Talking Points: United 3 Liverpool 2
Manchester United eliminated Liverpool from the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday evening in a match which will go down as a real classic.
The Reds ran out deserved 3-2 winners at Old Trafford as Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and substitute Bruno Fernandes made sure Mohamed Salah’s double counted for nothing.
There was certainly plenty to discuss after a brilliant and eventful 90 minutes…
Mason Greenwood’s dynamite in front of goal, and the youngster showed us exactly why midway through the first half. The 19-year-old controlled an excellent ball from Rashford before slotting home with a deadly right-foot finish into the far corner, leaving Allison with no chance. The Academy product became the youngest United player (19 years and 115 days) to score against Liverpool since Wayne Rooney in 2005 (19 years and 83 days). The strike was his seventh goal involvement of the season, and his first since his half-volleyed strike against West Ham in December.
HARD TO BELIEVE IT’S NOT SCHOLES…
It’s actually Rashford! Our no.10 produced a Paul Scholes-esque cross-field pass to put Greenwood through on goal for our excellent equaliser. The assist was the his 10th of the campaign, and he is now only two assists away from his best-ever tally for a single campaign.
RETURNING THE FAVOUR
Shortly after the interval, it was Mason sending Marcus through on goal with a precise through-ball. One-on-one with Allison, Rashford made no mistake and sent United ahead with his 15th strike of the campaign.
BRUNO COPYING OLE
Like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 1999, Bruno Fernandes came off the bench to send United through against Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round. With Donny van de Beek starting in the no.10 role, Bruno got a rare rest from the off. This was only the third time this season he has started as a sub for the Reds. However, when the Portuguese magnifico eventually came on, it did not take long for the midfielder to make another crucial impact. A free-kick from just outside the box was smashed into the far corner to send us 3-2 ahead with just over ten minutes to go and it turned out to be the winner - Bruno's 26th goal contribution in 29 appearances this term.
Up for the Cup! Gallery
Take a look at the latest pics from our Emirates FA Cup fourth-round tie against Liverpool.
STARTS FOR DONNY AND DEANDonny van de Beek and Dean Henderson were rewarded for their hard work in training after being named in the starting line-up. Indeed both were part of the XI who began the last round victory over Watford at Old Trafford. Our no.34 once again showcased his football intelligence and movement under the floodlights and he was unlucky not to provide an assist when he burst into the box in the first half. He went down under a challenge but referee Mike Pawson waved play on. Henderson, meanwhile, playing his 10th United game, pulled off solid saves from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah as the visitors threatened after their equaliser.
The victory against Liverpool was the 10th time we have knocked the Merseysiders out of the FA Cup, more than any other opposition. The two sides have met a record 18 times in the competition, with Liverpool only winning four of those encounters.
FIFTH ROUND AWAITS
United will now face West Ham at Old Trafford in the fifth round of the Cup, which will take place during the week commencing 8 February; the exact date and kick-off time will be announced in due course.