Saturday 8 December 2018, 3:00pm at Old Trafford, Manchester
Premier League
Manchester United
Manchester United
4
Young 13'; Mata 28'; Lukaku 42'; Rashford 82'
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Kamara (pen) 67'

13' Goal

Ashley Young

28' Goal

Juan Mata
Assist by Marcus Rashford

42' Goal

Romelu Lukaku
Assist by Juan Mata

82' Goal

Marcus Rashford
Assist by Ashley Young

45'+1 Yellow Card

Diogo Dalot Card was given for a foul

58' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Marcos Rojo
Off:Chris Smalling

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Fred
Off:Jesse Lingard

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Scott McTominay
Off:Marcus Rashford

67' Penalty

Aboubakar Kamara

31' Yellow Card

André-Frank Zambo Anguissa Card was given for a foul

68' 2nd Yellow Card

André-Frank Zambo Anguissa Card was given for a foul

72' Yellow Card

Jean Michael Seri Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luciano Vietto
Off:Tom Cairney

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aboubakar Kamara
Off:Aleksandar Mitrovic

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ibrahima Cissé
Off:André Schürrle

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Fulham fell to defeat against a ruthless Manchester United side at Old Trafford on a tough Saturday afternoon for the Whites.

Fulham fell to defeat against a ruthless Manchester United side at Old Trafford on a tough Saturday afternoon for the Whites. 

First half goals from Ashley Young, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku put the game out of reach within 45 minutes A spirited second half from Fulham saw them pull one goal back courtesy of an Aboubakar Kamara penalty but the damage had been done in the opening 45. With 10 minutes remaining Marcus Rashford added a fourth for the hosts to make it a convincing 4-1 win.  

Claudio Ranieri made five changes to the side that drew with Leicester City in midweek at Craven Cottage as he looked to play a more restrictive line-up to counter United. Denis Odoi, who had been partnering Alfie Mawson at the centre of the Whites defence in recent weeks, was shifted out to play on the right side of a back four alongside Tim Ream, Mawson and Joe Bryan. Captain Tom Cairney returned to the starting XI along with André-Frank Zambo Anguissa and André Schürrle, who had both recovered from their recent injuries. 

As the referee got the match under way the persistent rain that had been plaguing the area in the build-up to the match was still present but it did nothing to dampen the noise made by the travelling fans. 

A low key opening 10 minutes ensued with neither side able to carve out any significant openings but in the 13th minute the deadlock was broken when Young poked the ball through the legs of Odoi at the right-back position and took aim. He unleashed a vicious drive that flew in the top corner past Sergio Rico. Despite the opening it did nothing to improve the stagnant atmosphere at the Theatre of Dreams. 

In the 20th minute the Whites had their first effort on target. After some neat link up between Ryan Sessegnon and Cairney on the counter the ball was eventually fizzed out to Mitro just on the edge of the box. The Serbian striker took a touch but didn’t connect cleanly with the strike and ball was gathered by David De Gea. 

In the 28th minute the hosts' lead was doubled courtesy of a clinical attack. The ball was worked down the left wing to an unmarked Rashford who had time and space to cut a perfect ball back into the path of Mata who made no mistake. The midfielder rushed on to the ball and placed a first-time shot low into the bottom right hand corner. 

In the 37th minute it almost got worse for the Whites as Rashford, in confident mood, lined up a free-kick 30 yards from goal. His dipping and bending effort looked destined for the back of the net before Rico produced a fine save to parry it clear with one hand. 

The third goal eventually did come in the 41st minute. A corner was played short and worked back before neatly being slipped in behind the Fulham back-four. Goal scorer turned provider to a man desperately in need as Mata played a ball to the feet of Lukaku four yards from goal. He made no mistake and slammed home. 

Ranieri made two changes at the break, replacing Cairney and Mitrović and inserting Luciano Vietto and Kamara in their place. 

The changes gave Fulham some more speed on the break but De Gea was not troubled in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.

Despite the situation the Fulham fans continued the sing and enjoy the day out in the away end and almost had something to cheer in the 58th minute when Sessegnon squeezed through the United defence and shot. His effort was well blocked and fell kindly to Schürrle lurking outside the box. He couldn’t control his shot and it flew over the bar. 

In the 65th minute the improved showing from Fulham was rewarded with a goal. A ball was played into the feet of Kamara in the box who had his back to goal. With a lot of work to do he shrugged off the attempted tackle from Phil Jones and the defender fell to the ground. Spotting an opening the explosive attacker surged towards goal and was taken down by Ander Herrera. Abou stepped up and dispatched the penalty into the bottom corner, sending De Gea the wrong way. 

Moments after the game re-started Anguissa made a robust challenge on Rashford on the far touchline. The Cameroonian midfielder appeared to take the ball before the man but nevertheless was shown a second yellow and sent off. 

With 10 minutes to go, Rashford grabbed a goal from distance to restore the three goal lead and for the final 10 minutes the encounter petered out. Despite the circumstances the Fulham fans were superb all the way to the final whistle and outsung the home fans until the bitter end. 

Match Information

Competition: Premier League

Date: Saturday 8 December 2018
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 74,523

Referee: Lee Probert

Manchester United

Line-up: De Gea; Diogo Dalot, Smalling (Rojo 58'), Jones, Young; Herrera, Matic; Mata, Lingard (Fred 73'), Rashford (McTominay 84'); Lukaku

Unused substitutes: Romero, Pogba, Andreas Pereira, Fellaini

Manager: José Mourinho

Fulham

Line-up: Rico; Odoi, Mawson, Ream, Bryan; Seri, Zambo Anguissa; Schürrle (Cissé 73'), Cairney (Vietto 45'), Ryan Sessegnon; Mitrovic (Kamara 45')

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Christie, Kebano, Johansen

Manager: Claudio Ranieri

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Liverpool 16 42
2 Manchester City 15 41
3 Arsenal 16 34
4 Tottenham Hotspur 15 33
5 Chelsea 15 31
6 Manchester United 16 26
7 Everton 15 23
8 A.F.C. Bournemouth 16 23
9 Leicester City 15 22
10 West Ham United 16 21
11 Brighton and Hove Albion 16 21
12 Watford 15 20
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 15 19
14 Cardiff City 16 14
15 Newcastle United 15 13
16 Crystal Palace 16 12
17 Burnley 16 12
18 Huddersfield Town 16 10
19 Southampton 16 9
20 Fulham 16 9
Goals
4
1
Total Shots
20
10
Shots On Target
11
4
Passing Accuracy
86%
76%
Fouls
11
15
Corners
10
3
Offsides
4
3
Bookings
1
1
Sending Offs
0
1
Manchester United (4-2-3-1)
  • 1David De Gea
  • 20Diogo Dalot
  • 12Chris Smalling
  • 4Phil Jones
  • 18Ashley Young
  • 21Ander Herrera
  • 31Nemanja Matic
  • 8Juan Mata
  • 14Jesse Lingard
  • 10Marcus Rashford
  • 9Romelu Lukaku
Substitutes
  • 22Sergio Romero
  • 16Marcos Rojo
  • 6Paul Pogba
  • 15Andreas Pereira
  • 17Fred
  • 27Marouane Fellaini
  • 39Scott McTominay
Manager
  • José Mourinho
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 25Sergio Rico
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 26Alfie Mawson
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 24Jean Michael Seri
  • 29André-Frank Zambo Anguissa
  • 14André Schürrle
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
  • 9Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 44Ibrahima Cissé
  • 19Luciano Vietto
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Claudio Ranieri
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Manchester United 4, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Manchester United 4, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+3' Offside, Manchester United. Romelu Lukaku tries a through ball, but Juan Mata is caught offside.
  • 90'+2' Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 90'+2' Offside, Manchester United. Ander Herrera tries a through ball, but Fred is caught offside.
  • 90' Scott McTominay (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90' Foul by Luciano Vietto (Fulham).
  • 89' Fred (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Foul by Jean Michael Seri (Fulham).
  • 88' Attempt missed. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 87' Attempt saved. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jean Michael Seri.
  • 86' Attempt missed. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tim Ream with a headed pass.
  • 84' Attempt saved. Scott McTominay (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Diogo Dalot.
  • 84' Substitution, Manchester United. Scott McTominay replaces Marcus Rashford.
  • 82' Goal! Manchester United 4, Fulham 1. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ashley Young.
  • 81' Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcus Rashford.
  • 80' Attempt saved. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ander Herrera.
  • 79' Attempt missed. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.
  • 74' Fred (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 74' Foul by Ibrahima Cissé (Fulham).
  • 73' Substitution, Fulham. Ibrahima Cissé replaces André Schürrle.
  • 73' Substitution, Manchester United. Fred replaces Jesse Lingard.
  • 72' Jean Michael Seri (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 72' Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 72' Foul by Jean Michael Seri (Fulham).
  • 71' Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 71' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 71' Attempt saved. Luciano Vietto (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jean Michael Seri.
  • 70' Offside, Manchester United. Ashley Young tries a through ball, but Jesse Lingard is caught offside.
  • 68' Second yellow card to André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) for a bad foul.
  • 67' Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 67' Foul by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham).
  • 67' Goal! Manchester United 3, Fulham 1. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.
  • 66' Penalty conceded by Ander Herrera (Manchester United) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 66' Penalty Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 64' Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).
  • 64' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 63' Attempt missed. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.
  • 62' Offside, Fulham. Alfie Mawson tries a through ball, but André-Frank Zambo Anguissa is caught offside.
  • 61' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Marcus Rashford.
  • 61' Attempt missed. André Schürrle (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.
  • 60' Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).
  • 60' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 59' Attempt missed. Ander Herrera (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Juan Mata.
  • 58' Substitution, Manchester United. Marcos Rojo replaces Chris Smalling because of an injury.
  • 58' Attempt missed. André Schürrle (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
  • 58' Attempt blocked. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luciano Vietto.
  • 56' Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 56' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 55' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Smalling.
  • 54' Ander Herrera (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 54' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 53' Diogo Dalot (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 53' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 53' Foul by Juan Mata (Manchester United).
  • 53' Jean Michael Seri (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 49' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Sergio Rico.
  • 49' Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Diogo Dalot with a cross.
  • 48' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 48' Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 48' Attempt saved. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Young.
  • 46' Foul by Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).
  • 46' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • Second Half begins Manchester United 3, Fulham 0.
  • 45' Substitution, Fulham. Luciano Vietto replaces Tom Cairney.
  • 45' Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Manchester United 3, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+1' Diogo Dalot (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 45'+1' Foul by Diogo Dalot (Manchester United).
  • 45'+1' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 45' Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Juan Mata.
  • 42' Goal! Manchester United 3, Fulham 0. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Juan Mata following a corner.
  • 41' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa.
  • 41' Attempt blocked. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.
  • 38' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 38' Attempt saved. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 37' Juan Mata (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 37' Foul by Jean Michael Seri (Fulham).
  • 35' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.
  • 31' André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 31' Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 31' Foul by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham).
  • 30' Foul by Ander Herrera (Manchester United).
  • 30' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 30' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.
  • 30' Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 30' Foul by Jean Michael Seri (Fulham).
  • 28' Goal! Manchester United 2, Fulham 0. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marcus Rashford.
  • 22' Attempt missed. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.
  • 22' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Joe Bryan.
  • 21' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Denis Odoi.
  • 21' Attempt missed. Ashley Young (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.
  • 20' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 19' Attempt missed. Diogo Dalot (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.
  • 19' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.
  • 19' Attempt blocked. Chris Smalling (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Dalot with a cross.
  • 18' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.
  • 17' Foul by Jesse Lingard (Manchester United).
  • 17' André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 15' Foul by Juan Mata (Manchester United).
  • 15' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 13' Goal! Manchester United 1, Fulham 0. Ashley Young (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Marcus Rashford.
  • 11' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon with a cross.
  • 11' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Diogo Dalot.
  • 9' Hand ball by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 8' Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 8' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 7' Foul by Jesse Lingard (Manchester United).
  • 7' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 3' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 3' Foul by Nemanja Matic (Manchester United).
  • 2' Offside, Fulham. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Ryan Sessegnon is caught offside.
  • 1' Offside, Manchester United. Ashley Young tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.
  • 1' Offside, Fulham. Aleksandar Mitrovic tries a through ball, but Ryan Sessegnon is caught offside.
  • First Half begins.