League leaders Man United on a roll as they beat Liverpool in the FA Cup

After a draw last weekend at Anfield, Fernandes was the hero at Old Trafford
League leaders Man United on a roll as they beat Liverpool in the FA Cup

Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes scores his side's winner with a free at Old Trafford. Picture: Laurence Griffiths/PA Wire. 

SUPERSUB Bruno Fernandes' fantastic free-kick secured Manchester United an impressive 3-2 FA Cup fourth-round victory against rivals Liverpool as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer oversaw his first triumph against Jurgen Klopp's men.

A week on from a tense goalless Premier League draw at Anfield between the Premier League leaders and reigning champions, an empty Old Trafford hosted a far more entertaining encounter between these old foes.

Mohamed Salah's fine opener was cancelled out by Mason Greenwood in an entertaining first half which was followed by a similar pulsating second period on Sunday.

Marcus Rashford coolly put United ahead only for Salah to level with his second of the match, setting up a grandstand finish in which star man Fernandes came off the bench to score a super free-kick winner.

A home clash against West Ham is the reward for the Red Devils, who Solskjaer led to victory against Liverpool at the fifth time of asking - 22 years to the day after scoring the winner against them at the same stage of the competition.

Defeat made this the fifth time in six seasons that the Reds had failed to progress beyond the fourth round of the FA Cup under Klopp, whose poor start to 2021 continued as they lost on enemy territory.

League leaders United face Sheffield United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night in the Premier League, while Liverpool face a tricky tie away against Spurs on Thursday night struggling to stay in contention for the race for the title and indeed, even a top four finish.

The pressure is on Klopp to stop this arrest and get back to winning ways, while Solskjaer, who just six weeks ago was fighting for his job can't do anything wrong at the moment and they look real contenders for the title.

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