Casemiro tows Manchester United through the Nottingham Forest


Brazilian midfielder Casemiro sent Manchester United into the quarterfinals of the FA Cup with a late-headed goal against Nottingham Forest in their fifth-round tie at the City Ground on Wednesday, February 28, 2024.

Manchester United aimed to rebound from a recent loss as they faced Forest in the FA Cup, eyeing a spot in the quarterfinals. Despite a confident start, Forest posed early threats, with former United player Anthony Elanga winning a corner.

United’s defense held firm, notably Scott McTominay’s crucial clearance. In a swift counter, United earned a corner of their own, resulting in a close chance from Antony hitting the woodwork.

Casemiro headed in the only goal of the match in the 89th minute to send the travelling supporters into a frenzy. [Video/Emirates FA Cup/X].

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Both teams displayed attacking intent, with United showcasing more creativity than usual. Forest, however, pressed hard, with moments of danger thwarted by United’s defense and goalkeeper Onana’s saves.

As the first half ended goalless, United sought to ramp up their intensity. Forest continued their attacking prowess, testing United’s defense and goalkeeper.

United had chances too, among them a penalty appeal that was turned down and close opportunities from Fernandes and McTominay. The match intensified as substitutions were made, with both teams pushing for a breakthrough.

Casemiro tows Manchester United through the Nottingham Forest
Scott McTominay saw his header parried by Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Matt Turner as Manchester United pushed for the opener. [Photo/Courtesy].

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In the 88th minute, the Red Devils finally found their moment as Casemiro’s header secured a late lead. Despite VAR scrutiny, the goal stood, securing United’s victory and a tense 6th round encounter with Liverpool in the next round.

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