Manchester United reached the semi-finals of the English FA Cup, following a come-from-behind 3-1 win over London outfit Fulham in their quarter-final fixture at Old Trafford.
The opening period ended goalless but that only served as an appetizer for what followed in the second half. Aleksandr Mitrovic fired home from close range after United failed to deal with a Fulham corner.
Then came the turning moment! Jadon Sancho rounded goalkeeper Bernd Leno but Willian stopped his goal-bound effort, which caused the referee to award a penalty and a red card to the Brazilian.
Fulham boss Marco Silva was furious about the penalty awarded to United and threw his water bottle in frustration. It hit the linesman who decided to have a sip of it. Then Mitrovic was dismissed for challenging and nudging the referee in the melee.
January winter signing Marcel Sabitzer and Bruno Fernandes both struck later on as the Red Devils capitalized and Erik ten Hag’s side booked their place in the last-four of the competition, where they will face Brighton and Hove Albion.
🔴 Live Blog:
FULL-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 3-1 Fulham
GOOOAAALLL: Manchester United 3-1 Fulham (B. Fernandes)
90+7′ MIN: Bruno Fernandes seals the win in injury time.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 2-1 Fulham (M. Sabitzer)
77′ MIN: Marcel Sabitzer nets his first goal for the Red Devils as Manchester United lead for the first time in the game.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 1-1 Fulham (B. Fernandes)
75′ MIN: Bruno Fernandes levels from the spot, sending the Fulham keeper the wrong way.
PENALTY!!! For Manchester United
RED CARD!!! To Marco Silva (Fulham)
RED CARD!!! To Willian (Fulham)
RED CARD!!! To Aleksandr Mitrovic (Fulham)
72′ MIN: Incredible drama here at Old Trafford as Willian, Mitrovic and manager Marco Silva are all sent off! Silva was furious about the penalty awarded to United and throws his water bottle in frustration. It hits the linesman and the linesman decides to have a sip of it. Willian receives his marching orders for handling Sancho’s goal-bound effort on the line, while Mitrovic is dismissed for nudging the referee. Drama! Chaos!!
GOOOAAALLL!!! Manchester United 0-1 Fulham (A. Mitrovic)
50′ MIN: United fail to deal with a corner into the box, and Aleksandar Mitrovic scores his first FA Cup goal with a finish at the far post!
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Fulham
HALF-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Fulham
KICK-OFF: Manchester United 0-0 Fulham