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Match Report: Fulham edged out at Man Utd ~ Prem MD 38 ~ 22/23

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Match Report

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

Premiership Match Day 38 22/23 at Old Trafford

Sunday 28th May 2023    KO: 16:30

Referee: Robert Jones (Wirral)

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Fulham put in another battling display against Manchester United, but once again left with nothing at Old Trafford.

After Kenny Tete had headed us in front, Aleksandar Mitrovic saw a penalty saved by David De Gea – a moment which tipped the momentum of the contest.

It gave United a real shot in the arm, and they capitalised on a lucky deflection to equalise through Jadon Sancho.

Bruno Fernandes then got what proved to be the winner early in the second half, as the Whites’ final outing of a brilliant season ended in defeat.

There was just the one change from the side that drew with Crystal Palace eight days earlier, with Sasa Lukic given a starting berth at the expense of Harrison Reed, who dropped to the bench.

The first shot went the Whites’ way following a patient free-kick that eventually saw Issa Diop cushion a header across goal to Mitrovic, but he got a little under the ball and nodded over.

United were fortunate to be awarded a 30-yard free-kick when Mitrovic appeared to fairly nick the ball off Casemiro’s toes, and they almost rubbed salt in with Marcus Rashford’s beautifully struck effort, only for Bernd Leno to deny him at full stretch.

Match Stats Manchester United Fulham
Goals (1)2 1 (1)
Scorers Sancho 39 Tete 19
Scorers Fernandes 55 -
Goal attempts 21 10
On target 8 3
Shooting Accuracy 38% 30%
Possession 53% 47%
Passes 493 426
Passes Success 84% 84%
Crosses 12 16
Crosses Success 25% 50%
Corners 5 4
Tackles 19 15
Tackles Success 79% 67%
Saves 2 6
Fouls 14 10
Offsides 1 1
Yellows 1 2
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
But it was a set-piece at the other end that yielded the opener, as Tete got free of his man to nod in Willian’s corner at the near post. A simple routine, executed perfectly.

Things could have got even better when Fulham were awarded a penalty for a foul on Tom Cairney by Casemiro, but De Gea guessed correctly and got down brilliantly to deny Mitrovic's firm effort.

That was followed by off target long rangers at either end from Lukic and Rashford.

Alejandro Garnacho then turned and shot marginally wide, before crashing one off the underside of the bar as United looked to capitalise on the boost of the penalty save.

Leno was called into action to keep out efforts from Casemiro and Garnacho, but he did so without any distress.

There was little he could do to prevent the equaliser, though, as an incredibly fortuitous ricochet off Tete after he’d tackled Fred fell straight into the path of Sancho who was left with the simplest of finishes.

Rashford should have put his side in front in the opening stages of the second half, but could only send his volley wide, under pressure from Tosin and Diop, having got on the end of a long ball forward.

But they did have the lead before long. Fred slipped in an exquisite reverse pass to get Fernandes in behind our backline, and the Portuguese chipped a delicate effort beyond Leno for 2-1.

Fulham responded with another corner, Mitrovic’s header from Willian’s delivery dropping a yard wide, and a Harry Wilson free-kick which sailed over.

Cairney’s eyes will have widened when Mitrovic’s cushioned header from a deep Tete cross looked set to drop for a simple finish, but Scott McTominay got a last ditch toe on the ball to deny him.

Another opening fell the way of the skipper moments later when substitute Manor Solomon laid the ball into his path – Cairney hit it well but De Gea made a fine fingertip save. Bizarrely, a goal kick was awarded.

Solomon then went himself with a decent effort from the edge of the box, but De Gea was able to repel it on the stretch.

At the other end, Wout Weghorst wasted the chance to put the game to bed when he somehow put his effort wide running onto Sancho’s cross as we ticked over 90 minutes.

That proved to be the final opportunity for either side but, while frustrated at Old Trafford again, everyone in black and white can look back on 2022/23 with fondness.

Marco Silva proud of Fulham's season
"We had the chance to make it 2-0, create more confidence, make it more difficult for them, but we missed. That was the moment. They equalise with a lucky goal. In my opinion, we did not deserve the result but it was the same old story for us this season against Manchester United.

"But the season has been brilliant. We heard at the start we were the favourites to go down. We finish in the top half of the table. More important than where we finish in the table is how we did it. We kept our philosophy, our style, our way, and it made me proud.

"We cannot stand still. If someone thinks it is ok, this would be first mistake. We need to improve, not just on the pitch but off the pitch. Nobody can stand still. We need to show the ambition and the commitment to do more."

Manchester United : de Gea, Dalot, Maguire, Lindelof, Malacia, Casemiro (McTominay 67), Fred (Eriksen 66), Sancho, Fernandes (Pellistri 84), Garnacho (Martial 67), Rashford (Weghorst 77)

Unused substitutes: Matial, Varane, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Butland

Sancho 39 (Fred bundles his way between two and the ball falls nicely for Sancho with Leno wrong-footed having been drawn to the ball. Strange goal, easy finish. United level)
Fernandes 55 (a magnificent pass by Fred to find a way through the Fulham defence. The finish is just as good, Fernandes rounding the goalkeeper and slotting in. United have turned it around!)

Booked: McTominay (87,f),

Fulham: Leno, Tete, Adarabioyo, Diop, Robinson, Lukic (Reed 66), Palhinha, Wilson (Solomon 66), Cairney (James 80), Willian, Mitrovic (Vinicius 80)

Unused substitutes: Rodak, Kebano, Soares, De Cordova-Reid, Dibley-Dias

Tete 19 (Maguire concedes a corner, Willian swings the ball in and Tete beats De Gea at the near post!)

Booked: Palhinha (51,f), Mitrovic (79,f)

Referee: Robert Jones (Wirral)

Attendance: 73,465

When does the 2023/24 Premier League season start?
The Premier League season will kick-off on August 12 and conclude nine months later on May 19, 2024.

The key dates and schedule for the 2023/24 Premier League season The start is one week later than the 2022/23 launch as the schedule returns to normal following the Covid-19 pandemic and the Qatar 2022 World Cup, which provided disruption during the previous three seasons.

However, the fixture list provides for a return of the mid-season player break which will take place between January 13-20.

Fixtures for the new Premier League season will be revealed at 9am on Thursday June 15

Source Geoff Pruce at Fulham FC
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