Bruno Fernandes came off the bench and hit a stunning free kick to seal Manchester United a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Liverpool.

In what was a pulsating clash from start to finish, the Red Devils’ talisman came off the bench to seal a dramatic win for the hosts in what will go down as an all-time fourth round classic.

Fernandes scored a stunning free kick

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Fernandes scored a stunning free kick

The clash got off to an intense, end-to-end start, with Liverpool finding the breakthrough in the 18th minute when Roberto Firmino threaded a pass between Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof to Mohamed Salah, who was played onside by the latter and coolly lifted the ball over Henderson.

The hosts made it 1-1 in the 26th minute when Pogba broke up a Liverpool attack and Van de Beek sent a quick pass as the hosts raced forwards, with Marcus Rashford darting down the left before cutting back and sending a fine a diagonal ball over to Greenwood on the right and the teenager matched the play with his finish, firing a low right-footed strike past Alisson.

United continued in the ascendancy after the break and took a 48th-minute lead.

Salah scored twice in the clash at Old Trafford

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Salah scored twice in the clash at Old Trafford

Rhys Williams failed to clear Greenwood’s first time ball, which allowed Rashford to race through and coolly turn past Alisson.

Liverpool reacted well to falling behind and James Milner was left holding his head in his hands after scooping over from close range.

But the veteran midfielder soon helped the Reds level as they capitalised on uncharacteristically sloppy Edinson Cavani play, with James Milner leaving Roberto Firmino’s cross for Salah to sweep home.

Fabinho gave United a chance with the clock winding down after fouling Cavani on the edge of the box and  Fernandes, who had been brought on 12 minutes earlier, stood over the tantalisingly-positioned free-kick and duly buried it to seal the victory for the hosts.


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