Manchester United 3-1 Fulham: Bruno Fernandes double seals comeback against nine-man Cottagers – NewsEverything England

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Manchester United 3-1 Fulham: Bruno Fernandes double seals comeback against nine-man Cottagers – NewsEverything England
Manchester United 3-1 Fulham: Bruno Fernandes double seals comeback against nine-man Cottagers – NewsEverything England

Aleksandar Mitrovic and referee
Aleksandar Mitrovic scored his first FA Cup goal for Fulham before being sent off

Manchester United came from a goal down to beat nine-man Fulham and reach the FA Cup semi-finals with a controversial victory at Old Trafford.

Marco Silva’s side looked on course for only their second last-four appearance since they lost to West Ham in the 1975 final when their world collapsed around a handball incident 15 minutes from time.

Jadon Sancho seemed to be shooting an equaliser into an empty net, only for Willian to charge across and clear.

Referee Chris Kavanagh initially gave a corner, but VAR advised the official to check the pitchside monitor, with Willian protesting and manager Marco Silva furious.

Silva was red carded before Kavanagh could even reach a decision. Once he did, Willian was dismissed as well. Then Aleksander Mitrovic, who had put Fulham in front, grabbed the referee as he angrily remonstrated and became the third visitor to be sent off.

Once order was restored, Bruno Fernandes tucked home the penalty.

In the space of two minutes, Fulham had lost two men, their manager and the lead.

Two minutes later, Marcel Sabitzer turned home Luke Shaw’s cross to make it 2-1 to United before Fernandes added an injury-time third to knock Fulham out of the FA Cup.

United will now play Brighton in the semi-final at Wembley.

The sight of Silva pacing up and down the tunnel in a state of fury did not suggest it is a defeat he will take well.

Fulham impress – until mayhem breaks out

The carnage of the handball incident completely changed the direction of a game that Fulham had dominated.

Not since the days of Alan Mullery and Bobby Moore have they enjoyed the experience of an FA Cup final, and they appeared so close.

Had it not been for David de Gea, they would have been out of sight.

After Mitrovic had pounced at the far post to convert Issa Diop’s flick on, the United keeper performed heroics to keep the score down.

At full stretch, De Gea turned away a curling Willian shot that was heading for the far corner, then denied Mitrovic with another superb stop before the Serbian headed a half-decent opportunity over.

With former United player Andreas Pereira excelling on his Old Trafford return and Tim Ream leading a robust defence, the hosts appeared to be running out of ideas.

Instead, Antony led a counter-attack and squared to Sancho, who skipped past Bernd Leno, turned inside Harrison Read and steadied himself before shooting – with Willian getting in the way on the goalline.

After that, it was mayhem.

More to follow.

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Manchester United

  1. Squad number17Player nameFred
  2. Squad number21Player nameAntony


  1. Squad number17Player nameLeno

  2. Squad number2Player nameTete

  3. Squad number31Player nameDiop

  4. Squad number13Player nameReam

  5. Squad number33Player nameRobinson

  6. Squad number6Player nameReed

  7. Squad number26Player nameJoão Palhinha

  8. Squad number14Player nameDe Cordova-Reid

  9. Squad number18Player nameAndreas Pereira

  10. Squad number20Player nameWillian

  11. Squad number9Player nameMitrovic

  1. Squad number10Player nameCairney

  2. Squad number11Player nameSolomon

  3. Squad number12Player nameCédric Soares

  4. Squad number21Player nameJames


Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1de Gea
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 5MaguireBooked at 21mins
  • 6Li Martínez
  • 23Shaw
  • 39McTominaySubstituted forAntonyat 58′minutes
  • 15Sabitzer
  • 25Sancho
  • 8Bruno Fernandes
  • 10RashfordSubstituted forFredat 83′minutes
  • 27Weghorst


  • 2Lindelöf
  • 12Malacia
  • 17Fred
  • 20Dalot
  • 21Antony
  • 28Pellistri
  • 31Butland
  • 36Elanga
  • 73Mainoo


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 17Leno
  • 2TeteSubstituted forCédric Soaresat 89′minutes
  • 31Diop
  • 13Ream
  • 33RobinsonBooked at 67mins
  • 6ReedSubstituted forJamesat 89′minutes
  • 26João Palhinha
  • 14De Cordova-ReidSubstituted forSolomonat 89′minutes
  • 18PereiraBooked at 18minsSubstituted forCairneyat 90′minutes
  • 20WillianBooked at 72mins
  • 9MitrovicBooked at 72mins


  • 1Rodák
  • 4Tosin
  • 8Wilson
  • 10Cairney
  • 11Solomon
  • 12Cédric Soares
  • 21James
  • 28Lukic
  • 30Alves Morais

Chris Kavanagh


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