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Marcel Sabitzer believes Manchester United were not handed the FA Cup quarter-final victory on a plate

Marcel Sabitzer believes Manchester United deserved to win against Fulham in the FA Cup quarter-final today.

The Red Devils booked their spot in the final four of the domestic tournament after beating Fulham 3-1.

The Cottagers took the lead but threw the game away in a 40-second spell of madness which saw them receive three red cards and concede two goals.

Sabitzer scored the second goal for his side which was also his first strike for United. 

Speaking after the game, the midfielder gave a blunt response when asked if his side deserved to win the game.

He told ITV Sport (via Manchester Evening News): “We won it. Why not? We scored three, they scored one.

“We were concentrating, focused until the end and I think we deserved to win. In the first half, we had some chances that we missed. 

“In the second half, we were 1-0 down but, as I said, we came back and that was the important thing.”

He added on the handball incident: “I haven’t seen it [back on a replay]. The referee decided it was handball and a penalty, so we’re good with it.

“I’m focused on the game. It was easier for us but, as I said, we had to be focused on the game, and the result and we did it – that’s the important thing.

“I am so happy (for scoring his first United goal). It was an important one, to make it 2-1, so I am very, very happy now.”

Manchester United had luck on their side tonight

The Red Devils have been a victim of several refereeing howlers this season. However, they were on the opposite side tonight as the referee showed three red cards to Fulham in less than a minute.

Fulham were the better side before they pressed the self-destruction button.

United looked tired and were unable to create chances against an energetic Fulham side. David de Gea kept his side in the game by making three crucial stops. 

The handball incident, followed by a hat-trick of red cards, helped the Red Devils make a comeback.

Sabitzer put in a fine display, including a clever finish from close range to hand United the lead.

The Austrian moved to Old Trafford in January in a loan deal from Bayern Munich. He has made nine appearances for the Red Devils and has looked very sharp at times.

He got the monkey off his back by netting his first United goal. Hopefully, he can score more goals by the end of the campaign and turn his temporary move into a permanent one.