Ten Hag responds to Fulham red cards after frantic Man Utd win
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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has spoken out after his side’s 3-1 FA Cup win over Fulham on Sunday. Bruno Fernandes bagged a brace and Marcel Sabitzer struck on a chaotic afternoon at Old Trafford. And the Cottagers seemed to lose their heads during the game, with Willian, Aleksandar Mitrovic and manager Marco Silva all seeing red.
Mitrovic put Fulham ahead in the 50th minute, with the Serbia international blasting past David De Gea from close range.
However, the tide of the contest then turned after a handball from Willian inside the box.
The Brazil international saw red, along with manager Silva, while Mitrovic was dismissed after appearing to push referee Chris Kavanagh.
Fernandes then converted from the penalty spot, sparking wild celebrations in the home end.
And Sabitzer proceeded to put the Red Devils ahead, with Fernandes scoring his second of the game in the closing stages to make the result safe.
Ten Hag was asked about the Fulham red cards after the game, but refused to elaborate by saying: “I don’t want to emphasise that. It was a great counter attack but I think everyone saw it was handball.
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On his side’s victory, he added: “That was the aim. We did it, we are happy with the win.
“We showed great character. Every time this team comes out, they show the personality and the determination needed.
“Fulham are a good team and you have to be good to overcome them.
“I think we had a good first half. We had great moments in the attacking transition and we should have been two or three goals up.”
And, when quizzed about his side facing Brighton in the semi-finals, he added: “The next [FA Cup] game is a long way away. The players will go away on the international break while we analyse the recent period. Then it’s about Newcastle, Brentford and Everton.”
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Fulham boss Silva, meanwhile, admitted Mitrovic shouldn’t have pushed referee Chris Kavanagh as tempers boiled over.
“In that moment he has to control his emotions much more like all of us should,” he said.
“You have to keep the emotional balance of course. Sometimes it is not easy but it is our obligation to do it.
“It’s been a tough season in some moments for us. We know that we are Fulham, we don’t have the same importance in football as some others but it’s difficult for us to deal with some situation.”
He also insisted Fulham deserved a penalty, too.
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