Manchester United produced a stirring second-half comeback to secure their spot in the FA Cup semifinals, defeating Fulham 3-1 at Old Trafford. However, it was a dramatic few minutes in the second half that would dominate the post-match discussion.
After a goalless first half, Fulham struck first, with Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring his first-ever FA Cup goal to put the visitors ahead. However, the game turned in the 70th minute when the referee showed Fulham boss Marco Silva a straight red card for arguing with the officials over a penalty awarded to United. Moments later, Willian was also given his marching orders. The chaos continued when Mitrovic was also shown a red card for making contact with the referee.
With Fulham down to nine men, United seized the opportunity to turn the game around. Bruno Fernandes stepped up to convert the penalty, drawing the home side level. Just two minutes later, Luke Shaw’s pass found Marcel Sabitzer, who flicked it in from close range to give United the lead. Fernandes then added his second of the night in the dying moments of the game to put the result beyond doubt.
The semifinal draw has now been made, and Manchester United will face Brighton, while Manchester City will take on Championship side Sheffield United.