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Man Utd news: Micah Richards drags Bruno Fernandes into argument after Fulham FA Cup chaos | Football | Sport

Micah Richards has slammed what he perceives to be inconsistent refereeing in the wake of Manchester United’s 3-1 FA Cup win over Fulham on Sunday. A Bruno Fernandes double and Marcel Sabitzer strike gave the Red Devils a huge victory at Old Trafford. And it means their hopes of a cup treble remain alive, even if they weren’t at their best.

Manchester United benefitted from three Fulham red cards on a chaotic afternoon of FA Cup football at Old Trafford.

Marco Silva, Willian and Aleksandar Mitrovic all received their marching orders as the Cottagers lost their heads, with Fernandes and Sabitzer going on to punish the trio for their actions.

Former Manchester City star Richards does, however, think the standard of refereeing is too inconsistent - and thinks Fernandes should have been penalised for shoving a linesman during United’s recent 7-0 defeat to Liverpool.

Writing for the Daily Mail, he said: “Willian had to be sent off during the chaos at Old Trafford, Aleksandar Mitrovic had to go for jostling referee Chris Kavanagh and Marco Silva overstepped the mark, too.

“But I couldn't help think back to when Bruno Fernandes put his hands on a linesman at Liverpool two weeks ago and referee Andy Madley did nothing.

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“I’m not saying the VAR didn’t do well but why didn’t it do it in the first half twice? Mitrovic in the 18-yard box…

“That is difficult for us to understand. For me it’s clear there are two moments.

“The first one is clear, it’s clear a clear penalty when Luke Shaw pushed Mitrovic – clear, clear penalty. Later there were a bunch of Players who pushed Mitrovic in the back.

“It’s difficult to understand why with Manchester United they do one thing and why with Fulham they don’t do the other thing.

“At that moment of course with the red card for Willian, we should control it in a different way. Our emotions, I should be in the touchline and shouldn’t be speaking with the referee in the moment he’s going to see the screen.

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“If that’s the reason for him giving me the red card I have to accept that. I shouldn’t have gone [to him].

“And of course in that moment Mitro should control the emotions.”

As for United boss Erik ten Hag, the Dutchman shrugged off questions over Fulham’s indiscipline when quizzed on the matter.

“I don’t want to emphasise that. It was a great counter-attack but I think everyone saw it was handball,” he said.

On his side’s victory, he added: “That was the aim. We did it, we are happy with the win.

“We showed great character. Every time this team comes out, they show the personality and the determination needed. Fulham are a good team and you have to be good to overcome them.

“I think we had a good first half. We had great moments in the attacking transition and we should have been two or three goals up.”

United are next in action against Newcastle on April 2 (4.30pm).

They recently beat Eddie Howe’s side in the Carabao Cup final, though the match between the two sides ended goalless in the Premier League back in October.

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