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Three strikes in the first 25 minutes helped David Moyes to another league win as Martin Jol suffers once again

Crisis what crisis? United made a stuttering start to the season under David Moyes but this easy win at Fulham could well be the starting gun to the Scot's reign.

After three defeats in their opening nine games the Reds were in danger of falling off the pace.

Now they are hitting the sort of form that will concern their title rivals.

The game was over at half-time. Had it been a boxing contest, it would have been stopped to spare the west Londoners more physical and ­psychological torment.

"It was a blistering period of the game, scoring three goals in 12 minutes," said Moyes. "We scored three but we could have got a couple more.

"This win is a real good platform for the rest of the season. Our job is to keep building on this and to keep climbing the table."

Moyes' side opened the scoring after nine minutes with the simplest of goals. Robin van Persie spun off Fernando Amorebieta and played Wayne Rooney through on goal.

The England striker broke the offside trap and laid the ball across for Antonio Valencia to slot past Maarten Stekelenburg.

Fulham should have equalised ten minutes later when former Reds star Dimitar Berbatov was put through for a one-on-one by Scott Parker. But the Bulgarian diverted the ball wide of the post.

This only spurred the ­visitors on and they scored two goals in as many minutes to kill the game off. First Adnan Januzaj won the ball in midfield and picked out Van Persie who hammered it into the roof of the net for his sixth league goal of the season.

Then the Dutchman turned provider, cutting back for Rooney to tap the ball in and put United 3-0 up.

Moyes said: "Van Persie and Rooney are both ­incredibly talented and understand each other. There was some great combination play between them. It was great to see them both on the score sheet.

"All credit, though, to Martin Jol whose team came out and made it difficult for us in the second half."

But if the bookies are to be believed, Jol's managerial stint at Craven Cottage could be coming to an end soon.

Owner Shahid Khan got rid of the Michael Jackson statue. Now there are calls for the removal of another MJ.

"I feel lonely," admitted the former Spurs coach. ­"Especially when we conceded three goals in 12 minutes. They cut through our defence like a knife through butter,

"I am wary of the fans getting on my back. They are more on my back than the players. But this is a good thing as it takes the pressure off them.

"In the second half, though, we were much better."

True, the Cottagers got a consolation goal, when Rooney deflected sub ­Alexander Kacaniklic's 20-yard shot past David de Gea. And another sub, Darren Bent, headed against the top of the bar. But Fulham have yet to put in a convincing 90 minutes this season. And next up is a trip to Liverpool.

And if the ref had spotted Sascha Riether kicking Januzaj up the backside - and sent the defender off - it could have been even worse for the home side.

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