The Red Devils at the end of the madness!


By: Manu Tournoux

Manchester United qualified for the semi-finals of the FA Cup by dominating Liverpool at Old Trafford (4-3, after extra time). A high-intensity encounter full of twists and turns.

This Sunday, late in the afternoon, Manchester United welcomed Liverpool to Old Trafford, for the FA Cup quarter-finals. The Red Devils started the match well, before being rewarded by McTominay’s opener. Garnacho rolled up a right shot, which Kelleher repelled. The Scottish international followed well and finished with his right foot (1-0, 10th).

At the end of the first period, Jürgen Klopp’s men equalized thanks to Mac Allister. Following a delivery from Nunez, the Argentine attacking midfielder controlled the ball, then fired a shot past Onana (1-1, 44th). In stoppage time, the Reds made the break. The Mancunian goalkeeper initially managed to repel a shot from Nunez, but Salah followed perfectly (1-2, 45th+2). Trailing for almost the entirety of the first period, Liverpool returned to the locker room with an advantage on the scoreboard.

Onana in a state of grace

The second half began with the same 22 players as at the start of the match. The intensity did not diminish. Onana was forced to make several spectacular saves, notably to repel attempts from Nunez (47th and 63rd) and Szoboszlai (55th). Shortly before the end of regulation time, Antony allowed the Red Devils to get back on track. After good work from Garnacho, the Brazilian winger scored with a curling shot from the right (2-2, 86th). In the process, Elliott found the post (88th).

The two teams therefore had to play an extension after this draw (2-2), at the end of regulation time. Liverpool regained the advantage after a powerful left-footed shot from Elliott, deflected by Eriksen (2-3, 105th). The Red Devils did not give up and equalized once again, thanks to Rashford (3-3, 112th). While Manchester United and Liverpool were heading into a penalty shootout, Diallo Traoré qualified the locals by scoring with a cross shot from the left in stoppage time in extra time (4-3, 120th+1).

Thanks to this success, Manchester United are the last club to reach the final four of the FA Cup. On Saturday, Coventry and Manchester City had already validated their ticket to the semi-finals, winning respectively against Wolverhampton and Tottenham. This Sunday afternoon, Chelsea dominated Leicester in this competition.

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