Manchester United got back to winning ways, winning away at Fulham by a narrow 1-0 in a match of the 11th round of the Premier League. Captain Bruno Fernandes became a hero for the “devils”, who scored the only goal in added time of the meeting.
The match started very strongly for the “Devils”, who managed to open in the eighth minute through Scott McTominay, but the goal was canceled due to an ambush. It could be said that Fulham were much better on the pitch especially after the break and missed a couple of scoring chances and Andre Onana thwarted Joao Palinha’s plans on several occasions.
At the very end of the meeting, Bruno Fernandes “exploded”. The captain of the “devils” received the ball on the border of the penalty area, where with a very precise shot he punished the cruel mistake in the “cottagers” defense and made the final 1:0. This was also the 16th time in a row that the “devils” did not lose to their London rival.
The victory certainly gives a breath of fresh air for Erik ten Hag, who according to many is under huge pressure due to the recent disappointing results of the Old Trafford team.
With the win, United remain sixth in the table with an asset of 18 points. During the week, the “Devils” have a clash with Copenhagen in the groups of the Champions League. Fulham maintain their 14th position with 12 points and will face Aston Villa in a week.
In the eighth minute, Manchester United received the right to take a free kick. Eriksen crossed into the penalty area of Fulham, and there the ball was played by Garnacho, who sent it parallel to the goal line. McTominay put the ball into the net, but the goal was later disallowed due to Maguire’s interception of the cross.
In the 16th minute, there was a great chance for the “cottagers”. The hosts mounted a wonderful attack that ended with Muniz’s shot but it was saved by Onana. It subsequently became clear that the attacker of Londoners had been ambushed. In the 28th minute, Willian sent the ball into the penalty area of the guests, and there Dalot made a brilliant intervention, because Wilson was rushing to the ball and almost certainly would have “unprinted” Onana.
In the 34th minute came the first serious situation for United after the disallowed goal. Bruno Fernandes had the chance to shoot from the edge of the box and did well, but his shot was saved by Bernd Leno. By the end of the break, the Cottagers took the initiative and did not allow the Devils to create anything more.
The second half started very strong for both teams. United and Fulham picked up the pace and played attacking. Andre Onana had to intervene twice within 60 seconds after two very powerful shots from outside the penalty area.
The siege in front of United’s goal continued. In the 65th minute, Andreas Pereira crossed well from a corner into the “devils” penalty area. Muniz headed there from close range, but sent the ball high over the crossbar. The Brazilian striker suffered an injury in the 75th minute and was replaced by Carlos Vinicius.
Minutes followed in which both teams slowed down and did not create as many chances. However, in the first minute of added time, the match was decided. In the “cottagers” penalty area, a great carom formed, in which the Fulham players failed to clear the ball. It hit the leader Bruno Fernandes, who with a very precise shot scored for 1:0.
Fulham: Leno, Castan, Bassey, Ream, Robinson, Palnia, Ioubi, Wilson, Pereira, Willian, Muniz
Manchester United: Onana, Maguire, Evans, Dalot, Wan-Bissaka, McTominay, Eriksen, Fernandes, Antony, Garnacho, Hoylund
BEFORE THE DUEL
Erik ten Hag is under pressure as Zinedine Zidane’s name emerges as a possible replacement at the club. United ended their Carabao Cup title defense with a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Wednesday. It was the same result that saw Manchester City emerge victorious in the Old Trafford derby last Sunday.
On the other hand, Marco Silva’s men progressed to the cup after a 3-1 win at Ipswich Town, with Fulham drawing 1-1 with Brighton in their previous Premier League game.
Casemiro picked up another injury in the defeat at Newcastle and the Brazilian returned to the injured Luke Shaw, Amad Diallo, Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez. And Jaden Sancho is out for internal disciplinary reasons. Raphael Varane is also a doubt after missing the cup tie through illness.