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United win ninth straight cup game at home

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Maguire: We got there in the endVideo

Our current streak began against Reading in 2017, where a 4-0 victory helped Jose Mourinho’s team progress to the fourth round. A Wayne Rooney strike began the scoring, taking the Scouser level with Sir Bobby Charlton on 249 goals at the top of the club’s all-time goalscoring charts, before Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford (2) added further gloss.

Mourinho added three more home cup wins – against Wigan, Derby and Brighton – before his departure in December 2018.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took up the run in January 2019, and also kicked off with a win over Reading – goals from Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku did for the Royals this time.

A third-round replay win over Wolves the following year kept our impressive home form going, and this year we have continued in the same vein.

Scott McTominay was the hero in round three, where his early header dispatched Watford, on the night the midfielder captained the senior side for the first time. The draw that followed pitted us against arch-rivals Liverpool in round four.

The first-ever behind-closed-doors meeting between the two historic clubs at Old Trafford turned into something of a classic: both teams enjoyed spells in the lead during the game, before substitute Bruno Fernandes speared in an excellent late free-kick to settle the match 3-2 in our favour.

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