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FA Cup Awards: Mitrovic madness, hat-trick Haaland

Our FA Cup awards honour the best – and worst – of the quarter-final action from the weekend.

Moment of the Week

How to lose a cup tie in seconds.

Fulham held a deserved lead over Manchester United until a chaotic few seconds which saw the Cottagers implode at Old Trafford. Willian’s handball on the line resulted in a red card and penalty, before the game erupted as Aleksandar Mitrovic and manager Marco Silva also received their marching orders.

It was three red cards in just 40 seconds for the west Londoners, with Mitrovic dismissed for pushing referee Chris Kavanagh following his award of the spot-kick.

Silva was also sent off for throwing a water bottle as Kavanagh consulted VAR, with Fulham’s lead overturned inside just two minutes as their depleted nine-man side collapsed under the pressure.

Bruno Fernandes converted the awarded penalty, before Marcel Sabizter turned home two minutes later. Fernandes’ second sealed the win late on for Manchester United, as Fulham’s spirited showing ended in self-destruction.

Player of the Week

Erling Haaland’s one-man crusade towards every goalscoring record in sight continued with another hat-trick as Manchester City crushed Burnley at the Etihad.

The Championship leaders – under the management of ex-City captain Vincent Kompany – had hoped to provide tricky opposition after a fine season in the second tier, but were dismantled 6-0 as City and Haaland ran riot for the second time in a week.

Haaland burst through to prod a finish past Bailey Peacock-Farrell for the opener, before turning home Phil Foden’s cross to double the lead. He confirmed a second successive hat-trick after reacting first to a loose ball that came back off the post, a goal which made it NINE in three fixtures across the last week.

The Norwegian has now scored 42 goals in 37 appearances for Manchester City this season. A ridiculous record from a remarkable talent.

Goal of the Week

Sheffield United booked their place in the FA Cup semi-finals after an entertaining win over Blackburn, as the Blades won the battle of the second tier sides to become the first Championship team to reach the last four in eight years.

Tommy Doyle was the hero after a stunning late winner from the on-loan midfielder, who powered home a thumping finish from the edge of the area to send Sheffield United to Wembley.

Sadly for Doyle and teammate James McAtee, neither will be allowed to feature in the next round as Sheffield United face parent club Manchester City for a place in the final.

An honourable mention must go to Evan Ferguson, who enhanced his reputation with a wonderful two-goal performance in Brighton’s 5-0 win over Grimsby.

Just look at that take. The boy’s a bit special.

Miss of the Week

Kaoru Mitoma hasn’t done much wrong lately, with the Japan international having emerged as one of the Premier League’s most exciting wide talents.

He won’t want to watch back this miss against Grimsby however, as the 25-year-old somehow managed to turn Pascal Gross’ cross over the bar from close range.

File this one under the ‘easier to score’ category…

Stat of the Week

He’s just a joke, isn’t he?

Six hat-tricks for Erling Haaland in all competitions this season, more than every other Premier League player combined. He’s now scored more hat-tricks (6) at home than had games in which he’s failed to score (5).

Haaland is inevitable, incredible, and an unrelenting collector of records. Burnley were the latest side to fall victim to his predatory prowess. They will not be the last.

Quote of the Week

Burnley manager Vincent Kompany was left impressed as the latest Erling Haaland show undid his side at former club Manchester City.

“I played against the best of my era,” Kompany said when discussing Haaland post-match.

“But players like that, even the best [defenders} struggle because they find a way. Erling will always find a way and he continues to improve.

“You only have to look at his goals record, but his game has already improved from six months ago. He’s going to be one of the greats, this is not something you experience very often.”

Donkey of the Week

From hero to zero in a matter of minutes.

Aleksandar Mitrovic’s goal at Manchester United had Fulham on course to reach the FA Cup semi-finals, before the fiery forward contributed to their chaotic collapse at Old Trafford.

Mitrovic’s mad minute saw the Serbian sent off for pushing referee Chris Kavanagh, an incident which has seen several names for the forward to face a lengthy ban. It was needless and mindless from Mitrovic, who effectively ended Fulham’s cup campaign after teammate Willian had been sent off just seconds earlier.

Down to nine men as Manchester United pushed forward amid the smell of blood, Fulham wilted almost instantly to crash out of the cup. Mitrovic now faces a nervous wait to discover the extent of his punishment, after a head-loss of epic proportion this weekend.

Read – FA Cup Team of the Week

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