Fulham 0 Manchester Utd 1

Wayne Rooney

Ful­ham 0 Man­chester Uni­ted 1, Craven Cot­tage Sta­dium, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Feb­ruary 2, 2013. The in­form Way­ne Roo­ney, who had re­gistered a brace in the 2-1 tri­umph ag­ainst South­ampton at Old Traf­ford three days earli­er, con­tin­ued his scor­ing by grabbing the win­ner in the 79th min­ute ag­ainst Ful­ham. Phil­ippe Sen­der­os came clo­se to equal­ising for the West Lon­don te­am in stop­page time but Robin van Per­sie cleared his head­er off the line.

Pre­mier Lea­gue lead­ers Man­chester Uni­ted dic­tated pro­ceed­ings from the start of the even­ing mat­ch ag­ainst Mar­tin Jol´s Ful­ham and the Old Traf­ford club al­most went in­to an early lead when French left full­back Pat­rice Ev­ra made the cross­bar sing al­ready in the eight min­ute of the Pre­miership en­counter. The Ful­ham rear­guard had yet an­oth­er scare when a long dis­tance rock­et from Way­ne Roo­ney hit Ma­rk Schwarzer´s left-hand post and bounced off the wood­work in the 32nd min­ute of play. There were dark­ness at Craven Cot­tage when the flood­lights failed to work a mere two min­utes be­fore the ha­lf-time break, but the power re­turned to Fulham´s ho­me gro­und shortly af­ter. Sir Al­ex Fer­guson made two im­port­ant sub­sti­tu­tions af­ter the re­sump­tion, bring­ing on Javi­er Her­nandez and Dan­ny Wel­beck for An­tonio Va­lencia and Lu­is Nani re­spect­ively. The on­ly goal of the even­ing came fairly late in the sec­ond ha­lf when the con­stantly dan­ger­ous Roo­ney ma­naged to pick up a long clear­ance ball from North­ern Ire­land de­fender Jon­ny Evans and stormed in­to the Ful­ham pen­alty area be­fore beau­ti­fully curl­ing his pre­cise shot in­to the far bot­tom cor­ner of the net on 79 minutes.

Al­though Ful­ham pressed hard for the equal­iser and cre­ated a num­ber of de­cent goal scor­ing op­por­tun­it­ies to­wards the end of the ga­me, Lady Luck was not on their si­de. Swiss in­ter­na­tion­al Phil­ippe Sen­der­os near­ly net­ted for The Whi­tes wi­th a dan­ger­ous head­ed ef­fort from a John Arne Riise cor­ner in the clos­ing sta­ges of the con­test, but his for­mer Ar­senal team­mate Robin van Per­sie ma­naged to head the ball off the chalked line. And once ag­ain a late goal se­cured all three points for Man­chester Uni­ted. Ful­ham had their mo­ments, but they had no an­swer to Way­ne Rooney´s win­ning shot in the 79th min­ute of the clash. 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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De­fend­ing Fir­st Di­vi­sion Cham­pi­ons Man­chester Uni­ted be­at re­leg­a­tion threat­ened Ful­ham by 1-0 at Craven Cot­tage on the 15th of Jan­uary 1966 cour­tesy of a fir­st ha­lf goal by Bob­by Charlton. 

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