Marouane Fellaini admits that his winner against West Ham came about as he anticipated Anthony Martial would miss the target.
Fellaini scored Manchester United’s second in a 2-1 win over the Hammers on Wednesday, securing their place in the FA Cup semi-final.
The Belgian’s goal had more than a touch of fortune surrounding it, with the ball hitting the midfielder after Martial – who revealed that Fellaini was his best friend at Old Trafford last week – miscued his shot in the second half.
United held on against a late onslaught from the home side, and will now face Fellaini’s former employers Everton in the final four at Wembley.
“I knew he [Martial] would miss because it was his left foot!” Fellaini told MUTV. “I was stood in front of the goal and I just put my knee out towards the target. It was important in the end.
“It’s always nice to score; it’s good for confidence. Now we have a game on Saturday which we have to win in front of our home supporters.”
On facing his former club in the semi-final, Fellaini added: “When I was at Everton eight years ago, we played the semi-final against United and we won, so this time I hope I am on the winning side again.
“At a club like Manchester United, we have to win something. I think all the players want to do that this season.”