Monday 26 March 2012, 8:00pm at Old Trafford, Manchester
Barclays Premier League
Manchester United
Manchester United
1
Rooney 42'
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
A first half Wayne Rooney goal meant Fulham came away from Old Trafford empty handed despite a strong late penalty claim for the Whites on Monday night.

42' Goal

Wayne Rooney
Assist by Jonny Evans

34' Yellow Card

Ryan Giggs Card was given for a foul

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Javier Hernández
Off:Danny Welbeck

74' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Chris Smalling
Off:Rio Ferdinand

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Paul Scholes
Off:Wayne Rooney

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bryan Ruiz
Off:Kerim Frei

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Danny Murphy
Off:Mahamadou Diarra

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90

A goal from Wayne Rooney was the telling difference as Fulham lost a brave battle at Old Trafford.

Old Trafford hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Fulham over the years, but few teams can boast of regular success at the home of Manchester United.

In what is one of the toughest tests of the football calendar, Martin Jol’s side made a positive start with teenage midfielder Kerim Frei showing little fear having started on the left of the Whites’ five-man midfield.

Clint Dempsey, playing a more withdrawn role, linked well with striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, while Mousa Dembélé twice broke from deep to fire wide as Fulham looked to disrupt the early momentum that had been set by the home side.

Predictably, United began to find their feet, with Wayne Rooney picking the ball up from deep and arrowing searching deliveries to the flanks. From one such move, Antonio Valencia centred from the right, where Ryan Giggs moved Mark Schwarzer into his first piece of action.

Fulham replied positively with Dempsey running at goal and driving a low strike that stung the arms of David De Gea. The American then moved the United ‘keeper into further action curling an ambitious effort from the edge of the box.

The Whites certainly threatened, but United always looked in control as Aaron Hughes and John Arne Riise both made desperate blocks during a moment of intense pressure.

Patrice Evra went agonisingly close with one acrobatic effort, while from another passage of play Rafael should have done better when well placed with Schwarzer making an easy stop to keep the Brazilian at bay.

For all their possession however, United found a resilient Fulham backline, with Brede Hangeland marshalling his team-mates with expert precision.

But with half-time a matter of minutes away, Rooney broke the deadlock when sweeping home from Jonny Evans’ determined pull-back.

The goal seemed to relax the hosts, and within minutes of the second-half Valencia went close to doubling the lead only to be denied by a brave low save from Schwarzer.

The Australian stopper made an even better save moments later, diving low to palm Young’s curled effort from the left to safety.

To their credit Fulham continued to frustrate their hosts with Stephen Kelly making one expertly timed tackle to rob Young of the ball, while Damien Duff blocked Rooney’s close range effort.

Schwarzer made a stunning double save to deny Young, with the England winger volleying at goal and then testing the Australian’s reactions with the rebound. As the ball looped up, Hangeland showed impeccable awareness to then block Giggs’ goal-bound effort.

With the game approaching the final 10 minutes, the impressive Pavel Pogrebnyak almost found the path of Bryan Ruiz with one clever pass before almost picking the pocket of former Fulham defender Chris Smalling who had just replaced Rio Ferdinand.

A late rally from Fulham offered hope of a leveller as free-kicks from Ruiz and Danny Murphy unsettled the United defence, but our title-chasing opponents held firm.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Monday 26 March 2012
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 75,570

Referee: Michael Oliver

Manchester United

Line-up: De Gea; Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand (Smalling 74'), Evra; Antonio Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Young; Welbeck (Hernández 63'), Rooney (Scholes 79')

Unused substitutes: Amos, Jones, Cleverley, Berbatov

Manager: Alex Ferguson

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Duff, Dembélé, Diarra (Murphy 72'), Frei (Ruiz 67'); Dempsey; Pogrebnyak

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Senderos, Briggs, Etuhu, Trotta

Manager: Martin Jol

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 30 73
2 Manchester City 30 70
3 Arsenal 30 58
4 Tottenham Hotspur 30 55
5 Chelsea 30 50
6 Newcastle United 30 50
7 Liverpool 30 42
8 Sunderland 30 40
9 Everton 30 40
10 Swansea City 30 39
11 Norwich City 30 39
12 Stoke City 30 38
13 Fulham 30 36
14 West Bromwich Albion 30 36
15 Aston Villa 29 33
16 Blackburn Rovers 30 28
17 Bolton Wanderers 29 26
18 Queens Park Rangers 30 25
19 Wigan Athletic 30 25
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 22
Goals
1
0
Total Shots
21
7
Shots On Target
9
2
Passing Accuracy
88%
80%
Fouls
17
6
Corners
7
1
Offsides
2
0
Bookings
1
0
Sending Offs
0
0
Manchester United (4-4-2)
  • 1David De Gea
  • 21Rafael
  • 6Jonny Evans
  • 5Rio Ferdinand
  • 3Patrice Evra
  • 25Antonio Valencia
  • 16Michael Carrick
  • 11Ryan Giggs
  • 18Ashley Young
  • 19Danny Welbeck
  • 10Wayne Rooney
Substitutes
  • 40Ben Amos
  • 4Phil Jones
  • 12Chris Smalling
  • 22Paul Scholes
  • 23Tom Cleverley
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
  • 14Javier Hernández
Manager
  • Alex Ferguson
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 30Moussa Dembélé
  • 19Mahamadou Diarra
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 7Pavel Pogrebnyak
Substitutes
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 28Matthew Briggs
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 42Marcello Trotta
Manager
  • Martin Jol
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