Tuesday 28 April 2015, 7:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Humphrys 90'
Manchester United
Manchester United U21s
van Persie 13', 80'; Rothwell 20', 43'

90' Goal

Stephen Humphrys

88' Yellow Card

Ryheem Sheckleford Card was given for a foul

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stephen Humphrys
Off:Aaron Redford

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luca de la Torre
Off:Tayo Edun

13' Goal

Robin van Persie

20' Goal

Joe Rothwell

43' Goal

Joe Rothwell

80' Goal

Robin van Persie

71' Yellow Card

Tyler Blackett Card was given for a foul

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Matthew Willock
Off:Joe Rothwell

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:James Weir
Off:Robin van Persie

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ashley Fletcher
Off:Sean Goss

Robin van Persie and Joe Rothwell both scored twice as Fulham were beaten at home.

Robin van Persie and Joe Rothwell both scored twice as Fulham’s Under-21s were beaten 4-1 by Manchester United at Craven Cottage.

The Whites were always likely to be up against it as they faced a strong table-topping United team who named Anders Lindegaard, Van Persie and Adnan Januzaj in their starting XI.

And so it proved as United led 3-0 at half-time. Van Persie got the ball rolling in the 13th minute and Joe Rothwell added a second soon after. Van Persie then hit a post before Rothwell grabbed his second of the evening just before the break.

Fulham were improved in the second half, although Van Persie saw a deflected shot crash back off the crossbar, before he made it 4-0 10 minutes before the end.

The Whites grabbed a late consolation when Luca de La Torre crossed for fellow substitute Stephen Humphrys to nod home on his Under-21 debut.

There was a minute’s silence prior to kick-off and Fulham’s players wore black armbands in tribute to the Club’s Head of London Recruitment John O’Brien who sadly died at the weekend.

When play got under way, Liam Grimshaw fired an early half-volley from 18 yards just wide in the opening minute. Andreas Pereira then forced Magnus Norman into a low save with a shot from the edge of the box as United started brightly.

The visitors went in front in the 13th minute. United worked their way forward with some neat intricate passing and Van Persie slotted home with his left foot from 12 yards after being found by Pereira.

Van Persie tumbled over a challenge from Jonathan Buatu in the 18th minute but referee Ashvin Degnarin waved play on.

At the other end in the 19th minute, Fulham’s first real foray forward saw Jordan Evans whip in a cross that Aaron Redford could only poke behind.

Almost immediately, United doubled their lead. A fine throughball by Januzaj sent Rothwell in behind the Fulham defence and he made no mistake with a placed shot past Norman.

A last-ditch tackle by Liam Donnelly prevented Van Persie from getting a shot away on the half-hour mark. The Dutchman struck a post five minutes later as he stretched to toe Januzaj’s cross towards goal.

Rothwell added his second of the game in the 43rd minute. Januzaj got down the right and pulled the ball back with Rothwell meeting it just outside the area and placing his shot into the corner of the net.

Having deployed a 3-5-2 formation in the first half, Fulham switched to a flat 4-4-2 in the second with Donnelly moving into midfield.

A good run by Evans saw him burst into the area in the 52nd minute but he blazed high and wide from a tight angle, before Lindegaard comfortably collected Buomesca Tué Na Bangna’s long-range effort.

Fulham made a change on the hour mark, Humphrys replacing Redford. And de la Torre entered the action seven minutes later as he came on for Tayo Edun.

Van Persie saw an effort deflect off Buatu and cannon back off the crossbar in the 71st minute as he met Andrew Kellett’s cross.

Tyler Blackett then went into the book for a foul on Josh Smile and Noe Baba forced a fine diving save from Lindegaard soon after as he side-footed Evans’ delivery towards goal.

Van Persie grabbed his second and United’s fourth in the 80th minute, clipping a shot over Norman after Fulham had lost possession in the middle of the park. It proved to be Van Persie’s last action of the game as he departed the action for James Weir.

Humphrys grabbed a consolation for Fulham in stoppage time for the Whites when he headed home de la Torre’s weighted cross.

And Ange-Freddy Plumain almost notched a second for the hosts soon after, going clear from Smile’s pass but seeing his shot turned behind by a fine one-handed save from Lindegaard.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Tuesday 28 April 2015
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Norman; Donnelly, Buatu, Baba; Sheckleford, Mesca, Edun (de la Torre 67'), Smile, Evans; Plumain, Redford (Humphrys 60')

Unused substitutes: Elworthy, Rodák

Manager: Peter Grant

Manchester United U21s

Line-up: Lindegaard; Love, Blackett, Thorpe, Kellett; Rothwell (Willock 81'), Goss (Fletcher 88'), Grimshaw; Pereira, van Persie (Weir 81'), Januzaj

Unused substitutes: O'Hara, El Fitouri

Fulham U21s (3-5-2)
  • 1Magnus Norman
  • 6Liam Donnelly
  • 5Mananga Jonathan Buatu
  • 4Noe Baba
  • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 7Mesca
  • 10Tayo Edun
  • 8Joshua Smile
  • 3Jordan Evans
  • 11Ange-Freddy Plumain
  • 9Aaron Redford
  • 14Luca de la Torre
  • 15Stephen Humphrys
  • 16Shane Elworthy
  • 12Marek Rodák
  • Peter Grant
Manchester United U21s (4-3-3)
  • 1Anders Lindegaard
  • 2Donald Love
  • 3Tyler Blackett
  • 4Tom Thorpe
  • 5Andrew Kellett
  • 7Joe Rothwell
  • 6Sean Goss
  • 8Liam Grimshaw
  • 10Andreas Pereira
  • 9Robin van Persie
  • 11Adnan Januzaj
  • 12James Weir
  • 13Kieran O'Hara
  • 14Ashley Fletcher
  • 15Matthew Willock
  • 16Sadiq El Fitouri