Man United rally past 9-man Fulham in FA CupTheSportsWig Admin
Aleksandar Mitrovic opened the scoring and put Fulham in the ascendancy, but a capitulation on 70 minutes saw the goalscorer sent off, alongside Willian as Bruno Fernandes scored the resulting penalty with Marcel Sabitzer giving United the lead two minutes later. Fernandes made sure of victory with another goal deep in stoppage-time.
There was little to separate the two sides in the first half in an eventful opening period which lacked quality.
The Serbia striker came close to doubling Fulham’s lead 15 minutes later as his looping header was brilliantly kept out by De Gea.
The game, which seemed to be heading in Fulham’s favour, plunged into chaos and turned on its head 20 minutes from time after a VAR check awarded the hosts a penalty for a handball by Willian.
Antony played in Jadon Sancho, who rounded Bernd Leno before firing into the recovering Willian. The former Chelsea winger was adjudged to have handled the ball on the goalline and was sent off for the infringement.
An incensed Mitrovic was then also given his marching orders for confronting referee Chris Kavanagh as Fulham, still holding the 1-0 lead, lost all control they held in the match.
Marco Silva was also shown red by referee Kavanagh as Fulham were sent crashing out of the cup with their third successive defeat.
Fernandes remained calm to dispatch the penalty five minutes after Willian handled Sancho’s shot.
And Erik ten Hag’s side made their numerical advantage count on 76 minutes, as they took the lead against their nine-man opposition through Sabitzer.
Luke Shaw was released down the left by Sancho, his low ball was inventively turned in by the Austria midfielder with the back of his heel to complete the turnaround and set United on their second trip to Wembley.
Fernandes furthered United’s cushion with his second goal six minutes into stoppage-time.