Bruno Fernandes has said the FA Cup is Manchester United’s ‘chance to win a trophy’ this season after a 4-2 win at Newport County secured a place in round five.
Fernandes opened the scoring after seven minutes as the Red Devils won an entertaining cup tie against their League Two opponents, who came from two goals down to level at Rodney Parade.
Kobbie Mainoo’s first senior goal doubled the lead, but strikes from Bryn Morris and Will Evans brought Newport level. Antony restored the Red Devils’ lead with his first of the campaign, before Rasmus Hojlund sealed the win late on.
The win sets up fifth-round tie with Bristol City or Nottingham Forest and Fernandes said his team will give everything to win the FA Cup this season, calling the competition the club’s ‘chance’ to win silverware this season.
“Obviously it was not the result that we wanted, we got the win that we wanted but the result was not the perfect one for us,” Fernandes told the BBC.
“We didn’t want to concede goals, the first one was great from them, an unbelievable shot.
“We had chances to make the 3-0 but when you get 2-0 in these type of games everyone wanted to score and get their goal and everything and sometimes we don’t get the best decision for the team. I think after we did a great job to close the game.
“We have to understand that the FA Cup is our chance to win a trophy and we have to give everything to get into the final step by step, game by game but we know that to make the season look not as bad as it has been, we have to try to win this trophy because it is important for us, we have been in the final last year, unfortunately we did not get the trophy.
“We know how much the FA Cup means for our fans, our club, for the country so we know how important it is and it’s important for us too. We want to get into the final and win.”