Alexis Sanchez played a hand in two goals as his Manchester United debut ended in a comfortable 4-0 FA Cup fourth-round victory at League Two strugglers Yeovil Town.
Chile forward Sanchez, who joined United from Arsenal in a swap deal for Armenia’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan on Monday, started wide on the left at a packed Huish Park.
The 29-year-old was frequently involved for United and his passes found Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera for their goals either side of half-time, before he was substituted on 72 minutes.
The Somerset side had started brightly as Jordan Green’s early effort was saved by Sergio Romero – who came in as one of 10 United changes – but the lowest-ranked side left in this season’s FA Cup rarely looked likely to produce one of the competitions greatest ever shocks.
Jesse Lingard slotted in a third before Romelu Lukaku volleyed a fourth in stoppage time for the visitors, for whom victory came on manager Jose Mourinho’s 55th birthday and in his 100th match in charge of the Premier League side.
The Portuguese – who signed a new contract to 2020 with the Old Trafford club on Thursday – has now won 62 of his first 100 games.
Former Barcelona forward Sanchez, who scored 80 goals in all competitions for Arsenal in a three-and-a-half-year spell, became the first Chilean to play in a competitive first-team match for United.
Starting out wide, he gave the ball away repeatedly in the first half but was nevertheless lively and showed plenty of confident touches, cutting inside regularly.
He was on the receiving end of a very heavy tackle from Yeovil left-back Nathan Smith, before his curling effort from the resulting free-kick was held by Glovers keeper Artur Krysiak.
His simple pass found Rashford for United’s opener, as the young England striker dribbled through the Yeovil box and lost the ball briefly before slotting home after the Glovers failed to clear their lines.
After the break, Sanchez was involved again, sliding a ball to Herrera to slot home the second and mark his 150th appearance for the club in style.
For Yeovil, who knocked out League One Bradford City in the third round, the defeat came with the positive of £144,000 of television broadcast revenue, as they played in the fourth round for only the third time since 1949.