Manchester United eliminated eternal rivals Liverpool from the fourth round of the England Football Cup and increased their ordeal by beating them 3-2 in an exciting match at Old Trafford on Sunday, after Portuguese substitute Borno Fernandes scored the decisive goal.
Egyptian Mohamed Salah scored the guests’ goals (18 and 58), while Mason Greenwood (26), Marcus Rashford (48) and Fernandes (78) scored the homeowners ’goals.
This is the first victory for the Norwegian coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Liverpool in all competitions since he took over the duties of United in December 2018.
United started the match strongly, threatening in two waves through Greenwood, first with a shot from the right side inside the area from a narrow angle, which was confronted by Brazilian goalkeeper Alison Baker with his foot (10) before the England international ball passed beside the post (13).
Salah scored his first goal at Old Trafford in his career when a beautiful ball from Brazilian Roberto Firmino reached the outskirts of the region before he penetrated and dropped a beautiful “lob” over goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who plays the Cup matches instead of Spanish first goalkeeper David De Gea (18) .
The Red Devils succeeded in equalizing the score when Rashford lifted a wonderful long ball from the midfield line on the left side behind the defenders and reached Greenwood to the outskirts of the area, tamping it with his chest before he shot on the right of Ellison (26).
United, holders of the title 12 times, the last of which was in 2016, continued their pressure and started with a rebound, and the ball reached Rashford and from there to Luke Shaw, who shot it in the hands of Ellison (28).
United managed to advance in the score early in the second half when Greenwood responded to Rashford with a pass from behind the midfield line behind the defenders towards the left side, before the latter penetrated into the area and hit a creeping ball to the left of Ellison (48).
However, Liverpool, which was hoping to win the competition for the first time since 2006, did not delay in equalizing the score when its players lost the ball after a wrong pass from Uruguayan Edinson Cavani to reach Firmino and from there to Salah from close range, followed in the net (58).
The guests preferred after that and the Egyptian international almost snatched a hat-trick had Henderson not tackled a dangerous ball from close range (67).
Solskjaer pushed Fernandes instead of Van de Beek in the 66th minute and succeeded in achieving the winning goal from a free kick on the outskirts of the region to the left of Alison, after a mistake that Cavani got after a ban from Brazilian Fabinho (78).
“Before the free kick, Edinson Cavani told me, ‘Try the hard kick alongside the goalkeeper,’ I tried it and it worked,” Bruno said.
Cavani, who arrived from Paris Saint-Germain at the beginning of the season, almost scored a reassuring goal, had it not been for Ellison’s Knapp for his header after a cross from Fernandes (89).
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