil produced one of the biggest shocks in FA Cup history in 1949 when they defeated top-tier Sunderland and although the competition has lost some of its lustre in recent years, Friday’s match had the feel of an old-fashioned tie.
United dominated possession early in the game but was unable to create many clear-cut chances despite a potent-looking forward line featuring the likes of Sanchez, Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata.