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last updated Wednesday 05th February 2014, 9:24 AM
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Rene Meulensteen's brief reign as Fulham manager moved nearer a swift ending as his woeful side crashed out of the FA Cup.

Substitute Shaun Miller scored the winner in the last minute of extra time to send Nigel Clough's League One side through to the fifth round.

Fulham, who sank to the bottom of the Premier League at the weekend, were a shambles after Meulensteen made eight changes.

The club's new technical director Alan Curbishley, watching from the Craven Cottage stands, looks a ready-made replacement unless results improve quickly.

This latest embarrassment comes after four consecutive Premier League defeats - and only three wins in Meulensteen's first 11 league games since replacing Martin Jol in December.

Here, Fulham could not even take it to penalties against a side 23rd in League One.

Meulensteen insisted before the game he enjoyed the "100 per cent" backing of ­American owner Shahid Khan.

But the Dutchman admitted afterwards: "That will only last until that has gone. Until that time, I will just keep doing my job to the best that I can. I have no worries in that respect at all."

Asked if another performance like that would cost him his job, he replied: "I can't answer that."

Meulensteen was backed by the club in the January transfer window, but his six new signings were ineligible for this replay.

The former Manchester United No.2 takes his side back to Old Trafford on Sunday before hosting Liverpool next week with Chelsea to follow.

Relegation looms.

The highlight of ITV4's live coverage were the images of new £12million signing Kostas Mitroglou wrapped up against the cold, apparently wondering what he was doing here.

Meulensteen added: "We have 14 games left and we have to start getting our act together sooner rather than later. If we play like this, we have big problems."

After a dreadful first half, Fulham fans only roused themselves to boo their side off at the break. Hugo Rodellega looked close to tears when he was booed after being ­substituted.

David Stockdale denied John Brayford with a low save after 99 minutes. But Miller scored the late winner when Harry Maguire headed down Jose Baxter's corner and he stooped to nod in.

The Blades, who knocked out top-flight Aston Villa in the third round, now face the winners of Wednesday night's replay between Preston and the side Clough once played for, Nottingham Forest.

Clough said: "I am elated, although I do feel for Rene because you know that feeling when everything is against you. But I hope it is a springboard for us."

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