United come from behind for 10th time in 2022/23
"Personality, resilience, determination."
Those were the words Erik ten Hag opted for after Manchester United defeated Fulham to reach the FA Cup semi-finals – and with good reason.
Sunday's victory was the 10th occasion the Reds have come from behind to earn a result during the Dutchman's debut campaign.
Aleksandar Mitrovic put the visitors ahead just after the half-time break, but two red cards for Fulham, plus quickfire goals from Bruno Fernandes and Marcel Sabitzer, turned the game on its head, underlining the strength of character that Ten Hag was keen to point out in his post-match press conference.
Media attention might be focused on the Cottagers' self-destruction in the second period, but we'd prefer to focus on the United grit and quality that forced that implosion.
Because Erik's Reds have been getting results from all kinds of uncomfortable positions in recent months.
Check out the full list of this season's comebacks so far below – and don't forget to let us know your favourite by voting in our poll...
OMONIA 2 UNITED 3 (Europa League)
With the Reds 1-0 down at half-time in Nicosia, Erik decided to bring on Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw. The former equalised within minutes of the restart, before a further sub, Anthony Martial, put us ahead. Another for Rashford made the game safe late on.
EVERTON 1 UNITED 2 (Premier League)
United fell behind early to Alex Iwobi's goal, but an expert finish from Antony soon brought us level, before Cristiano Ronaldo's penultimate United goal provided the match's decisive moment, just before half-time.
CHELSEA 1 UNITED 1 (Premier League)
There was no win at Stamford Bridge in late October, but Casemiro's injury-time header was arguably one of the most important moments of the season. United did not deserve to be behind to Jorginho's late penalty, and hit back in the dying moments, sparking delirious scenes of defiant joy in the Shed End. This was "personality, resilience and determination" in full flow.
UNITED 4 ASTON VILLA 2 (Carabao Cup)
United were twice behind in this dramatic Carabao Cup tie, but the substitution of Alejandro Garnacho swung the match our favour in the final 30 minutes. After a tenacious Rashford goal had made it 2-2, Garnacho set up Fernandes to put us ahead and then swung a delicious cross onto Scott McTominay's outstretched right boot to make the victory secure in time added on.
UNITED 2 MANCHESTER CITY 1 (Premier League)
The most memorable result of the season so far? The Reds feared the worst when Jack Grealish put Pep Guardiola's Blues ahead on the hour, but a controversial Fernandes equaliser changed the shape of the game, before Garnacho – in another classic cameo – swept a low ball in for Rashford to poke home the winner. After a 6-3 humbling at the Etihad in October, this was the clearest sign yet that Ten Hag's team were cooking something special.
UNITED 2 LEEDS 2 (Premier League)
This was a real off-night for the Reds, who conceded in the first few seconds of each half to find themselves 2-0 down with only 40 minutes or so left. But again, Ten Hag's substitutions paid off: Facundo Pellistri's graft laid the foundations for the Rashford header that made it 2-1, and then Jadon Sancho levelled in the 70th minute. United could have won it late on through Raphael Varane's header, but this was clearly one point gained, given the circumstances.
BARCELONA 2 UNITED 2 (Europa League)
Going behind in the Nou Camp sets up a daunting situation for the very best of sides, but it proved no problem for United's class of 2022/23. Moments after Marcos Alonso had given Barca the lead, Rashford bulldozed his way through the Catalans' defence and arrowed a brutal low drive past Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Not content with that, Rashy then forced our second – an own goal via Jules Kounde – with some brilliant dribbling from a corner on the right. Raphinha equalised for the hosts in the final quarter of the game, but United had proved a point: there was little reason to fear the Spanish league leaders.
UNITED 2 BARCELONA 1 (Europa League)
When the sides reconvened at Old Trafford, Barcelona, again, took the lead, thanks to a Robert Lewandowski penalty. But yet more Ten Hag magic – this time, the introduction of Antony – reshaped the contest. Fred equalised minutes after the break, and then our no.21 funnelled home a superbly controlled volley to seal the tie 4-3 on aggregate.
UNITED 3 WEST HAM 1 (FA Cup)
Said Benrahma gave the Hammers the lead with a controversial opener – after the ball appeared to have gone out of play during the build-up – but an own goal and a stunning Garnacho finish ensured a happy outcome in the final 15 minutes, before Fred added some gloss to the scoreline with his sixth of the season.
UNITED 3 FULHAM 1 (FA Cup)
Our fourth consecutive 3-1 win in the FA Cup looked far from certain when Fulham took the lead early in the second half, following a sustained period of pressure in which David De Gea had to make a series of stunning saves. But a straightforward penalty decision left Fulham down to nine men, and the visitors never recovered, as United sailed through with a brace for Fernandes and a first Reds goal for Sabitzer.