Manchester United fullback Luke Shaw welcomed ref Chris Kavanagh’s performance after their FA Cup win against Fulham.
United came from a goal down to win the quarterfinal 3-1, with Fulham also having two players sent off.
Willian, who handled the ball in the box to deny a goalscoring opportunity, and Aleksandar Mitrovic were sent off in chaotic scenes, whilst manager Marco Silva was also given his marching orders for protesting the penalty decision.
Shaw, speaking to MUTV after the game, said: “I think if we’re honest, it wasn’t our best performance today.
“I think maybe you could see a bit of fatigue, we lacked intensity, we lacked energy and I think that showed a lot in the first 60 minutes, we were really struggling at times.
“Can’t take anything away from Fulham, I think they’re a really good side and they made it really difficult for us. But I think in these competitions, it’s not always about how you perform. The most important thing is the win and getting through.
“We did that today and another trip to Wembley, which we’re really looking forward to. When it comes down to the game, we all have to be ready, there can’t be too many excuses [fixture list] but if you watched the game, you could probably see that [fatigue].
“I think on the pitch, maybe the lads did feel that too. It wasn’t our best day at the office, but the result was an important one and maybe a bit of luck on our side today, which we haven’t had in recent times with referee decisions.
“It’s nice to have a big referee decision today. He’s [De Gea] always ready to make important saves he did that again today”