Luke Shaw feels red card decision right in Manchester United vs Fulham
Manchester United defender Luke Shaw feels the referee was right in producing a red card for Willian in the match against Fulham in the FA Cup. The London-based club visited Old Trafford on Sunday (19 March) for the quarter-final tie.
The Brazilian handled the ball in front of the goal to deny Jadon Sancho the chance to equalise. Subsequently, after a VAR check, Chris Kavanagh gave the 34-year-old his marching orders at around the 70-minute mark.
However, in the aftermath, Aleksandar Mitrovic lost his head and shoved the referee. The referee immediately sent the striker off. The Serbia international had given the Cottagers the lead in the 50th minute.
Prior to that, while the officials were checking for the handball, Marco Silva was animated in the dugout. As a result, the Portuguese head coach was sent to the stands as well.
United were awarded a penalty which Bruno Fernandes converted. From then on, the Craven Cottage side were unable to cope with the Red Devils, playing with nine men. In the end, the Old Trafford side won 3-1.
Speaking after the victory to MUTV via Manchester Evening News, Shaw, who played the full 90 minutes, is certain of Willian’s offence, but the left-back does not know what to make of the Mitrovic incident.
“It has hit his arms and he’s stopped it. The referee made a good decision with that one and I’m not sure what happened with the other [Mitrovic]. I think maybe a bit of frustration after they’d be so good, maybe a bit of anger that can only take a second.”
The England international gave the assist for the Red Devils’ second goal. After a cross from the 27-year-old, some ingenious finishing from the Austrian saw the Old Trafford side take the lead.
Towards the dying stages of the game, Fernandes once again got on the scoresheet. However, United did seemingly dodge a bullet, as most of our players were underwhelming for the majority of the fixture.
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Thankfully, we are still alive to get our hands on another domestic cup. The Red Devils are now set to face Brighton & Hove Albion in the semi-finals of the competition.