Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool: Bruno Fernandes settles FA Cup thriller

Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool: Bruno Fernandes settles FA Cup thriller

Bruno Fernandes’ excellent 78th-minute free-kick gave Manchester United victory in an exhilarating FA Cup tie with previous rivals Liverpool at Previous Trafford.

Liverpool led a incredible contest by means of Mohamed Salah, who then equalised after Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford had struck for the hosts both facet of the break.

However in a recreation which had every thing final week’s drab stalemate between this pair at Anfield lacked, Fernandes got here off the bench to have the ultimate phrase after Fabinho had fouled Edinson Cavani on the sting of the realm.

Fernandes might need been barely off the tempo in current video games however when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted his £47m inspiration to give you one other particular second, the Portuguese delivered, bending his shot around the wall and past Allison’s attain.

The victory earns United a house assembly with an in-form West Ham facet managed by former boss David Moyes within the fifth spherical.

However the seek for type goes on for Liverpool, whose solely win in seven video games since that seven-goal hammering of Crystal Palace got here towards Aston Villa’s youngsters within the final spherical, and who’ve a gathering with Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham looming on Thursday.

Fernandes the matchwinner, Rashford shines

It was not fairly the ending Solskjaer served up when he gained a earlier fourth-round assembly between these sides however, as in 1999, they needed to come from behind.

And whereas Fernandes utilized the devastating end, that objective shouldn’t be allowed to overshadow Rashford’s contribution to United’s victory.

A lot has been mentioned in regards to the England ahead as a social crusader it’s generally straightforward to overlook he additionally must be judged as a footballer.

At solely 23, he’s nonetheless a great distance off his prime however he’s creating into an impressive ahead, with imaginative and prescient to match his pace and ending potential.

The go that created Greenwood’s equaliser was excellent. Taking possession simply inside his personal half, Rashford delivered a 60-yard go with such accuracy all Greenwood wanted to do was take one contact to regulate along with his chest earlier than drilling low into the far nook.

Rashford’s uncooked tempo put Liverpool’s defence underneath fixed stress and the fragile contact that took him previous Rhys Williams by the touchline in a transfer that ended with Paul Pogba curling broad was sensational.

After which there was his objective, which wanted a perfectly-timed run to transcend the Liverpool defence and attain Greenwood’s by means of ball, after which a cool head to use the end.

At that time, it appeared United had the sport underneath management. It didn’t fairly work out that manner and as soon as once more, Fernandes, who has gained 4 Premier League participant of the month awards out of the seven he has been eligible for since leaving Sporting Lisbon lower than 12 months in the past, underlined his credentials as English soccer’s most influential participant at current.

Salah provides Liverpool hope of revival

Salah’s effort was the primary time Liverpool had been forward at Previous Trafford since January 2017, since when Liverpool have gained each the Champions League and Premier League, a transparent indication that no matter points Jurgen Klopp is wrestling with in the intervening time, they don’t seem to be insurmountable.

The end for the striker’s 18th objective of the season didn’t trace at a insecurity as he raced on to Roberto Firmino’s exact by means of ball, having escaped the attentions of Victor Lindelof, and lifted his shot past the attain of Dean Henderson.

Evidently, what Klopp wants is to discover a answer in defence. Williams was shaky and at fault for Rashford’s objective, whereas Fabinho was uncovered by United on this recreation and Cavani exploited the Brazilian’s defensive inexperience to earn the free-kick that gained the sport.

Even so, after Salah equalised from shut vary after United had misplaced possession to James Milner and by no means recovered their place after working their manner up-field from a brief goal-kick, the guests did have possibilities to win it themselves.

However Dean Henderson saved from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Salah earlier than Fernandes struck – so Liverpool’s await a primary FA Cup win since 1921 at Previous Trafford, and Jurgen Klopp’s for a primary win at United full cease, goes on.

What’s subsequent?

Manchester United are subsequent in motion towards Sheffield United within the Premier League at Previous Trafford on Wednesday, 27 January (20:15GMT). Liverpool play at Tottenham on Thursday, 28 January (20:00GMT).

Liverpool’s sad searching floor – the stats

  • Manchester United have eradicated Liverpool from the FA Cup correct for the tenth time; within the competitors’s historical past, solely Liverpool themselves (12 v Everton) have knocked a specific facet out extra occasions (together with finals).
  • Liverpool have gained simply certainly one of their previous 15 matches at Previous Trafford in all competitions (D4 L10), and are winless of their final eight on the floor (D4 L4).
  • Manchester United have gained every of their previous eight residence video games within the FA Cup; solely from 1908 to 1912 have that they had a greater successful run on residence soil within the competitors (9 video games).
  • Liverpool are the primary reigning Premier League champion to be eradicated from the FA Cup as early because the fourth spherical since Manchester Metropolis in 2014-15.
  • Liverpool have misplaced back-to-back video games in all competitions for the primary time since March 2020.
  • Roberto Firmino has assisted Mohamed Salah for 18 objectives in all competitions for Liverpool, probably the most any participant has arrange one other for the Reds underneath Jurgen Klopp. Since they first performed collectively in 2017-18, that is probably the most one participant has assisted one other for all Premier League sides in all competitions.
  • Mason Greenwood scored his first objective for Man Utd in 11 appearances in all competitions, ending his longest run of video games and not using a objective for the membership. Aged 19 years and 115 days, he was the youngest Man Utd participant to attain towards Liverpool since Wayne Rooney in January 2005 within the Premier League (19y 83d).
  • Marcus Rashford has scored extra objectives at Previous Trafford towards Liverpool than he has towards every other opponent on residence soil for Manchester United (4).
  • Since his Man Utd debut in February 2020, Bruno Fernandes has scored extra objectives than every other participant for Premier League golf equipment (28).
  • No participant has scored extra objectives for Premier League golf equipment in all competitions this season than Salah for Liverpool (19, stage with Harry Kane).

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Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Henderson
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 2LindelöfBooked at 89mins
  • 5Maguire
  • 23Shaw
  • 39McTominay
  • 6PogbaBooked at 90mins
  • 11GreenwoodSubstituted forFredat 66′minutes
  • 34van de BeekSubstituted forBruno Fernandesat 66′minutes
  • 10RashfordSubstituted forMartialat 86′minutes
  • 7Cavani


  • 1de Gea
  • 8Mata
  • 9Martial
  • 17Fred
  • 18Bruno Fernandes
  • 21James
  • 27Telles
  • 31Matic
  • 38Tuanzebe


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 46R Williams
  • 3FabinhoBooked at 42mins
  • 26Robertson
  • 5WijnaldumSubstituted forManéat 62′minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 6Thiago AlcántaraSubstituted forShaqiriat 81′minutes
  • 7Milner
  • 11Salah
  • 9FirminoSubstituted forOrigiat 81′minutes
  • 17Jones


  • 10Mané
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 18Minamino
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 23Shaqiri
  • 27Origi
  • 47Phillips
  • 62Kelleher
  • 76N Williams

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