Antony and Amad Diallo – Man Utd’s most unlikely heroes: winners and losers as Erik ten Hag’s forgotten wingers help decide FA Cup thriller and end Jurgen Klopp’s hopes of leaving Liverpool with a quadruple


Both men came off the bench to score crucial goals in Sunday’s remarkable quarter-final and keep the Red Devils’ trophy hopes alive.

What. A game. Manchester United and Liverpool have had some epics over the years, but Sunday’s seven-goal thriller at Old Trafford could well catapult themselves to the top of the list, with the Red Devils finally coming top after Super substitute Amad Diallo’s effort just at the end of extra time secured a 4-3 victory.

It’s a victory that keeps United’s hopes of finishing the season with silverware alive. Of course, that might not be enough to keep Erik ten Hag in the job in the long term, especially if his team fails to qualify for the Champions League next season, but winning a trophy at Wembley in May would give him at least something to hold on to. has.

Championship side Coventry City are now all that separates them from a place in the final, although for a long time against Liverpool it looked like their FA Cup journey was going to end with a whimper. Having gone down 2-1 after the visitors scored twice just before half-time, United came out in the second half looking listless and camped in their own half for long periods. The fact that they even extended the match was due to a late intervention from another substitute, Antony.

Jurgen Klopp will wonder how his team didn’t put the game to bed in that second half given their dominance, and he’ll be even more frustrated that they wasted the game in extra time after regaining the lead via the Harvey Elliott’s deviated training. . Ultimately, two moments where the Reds gave away the ball in dangerous positions proved costly, as Marcus Rashford and Amad turned the game on its head one last time.

There will be no historic quadruple for Klopp in his final season in charge of Liverpool, nor trips to Wembley before leaving the job this summer. Winning the Premier League and Europa League remain certain possibilities, and he should be able to count on even more players after the international break as the Cavalry prepare to return after their injury layoffs.

But it was a day that belonged to United – ultimately. The good news is that these two will be back in the league in just three weeks.

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