Fulham v Manchester United – Football Match Report – 13th November 2022
Alejandro Garnacho came off the bench to score a stoppage-time winner as Manchester United beat Fulham 2-1 in their last game before the World Cup break at Craven Cottage on Sunday.
Midfielder Christian Eriksen scored his first Premier League goal for United since joining in the summer, tapping home from Bruno Fernandes’ cross in the 14th minute.
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Eriksen had a great chance to double his side’s lead in first-half stoppage time when he was picked off in the box by Fernandes, but this time he stabbed his shot wide of the first post.
Carlos Vinicius almost leveled Fulham just after the break, twisting to fire a shot which goalkeeper David de Gea headed in behind, and the Spaniard made another terrific save to deny Tim Ream’s header effort from the next corner.
The home side equalized in the 61st minute after an early break found midfielder Tom Cairney on the wing whose first cross was met by striker Daniel James, scoring Fulham’s first goal against his former club – just one minute after being replaced. .
Fulham’s Joao Palhinha and United’s Scott McTominay squandered decent chances for their respective sides with wayward headers, and the game looked set to be a draw until Garnacho struck.
After coming on in the 72nd minute, the 18-year-old made promising runs down the left before charging into the box in the 93rd minute to score his first Premier League goal and snatch all three points.
“I think in the end we are just happy with the three points. It was a tough game for both sides, but just happy with the win,” said striker Eriksen.
“About time! [On scoring his first goal] I had a few so I’m happy to be on the scoresheet in the last game before the World Cup. It’s been a good week.
“Last week wasn’t good with the Villa loss, but it’s picked up since. We had a point to prove in the cup, a win today and now the World Cup.”
United midfielder Fernandes hailed young substitute Garnacho after his decisive intervention.
“He’s got a lot of talent and his work rate, coupled with the talent, makes a big difference with us from the bench. It’s not the first time he’s had a big impact for us,” he said. told Sky Sports.
United will now head into the World Cup break in fifth place on 26 points, three behind Tottenham. Fulham are ninth with 19 points.
Information from Reuters contributed to this report.