‘We survived because of him’ – Erik ten Hag hails Manchester United star for his performance in 3-1 victory over Fulham

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Erik ten Hag believes Manchester United “survived” our FA Cup quarter-final against Fulham thanks to goalkeeper David de Gea.

De Gea foiled Antonee Robinson and Willian in the opening minutes of the second half before Aleksandar Mitrovic struck in the 50th minute. De Gea then brilliantly denied Mitrovic with Fulham still 1-0 up.

Fulham imploded after Willian handled Jadon Sancho’s goalbound effort in the 70th minute and he was one of three Fulham figures sent off two minutes later. Fulham manager Marco Silva was dismissed for dissent and Mitrovic also saw red for shoving referee Chris Kavanagh.

United scored two goals in three minutes to turn the game on its head and Bruno Fernandes sealed a 3-1 win in added time.

“We created great opportunities and at half time we should have been up because I can’t remember a save from David in the first half,” Ten Hag said.

“And in second half, we came [into] difficulties out of the dressing room.

“It was tough. We conceded the goal from the set play and we needed David to survive the game because he had two great saves. And then the key moment it was a great attacking transition and really well done by Antony, really well done by Jadon (Sancho), and it was a clear and obvious penalty.”