Casemiro heads late winner to set up Man Utd quarter-final against Liverpool

Manchester United has advanced to the FA Cup quarterfinals in a record 48 hours, and Erik ten Hag needs to defeat Liverpool in order to win a trophy before the season ends.

When the mist moved in from the River Trent, Ten Hag’s pressure seemed to lift for a few more days. The City Ground has always been a lucky cup location for United managers who are in dire need of results.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Dave Brailsford, two prominent characters from both the past and present, watched from the stands as Casemiro’s header a minute from the finish saved United from even more criticism following their crushing loss to Fulham.

Next month, United and Liverpool will square off at Old Trafford in the quarterfinal.

Although this was a shabby, uneventful experience, Ten Hag does seem to have a tendency to find success when he most needs it.

United’s sole chance of winning a trophy this year, however how unlikely it may be following such an incredibly unexpected season, is the FA Cup.

It’s a fantastic challenge since there are many talented clubs in the Premier League and Liverpool is at the top, Ten Hag stated. “We are really excited about the game because it’s fantastic, but we have to focus on Sunday [away at Manchester City] first.”

“Every game is important because we want to win every competition. A team that is fighting and displaying passion and determination is what the fans deman

“In 2024, we suffered one loss. We never change. Having the entire backline out of commission makes it difficult to shuffle and play guys in different spots. I’m glad we succeeded.

One of the most memorable moments in United’s history is the FA Cup match between these two clubs. After a concerning string of outcomes that resulted in the famed banner “3 years of excuses and it’s still c—. Ta Ra Fergie,” Ferguson was fighting to keep his job in January 1990.

Mark Robins’s heroic effort to head the winner and save his boss turned out to be a turning point in Ferguson’s career, setting off a series of unforgettable events.

This outcome was not quite as momentous as

There was also another underwhelming performance from Antony, in his first start since the FA Cup tie at Newport County in January.

The £82 million signing was removed after 72 minutes and clearly unhappy at his substitution, with chants of “what a waste of money” echoing around the ground as he walked to the dug-out. It just seems as if his United career will never take off, despite Ten Hag appearing to retain the faith.

Marcus Rashford was also a peripheral figure, with little support up front. Alan Shearer, watching on as a TV pundit for the BBC criticised his body language.

There were decent performances from goalkeeper Andre Onana and Casemiro, however, while Ten Hag paid special attention to Bruno Fernandes for playing through the pain barrier.

It was Fernandes’ wickedly in-swerving free kick from the left a minute from time which presented Casemiro with the chance to steal the game. With Forest midfielder Danilo appearing to slip, Casemiro nudged in front and headed the ball past Matt Turner at the near post.

The goal was scored before a VAR check for offside, but the traveling fans’ yells persisted well after the final whistle after a protracted delay.

Now that the league survival fight is their only priority, Nuno Espirito Santo’s Nottingham Forest can prepare for a nerve-wracking finish to the season.

A points deduction is still a possibility, and their hearing for a Premier League charge of breaking financial rules is scheduled to start on Thursday.

Although Nuno is fighting to keep the suspense at bay, until the outcome is clear, worried supporters have nothing else to talk about.

Although Onana denied Taiwo Awoniyi twice and Divock Origi, Forest did have opportunities, but Nuno’s team is currently ravaged by injury.

With the arrival of Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders this weekend, things do not look like they will get any easier very soon.

We went into this competition with certain expectations. Nuno remarked, “This is not the time to regret it. “I feel bad for the supporters. All of us dreamed of winning the FA Cup. It is now finished. We’ll give it another go later. Although it’s fun to play here, we must now go on.

Regarding possible point deductions in the relegation struggle, Nuno stated: “We are cognizant of external events occurring.”

“We have yet to receive a decision. There is nothing that we can do.