The word used to describe this game is thrilling! Both teams knew that a spot in the 5th round of the FA Cup was up for grabs, and a win would be crucial. While Liverpool controlled more of the ball possession, United’s counter-attacks are what brought them down. It was clear that the cup tie was filled with emotion, rivalry, and perseverance for any fan of the teams. But what exactly lead to the result at Old Trafford?
Positives For Both Squads
It was Liverpool who draws first blood in the contest, having Mohamed Salah score the opener in the 18th minute off a great feed from Roberto Firmino. They were on a roll and came into the game as favorites. However, that didn’t stop Manchester United from battling back. Mason Greenwood had made a beautiful run on the right side of the pitch to score a cornered strike passed from Marcus Rashford. The game had become level with great chances coming for the clubs up until halftime. This gave the opportunity to generate better mental strength going into the second half.
Once the whistle blew, it was all United, playing great defense and getting into the final third. Three minutes into the second half, and what do you know? It’s Greenwood setting up Rashford to re-create their goal scored earlier, this time coming from the left side of the field. Liverpool kept pushing, and once again, Salah scored the equalizer in between Dean Henderson‘s legs. It was now anyone’s game and felt like a golden goal period of play.
Finally, after Ole Gunnar Solskjær had substituted on Bruno Fernandes, Liverpool had collapsed. A foul by Fabinho at the top of the penalty box in the 78th minute was exactly what was needed for the Red Devils. Fernandes had come to the clutch moments to score the game-winning goal! The game ended in a 3-2 win for United, who have now advanced to live longer in the FA Cup, England’s most prized cup competition.
What To Expect From United?
After today’s win, it is evident that the Red Devils deserved the win and will continue to battle for glory. They are scheduled to play West Ham at home come the week of February 8th in the round of 16. Although West Ham isn’t as great as United, the team shouldn’t underestimate them. As the fans say, “Ole’s at the wheel!” and the United manager proved how great his team played today!