Manchester United defeated their arch-rivals, Liverpool, 3-2 in the FA cup clash to progress to the 5th round. Mo Salah net the opening goal but Mason Greenwood brought the scoreline to parity with the aid of Marcus Rashford’s sublime assist.
Just after the half-time, Marcus Rashford took advantage of Rhys Williams’ miss-kick and slotted the ball past Alisson into the back of the net. After 10 more minutes, Salah scored his second goal of the evening to set up the tie for an exciting finish.
Bruno Fernandes came off the bench for Donny Van De Beek to score the deciding goal of the match. Man United got a free-kick just outside the penalty box. Fred, Bruno Fernandes, and Marcus Rashford lined up to take the free-kick but it was the Portuguese international who finally took the shot.
As the free-kick was at the edge of the box, it would have been very difficult for any player to lift the ball and make it dip just below the crossbar. Thus, Bruno decided to shoot it to the goalkeeper’s side.
Due to Harry Maguire’s presence near the wall, Alisson failed to have a clear view of the ball. His positioning also didn’t give him enough time to reach Bruno’s powerful strike.
Knocking your fiercest rival out of the cup with the aid of an amazing free-kick would have delighted the home fans if they were present inside the stadium. Possibly, that was the only thing missing from this exciting football game.
Watch Bruno goal vs Liverpool:
“Solskjaer has to kick me out of training!” – Bruno Fernandes
In the post-match interview, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated that he has to forcefully send Bruno out of the training a day before the game. When this was asked to the Portuguese midfielder, he accepted that he likes to stay back and work on his set-piece skills.
“Almost every day [I practice free-kicks], sometimes he [Solskjaer] has to kick me out of training to stop. I’m always working on that kind of situation, I like to watch and learn from Juan [Mata]. He’s a really good specialist and I and Juan stay out a lot, also Rashy, Alex [Telles], Fred, although I think it’s just for fun with Fred,” said Bruno Fernandes to MUTV.
There is no doubt that Juan Mata has scored some amazing free-kick goals during his career. Who can forget his 86th-minute winner against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League? Watch it here.
Marcus Rashford is known for Cristiano Ronaldo-style free-kicks. His run-up is similar to the former Manchester United player. He runs in like Ronaldo and loves to fire a strike from distance.
You would still remember his stunning 30-yard free-kick goal against Chelsea in 2019. Whenever there’s a free-kick from a long distance, Rashford is given the opportunity to strike it with venom.
It is great to see that Juan Mata is staying back after the training sessions and helping out youngsters. He is one of the senior-most members in the squad and has a vital role to play. Even though Solskjaer has not been able to provide him with a lot of game time this season, there’s no doubt on the quality which the Spanish midfielder provides.