Match Report: Manchester United 1-1 Fulham

Manchester United ware denied all three points in front of their 10,000 fans as they shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw against Scott Parker’s Fulham.

The Red Devils winless streak continues in their quest to cement their position in 2nd ahead of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign completion.

Having set foot into Old Trafford for the first time in 436 days, the tens and thousands of United fans in attendance vocally supported their side, while also displaying green and gold attire in full disagreement with the club current ownership.

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On a cold night played under the strict observation of the United fans, a goal from Edinson Cavani and Joe Bryan took saw the home faithful’s evening end in frustrating circumstances.

Story of the game

A dominant start from the Reds saw them pressure the West London side who structured out in their deeply compact formation. The opening quarter of an hour saw chances limited for both sides. Paul Pogba headed goal attempt went high and wide after meeting Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s cross.

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The games first goal arrived at the 15th-minute mark however, a certain number seven stepped up to break the deadlock in a quite simply outrageous fashion. David de Gea long-range pass found Edinson Cavani and the Uruguayan’s audacious lob from 35 yards superbly caught Alphonse Areola to make it 1-0. 

Fulham could have responded immediately but for Bruno Fernandes, who cynically brought down Ivan Cavaliero to stop the visitors dangerous counterattack. 

United’s complacency in possession following Cavani’s opener should have seen the visitors equalise minutes before halftime. Ademola Lookman’s defence-splitting pass found 18-year old Fabio Carvalho in the six-yard box, but the youngster timid strike failed to test De Gea. 

The second half began with the West London side out for vengeance in hopes of a goal to tame the United faithful noise. Lemina effort from long-range sailed wide and Axel Tuanzebe’s almost costly stumble gave Cavaliero an opportunity, but the Portuguese failed to take his chance – two minutes into the half. 

Scott Parker’s possession-based football continued to affect United’s passage of plays as Lookman’s attempted nutmeg was stopped well by de Gea. The Spaniard then excellently followed up to stop a goal-bound header from the visitors. 

United continued to find a second goal with Mason Greenwood looking the liveliest out of the United eleven. The 19-year old could’ve easily doubled his side’s lead on the 73rd minute if not for Areola, who saved well to deny the number eleven. 

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But a minute later would see United pay for their missed chances. Bobby Reid’s pinpoint cross found Joe Bryan at the back post, who nodded home to equalise for Fulham. In a cagey final ten minutes, both sides would continue to press for the winner but neither could take all three points in Manchester.

Future implications

Fans returning to Old Trafford saw the likes of Cavani and Donny Van de Beek take home to their support for the first time since joining the club. A feat that will continue for the pair with fans expected to be in full attendance next season.

With the League curtain-raiser against Wolves this weekend, Solskjær and his United side will firmly have one eye on the Europa League Final on the 26th of May.

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A 26 game away unbeaten streak could also be in tatters should Solskjær opt to make further team changes at Molineux ahead of the final.

But for the United, it’s now three games on the trot without a win and they are now in real danger of continuing this horrid form coming into a cup final they desperately need to win.

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