Dirk Kuyt of Liverpool scores during the FA Cup game against Manchester United at Anfield on January 28th, 2012. [Photo: CFP]
Substitute Dirk Kuyt struck two minutes from time to give hosts Liverpool a 2-1 FA Cup fourth-round win over Manchester United on Saturday with visiting captain Patrice Evra being booed throughout and making a mistake for the goal.
United left back Evra was given a hostile Anfield reception after the Frenchman's involvement in a spat with Liverpool's Luis Suarez in October, which led to the Uruguayan's current eight-match ban for racial abuse.
Liverpool, still missing the verve offered by forward Suarez, took the lead on 21 minutes when Daniel Agger headed in a corner which struggling United goalkeeper David De Gea failed to collect after being deliberately crowded out by the hosts.
United, without the injured Wayne Rooney, hit back through a crisp strike inside the near post from Park Ji-sung on 39 minutes and the visitors had other good chances. However, Liverpool had the last laugh. Andy Carroll flicked on the ball to leave Evra out of position and Dutchman Kuyt slammed in when De Gea could again have done better.
Liverpool was joined in the fifth round by Chelsea which won 1-0 at Queens Park Rangers earlier in another game where racist abuse allegations clouded the affair.
On Friday, on-loan forward Landon Donovan led Everton to its first ever FA Cup win over Fulham, setting up both goals in his team's 2-1 win at Goodison.
Fulham had progressed in the FA Cup on all four previous occasions it had been drawn against Everton, and led again against the Toffees through Danny Murphy's 14th-minute penalty.
But Donovan, in the sixth game of his second loan spell from Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy, set up a 27th-minute equalizer for Denis Stracqualursi and then provided the assist for Marouane Fellaini's 73rd-minute winner.
Rafael van der Vaart scored a 42nd-minute goal for Tottenham in a 1-0 win at League Championship side Watford.