Manchester United defender Patrice Evra hailed his “magnificent” team-mate Ashley Young after the winger opened the scoring in a 2-0 Capital One Cup quarter-final win at Stoke.
The Red Devils will next play Sunderland after goals from Young and Patrice Evra settled a match that was suspended for nine minutes in the first half due to extreme weather at the Britannia Stadium.
Frenchman Evra told Sky Sports 1: “The conditions were very difficult but I think we have to give a lot of credit to the lads because it was not easy to win 2-0 at Stoke and keep a clean sheet.
“We are pleased to go through to the semi-final but I think everyone did every well, even the players who don’t play very often like Ashley. Today he was magnificent and I’m really pleased for him.”
Young, who had not scored since May 2012, broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute by rifling home Javier Hernandez’s cool lay-off. With time running out, he turned provider to set Evra up for a powerful finish.
“As soon as I’d hit it I felt I’d got a clean strike and luckily for me it went in,” said the former Aston Villa player. I’m delighted to get the goal tonight and that the lads have got through.”
Manager David Moyes, meanwhile, isn’t looking past Sunderland after drawing the Black Cats in the semi-finals of the competition with the game to be played at the Stadium of Light in the week commecing January 6.
“We had to win the game before we got into the next round but thankfully we did and we’ll have a tough semi-final against Sunderland now,” Moyes said. “It’s a cup game and it shows you how well Sunderland can play when they beat Chelsea last night.”
Manchester City, who beat Leicester 3-1 on Tuesday, will host West Ham in their first leg before travelling to Upton Park in the week commencing January 20.