Wednesday 21 December 2011, 8:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Manchester United
Manchester United
5
Welbeck 5'; Nani 28'; Giggs 43'; Rooney 88'; Berbatov 90'
Fulham lost 5-0 at Craven Cottage against the defending champions Manchester United on Wednesday night.

63' Yellow Card

Chris Baird Card was given for a foul

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stephen Kelly
Off:Chris Baird

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bobby Zamora
Off:Clint Dempsey

5' Goal

Danny Welbeck
Assist by Nani

28' Goal

Nani
Assist by Ryan Giggs

43' Goal

Ryan Giggs
Assist by Nani

88' Goal

Wayne Rooney
Assist by Ryan Giggs

90' Goal

Dimitar Berbatov
Assist by Antonio Valencia

20' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Ashley Young
Off:Phil Jones

59' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Park Ji-Sung
Off:Ashley Young

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dimitar Berbatov
Off:Danny Welbeck

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15
30
45
60
75
90

Martin Jol started with an attacking line-up for the visit of Manchester United to Craven Cottage on Wednesday evening but it was United who drew first blood on five minutes when Danny Welbeck finished off a surging move with a simple finish from the edge of the six yard box. The instigator of the move was the in-form Nani, whose surging run down the left wing created the opening.

The goal was the only spark of activity from the opening exchanges, with most of the game’s early moments being played at more of a measured pace. Fulham were certainly enjoying more time in possession than their opponents, but United’s attacks, though sporadic, were the more penetrative.

David Stockdale was clearly the busier of the two goalkeepers, having to produce routine saves from Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney but as the pressure started to grow on the Fulham back line Stockdale was becoming an increasingly important figure for the Whites.

United doubled their lead on 27 minutes when a corner routine saw Ryan Giggs swing a dangerous delivery into the Fulham penalty area. Nani was able to get in front of his marker and glance a header past the outstretched palm of Stockdale and into the far corner of the net.

Manchester United’s wide players were the key factor in the visitors’ attacking play. Antonio Valencia was a constant threat down the United right wing and Nani, playing in more of a floating role, was proving instrumental in most of United’s best attacks.

United made it three-nil on 42 minutes after Ryan Giggs’ shot cruelly deflected off Philippe Senderos and looped agonisingly over the head of David Stockdale.

Fulham made a positive opening to the second-half, playing at a visibly higher pace than in the first 45 minutes. A spell of Fulham pressure early in the half culminated in Clint Dempsey forcing a fine save from Andres Lindegaard after a Danny Murphy corner.

Fulham continued to press and shots from Mousa Dembele and John Arne Riise had Lindegaard looking on nervously – whilst a Clint Dempsey daisy cutter produced a comfortable stop from United’s Danish goalkeeper.

A series of niggling fouls and stoppages in play disrupted Fulham’s momentum and United were again back in control. Danny Welbeck came close to scoring his second of the match but his goal bound effort deflected wide after striking Chris Baird.

As the second-half progressed Fulham started to attack with more urgency and only timely blocks from the United defence prevented Mousa Dembele and Clint Dempsey from testing Lindegaard.

Stephen Kelly replaced Chris Baird midway through the second-half as Martin Jol looked to reduce Fulham’s deficit.

The Whites created a fine scoring opportunity for Andrew Johnson on 77 minutes, with the striker being played through into space in the penalty area. Johnson’s powerful strike was tipped over the bar by Lindegaard – unfortunately the touch was not spotted by the officials and United resumed with a goal kick.

Wayne Rooney made it four for the visitors on 87 minutes with a spectacular shot from 30 yards that gave David Stockdale little chance. The scoring was rounded off on added time when substitute Dimitar Berbatovback heeled over the line from two yards.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Wednesday 21 December 2011
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,700

Referee: Mark Halsey

Fulham

Line-up: Stockdale; Baird (Kelly 74'), Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Ruiz, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey (Zamora 85'); Dembélé; Andrew Johnson

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Hughes, Gecov, Duff, Frei

Manager: Martin Jol

Manchester United

Line-up: Lindegaard; Jones (Young 20' (Park Ji-Sung 59')), Smalling, Evans, Evra; Antonio Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Nani; Rooney; Welbeck (Berbatov 77')

Unused substitutes: De Gea, Rafael, Fryers, Hernández

Manager: Alex Ferguson

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 17 44
2 Manchester United 17 42
3 Tottenham Hotspur 15 34
4 Chelsea 16 32
5 Arsenal 17 32
6 Liverpool 17 30
7 Newcastle United 17 27
8 Stoke City 17 24
9 Norwich City 17 21
10 West Bromwich Albion 17 21
11 Everton 16 20
12 Aston Villa 17 19
13 Fulham 17 18
14 Swansea City 17 18
15 Sunderland 17 17
16 Queens Park Rangers 17 16
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 15
18 Wigan Athletic 17 14
19 Bolton Wanderers 17 12
20 Blackburn Rovers 17 10
Goals
0
5
Total Shots
15
18
Shots On Target
5
8
Passing Accuracy
82%
88%
Fouls
7
8
Corners
3
10
Offsides
0
2
Bookings
1
0
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 30Moussa Dembélé
  • 8Andrew Johnson
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 15Marcel Gecov
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 25Bobby Zamora
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Manchester United (4-4-1-1)
  • 34Anders Lindegaard
  • 4Phil Jones
  • 12Chris Smalling
  • 6Jonny Evans
  • 3Patrice Evra
  • 25Antonio Valencia
  • 16Michael Carrick
  • 11Ryan Giggs
  • 17Nani
  • 10Wayne Rooney
  • 19Danny Welbeck
Substitutes
  • 1David De Gea
  • 21Rafael
  • 51Ezekiel Fryers
  • 13Park Ji-Sung
  • 18Ashley Young
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
  • 14Javier Hernández
Manager
  • Alex Ferguson
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