Manchester United tricked the ref with the old ‘look behind you!’ move moments before FA Cup game-winning free kick

  • Manchester United defeated Liverpool 3-2 in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
  • The winning goal came in the 78th minute with a Bruno Fernandes free kick from just outside the penalty area.
  • Before the goal, Fernandes and a teammate tricked the ref and moved the ball for a better angle on the kick.
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Manchester United used a little schoolyard trickeration to take down Liverpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

With the score tied 2-2 in the 78th minute, United earned a free kick from the edge of the penalty area. After the referee set the ball, Bruno Fernandes moved the ball farther back to improve his angle to the goal.

The referee saw this and walked back over to have the ball moved back to the original spot. After Fernandes and his teammates objected, the referee moved the ball back to the original spot with his foot.

That didn’t stop Fernandes as he and his teammates distracted the referee with the ol’, “Look behind you!” move. As the ref looked away, Fernandes moved the ball again and the ball remained in the new spot for the free kick.

The move may have helped as Fernandes got the ball through the wall and into the back of the net for a 3-2 lead.

United went on to win by the same score and advanced to the fifth round of the FA Cup.