Manchester United is picking up the slack. After suffering the law of Unai Emery on the lawn of Aston Villa (1-3) last weekend, Manchester United whipped into added time to beat Fulham (2-1) at Craven Cottage this Sunday, at the end of Premier League Matchday 16. Without Cristiano Ronaldo, sick this week and absent from the match sheet without any particular indication for the last match before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Red Devils have been jostled by a valiant London formation, used to bothering the big guys from the start. of the season and confirming his good start, this time in the top flight.
Christian Eriksen quickly put the Red Devils on the right track by scoring his first goal with MU at the conclusion of a fine collective movement (14th). The valiant Cottagers made it clear to Erik ten Hag’s men that they had no intention of being walked on. The pressure was felt around the cages of David De Gea. But Fulham narrowly missed in the danger zone, the Spanish goalkeeper, not selected for the World Cup, having had to intervene only once before the break on a beautiful strike from Wilson (28th). Holder at the forefront of the attack, Anthony Martial stumbled in the first period on an excellent Bernd Leno (9th, 30th).
MU saved by young Garnacho
Irreproachable, the two goalkeepers continued their show after returning from the locker room. Leno kept his team in the match by making a double save against Martial then Rashford (48th). Before De Gea intervenes against Vinicius then Ream (52nd). The United goalkeeper, on the other hand, could not do anything when Daniel James, who had just entered the game, took over at close range an offering from Tom Cairney, ideally launched by a very prominent Willian (1-1, 61st). Sharper on returning from the locker room, Marco Silva’s players continued to shake up the Mancunians.
Apart from Palhinha’s acrobatic gesture, repelled with both fists by De Gea (72nd), Issa Diop’s partners stuck out their tongues and did not manage to be dangerous at the end of the game. Cruel scenario for them: the young Alejandro Garnacho (18), who had replaced Martial in the 73rd minute, took advantage of a one-two with Eriksen to deceive Leno after additional time (90th + 2) and thus offer the three points to Manchester United. The Red Devils remain at the gates of the top 4, four points off the podium. Fulham (9th, 19 points) has a third game in a row without a win.