OLD TRAFFORD, MANCHESTER — Manchester United look to continue their fight to win all available trophies this season as they host Fulham in the FA Cup quarterfinals.
Having won the Carabao Cup in February and reached the last eight of the Europa League, the Red Devils are bidding to secure a place in the FA Cup semifinals at Wembley in June. They could yet win an unprecedented quadruple of trophies, although their chances of lifting the Premier League title are slim at best.
Standing in their way at Old Trafford are a Fulham side enjoying a fine season under Marco Silva. In ninth place in the league table and only three points outside the top six, the Cottagers have found themselves in an unlikely quest for Europe.
League matches might usually take priority, but the chance to progress to the FA Cup semifinals is one they will be desperate to seize.
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Man United (4-2-3-1, right to left): 1-De Gea (GK) — 29-Wan-Bissaka, 5-Maguire, 6-Martinez, 23-Shaw — 15-Sabitzer, 39-McTominay — 25-Sancho, 8-Fernandes, 10-Rashford — 27-Weghorst
Man United subs: 31-Butland (GK), 20-Dalot, 2-Lindelof, 12-Malacia, 17-Fred, 73-Mainoo, 21-Antony, 28-Pellistri, 36-Elanga
Fulham (4-2-3-1, right to left): 17-Leno (GK) — 2-Tete, 13-Ream, 31-Diop, 33-Robinson — 6-Reed, 26-Palhinha — 14-De Cordova-Reid, 18-Pereira, 20-Willian — 9-Mitrovic
Fulham subs: 1-Rodak (GK), 4-Adarabioyo, 8-Wilson, 10-Cairney, 11-Solomon, 12-Soares, 21-James, 28-Lukic, 30-Vinicius
Man United vs Fulham live updates, highlights from FA Cup
HT: That was a pretty scrappy end to a pretty scrappy half. Fulham will be the happier with how they have played, but United have created the better of what few chances there have been.
45th min: Chance for Scott McTominay! Good link-up between Wout Weghorst and Jadon Sancho sees the midfielder with a chance to shoot from 12 yards, but he takes an extra touch and the ball is blocked behind. The corner is wasted.
40th min: Lisandro Martinez makes a bruising but fair challenge on Aleksandar Mitrovic to stop the Fulham striker on the edge of the box. At the other end, Marcel Sabitzer gets a lucky bounce and tries his luck, but the shot is straight at Bernd Leno.
32nd min: First real chance of note for Marcus Rashford, who’s played in by Marcel Sabitzer. He’s got a tight angle to goal, though, and Bernd Leno makes a good block, the ball then bouncing back off the United striker and behind for a goal kick.
26th min: Harrison Reed breaks through a couple of challenges and tries to play in Aleksandar Mitrovic. The striker puts his leg across Lisandro Martinez and goes to ground, but the referee says play on. That was a good decision.
21st min: United clear an Andreas Pereira free-kick but nobody seems to know who should chase the loose ball. Back it comes, and Harry Maguire is booked for wrestling Aleksandar Mitrovic to the floor. The free-kick routine doesn’t come off for the visitors, though.
Incidentally, Maguire would now be suspended for the semifinal if United make it through.
16th min: Lisandro Martinez slide-tackles the ball out of play from a loose Marcel Sabitzer pass and immediately signals for United players to calm down. They’ve looked ragged early on, with Fulham much sharper.
13th min: Jadon Sancho cleverly delays a pass and then releases Marcus Rashford on the break. He finds Wout Weghorst, but the big striker’s shot with his weaker foot is tame and easily saved by Bernd Leno.
9th min: Man United have a spell of possession, but Fulham break, and Aleksandar Mitrovic sets up Willian to shoot wide. There’s a break in play after the Brazilian barged Bruno Fernandes to ground — that looked painful for the United star, who took an elbow to the ribs.
3rd min: Fulham have started brightly: a couple of crosses from the right have yielded corners through a Scott McTominay clearance and a David de Gea save.
1st min: We’re off and running! It’s not quite a full house here in the stands — even the Fulham section has empty seats — but there’s still a good atmosphere. “We want Glazers out” is heard from the Stretford End straight away.
5 mins before KO: The teams are out on the pitch here. They now know that victory today will see them face Brighton & Hove Albion at Wembley in the semifinals next month.
40 mins before KO: Usain Bolt is here to watch this match. There’s a joke to be made about needing a fast start out of the blocks, but I’ll save that for later — after all, this is a marathon, not a sprint.