United Briefing: Victor proud of United coolness
Victor Lindelof hailed Manchester United’s coolness on a freezing day at Old Trafford that steered the Reds to FA Cup glory against Liverpool.
On a bitter day United were caught cold by an 18th-minute Mohamed Salah strike. Mason Greenwood levelled in the first half, Marcus Rashford put us back in front after the break before Salah equalised. But the never-say-die Reds rallied and Bruno Fernandes scored the winner with just over 10 minutes remaining.
Lindelof knew United wouldn’t collapse when Liverpool went ahead and gained the upper hand in the second half at 2-2. There was no panic, despite the visitors enjoying a spell on top after Salah's second.
“No, we have done it a couple of times and we’ve done it again. We know we can do it,” our Swedish defender told MUTV after the game.
“We have belief and even if we concede a goal we are very calm and we just try to be patient with the ball because we know we are going to get chances to score.
“That is what happened, we conceded a goal but then we kept on going and we won.
“It was a hard game. We were playing against a tough opponent, but it was very nice to win and go through to the next round, so I am very happy.”
United’s comeback charge was led by Mason Greenwood with a 26th minute equaliser to cancel out Salah’s opener. Then the 19-year-old laid on Marcus Rashford’s goal to make it 2-1 with a peach of a pass after 48 minutes.
“I’m very happy for him [Greenwood]. He is a brilliant young player and for him to get a goal and an assist as well is great for him,” said Victor. "Hopefully he can keep building and he can keep improving.”
Of course, Bruno Fernandes came on as a substitute after 66 minutes and won the tie 12 minutes later with a brilliant free-kick.
“When I saw us get a free-kick there, I knew Bruno was going to take it,” said Lindelof. “I hoped for the best and he scored. It was a brilliant goal.”
The Reds now play West Ham United at Old Trafford next month in the fifth round, and Lindelof is pleased with a home draw.
“We always want to play at home. It is nice to be here even though there are no fans. It is our home and it is nice to play here.
“Everyone is missing the fans. I could just imagine the atmosphere here if the fans had been here, but hopefully in the near future they will be back and cheer for us.”
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WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United side overcame Liverpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup in a thrilling encounter. The Reds went out 3-2 winners, as Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes got on the scoresheet to secure progression in the cup. We provided all the essential matchday coverage here on ManUtd.com and our Official App for you to enjoy. For example, Ole provided an update on our no. 10's injury, revealed the secret behind Bruno's winner, while the match-winner himself spoke to MUTV.
It was a super Sunday for United as United Women got back to winning ways in the WSL with a 2-0 triumph over Birmingham City Ladies. Leah Galton and Ella Toone scored the goals for Casey Stoney’s side as we went back to the league's summit.
We'll be reflecting some more on yesterday’s thriller at the Theatre of Dreams and provide more post-match content. We will release the highlights from Sunday’s goal fest, along with a quiz and Tunnel Insider, so keep your eyes peeled!
We also have a very special UTD Podcast coming your way with none other than club captain Harry Maguire. Our skipper has been on the podcast before, speaking with Bryan Robson about being United captain. This time around, our no.5 is the only guest in an episode you simply don’t want to miss. It will be available on the streaming platform of your choice from 17:00 GMT.