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CUP OF CHEER

THE MANCHESTER rivals will put their focus back on the Premier League race after they came through FA Cup tests with less-than-convincing displays against lower league opposition yesterday.

But United's defensive crisis has deepened as Rafael and Luke Shaw could be sidelined after picking up injuries in the 2-0 win over League One strugglers Yeovil Town.

With Coolock lad Kevin Dawson in the side, Yeovil frustrated United until Ander Herrera broke the deadlock on 64 minutes and Angel di Maria added a second in injury time.

For boss Louis van Gaal, it was all about passing the away test and getting their minds back on the league.

"I am happy we survived this festive period as I have had a small selection because of the injuries. I could not change that but we have regained ground on Chelsea and are in the fourth round of the FA Cup, what more can you ask," he said.

"I also want to win the title. The players do also. The priority is the Premier League. But I have heard from my fantastic assistant (Ryan Giggs) that United for 10 years have not won this FA Cup so maybe we can do that. But it is a long way."

City are also through to the next round but they had to come from behind at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

James Milner scored the key goal in injury time in a 2-1 win.

"I am relieved because we didn't play well," said boss Manuel Pellegrini.

"We played very badly except the last 20 minutes, when we hit another gear to try to create the space against a team that defended very well.

"When you play against this kind of team it is difficult when you are 1-0 down."

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