Paul Pogba scored an outstanding winner as Manchester United reclaimed prime spot within the Premier League by coming from behind for a club-record equalling away win at Fulham.
In what’s changing into a well-recognized sample for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s aspect outdoors Manchester this season, they fell behind early within the recreation, with Ademola Lookman beating the offside entice earlier than firing in an angled drive.
However for the seventh time away from Outdated Trafford in 2020-21, United discovered a profitable response – taking their run to 17 video games unbeaten away within the Premier League – courtesy of a present from their opponents and a little bit of magic from their French midfielder.
Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola has been addition for the Cottagers however in dropping Bruno Fernandes’ cross on the toes of Edinson Cavani, he gifted his former Paris St-Germain team-mate the best of equalisers.
And on the hour mark, Pogba stepped as much as resolve the competition, firing an outstanding angled drive throughout the diving Areola and into the far nook from 20 yards.
The France worldwide has are available in for criticism at occasions this season however obtained nothing however reward from his supervisor after his winner.
“I’m very pleased together with his performances,” stated Solskjaer.
“I do know what he can do. He does every little thing. Now he’s placing all the weather collectively in his performances and it’s nice to see.
“It was about getting him match. He’s having fun with his soccer, he’s pleased and bodily in a good condition.”
The win takes United to 40 factors, two greater than each Leicester and Manchester Metropolis, who had briefly taken prime spot from the Foxes with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday.
Solskjaer, although, was reluctant to get drawn into discussing his aspect’s title credentials with a lot of the marketing campaign to go.
“It’s all the time going to be talked about that if you end up midway by means of and prime of the league, however we aren’t interested by this, we simply need to go one recreation at a time,” he added. “It’s such an unpredictable season.”
Fulham stay within the backside three, 4 factors behind Seventeenth-placed Burnley.
Arduous-fought however deserved win for United
Solskjaer felt his aspect missed an enormous alternative to completely assert their title credentials in failing to take advantage of their probabilities in Sunday’s 0-0 draw at champions Liverpool.
United have been clearly in no temper to repeat such a mistake at a moist and windy Craven Cottage on Wednesday towards a much less daunting and defining opposition, however one that’s much more strong now than they have been within the season’s first month.
The guests fell behind, however that is par for the course for this aspect, who as soon as once more didn’t panic, wrestled management of the sport away from their opponents and took the win.
It’s a useful trick for a title-challenging aspect to have of their locker, though one they’d slightly not need to repeatedly pull.
In reality, they need to have gained extra handsomely.
That they had the far larger share of possession and territory and have been nicely forward of their opponents on photographs taken till a frantic finale wherein the Cottagers threw in all they’d in pursuit of a degree.
Fred felt he ought to have had a penalty within the first half courtesy of being caught within the field by a unfastened problem from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, however each on-field and VAR officers disagreed.
Harry Maguire twice headed extensive from corners, the primary from a far much less forgivable, unmarked place than the second.
Equally, although, it’s a recreation that might have seen them drop factors, particularly in mild of Fulham’s late barrage, which noticed David de Gea save fantastically together with his legs to disclaim Loftus-Cheek, and the ball pinballing across the United field on multiple event.
The Cottagers demonstrated that they’re no pushover, however they’re making of behavior of being on the tough finish of positive margins.
5 straight attracts adopted by two defeats by a single aim suggests their battle towards the drop will go proper right down to the wire.
“I am actually happy however I am disenchanted on the similar time, which exhibits how far we have come,” stated Cottagers boss Scott Parker.
“I noticed a workforce at this time that appeared threatening and tried their hardest to get again into the sport, however we go once more. The following problem is to keep up the place we’re and do not let defeat sink us.
“Little question we are able to win and function on this division and we simply must push on and maintain enhancing.”
United cleared the path in early concessions
- No aspect has conceded extra objectives within the opening 5 minutes of Premier League video games this season than Manchester United (4). Manchester United have gained seven Premier League video games having gone behind this season – solely Newcastle in 2001-02 (10) and Man Utd themselves in 2012-13 (9) have accomplished so extra in a single marketing campaign.
- Manchester United are unbeaten of their final 17 Premier League away video games (W13 D4), equalling their longest ever unbeaten run on the street in top-flight historical past (17 between December 1998 and September 1999).
- This was the forty first completely different recreation wherein Fulham had led in all competitions underneath Scott Parker, however the first time they’d misplaced such a recreation (W34 D6).
- Edinson Cavani turned the primary Man Utd participant whose first 4 Premier League objectives for the membership have been all scored away from house.
- Since his return to the membership in 2016, no Man Utd participant has scored extra league objectives from outdoors the field than Paul Pogba (6).
- Ademola Lookman has been concerned in additional Premier League objectives than some other Fulham participant this season (6 – 3 objectives, 3 assists).
- Bruno Fernandes has gone three Premier League video games with no aim or help for the primary time since his Manchester United debut in February 2020.
Fulham’s subsequent recreation is within the FA Cup, towards Burnley on Sunday (14:30 GMT). Their subsequent league fixture, an away recreation on Wednesday, 27 January, is an enormous one. Opponents Brighton are two locations and 5 factors above them within the desk.
Manchester United host Liverpool within the FA Cup on Sunday at 17:00, dwell on the BBC. They’re additionally in league motion the next Wednesday internet hosting the league’s backside membership Sheffield United in a 20:15 kick-off.
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Match ends, Fulham 1, Manchester United 2.
Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Manchester United 2.
Substitution, Manchester United. Nemanja Matic replaces Bruno Fernandes.
Nook, Fulham. Conceded by Eric Bailly.
Try missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the field is shut, however misses to the correct. Assisted by Kenny Tete with a cross following a nook.
Nook, Fulham. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Try blocked. Ademola Lookman (Fulham) left footed shot from the left aspect of the field is blocked. Assisted by Mario Lemina.
Foul by Scott McTominay (Manchester United).
Harrison Reed (Fulham) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Edinson Cavani (Manchester United).
Joachim Andersen (Fulham) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Offside, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara tries a by means of ball, however Kenny Tete is caught offside.
Substitution, Manchester United. Marcus Rashford replaces Mason Greenwood.
Substitution, Manchester United. Scott McTominay replaces Anthony Martial.
Try missed. Mario Lemina (Fulham) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is excessive and extensive to the correct. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara.
Try blocked. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from the left aspect of the field is blocked.
Try missed. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Fulham) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is excessive and extensive to the correct following a quick break.
Substitution, Fulham. Aleksandar Mitrovic replaces Ola Aina.
Try blocked. Fred (Manchester United) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Harry Maguire with a headed move.
Nook, Manchester United. Conceded by Mario Lemina.
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