International Sports Desk, Jan 24 (efe-epa).- Manchester United, led by Marcus Rashford and spurred on by Bruno Fernandes, subdued Liverpool 3-2 at Old Trafford Stadium on Sunday to advance to the fifth round of the Football Association Challenge Cup, otherwise known as the FA Cup, knocking out Jurgen Klopp’s squad from the annual English soccer competition.
The duel did not dissapoint soccer fans with Man U reaffirming in FA Cup competition the dominance it enjoys in the Premier League, where it is currently in the No. 1 spot, six points ahead of Liverpool, despite the efforts of Mohamed Salah, who got Liverpool on the board first in the 18th minute after a great pass from Roberto Firmino.
United did not flinch, however, coming back on a tally from Mason Greenwood (on a fabulous pass from Marcus Rashford) getting the ball by netminder Alisson about the half-hour mark.
Then, after the break it was Rashford himself finding the twine on a pass from Greenwood and sending Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad ahead only to have Salah bring things even again 10 minutes later when Firmino got into the area from the left and sent the ball to the penalty spot, where the Egyptian executed a classic shot that went past Dean Henderson and into the net.
With the score tied up, Manchester United picked up the pace on attack, and the money shot came when Fernandes came off the bench to replace Donny Van de Beek in the 66th minute and fired the gamewinning free kick blast 12 minutes later.
At that point, things seemed to unravel for Liverpool, but the squad tried assiduously for the tying tally, fruitlessly it proved.
Edinson Cavani tried another shot-on-goal for Man U but hit the post.
The Red Devils are now slated to welcome fellow Premier League side West Ham United to Old Trafford in the fifth round of FA Cup play during the week of Feb. 8.