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Amad Diallo reacts to Sofyan Amrabat’s performance as Manchester United book spot in FA Cup quarter-finals

Manchester United left it late to secure a spot in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup last night following a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

An 89th-minute header by Casemiro was enough to send the Red Devils through on a night when United desperately needed to secure a positive result.

The visitors initially struggled to get going and could not fashion out clear chances, but they got the job done in the end and will now be facing Liverpool at Old Trafford next month.

Sofyan Amrabat was one of the few performers who impressed a little for Man United last night, making the most of a rare start.

Amad Diallo and former Red Devils loanee Sergio Reguilon loved what they saw from the Morocco international midfielder, taking to Instagram to shower praise on him.

The Fiorentina loanee is expected to leave Man United after the end of his season-long loan in the summer, but he reminded everyone of his quality at times against Forest despite playing out of position.

Amrabat completed 58 of the 60 passes he attempted and seven of his seven attempted long balls, losing possession thrice.

However, he was clearly uncomfortable playing as a left-back and was lucky to see an erroneous back-pass lead to nothing in the 18th minute.

While they are currently short of options in the position, Man United cannot afford to have Amrabat play in the same role against Manchester City on Sunday given the quality of opposition they will face at Etihad Stadium.

Victor Lindelof is expected to play at left-back this weekend, and it will be intriguing to see which option manager Erik ten Hag goes with.

They cannot afford to lose the Manchester derby as that would deal another blow to their chances of finishing in the top-four, but their injury woes have come at possibly the worst time.