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Fulham 1-2 Manchester United: Three Things We Learned

Harry Kettle in Editorial, English Premier League 21 Jan 2021

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Despite going 1-0 down early on at Craven Cottage, Manchester United fought back to beat Fulham and regain their spot at the top of the Premier League table – which had momentarily been taken both by Leicester City and local rivals Manchester City.

The Fergie way

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen regular traits of Sir Alex Ferguson’s managerial style being showcased at Manchester United, but it does feel as if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is tapping into the idea that the game isn’t over until it’s over. The Red Devils continue to wait until late in games before pouncing on an opportunity, and even though Pogba’s goal wasn’t particularly ‘late’ this time around, it was starting to look like the Cottagers could leave with a point. In the end, though, the quality of Ole’s side prevailed on a dramatic night in the capital.

Is Fulham’s spirit enough?

A lot has rightly been said about Fulham Football Club and their ability to grind out results, but after their run of gritty draws, they have fallen back into a losing pattern after suffering defeats against Chelsea and Manchester United. Losing to teams with that kind of name value is nothing to be ashamed of but it must be remembered that they’re still four points away from Burnley in 17th place, who also have a game in hand on them. Scott Parker is going to fight like he’s never fought before, but it’s not going to be easy.

The title push is on

Manchester United are top of the Premier League, but with 888sport, they are only the third favourites to win the title with odds of 6/1 – behind Manchester City and Liverpool. United fans will be just fine with that because many of them probably weren’t expecting to be in this position at the half way point of the season, and they just need to try and enjoy the ride. This title race is going to be as wild as anything we’ve seen in a long time with plenty of clubs getting in on the act, and there’s no reason to think United can’t sustain this pace for the rest of the campaign.

Match Report

Fulham: Areola (5.5), Adarabioyo (7), Andersen (6.5), Aina (6), Bryan (6), Reed (6.5), Anguissa (7), Tete (7.5), Cavaleiro (6), Loftus-Cheek (7), Lookman (7.5), Mitrovic (6), Lemina (6.5), Kamara (6)

Manchester United: de Gea (7), Wan-Bissaka (6.5), Bailly (7), Maguire (6.5), Shaw (7), Pogba (8), Fred (7), Greenwood (6.5), Fernandes (7), Martial (6.5), Cavani (7.5), McTominay (6), Rashford (6), Matic (6)

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Goals: Lookman :: Cavani, Pogba

Yellow Cards: Bryan, Aina, Anguissa, Pogba

Red Cards: N/A

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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