Erik ten Hag felt Manchester United “survived” their FA Cup quarter-final against Fulham thanks to David de Gea. Manchester United capitalised on an extraordinary Fulham meltdown to come from behind to win 3-1 on Sunday afternoon and book an FA Cup semi final date with Brighton.
Aleksandar Mitrovic bagged just after half time but Willian was sent off for blocking a goal-bound Jadon Sancho shot with his arm. Manager Marco Silva was dismissed and Mitrovic also saw red for pushing referee Chris Kavanagh, leaving the Cottagers with just nine players.
Erik ten Hag’s side looked lacklustre for much of the game and were punished when Aleksandar Mitrovic scored for the away side in the 50th minute. But with just 20 minutes to go, United were awarded a penalty after Willian hand-balled Jadon Sancho’s shot attempt on the line.
Chaotic scenes unfolded at Old Trafford as Willian, Fulham manager Marco Silva and Mitrovic were all sent off in one fell swoop. Bruno Fernandes converted the penalty and Marcel Sabitzer scored just minutes later to give United the lead, before Fernandes added a third late in stoppage time.
“We created great opportunities and at half time we should have been up because I can’t remember a save from David in the first half,” Ten Hag said. “And in second half, we came [into] difficulties out of the dressing room. “It was tough.
We conceded the goal from the set play and we needed David to survive the game because he had two great saves. And then the key moment it was a great attacking transition and really well done by Antony, really well done by Jadon (Sancho), and it was a clear and obvious penalty.”
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