Bruno Fernandes nets stunning free-kick as Manchester United fight back from behind to defeat Liverpool in five-goal FA Cup thriller January 25, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer
Bruno Fernandes came off the bench to hit a stunning free-kick and seal Manchester United a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Liverpool.
In what was a pulsating clash from start to finish, the Red Devils’ talisman was brought on with 25 minutes remaining and snatched a dramatic win for the hosts in what will go down as an all-time fourth round classic.
The clash got off to an intense, end-to-end start, with Liverpool finding the breakthrough in the 18th minute when Roberto Firmino threaded a pass between Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof to Mohamed Salah, who was played onside by the latter and coolly lifted the ball over Dean Henderson.
The hosts made it 1-1 in the 26th minute when Paul Pogba broke up a Liverpool attack and Donny Van de Beek sent a quick pass as the hosts raced forwards, with Marcus Rashford darting down the left before cutting back and sending a fine a diagonal ball over to Greenwood on the right before the teenager fired a low right-footed strike past Alisson.
United continued in the ascendancy after the break and took a 48th-minute lead.
Rhys Williams failed to clear Greenwood’s first time ball, which allowed Rashford to race through and coolly turn past Alisson.
Liverpool reacted well to falling behind and James Milner was left holding his head in his hands after scooping over from close range.
But the veteran midfielder soon helped the Reds level as they capitalised on uncharacteristically sloppy Edinson Cavani play, with Milner leaving Roberto Firmino’s cross for Salah to sweep home his second.
Fabinho gave United a chance with the clock winding down after fouling Cavani on the edge of the box and Fernandes, who had been brought on the 66th minute, duly buried it to seal the victory for the hosts.