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Fulham 0 United 5

Fulham 0 United 5

United produced a fine performance that swept Fulham away at Craven Cottage and kept us on the tail of Manchester City at the summit of the Premier League.

Team News - Sir Alex Ferguson had to reshuffle the defence with Ferdinand withdrawing because of a knock. Jones dropped back into the vacant position and Giggs filled the gap in midfield. Up front, as we`d predicted, Sir Alex stuck with Rooney and Welbeck. In goal though, Lindegaard got the nod ahead of De Gea.

United - Lindegaard, Evra, Jones, Evans, Smalling, Giggs, Carrick, Nani, Valencia, Rooney, Welbeck

Subs - De Gea, Rafael, Fryers, Park, Young, Berbatov Hernandez

First Half - United got off to probably the best start possible when they took the lead very early on. The goal wasn`t as quick as the one scored by Rooney at Loftus Road in our last appearance in West London but it was just as welcome.

The goal was simplicity itself with Fulham being very lax in allowing Nani to run fifty yards with the ball before finding an unmarked Welbeck, in the area, to slot home past Stockdale from all of six yards out.

Fulham 0 United 1 (Welbeck - 5 minutes)

The left flank was starting to look a productive route to goal, this time it was Evra that got in but his cross towards Rooney saw the striker unable to take advantage of the opportunity. Fulham immediately broke and it took a great challenge from Jones to deny Ruiz after he`d exchanged passes with Dempsey.

It was to be Jones last piece of the action with the defender leaving the field with just twenty minutes gone to be replaced by Young.

The lead was doubled soon after when Nani scored just before the half hour mark. It came from a corner, taken short by Giggs to Valencia and when the ball was given back to Giggs his cross was headed home by Nani.

Fulham 0 United 2 (Nani - 28 minutes)

As half time approached United took an unassailable lead when they went three goals ahead when Giggs got on the score sheet. The goal once again highlighted Fulham`s defensive deficiencies when Nani was allowed far too much space to provide Giggs with a pass and his shot over Stockdale, via a deflection from Senderos, left us almost home and dry.

Fulham 0 United 3 (Giggs - 43 minutes)

Half Time - Fulham 0 United 3

Second Half - Neither side made any changes at half time but it was Fulham that were to create the better chances early on. Dempsey saw a header saved by Lindegaard, Dembele saw an effort fly wide and then the ex-Liverpool player, John Arne Riise, saw a free kick fly narrowly wide.

Just before the hour mark the substitute Young was replaced by Park, but United were looking comfortable hanging onto their three goal lead. As we entered the latter stages of the game United could have made it 4-0 but Welbeck`s lifted shot was just too high and cleared the bar after some good work from Nani.

As the final whistle beckoned Lindegaard did well to save from Johnson but United were to wrap up proceedings with a fourth goal when Rooney got on the score sheet with two minutes of normal time remaining.

Fulham 0 United 4 (Rooney - 88 minutes)

Matters, with regards to our goal difference got better when Berbatov netted a fifth.

Fulham 0 United 5 (Berbatov - 90 minutes)

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Writer:Red Boy
Date:Wednesday December 21 2011
Time: 9:54PM


nice comeback after crashing out to people should sell ferdinand first.
22/12/2011 04:51:00
Thanks for the post cfc250, one question though, why should we sell Ferdinand? Granted he isn't the defender he use to be, though he did show flashes of it v QPR, but he is still a great CB all the same and still better than most available and most in the Premier League. He's also a a massive influence in the dressing room, he gets the team motivated and isn't afraid to be vocal towards the underperformers in the team. He helps the young prospects like Jones, Smalling, Fryers, Da Silvas to improve their game and hand out advice on how to handle the opposition through his own experiences. Ferdinand has become part of the spine at the club and he should be allowed to retire here. If his performances start effecting the team then phase him out and use him sparingly like we did with Nev but I don't think he will be sold.
22/12/2011 10:27:00
Fulham weren't good but even then they would never expect to lose 5-0, a combination of us playing well and them playing poorly I reckon. It's a shame the occassion was blighted by even more injuries.
22/12/2011 10:34:00
TF7, serious question, do you ever get *****ed off with seeing teams roll over for you? I watched our game against Stoke last night and although we played some lovely football at times, got our win and maintained top spot at Xmas I couldn't help but feel a bit flat, the reason being the opposition never showed up.
22/12/2011 12:59:00
Hope Jones' injury is not too bad. As Fulham supporter, I'd like to give Dempsey the benefit of the doubt, but it sure looked like an intentional elbow to me.
22/12/2011 15:15:00
Of course bluedub. Everyone wants to see an end to end, hard fought football match not one team playing a practice match against the other. It's always nice to win but the sensation of winning from the opposition not turning up is incomparable to winning against a side that went at you and gave it a go. It's something that's always going to happen though I suppose, some teams will attempt to pick up points with minimal effort but won't be overly fussed if they come away with nothing just as long as they're fit, fresh and at 100% for the next game which they see as winnable. It's a completely different mentality nowadays, teams use to think they've got nothing to lose but everything to gain. I was speaking to a mate about the exact same thing once and he put it down to the current point system and suggested that we scrap it completely and the team with the most goals scored win the league whilst the team with the least goals scored gets relegated and he believed it would encourage attacking football. I wasn't too sure about the idea then and I'm still quite sceptical now.
22/12/2011 15:17:00
Can't say I'd be too fond of that idea myself but perhaps a bonus system like what is used in Rugby Union could be considered, eg for every 5 goals scored over the course of the league a bonus point is awarded.
22/12/2011 16:16:00
Yep, have to agree that the Arsenal game was far more exciting (ofr course they're a better team than Stoke) game than last nights, and 100% better than that team from Salford that just rolled over and let us beat them 6-1 earlier in the season. :P
22/12/2011 22:22:00
I can't say I was too fond of it either Bluedub. Attacking is only 50% of the game and it seems wrong to reward a team for only one aspect in the match. It's frustrating to see teams like Stoke and Blackpool throw caution to the wind and relying so heavily on their defence or attack to keep them in the league, there needs to be a balance. Perhaps the Rugby Union rule might encourage that.
22/12/2011 22:47:00
Well ignored Famous. LOL!
22/12/2011 23:48:00
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