Who was our Man of the Match against Forest?

Wednesday 28 February 2024 22:44

Manchester United secured a place in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals thanks to a dramatic late winning goal from Casemiro at The City Ground.

The Brazilian midfielder provided the vital finish in the penultimate minute of the 90, nodding home from a Bruno Fernandes free-kick to seal a 1-0 victory for Erik ten Hag's side.

It had been a night that required plenty of graft and determination until that point, with United resilient in the face of the challenge Forest posed while forging several chances to take the lead earlier in the contest.

Casemiro will undoubtedly grab the headlines for his game-changing contribution, but key to the victory were important and resolute displays from Reds all over the pitch - including those who came into the starting XI following disappointment against Fulham at the weekend.

Andre Onana also made a string of vital saves to keep Nuno Espirito Santo's side at bay, but which of our Reds was the man to top the voting among fans in our poll? Read on to find out...

Who was our Man of the Match against Nottingham Forest?poll

Who was our Man of the Match against Nottingham Forest?

Such was the importance of his vital late contribution, it was perhaps no surprise to see Casemiro emerge as the landslide winner of our fans' poll in the United App and on ManUtd.com.

The Brazilian earned 51 per cent of the vote, with the brilliant late header - his fifth goal of the season - fresh in the mind of supporters at the full-time whistle.

But our no.18 had provided an important platform at the base of the Reds midfield throughout the contest, too - making some important challenges as he anchored Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes in the engine room.

The experienced midfielder's performance is made all the more impressive by his enforced departure to injury just a few days ago when Fulham played visitor at Old Trafford.

Next in line for fan acclaim following victory at The City Ground was Onana, who put in a fine display between the sticks, taking 21 per cent of the vote.

The Cameroon international had to be guarded all evening, making five saves to keep the home side at bay, and that doesn't include arguably his most eye-catching stop of the night - a terrific acrobatic dive to keep out Morgan Gibbs-White late, just before the offside flag was raised.

Coming in third in the voting was Bruno Fernandes, who overcame doubts over his fitness to play his part in this crucial triumph.

Of course, Bruno provided the cross for Casemiro's dramatic winner, and was his usual tenacious self, while providing a creative spark from the middle of the field - resulting in nine per cent of fans selecting him as their Man of the Match.

Ten Hag: The fans and the team fight together Video

Ten Hag: The fans and the team fight together

Erik ten Hag praises the unity between our supporters and players after the late win at Nottingham Forest...

Ultimately, Casemiro was a runaway winner in the voting - and deservedly so, for the thousands of Reds showing their backing at The City Ground will treasure his decisive goal in this contest.

It's the second time Casemiro has earned fans' acclaim with a Man of the Match award this season, having also been recognised as the standout performer during our Carabao Cup win over Crystal Palace, at Old Trafford, back in September.

Congratulations, Case!