A late Bruno Fernandes free-kick off the bench was the winner in a dramatic victory for Manchester United against historic rivals Liverpool. The Reds’ first two goals came from Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.

United progress into the FA Cup Fifth Round where they will play West Ham United at home.

It’s a fantastic win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team, beating Liverpool in the Cup exactly 22 years after the former-player, turned-manager scored a late winner on the same ground.

 

Luke Shaw

This is a left-back playing with his own brain, not Jose Mourinho’s. Luke Shaw is in the best form of his career. Against the team who have benefitted most from full-backs of serious quality, Shaw reminded United fans how much such a player can add to the team.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 24: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates after scoring their sides second goal with team mate Donny van de Beek during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on January 24, 2021 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
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Marcus Rashford

Rashford capitalised fully on the natural advantages he held over Rhys Williams in terms of pace and power but also experienced. A goalscorer in the second half, it was playmaking where Rashford excelled. His passing is a vastly underrated quality of his.

The dug-out ball, pinged across 50 yards, was inch-perfect for Mason Greenwood. The subsequent finish was typically excellent but the goal was all about the individual quality from Rashford. In big games where he delivers to this extent, a timely reminder that Rashford is only 23 years old.

Bruno Fernandes

There were outstanding displays from McTominay, Wan-Bissaka and others. But Fernandes’ contribution cannot be ignored. In this season alone, he has now scored goals against Spurs, RB Leipzig, Paris Saint-Germain, Leicester City and Liverpool. It’s the 26 goal he’s been directly involved with this season too.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 24: Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United celebrates after scoring their sides third goal from a free kick during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on January 24, 2021 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
(Photo by Michael Regan – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

United showed they can play with quality without Fernandes. Donny van de Beek offered an efficient style of play that made United counter with such quality in the first half. Fernandes offered something else off the bench; world-class quality.

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