Fulham 0 Manchester U 1

Sir Alex Ferguson

Ful­ham 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1, Craven Cot­tage, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Feb­ruary 2, 2013. Three Li­ons in­ter­na­tion­al Way­ne Rooneys re­cor­ded the on­ly goal of the mat­ch as Man­chester Uni­ted edged out mid-ta­blers Ful­ham by a 1-0 mar­gin at Craven Cot­tage. The vic­tory ag­ainst The Cot­tagers left Sir Al­ex Fer­guson men ten points ahead of cross­town rivals and fel­low title chasers Man­chester City.

Fulham´s Craven Cot­tage was plunged in­to dark­ness as the flood­lights failed to func­tion on­ly a couple of min­utes be­fore the ha­lf-time break. For­tu­nately, the power re­turned some five min­utes la­ter and the two te­ams came back to play out the rest of the mat­ch. Wi­th just el­ev­en min­utes re­maining on the watch of ref­er­ee Kev­in Friend, Man­chester Uni­ted ul­ti­mately ma­naged to break the de­fens­ive dead­lock when Way­ne Roo­ney rifled a well-pla­ced curl­ing shot pa­st Ful­ham and Aus­tralia goal­tender Ma­rk Schwar­zer and in­to the back of the net just in­side the right post to give the Old Traf­ford si­de a hard-fou­ght and fully de­served 1-0 tri­umph ag­ainst the West Lon­doners. Sir Al­ex Fer­guson: “There was a great de­term­in­a­tion about us. I tho­ught they were really up for it, the play­ers, ma­king sure they wer­en’t go­ing to lose the ga­me. They´ve had a great ho­me re­cord over the years and that’s a really im­port­ant res­ult for us. When you look at our per­form­ance, you saw play­ers who were pre­pared to put their body on the line. We bloc­ked shots, had great head­ers out of the de­fence, it was a really de­term­ined ef­fort by the play­ers and we still played our foot­ball in­to the bar­gain.” Ful­ham Te­am: Ma­rk Schwar­zer, Sascha Reither, John Arne Riise, Phil­lipe Sen­der­os, Brede Hange­land, Gior­gos Kar­ag­ounis, Ashkan De­jagah, Chris­toph­er Baird, Dami­en Duff, Bry­an Ruiz, Hugo Rodal­lega Mar­inez. Sub­stitutes: Mladen Pet­ric, Em­manuel Frim­pong, Aar­on Hug­hes, Urby Emanuel­son, Si­mon Dav­ies, Al­ex­an­der Kacanik­lic, Neil Eth­eridge. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Rio Fer­dinand, Ra­fael da Silva, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Jon­ny Evans, Mi­chael Car­rick, Lu­is Nani, Tom Clev­er­ley, Robin van Per­sie, Way­ne Roo­ney, An­tonio Va­lencia. Sub­stitutes: Dan­ny Wel­beck, Shinji Ka­gawa, Javi­er Her­nandez, Ry­an Gig­gs, Oli­veira An­der­son, Chris Small­ing, Ben Amos.

 

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Scott Duncan´s re­leg­a­tion strug­gling Man­chester Uni­ted si­de ma­naged to de­feat Ful­ham 2-0 in a Lea­gue Di­vi­sion Two en­counter at Craven Cot­tage on the 4th of Nov­ember 1933. United´s start­ing line-up on that day was Jack Hall, Tho­mas Jones, John Sil­cock, Hugh McLe­na­han, Wal­ter Mc­Mil­len, Tom­my Man­ley, Wil­li­am Todd Stew­art, Her­bert Hey­wood, Neil De­war, Ro­bert Ed­ward Green, and Ern­est Hine.

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