Roy Keane Reacts As Fulham Receive Three Red Cards Against Manchester United

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane

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Fulham had their nose in front going into the last quarter of the game. The visitors looked pretty comfortable against lacklustre Manchester United and appeared destined to progress to the FA Cup semi-finals.

But in the space of 265 seconds, the game turned on its head, as the Fulham camp lost the plot.

Willian in his attempts to deny Jadon Sancho from equalising cleared the ball off the line in the 72nd minute. VAR intervened and instructed referee Chris Kavanagh to review the incident. The referee awarded United a penalty and showed the Brazilian a red card for using his hands to prevent the ball from going into the net. Aleksandar Mitrović reacted poorly to the decision and got sent off alongside his manager Marco Silva in less than a minute.

Fulham’s nightmare didn’t end there, as right after Bruno Fernandes equalised from the spot, Marcel Sabitzer backheeled the ball past Bernd Leno to make it 2-1 in the 77th minute. One incident, three red cards, and two goals inside five minutes dashed the London outfit’s hopes of a Wembley outing.

Fulham were the better side for most of the game, and Fernandes’ stoppage-time strike flattered the scoreline. However, Roy Keane showed no sympathy for Silva’s men in his post-match assessment.

“I’ve no sympathy for Fulham. They won’t get any plaudits from me. They had an opportunity and they blew it,” the United legend said on ITV.

It is hard to disagree with Keane’s comments, given the fact that even after the penalty decision, Fulham could’ve given a good fight to United with a man down but the scoreline level.