Watch: Fulham shown three red cards in 40 seconds vs Man Utd in FA Cup quarter-final
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Manchester United will be back at Wembley next month after securing their place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup in bizarre circumstances.
The Red Devils beat Fulham 3-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday, but it was an underwhelming display from Erik ten Hag’s men who were second best for long periods of the game. Fulham had been leading 1-0 with 20 minutes remaining in the quarter-final tie, with Aleksandar Mitrovic netting from a second-half corner.
But a United counter-attack saw Jadon Sancho break through and find himself clean through on goal, with Willian rushing back to block the shot on the line. However, the former Chelsea man used his arm to keep the ball out, meaning the incident was correctly checked by VAR.
From there, the madness began from the away side, who somehow felt Willian’s block was legal. Indeed, as Chris Kavanagh made his way over to the pitchside monitor, the referee showed an aggrieved Marco Silva a red card. The Fulham boss had complained regularly during the game and twice felt his side should have been awarded a penalty early on.
But his frustrations boiled over as Kavanagh headed towards the monitor, with Silva seeming to accidentally hit the referee’s assistant with a water bottle he threw to the ground in frustration. Whether it was for the bottle or the complaints, the Portuguese manager was shown a red card.
Seconds later, the referee brandished the same card in Willian’s direction, which was met with an aggressive response by Mitrovic. The Serbian striker pushed and barged into Kavanagh, who also showed Mitrovic a fully deserved red. The 28-year-old then had to be restrained by team-mates, before he, Silva and Willian all headed down the tunnel.
After the madness calmed down, Bruno Fernandes converted the penalty, and within two minutes Marcel Sabitzer had flicked the ball into the back of the net to give United the lead. Fernandes added a third in injury-time after United dominated the ball against nine men.
But the game changed around the Willian incident in the 70th minute, which was the decisive factor and, in the above tweet, you can watch the incredible scenes at Old Trafford.