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Match Report: Fulham beat Manchester United ~ Prem MD 26 ~ 23/24

last updated Saturday 24th February 2024, 7:18 PM

Match Report

Manchester United (0) 1-2 (0) Fulham

Premier League Match Day 26 22_23 at Old Trafford

Saturday 24th February 2024,    KO: 15:00

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Calvin Bassey
Fulham defender
Calvin Bassey
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A sensational 2-1 win saw Fulham pick up their first victory at Old Trafford for 21 years on Saturday afternoon.

After dominating the hosts with an imperious performance, a second half Calvin Bassey thunderbolt was cancelled out by Harry Maguire before Alex Iwobi struck late to grab a deserved three points.

Marco Silva made six changes from the side that were edged out by Aston Villa a week ago at Craven Cottage. Calvin Bassey & Alex Iwobi, fresh from their AFCON exploits with Nigeria were re-inserted into the starting XI along with Harrison Reed, Sasa Lukic, Tosin & Harry Wilson. With Joao Palhinha suspended it would be Reed and Lukic who would be tasked with adding steel to our midfield in hostile surroundings.

Fulham started in a composed and organised fashion. With the hosts struggling to maintain possession, we were successfully finding pockets of space in the opposition half. After some neat interchanges and a quick tempo, it was Iwobi who had the first good chance of the game in the 14th minute. A long ball was expertly headed into the path of the Nigerian midfielder by Rodrigo Muniz, but his effort went wide from just outside the box.

Fulham Midfielder Alex Iwobi
Fulham Midfielder
Alex Iwobi
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In the 18th minute, with Fulham growing in confidence, Iwobi again had a superb chance to test Andre Onana in the United goal. A swift counterattack and a delightful sequence with Wilson saw the defence part with overloads present on each flank. Despite time to pick his spot the shot went a fraction wide of the post.

With the theatre of dreams silenced into an atmosphere tantamount to a lazy summer’s afternoon at Lord’s a rasping drive from Diogo Dalot skimmed the outside of the post and briefly awoke the fans from their stupor.

In the 33rd minute we were knocking on the door once again. Iwobi this time turned provider as a perfect ball across the box found the feet of Muniz. With plenty still to do the in-form striker manufactured some space expertly using power and poise before thundering a right-footed shot off the outside of the post.

After Harry Maguire was fortunate to remain on the pitch for an awfully timed lunge on Lukic, Onana was called into action to parry a sumptuous curling effort from Andreas Pereira wide.

As the referee brought the first half to a close, Manchester United had started to slowly work their way into what had been a one-sided affair. It was a superb first half showing from Fulham, with plenty of endeavour and fluid play.

The second half stuttered to a halt shortly after getting going. An aerial dual between Casemiro & Reed culminated in a nasty clash of heads with both players receiving prolonged treatment.

Match Stats Man Utd Fulham
Goals (0)1 2 (0)
Scorers Maguire 89 Bassey 65
Scorers - Iwobi 97
Goal attempts 21 17
On target 9 5
Shooting Accuracy 43% 29%
Possession 56% 44%
Passes 525 394
Passes Success 86% 82%
Crosses 15 21
Crosses Success 20% 24%
Corners 10 9
Tackles 13 147
Tackles Success 62% 71%
Saves 3 7
Fouls 6 11
Offsides 2 1
Yellows 2 5
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
After dominating proceedings again for the opening spell of the half, Fulham finally made their deserved breakthrough. An out swinging corner from Pereira was planted directly into the path of Bassey at the near post. After snatching at his first effort the ball fortuitously deflected back off Timothy Castagne and to the feet of the powerful defender once again. Second time around his connection was clean, and the ball arrowed into the roof of the net. Deadlock broken in emphatic style.

In the 79th minute a swift counterattack from Fulham almost saw the lead doubled. Excellent work on the edge of our own box from Tom Cairney saw the substitute win possession off Scott McTominay and bounce off a challenge to press forward into the opposition half. With United committed, TC slipped a perfectly weighted ball into the path of Wilson. After opening his body the Welshman curled an effort agonisingly wide of the post.

With 90 seconds of normal time remaining the hosts drew level in scrappy circumstances. A speculative shot from Bruno Fernandes from the edge of the box was parried by Leno. After following the shot in Maguire was on hand to prod the ball home to the delight of the home fans.

With the tide well and truly turning it was Fulham who grabbed victory at the death. With the home fans eagerly anticipating victory, Adama Traore had other ideas. The explosive winger coolly won the ball deep in our own half before surging past two United players and leading the counter. After meandering to the opposition box, the Spaniard took his time to feed Iwobi, who slotted home with aplomb. A move epitomising the composure, collective belief & class shown by Fulham all afternoon long.

A beautiful victory, and Fulham’s first at Old Trafford since 2003.

Fulham manager Marco Silva said: "It’s a great feeling. We were the better team, clearly, from the first minute until the last. We controlled the game in our way.

"After our goal the crowd started to push them and it was a little bit unlucky the way we conceded the goal. Normally, the player would be in an offside position.

"But you must always believe you can go for a second. It was really a Premier League game after the 1-1 - a little bit crazy.

"Our players showed the mentality to go again. Great moment from Adama and a really composed finish from Iwobi."

Manchester United : Onana, Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Lindelof (Antony 99), Mainoo (Diallo 80), Casemiro (McTominay 53), Forson (Eriksen 53), Fernandes, Garnacho, Rashford

Unused substitutes: Bayindir, Amrabat, Evans, Kambwala, Collyer

Harry Maguire 89 ( Maguire turns in from close range after Leno spilled Fernandes' shot.)

Booked: Maguire (36,f), Fernandes (100,arg)

Fulham : Leno, Castagne, Adarabioyo, Bassey, Robinson, Reed (Traore 77), Lukic, Wilson (Diop 81), Pereira (Cairney 68), Iwobi, Muniz

Unused substitutes: Rodak, Tete, Broja, Ballo-Toure, Ream, De Cordova-Reid

Calvin Bassey 65 (IT HAD BEEN COMING! Man Utd have been dreadful and this goal sums it up. Pereira swings in yet another corner from the right which Lindelof completely misses. Bassey's first attempt is blocked but it drops straight to him, and this time he makes no mistake, smacking the ball into the roof of the net.)
Alex Iwobi 90+7 (UNBELIEVABLE! OLD TRAFFORD IS STUNNED! It's a brilliant breakaway goal and, no surprise, Traore is the architect. He burns past several Man Utd players on the right-hand side and tees up Iwobi, who takes a touch, creating space for the shot, and fires clinically into the bottom corner.)

Booked: Adarabioyo (25,f), Pereira (42,f), Wilson (46,f), Leno (90,tw), Cairney (110,arg)

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Attendance: 73,487

Fulham are next in action at home to Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday; kick-off 3pm. Marco Silva's side then travel to Wolves on Saturday March 9.

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