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Published: 13:12 | 17/2/18

Mata aiming for Wembley after Lukaku double beats Terriers


Juan Mata is aiming for another appearance at Wembley after a Romelu Lukaku double earned Manchester United a 2-0 FA Cup fifth round win over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium.

Lukaku proved the difference on a night when the Terriers otherwise matched the 2016 cup winners, firing them ahead in the third minute after a rapid counter-attack.

The Belgian then grabbed his second not long after the break, again coolly finishing after running the length of the pitch as Utd broke from deep.

Mata had a strike disallowed by the VAR system just before half-time for the Spaniard having a kneecap in an offside position but the attacker is hopeful the rough edges around using the new technology can be removed.

"It was important to get through and get to quarter final and obviously our aim is to try to get to Wembley and win this cup again," he told BT Sport.

"On the pitch I didn’t know if I was offside or not because it was I think the line was very tight. I did what I had to do which was to score and celebrated. Then after I saw the referee speaking to someone and you look silly when the goal is denied.

"I’m up for VAR and I think it is good for football especially to make important decisions and make it a little bit fairer but it seems like today it was not a very clear the decision against us and me. 

"The good thing was that it was not needed [the goal] because we won anyway but I think we all wished it was quicker. I celebrated and it didn’t count."

Huddersfield boss David Wagner meanwhile was delighted with his team's performance while also having strong words on the VAR system.

"Disappointing result," he told BBC Sport. "I think Manchester United deserved to win because they scored two goals and we did not use our opportunities. The players were brilliant, they played well. They maybe controlled the game but two times top, top quality means you have lost the game. The boys have done very, very well.

"I am delighted about the whole performance over 90 minutes. The players never gave up, they always tried, we wanted to press them and be in their face. Nothing really went in our favour and Manchester United showed their quality in two situations.

"This is another game which gives the dressing room a lift. A great performance against Manchester United and we will always be focused on our performances. We are in a very good moment, even if we lost today.

"Next we have West Brom and we will try everything to perform like we have today. The biggest problem for the players is they have shown the performance bar that we like to confirm every single game.

"When the referee made his decision, however the decision will be I don't like it.

"Yes, the decision went in our favour but this VAR for me kills the emotion of the game. This is why I don't like it but I am not the person who makes the decision."

Man Utd's next game is their trip to Sevilla in Wednesday's Champions League Round of 16 first leg clash in Spain, kick-off at 19.45 and you can see it all live on the eir Sport pack on BT Sport 2. The previous night, Chelsea welcome Barcelona to Stamford Bridge and it is also live on BT Sport 2 [kick-off 19.45].

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