Man Utd into FA Cup semi-finals as nine-player Fulham implode

Manchester United are into the semi-finals of the FA Cup with a 3-1 win as Fulham imploded following three quickfire red cards on a dramatic day at Old Trafford.

Marco Silva’s side had appeared to be in control of the quarter-final following Aleksandar Mitrovic’s goal early in the second half but Willian’s handball sparked an astonishing turnaround that saw coach Silva and Mitrovic red carded as well as the Brazilian.

Bruno Fernandes levelled the tie from the penalty spot and Marcel Sabitzer’s clever finish from close range completed the reversal of fortunes to leave Fulham’s remaining nine men bereft. Fernandes added late gloss to the scoreline with an emphatic finish and it is Erik ten Hag’s team that will face Brighton at Wembley next month.

United countered at pace and with Jadon Sancho having rounded Bernd Leno, Willian opted to block the ball near the line with his hand. It was spotted following a VAR review and if there was sympathy for the player there was none for the actions of his team-mate.

Mitrovic aggressively shoved referee Chris Kavanagh and left the official with no option but to send him from the field. Ten players would have been tough. Nine made it impossible and when Fernandes converted his spot-kick the momentum was unstoppable.

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