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Bruno Fernandes the catalyst as Manchester United come from behind to stun Fulham

by Derick Kinoti

Manchester United beat Fulham by three goals to one to advance to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

The Red Devils came from behind after Aleksandar Mitrovic gave Fulham the lead.

Willian handled the ball inside the box which was deemed to be a penalty. Bruno Fernandes scored from the spot-kick to restore parity.

Marcel Sabitzer opened his United goalscoring account just two minutes later with a clever flick that beat Bernd Leno.

Fernandes grabbed a second and United’s third late into the game to ensure there were no doubts about the result.

United had 56% possession compared to Fulham’s 44%.

Erik ten Hag’s men registered 16 shots, with 10 being on target. Fulham had 12 shots, with six requiring De Gea to swing into action.

United made 476 passes with a pass accuracy of 87%. Fulham on the other hand made 352 passes with a success rate of 81%.

Central to United’s comeback was Fernandes.

Beyond his two goals, the playmaker had 84 touches of the ball and a pass accuracy of 76%.

Fernandes won seven of his ground duels and completed an astonishing six long balls.

The 28-year-old won four of the tackles he delved into.

He made three key passes in what was a decent attacking showing from him.

Fernandes had three shots to his name. Out of the two dribbles the Portuguese midfielder tried, two were successful – a 100% success effort.

The icing on the cake for Fernandes was his two goals.

If there was any doubting Fernandes’ importance to the team, what he did against Fulham was a reminder of his vital role under Ten Hag. It is a huge positive that he got on the score sheet.

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