Casemiro fires Man Utd past Forest

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  • Post published:February 29, 2024

Manchester United booked their place in the FA Cup quarter-final after a late winner by Casemiro against Nottingham Forest.

Bruno Fernandes’ free kick was headed in by the Brazilian, but it wasn’t officially declared as goal until after a protracted Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review for potential offside during the build-up.

As under-pressure current manager Erik ten Hag maintained his sole remaining opportunity of capping his second season with a trophy, Sir Alex Ferguson sat next to new United director Sir Dave Brailsford on the pitch where he famously won an FA Cup third-round tie to save his own job in 1990.

The visitors prevailed in a match that did seem headed for extra time, but they also missed several good chances to end the contest.

In an attempt to advance to the round of eight for just the second time since 1996, Forest just seldom found the net. United custodian Andre Onana turned away good chances from Taiwo Awoniyi and Divock Origi.

In the end, Casemiro’s fifth goal of the year proved to be sufficient to get them through.

However, without Harry Maguire due to a possible knee injury, United will need to do much better on Sunday when they go to Manchester City, who defeated them in the FA Cup final the previous year.

Photo by Manchester United Twitter page