Team spirit fired United to Wembley, says Sabitzer

Goals from Bruno Fernandes and Sabitzer earned United a 3-1 win in the FA Cup quarterfinal after Fulham's Willian and Mitrovic were sent off

By Reuters

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Manchester United's Marcel Sabitzer celebrates after scoring his side's second goal. — AP
Manchester United's Marcel Sabitzer celebrates after scoring his side's second goal. — AP

Published: Mon 20 Mar 2023, 5:30 PM

Team spirit powered Manchester United to their FA Cup quarterfinal comeback win over Fulham on Sunday, midfielder Marcel Sabitzer said.

Fulham appeared to be heading for their first FA Cup semifinal appearance since 2002 after Aleksandar Mitrovic opened the scoring in the 50th minute.


But goals from Bruno Fernandes and Sabitzer earned United a 3-1 win after Fulham's Willian and Mitrovic were sent off.

"We know at this time it was going to be tough and hard. But, we still believed it and we had good team spirit and mentality that you can always see on the pitch," Sabitzer told MUTV.


"To be fair, I have to say to be two men down for Fulham, it wasn't easy ... (we have) a good group of guys. You can see and feel it in the dressing room, on the pitch, off the pitch. We worked together, close. We stick together all the time."

Sabitzer, who joined on loan from Bayern Munich in January, said scoring his first goal for United left him feeling "overwhelmed".

"I was looking for it, scoring the first at Old Trafford in front of these amazing fans," the Austrian added. "And that important one, at 2-1 it was a massive one ..."

United, who is third in the Premier League, next travels to fifth-placed Newcastle United on April 2.

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