5 talking points as Man Utd need extra time to beat Norwich in FA Cup

Harry Maguire broke Norwich hearts with a winner coming late in extra-time to book Manchester United's place in the semi final of the FA Cup.

The Red Devils were frustrated for large spells against the 10-men of Norwich at Carrow Road, but avoided penalties to progress to the next round.

Odion Ighalo opened the scoring for United with an improvised, flicked shot past a helpless Tim Krul from close-range in the first half on Saturday.

But Norwich picked up after going a goal behind as United slowed their pace, and it was Todd Cantwell who turned the game on its head.

The youngster spotting a gap to the left of Sergio Romero and smashing the ball past the Argentine shot-stopper from distance to level the scores.

Timm Klose was shown a straight red card for a professional foul on Ighalo, after he pulled back the striker as he attempted to latch onto a throughball.

But United needed extra time to get the job done, with Maguire slotting home the all-important winner with just minutes to play.

Here's five talking points from the match.

1. Ighalo is the fox in the box

People laughed when Manchester United signed Ighalo on loan in the January transfer window.

The idea the Nigerian could solve the Red Devils' problems in front of goal was scoffed at, but Ighalo made everyone eat their words.

The forward scored in every single match he started ahead of the three-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

And United made extending his loan deal for when the season resumed a priory.

On Saturday, Ighalo started his first match since football returned, and true to form the 31-year-old got on the scoresheet.

It wasn't the greatest goal he'll ever score – he just ensured he was in the right place at the right time to strike the ball home.

But this 'simple' task of hitting the back of the net, hasn't been all that simple for United at times this season.

Five in four, Ighalo has now netted more goals for Manchester United than both Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria.

2. Fernandes was born to lead

He's only been at the club five minutes in the grand scheme of things.

But it feels like Bruno Fernandes has been at Old Trafford for years, the way in which he leads from the front.

Fernandes is never afraid to command the troops, pull someone up on something, or advise a team-mate on how they can improve.

Providing commentary on BBC Sport, Jermaine Jenas summed up what Fernandes brings to United perfectly: "For me it's more the presence he has on the pitch.

"Over the years United have had two or three of those players on the pitch and for him to just show up and have it shows he's a pretty special player."

United fans were confused as to why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn't rest Fernandes for the FA Cup quarter-final clash, given the fact that Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and co. were all named on the bench.

But it quickly became clear on the pitch as the Portuguese wore the captain's armband, without actually wearing the armband.

3. Lingard quiet on his return for the Reds

All eyes were on the England international as he started for United on Saturday – his first appearances since the 5-0 win over Club Brugge in February.

Jesse Lingard has been under the weather this week, but Solskjaer gave the winger his backing with a place in the first team.

Lingard certainly looked rusty, but he started brightly for the Red Devils, and got the better of the Norwich defence with some quick-feet in the first half before slipping as he got his shot away.

Lingard will know better than anyone that he has to start impressing in these cameo appearances for the sake of his future at the club.

Solskjaer has a number of quality players in his position to pick from these days and unless Lingard finds some form he'll slip further down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

Saturday was a great chance for Lingard to put a marker down, and, as harsh as it is to say, given the fact he's been unwell recently, he failed to do so.

4. The defence take Keane's words on board

If there is one thing in this world known to get a player going, it's a rocket up the behind from a club legend.

And that's exactly what Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw got at the half-time break of United's recent draw with Tottenham.

The England international defenders were at fault – alongside David de Gea – for Spurs' opening goal, and Roy Keane let rip.

The former Red devils captain said on Sky Sports: "I can't believe that's Manchester United.

"Luke Shaw, heading the ball up in the air and then running forward… I am staggered at Maguire, how an international player can just get done like that – and I am sick to death of this goalkeeper."

He added: "I am flabbergasted. Maguire and De Gea… I wouldn't even let them on the bus after the match. Get a taxi back to Manchester. Do your job."

Against Norwich, Maguire was back to his old, reliable self in United's defence, and did a much better job commanding his team-mates.

The centre-back even kept the scores level just before the half-time break with two superb blocks in the area, and, of course, netted the winner.

Shaw, meanwhile, was arguably United's best player and was pivotal in the Red Devils breaking the deadlock with a stunning, whipped cross.

5. Norwich battle hard with 10-men

Man United were expected to breeze past Norwich in the FA Cup on Saturday.

The Red Devils haven't lost since a match in all competitions since January 22 when they were beaten by Burnley, and went into the quarter-final on the back of beating Sheffield United 3-0.

But United were largely flat in the first half and even after opening the scoring failed to stamp their authority on the match.

Norwich got themselves back in the game via Cantwell, but their hope looked short-lived when Klose was shown a straight red card.

You'd have bet your mortgage on United finishing off the Canaries before the end of regulation time, but Norwich continued to battle and frustrate the Red Devils – taking the match to extra time.

A truly admirable performance in the circumstances.

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