Saturday 2 February 2013, 5:30pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Manchester United
Manchester United
1
Rooney 79'
A 79th-minute strike by Wayne Rooney saw Fulham slip to an unlucky defeat at home to league leaders Manchester United on Saturday.

65' Yellow Card

Chris Baird Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Aaron Hughes
Off:Brede Hangeland

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Urby Emanuelson
Off:Giorgos Karagounis

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mladen Petric
Off:Ashkan Dejagah

79' Goal

Wayne Rooney
Assist by Jonny Evans

90'+3 Yellow Card

Wayne Rooney

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Javier Hernández
Off:Antonio Valencia

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan Giggs
Off:Tom Cleverley

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Danny Welbeck
Off:Nani

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A 79th-minute strike by Wayne Rooney saw Fulham slip to an unlucky defeat at home to league leaders Manchester United on Saturday.

After Philippe Senderos misjudged a long ball forward by Jonny Evans, Rooney took full advantage, curling a shot beyond the reach of Mark Schwarzer and into the far corner.

The result was harsh on Fulham, with Bryan Ruiz hitting the post in the first half, before a brilliant long-range effort by John Arne Riise was tipped over the bar by David De Gea.

Moments before Rooney’s breakthrough, Ruiz saw a header cleared off the line by Rafael. And late on, Senderos’ header from a Damien Duff corner was also nodded off the line by Robin van Persie.

Martin Jol made two changes from Wednesday’s 3-1 win over West Ham United at the Cottage, with Ashkan Dejagah and Chris Baird replacing the injured pair of Dimitar Berbatov and Steve Sidwell. Deadline-day arrival Urby Emanuelson was on the substitutes’ bench.

On a cold night in SW6, Fulham created the first opening of the game on four minutes when Ruiz’s ball over the top sent Hugo Rodallega racing away down the right. The striker pulled the ball back for Dejagah, but the Iran international’s wild swipe of a shot hit a United defender and was cleared to safety.

At the other end, Fulham survived an incredible goalmouth scramble on eight minutes. A corner was met by Jonny Evans, who saw his header saved brilliantly by Schwarzer. The ball fell to Patrice Evra but the Frenchman’s shot cannoned off the bar. Rooney hooked a shot in, which Sascha Riether cleared off the line. Still the danger wasn’t cleared, but Schwarzer eventually did well to hold on to a shot from Evra.

Riise went close to opening his Fulham account on 12 minutes. And what a goal it would have been, the Norwegian’s dipping half-volley from 30 yards being tipped over the bar by De Gea.

In a pulsating opening period, Ruiz was teed up by Riise just outside the box. The Costa Rican’s effort beat De Gea but came off the post.

Brede Hangeland then made a superb last-ditch tackle as Nani shaped to shoot. From the resulting corner, the ball came off the back of Hangeland’s head and landed on top of the crossbar.

On 17 minutes, a Fulham free-kick was only cleared as far as Dejagah who sliced his effort inches wide of De Gea’s left-hand post, before Rooney sent a shot whistling just past the far stick after playing a quick one-two with Van Persie.

It was United’s turn to hit the woodwork on 32 minutes. Nani played the ball to Tom Cleverley on the edge of the box, with the midfielder teeing up Rooney, who saw his shot from 16 yards come back off Schwarzer’s left-hand post.

Three minutes before the break and with United about to take a corner, the Cottage was suddenly plunged into darkness as the floodlights went out. The players trotted off, before the lights came back on five minutes later and the teams returned to play out the remainder of the half.

Fulham were forced into a change at the start of the second half, with Hangeland, who was presumably injured, replaced by Aaron Hughes.

Van Persie sent a header from Nani’s cross straight at Schwarzer in the early stages of the second period, before Giorgos Karagounis should have done better than dragging a shot well wide after Baird had robbed Rio Ferdinand of possession.

Just after the hour mark, Rodallega and Dejagah combined to set up Baird, whose fierce shot from distance was saved low down by De Gea. Baird went into the book on 65 minutes for ending a marauding run by Antonio Valencia after Ruiz had lost the ball in midfield. United then threw a third striker into the mix, with Javier Hernandez coming on for Valencia.

Fulham made their second change of the game on 68 minutes, as Karagounis made way for Emanuelson to make his Whites bow. Three minutes later, Dejagah got down the right and played the ball inside for Riether, with the German’s shot from just outside the box parried away by De Gea. Ruiz was just unable to pounce on the rebound.

Fulham came oh so close to edging in front on 76 minutes. Duff’s corner from the left was flicked on by Baird, with Ruiz’s header being nodded off the line by Rafael.

And it was United who made the breakthrough three minutes later. Senderos didn’t read the bounce of a long ball forward by Evans, allowing Rooney to get in behind. The England man still had a lot to do but, with Hughes backing off, he curled his shot into the far corner.

Fulham made their final change on 81 minutes, with Dejagah replaced by Mladen Petric and in the dying seconds, Senderos saw a header from a Duff corner nodded off the line by Van Persie. United quickly broke, but Schwarzer dived bravely at the feet of Hernandez to deny the Mexican.

The Whites continued to press in the dying seconds, but United held on for the three points.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 2 February 2013
Kick-off: 5:30pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,670

Referee: Kevin Friend

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Riether, Senderos, Hangeland (Hughes 45'), John Arne Riise; Dejagah (Petric 82'), Baird, Karagounis (Emanuelson 68'), Duff; Ruiz; Rodallega

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Frimpong, Davies, Kacaniklic

Manager: Martin Jol

Manchester United

Line-up: De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra; Carrick, Cleverley (Giggs 75'); Antonio Valencia (Hernández 66'), Rooney, Nani (Welbeck 84'); van Persie

Unused substitutes: Amos, Smalling, Anderson, Kagawa

Manager: Alex Ferguson

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 25 62
2 Manchester City 24 52
3 Chelsea 25 46
4 Tottenham Hotspur 24 42
5 Everton 25 42
6 Arsenal 25 41
7 Liverpool 24 35
8 Swansea City 25 34
9 West Bromwich Albion 24 34
10 Stoke City 25 30
11 West Ham United 25 30
12 Sunderland 25 29
13 Fulham 25 28
14 Norwich City 25 28
15 Newcastle United 25 27
16 Southampton 25 24
17 Reading 25 23
18 Wigan Athletic 25 21
19 Aston Villa 25 21
20 Queens Park Rangers 25 17
Goals
0
1
Total Shots
16
16
Shots On Target
6
7
Passing Accuracy
75%
84%
Fouls
10
15
Corners
5
8
Offsides
2
7
Bookings
1
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 12Emmanuel Frimpong
  • 28Urby Emanuelson
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 31Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 10Mladen Petric
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Manchester United (4-2-3-1)
  • 1David De Gea
  • 2Rafael
  • 5Rio Ferdinand
  • 6Jonny Evans
  • 3Patrice Evra
  • 16Michael Carrick
  • 23Tom Cleverley
  • 7Antonio Valencia
  • 10Wayne Rooney
  • 17Nani
  • 20Robin van Persie
Substitutes
  • 40Ben Amos
  • 12Chris Smalling
  • 8Anderson
  • 11Ryan Giggs
  • 26Shinji Kagawa
  • 14Javier Hernández
  • 19Danny Welbeck
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
  • Match ends, Fulham 0, Manchester United 1.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Manchester United 1.
  • 90'+5' Attempt blocked. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 90'+4' Foul by Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).
  • 90'+4' Mladen Petric (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+2' Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+2' Patrice Evra (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Damien Duff (Fulham).
  • 90'+2' Attempt saved. Javier Hernández (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Philippe Senderos (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Arne Riise with a cross.
  • 90'+1' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Rafael.
  • 90'+1' Attempt blocked. Urby Emanuelson (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 90' Foul by Javier Hernández (Manchester United).
  • 90' Philippe Senderos (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Michael Carrick (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Foul by Mladen Petric (Fulham).
  • 88' Attempt blocked. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sascha Riether.
  • 85' Javier Hernández (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 85' Foul by Urby Emanuelson (Fulham).
  • 84' Substitution, Manchester United. Danny Welbeck replaces Nani.
  • 83' Offside, Manchester United. Nani tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.
  • 82' Substitution, Fulham. Mladen Petric replaces Ashkan Dejagah.
  • 81' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Damien Duff with a cross following a corner.
  • 81' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Rio Ferdinand.
  • 80' Offside, Manchester United. Michael Carrick tries a through ball, but Javier Hernández is caught offside.
  • 79' Goal! Fulham 0, Manchester United 1. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonny Evans.
  • 78' Attempt missed. Chris Baird (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega from a direct free kick.
  • 77' Foul by Jonny Evans (Manchester United).
  • 77' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 77' Attempt blocked. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Chris Baird with a headed pass.
  • 76' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jonny Evans.
  • 75' Substitution, Manchester United. Ryan Giggs replaces Tom Cleverley.
  • 71' Attempt missed. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
  • 71' Attempt saved. Sascha Riether (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah.
  • 69' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by John Arne Riise.
  • 68' Substitution, Fulham. Urby Emanuelson replaces Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 67' Robin van Persie (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 67' Foul by Chris Baird (Fulham).
  • 67' Attempt saved. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.
  • 66' Substitution, Manchester United. Javier Hernández replaces Antonio Valencia.
  • 65' Chris Baird (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 65' Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 65' Foul by Chris Baird (Fulham).
  • 64' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Chris Baird.
  • 64' Attempt blocked. Nani (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Robin van Persie.
  • 63' Offside, Manchester United. Michael Carrick tries a through ball, but Nani is caught offside.
  • 63' Attempt saved. Chris Baird (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah.
  • 61' Foul by Rafael (Manchester United).
  • 61' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 60' Offside, Fulham. Mark Schwarzer tries a through ball, but Hugo Rodallega is caught offside.
  • 58' Offside, Manchester United. Michael Carrick tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.
  • 56' Attempt missed. Rafael (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.
  • 55' Attempt missed. Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Baird.
  • 53' Foul by Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).
  • 53' Damien Duff (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 52' Offside, Manchester United. Robin van Persie tries a through ball, but Antonio Valencia is caught offside.
  • 51' Hand ball by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).
  • 49' Foul by Rafael (Manchester United).
  • 49' John Arne Riise (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 49' Attempt saved. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nani.
  • 48' Offside, Fulham. Chris Baird tries a through ball, but Ashkan Dejagah is caught offside.
  • 46' Foul by Robin van Persie (Manchester United).
  • 46' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Manchester United 0.
  • 45' Substitution, Fulham. Aaron Hughes replaces Brede Hangeland because of an injury.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Manchester United 0.
  • 43' Attempt saved. Robin van Persie (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Cleverley.
  • 43' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 43' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by John Arne Riise.
  • 39' Foul by Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).
  • 39' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 38' Foul by Nani (Manchester United).
  • 38' Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 34' Foul by Jonny Evans (Manchester United).
  • 34' Philippe Senderos (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 34' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Sascha Riether.
  • 34' Attempt blocked. Nani (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cleverley.
  • 32' Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Tom Cleverley.
  • 31' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 30' Delay in match Patrice Evra (Manchester United) because of an injury.
  • 30' Foul by Patrice Evra (Manchester United).
  • 30' Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 28' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Patrice Evra.
  • 25' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Chris Baird.
  • 24' Foul by Robin van Persie (Manchester United).
  • 24' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 22' Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 22' Foul by Damien Duff (Fulham).
  • 21' Foul by Nani (Manchester United).
  • 21' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 19' Attempt missed. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Robin van Persie.
  • 19' Nani (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 19' Foul by Brede Hangeland (Fulham).
  • 18' Offside, Manchester United. Tom Cleverley tries a through ball, but Robin van Persie is caught offside.
  • 18' Attempt missed. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.
  • 17' Foul by Patrice Evra (Manchester United).
  • 17' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 16' Attempt missed. Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.
  • 15' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 15' Attempt saved. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by John Arne Riise.
  • 14' Hand ball by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).
  • 13' Offside, Manchester United. Rafael tries a through ball, but Antonio Valencia is caught offside.
  • 12' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by David De Gea.
  • 12' Attempt saved. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 11' Attempt blocked. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 9' Attempt saved. Patrice Evra (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 8' Attempt blocked. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.
  • 8' Patrice Evra (Manchester United) hits the bar with a left footed shot from very close range following a corner.
  • 8' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 7' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Chris Baird.
  • 7' Attempt blocked. Nani (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cleverley.
  • 6' Jonny Evans (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 6' Foul by Bryan Ruiz (Fulham).
  • 5' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a cross.
  • 4' Attempt blocked. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 2' Foul by Tom Cleverley (Manchester United).
  • 2' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
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