39 touches, 5 take-ons: West Ham's Michail Antonio was superb in United draw

West Ham - Upton Park: Boleyn Ground

West Ham United drew 1-1 at Manchester United.

West Ham United winger Michail Antonio put in a superb performance as his side claimed a 1-1 draw with Manchester United in their FA Cup quarter-final encounter at Old Trafford.

The Hammers looked on course for victory and a place in the semi-finals as Dimitri Payet fired in a wonderful free-kick in second period, yet Anthony Martial hooked in late on to book a replay.

Payet has been wonderful this season, and his exquisite free-kick had pundits and Premier League observers alike drooling as social networking site Twitter became the source of praise for the Frenchman.

Yet arguably West Ham’s standout performer at Old Trafford was instead Michail Antonio, who for long spells was tasked with playing in an unorthodox right-back position due to a lack of options.

  TacklesInterceptionsEffective ClearancesShotsKey PassesTake-onsTouchesMins Played
Michail Antonio 2 3 4 2 1 5 39 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, the former Nottingham Forest man contributed greatly throughout.

Antonio posted two tackles, three interceptions and four effective clearances as he was tasked with stopping United’s wide men at source, while in possession he was confident and reliable.

But the most impressive statistic is despite playing in a defensive position, he still contributed in the final third with one key pass, two shots and as many as five successful take-ons.

There were plenty of questions regarding Antonio’s ability when West Ham first signed him, yet he has proven his worth to the club over the past few months and he’s now regarded as a key figure.

The draw with United means the Boleyn Ground will host its last ever FA Cup match in the form of a quarter-final replay, with the winner rewarded with a semi-final encounter at Wembley.

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