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Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-1 Fulham

For the first time in over 14 months, Manchester United had fans back at Old Trafford, and wow did the Reds come out the blocks flying against Fulham. After a few decent opening chances for United, it took what might just be one of the best goals this season from Edinson Cavani to grab a lead in the 14th minute. After the goal, United slowed a down a little and apart from some long range efforts by Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw, United didn’t trouble Fulham’s goal again in the half. In the second half, United became wasteful. Mason Greenwood in particular had a great chance to make it 2-0, however he couldn’t convert and moments later Joe Bryan equalised for Fulham. An overall disapointing evening for the Reds, who once again failed to make their 2nd placed Premier League finish official.

Goalkeeper

David de Gea – 7/10

Back in goal in the Premier League for the first time since the end of Feburary, he made some good, athletic saves. He was unlucky to concede the first goal, with United losing their man at the back post and de Gea being beaten by the power and angle of the header. He probably should have been accredited with the assist for Cavani’s goal, as well.

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Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6/10

Wan-Bissaka was helped a lot by the fans today. Very often he would beat his man but then fail to capitalise, however today the fans pushed him to run more and be more attacking. However for Fulham’s goal, its arguable that he should have been there to cover the far post.

Axel Tuanzebe – 7/10

With the choice to potentially replace Harry Maguire for the Europa League final being between Bailly and Tuanzebe, the latter put in a good display today. He was strong and confident on the ball, and bar one slip, there were no major problems with his performance.

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Victor Lindelof – 5/10

Lindelof had a shaky game today. A few times he was either in behind or in the air, and for Fulham’s equaliser, he seemed to be caught inbetween positions. It felt like he was definitally missing Maguire today, his usual starting partner.

Luke Shaw – 6/10

Shaw had a lot of attacking intent today, however failed to really impact the game in the way we know he can. He facilitiated Pogba well on the left, but ultimately couldn’t help guide United to victory.

Midfielders

Scott McTominay – 7/10

McTominay played a powerful game today. He was driving forwards, disrupting Fulham’s defence aerially and did well to accommodate the attacking intent of Fernandes.

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Fred – 6.5/10

Fred had a very mixed game today. He was driving forwards and trying to progess play often, but it often felt a little uneasy when he had the ball. He was put under pressure a few times today with de Gea firing a few passes at him, however he dealt with them well (which is not always the case with fred).

Bruno Fernandes – 7/10

Fernandes was a bright spark in United’s midfield, and his clever flick on (although it’s questionable if he even touched the ball) set Cavani through on goal to score United’s only goal of the game. His ratings would have been higher, however he fizzled out towards the end of the match when United needed some inspiration in the final 15 minutes.

Forwards

Mason Greenwood – 5.5/10

Considering his recent form, this evening Greenwood was misfiring. He had multiple decent chances and one really good chance to put United 2-0, and had he scored that chance, Fulham may never have got a goal back

Edinson Cavani – 8.5/10

Cavani continued his rich vein of form tonight, scoring an absolute worldie in the first half to give United the lead. He was commanding, assertive and led the line with authority, and you can’t help but think he will be one of the first names on the teamsheet for the Europa League final next Wednesday.

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Paul Pogba – 5.5/10

Paul Pogba felt a little flat today. In transation, he doesn’t and can’t offer the same dynamic flair that Rashford so often provides for the team on the left, and that resulted in a fair few of United’s quick attacks being slowed down. Pogba has had much better games on the left previously.

Substitutes

Marcus Rashford – 6.5/10

Coming on to try and add an extra level of threat to United’s attack, Rashford attempted to give united that much needed firepower at the end of the game, both on the left and up front. However, as he could not settle in to one position (having to move up front after Cavani went off), he wasn’t really given the proper opportunity to impact the side.

Amad – N/A

Amad was sent on to try and help salvage United’s game, however his substitution was too late to have any real impact.

Donny van de Beek – N/A

Much like Amad, van de Beek was sent on in the final few minutes to try and give United an edge at the death, however his performance had no real impact on the game.

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