By Robert Wheeler
- Manchester City defeated Burnley 6-0
- Manchester United beat Fulham 3-1
- Sheffield United and Brighton also win
UK – The quarter-finals of the FA Cup saw both Manchester clubs go through, but before we can start thinking of the derby in the final, they will have to get past Sheffield United and Brighton.
Fulham implode in United victory
Fulham had a great chance of getting to the semi-finals but they hit the self-destruct button and Manchester United took advantage of this to claim a 3-1 win at Old Trafford.
The Cottagers had been leading through Aleksandar Mitrovic‘s goal from a corner. However, the tides turned when Willian handled the ball on the goal line. Marco Silva was sent off for dissent as the referee went to look at the incident on the pitch side monitor. Then Willian was sent off and the penalty was awarded.
It got worse for Fulham as Mitrovic was sent off for pushing Chris Kavanagh. The spot-kick was then converted by Bruno Fernandes.
It then became easy pickings for United with their opposition down to nine men and without their manager. Goals from Marcel Sabitzer and another for Fernandes sealed the victory. Eric ten Hag‘s side will face Brighton in the semi-finals in a repeat of the 1983 final.
Manchester City hammer Burnley
Vincent Kompany was so influential as a player at Manchester City that there is now a statue of him outside the Etihad Stadium. However, on his return to the club with Burnley his new side was taught a lesson by Pep Guardiola‘s men.
The in-form Erling Haaland scored a hat-trick to give the home side a 3-0 lead. It was the Norwegian’s 8th goal that week and now has 42 goals this season.
Julian Alvarez scored twice on either side a goal Cole Palmer goal which completed the rout. It was a heavy defeat for Burnley but a good test for Kompany’s side who are very likely to get promoted out of the Championship this season.
City is up against Sheffield United in the semi-finals where they will be the clear favourites again as they play another team from the division below.
Sheffield United and Brighton also through
Sheffield United beat Blackburn Rovers in a five-goal thriller at Bramall Lane. Rovers had let the tie twice through goals from Ben Brereton Diaz and Sammie Szmodics. However, the Blades got back into it, firstly, from an own goal from Sam Gallagher before Ollie McBurnie got their second equaliser.
The game was won when Thomas Doyle fired into the top corner in added time. They can look forward to a trip to Wembley but have a tough match against Manchester City.
Brighton & Hove Albion booked their place in the semi-finals with a 5-0 victory over Grimsby Town. Evan Ferguson scored a brace with Deniz Undav, Solly March and Kaoru Mitoma also getting on the scoresheet.
Roberto de Zerbi‘s side will go to Wembley where they can seek revenge on Manchester United for Brighton’s defeat in the 1983 final.
Manchester City vs Sheffield United will be on April 22 with Brighton vs Manchester United on the following day. Both games will kick off at 15:00.
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