According to Roy Keane, Fulham self-destructed against Manchester United and lost in 90 seconds.
Roy Keane has admitted Fulham have pushed the button of self-destruction after losing to Manchester United at Old Trafford put hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 2002 in smoke.
Marco Silva’s side opened the scoring five minutes into the second half at Old Trafford when Issa Diop flicked a corner from Andrea Pereira and Alexander Mitrovic struck from close range. en route to a famous FA Cup win.
However, the game changed completely 70 minutes ago when Anthony broke down the right flank and squared the ball for Jadon Sancho. He circled Bernd Leno and shot towards goal, and after Willian blocked it at the line, replays showed he blocked the shot with his hand.
Manager Marco Silva, Willian and Mitrovic were all sent off, turning the game upside down in a staggering 90 seconds.
Keane said ITV Sports: “It was a case of Fulham’s self-destruction, especially in the penalty incident, and the reaction of the manager and the players.
“Obviously it was an emotional game and we were all in it. It was the crazy 90 seconds that cost the game.”
Silva was sent off for telling referee Chris Kavanagh, who came to check the monitors. Cabana then signaled for the penalty and showed Willian a red card.
An angry Mitrovic confronted Kavanagh, protested and got his own marching order, leaving Fulham at nine and without a manager.
Mitrovic was slow to leave the field and had to be calmed down by some of his Fulham teammates before finally leaving the pitch.
Bruno Fernandes sent Leno the wrong way to level the score, with Marcel Sabitzer adding a second straight away before Fernandes added a third in stoppage time.
“It’s not necessarily about Manchester United winning, it’s about Fulham finding a way to lose,” added Keane.
“I have no sympathy for them. They would get a kudos or two, but they would get nothing from me. They had an opportunity and they blew it.”
Should Mitrovic receive a lengthy suspension?
Mitrovic will receive a three-match Premier League ban after the assault, meaning he will miss the games against Bournemouth, West Ham and Everton, but given the nature of the incident, the Serbian striker will get a longer ban. will be
Silva hopes the FA will be lenient when reviewing incidents and referees’ post-game reports.
Asked if he thought Mitrovic could face a lengthy ban, the Fulham manager said: “I don’t think so.”
“I saw the footage and spoke with Mitrovic, the moment he needs to control his emotions. I hope you do, so be fair.
“Nobody checked or cared about the situation, like the red card, the penalty and the two moments that Mitrovic was involved in the box. Unlucky-many moments.It’s hard to understand some of his decisions.
“We understand that Manchester United are a huge club and we are in the quarter-finals, so it is difficult to accept these decisions, but both teams have to meet the same conditions to qualify for the competition. .
“It is not possible to decide in one way, because in some situations Manchester United or Fulham can make a completely different decision. , can feel pressured as the players feel, but the people in the office [VAR team at Stockley Park]It’s really hard to accept.
“My story with Chris Cabana this season has been really tough for a football club. We lost the game away from home to West Ham with two clear handball goals. It was a cabana.”
Silva: Why didn’t the referee check the monitor’s penalty?
After the game, Silva told ITV that he was angry that his team had not been awarded the penalty.
Early pressure saw David De Gea push past Diop’s looping header, Mitrovic called for a penalty when he tangled with Lisandro Martínez in the box, and United defenders called for a yellow for diving.
“You have to talk about the whole game, not just the moment. We were clearly the best team on the pitch until the penalty and the red card. We respect Manchester United, but we are the pitch. It was clear that we were the best team on the team.”
Asked about the penalty incident involving Willian, Silva said: “It’s a decision that VAR can make and it’s hard to understand because one of the two moments in the box in the first half was to Mitrovic. That’s why it was a clear PK of . , why didn’t anyone check? “
Regarding his own red card, he added: Of course not. But if you ask me if it should be a red card, I have a big question. I want to know what the referee is going to write about what I told him. .
Fulham meltdown in pictures
Aleksandr Mitrovic went from hero to zero as one of Fulham’s three red cards in the 90-second mayhem at Old Trafford.
Keane: Manchester United must improve their attitude for semi-finals
Twelve-time Cup winners face Brighton at Wembley, but Fulham weigh the cost of a day that could keep them from reaching Europe via the Premier League, followed by a suspension.
It was a dramatic turnaround in a game in which Fulham had been the better team for most of the afternoon.
The suspension of Casemiro and Fred, with Scott McTominay and Savitzer in the starting eleven, is probably similar to United’s relentless schedule this season, as the hosts face Fulham side and João Parinha has been out of action. I came back and showed a lot of bytes.Ban.
United were then given the route to Wembley.
“It’s literally impossible to play with nine,” Keane continued. “Fulham tried to pull back, but United played with them in the last 10-15 minutes.
“Manchester United’s priority today was to get to the next round, but the manager will be very disappointed with what he sees.
“Fulham self-destructed, but United were incredibly poor.
“Sometimes it’s more luck than good. They’ve found their way in previous games and the home draw really helped.”
“You need luck in cup competitions and United have had a good share of the game this season.
“Having said that, seeing how United are playing now, I lost a little bit of confidence. A month or two ago I thought they were ready. I saw the habit of
“It’s nice to play sometimes, but now it feels like it’s in their DNA. They’ve fallen into some really bad habits.
“They showed up expecting to win the game because they have quality players today. But if they show up in the semi-finals with that kind of attitude, Brighton will beat them.
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