FA Cup: talking points from the fifth round matches
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic was Manchester United’s match-winner again, Burnley were tormented by Lincoln and themselves, and Arsenal need to pitch in at SuttonZlatan Ibrahimovic was the match-winner again for Manchester United and his late goal against Blackburn Rovers was another fine and composed finish to add to his season’s collection. That made it 24 goals in all competitions and the Swede has now scored in the FA Cup, Coppa Italia, Copa del Rey and Coupe de France. For United, he has been a stellar signing and there is a reason why the prolific forward can get away with statements such as the one after his midweek hat-trick against St Etienne when he declared: “Wherever I went I won, so I am like Indiana Jones.” The only concern for United is that they are perhaps becoming reliant on Ibrahimovic’s goals. Every team wants a scorer who can find the net more than 20 times a season but there is always the risk of an injury providing a major setback to their tactical approach. United struggled to craft many scoring opportunities against a side second-bottom in the Championship until Ibrahimovic broke free and slotted coolly past Jason Steele. But Ibrahimovic has now made himself king of the cups and United were toasting their talisman once again. James Riach• Match report: Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Manchester United• Match report: Burnley 0-1 Lincoln City• Lincoln are bringing magic of FA Cup back, says manager Danny Cowley Related: Manchester United’s speedy quartet show their paces in win at Blackburn | Jamie Jackson • Match report: Fulham 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur• Spurs load big guns and find firepower to get the better of Fulham Related: Lincoln’s Danny Cowley focuses on North Ferriby first as Wembley beckons • Match report: Huddersfield United 0-0 Manchester City• FA Cup sixth round draw• Match report: Middlesbrough 3-2 Oxford United• Match report: Millwall 1-0 Leicester City• Match report: Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Chelsea• Millwall’s Neil Harris says pitch invasion ‘to be expected’ after FA Cup win Related: FA Cup sixth round: Lincoln may face Sutton, Chelsea host Manchester United • Match preview: Sutton United v Arsenal Continue reading...