Manchester United has yet again delivered a performance where they came from behind to grab the win. They defeated Fulham 1-2 at Craven Cottage. With the win, The Red Devils are back on top again.
What an intriguing season of football we are having in the Premier League! With no clear cut leaders, any team in the top-8 having the chance to win the title. We also got to witness 3 table-toppers in just 1 match week. Leicester City went on top after defeating Chelsea.
With the result, United has now not lost a single away fixture since January 2020, with their last loss coming against Liverpool. They have extended their streak to 17 games, equalling the record held by the treble-winning United team in 1999. This is also their 7th away comeback of the season.
Manchester United conceded the first goal due to a sloppy display by Aaron Wan-Bissaka who failed to maintain the defensive line. After dominating the game for a while, United got their equaliser through a goalkeeper error, which Edinson Cavani fully utilised. A magical strike from Paul Pogba and that too with his weak foot was the decisive moment again. This was his 3rd long-range goal this season.
Manchester United are sitting on top with 40 points from 19 games whereas Fulham stays in the relegation zone with 12 points from 18 games.
MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYER RATINGS AGAINST FULHAM:
DAVID DE GEA – 6/10
Another sturdy display from the Spaniard. His inconsistent form is no more a worry. There was nothing he could do about the goal as it was a one on one situation and a brilliant finish by Ademola Lookman.
AARON WAN-BISSAKA – 5/10
Really bad start for the fullback. He was making unnecessary passes and was giving the ball away to the opposition. The first goal conceded was his fault as he failed to set the offside trap right. Made improvements later with decisive tackles.
ERIC BAILLY – 6/10
He was good aerially. But he was also making unnecessary passes. One such pass almost led to a goal with David De Gea making a last-ditch clearance.
HARRY MAGUIRE – 6.5/10
Made some decent tackles and clearances. He also made some attacking runs. There were some occasions where the whole of defence was butterfingered during deliveries made inside the box and Harry Maguire was not rectifying them.
LUKE SHAW – 7.5/10
Another impressive display from the Left-back. He has improved immensely and can be compared to one of the best. He was brilliant defensively as well as offensively. His pace and pin-point crosses were the best part of the day.
FRED – 7/10
The Brazilian was dynamic throughout. He did loose possession a lot, but recovered the mistakes with his defensive runs.
PAUL POGBA – 8.5/10 (MOTM)
It looks like Paul Pogba, the club that paid enormous money for has finally arrived. There was hardly any errors made by him. His weak footed strike for the goal was literally beautiful. He could be the X-factor for the team in the title race.
BRUNO FERNANDES – 7/10
Improved performance compared to his previous 2 outings. He tested the goalkeeper on various occasions. The closest he got was when his shot hit the post. But it was his long-range shot that Cavani converted. He did lose the ball on various occasions.
ANTHONY MARTIAL – 6.5/10
He was a threat to the opposition as his quick feet was troubling. But he missed a lot of easy chances.
EDINSON CAVANI – 8/10
Made no mistake as he converted the close range error from the goalkeeper. Was alert at all times.
MASON GREENWOOD – 6/10
Tried his best to end his goal drought. But the number of white bodies blocking his way was too much.
MARCUS RASHFORD – N/A
Didn’t have enough time to influence the game.
SCOTT MCTOMINAY -N/A
Other than a few tackles, he couldn’t do much.
NEMANJA MATIC -N/A
Was brought in the last minute of the added time. An aerial presence to block the last corner of the match.