- End of 2nd Half
- 2nd Half
- De Gea90'
- Pogba (P)65'
- 1st Half
Fulham - Manchester United
Premier League - 9 February 2019
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United climb back into the top four for the first time since the opening day! Fulham, meanwhile, remain five points adrift.
There will be three minutes of fairly unnecessary injury time.
- Yellow cardDavid De GeaManchester United
Mitrovic and De Gea engage in a shoving match and they're separated. They both go in the book for their troubles.
Cairney has a poke from 30 yards which flies wide.
If the result holds, United will have kept four straight clean sheets away from home in the league.
McTominay swings in a cross from the left but an outstretched Smalling at the far post can't quite reach it.
SUB: Bailly comes on for Herrera to conclude the substitute activity for today.
Dalot's low cross from the right is intended for Lukaku, but is put out for a corner.
- OffJoe BryanFulham
- OnRyan SessegnonFulham
SUB: Sessegnon comes in for Bryan.
- OffRyan BabelFulham
- OnTom CairneyFulham
SUB: Cairney comes in for Babel.
Le Marchand attempts a defenmsive header that's intercepted by Alexis, whose shot forces an excellent save from Rico!
Le Marchand isn't having a good day at the office.
- OffPaul PogbaManchester United
- OnScott McTominayManchester United
SUB: Pogba makes way for McTominay.
- OffAnthony MartialManchester United
- OnAlexis SánchezManchester United
SUB: Martial makes way for Alexis.
The third goal was a long time coming - and United's penalty record improves.
- Goal by penaltyPaul PogbaManchester United
Rico goes the right way, but Pogba puts his effort just out of reach. A well-taken spot kick.
Le Marchand fells Mata in the box and it's a clear spot kick.
United build up passes in and around the box, and Herrera blasts an effort from 20 yards straight at Rico!
That's the most meaningful chance of this half so far.
Herrera challenges Babel from behind and concedes a free kick.
The pace has slowed considerably in this one.
Fulham have had 53% possession thus far. Both sides have had 10 shots each.
The stats suggest parity, but United remain in control right now.
Pogba wrestles his way past Ream on the left and creates space to break, but his cross to Lukaku is not accurate.
Some great strength from the Frenchman there.
Babel has a chance to create something on the edge of the box, but his first touch escapes him and Pogba tracks the ball out of play for a goal kick.
Former Liverpool man Babel is being loudly booed by the travelling contingent today.
- OffAndré SchürrleFulham
- OnCyrus ChristieFulham
Sub: Christie comes on for Schurrle. It looks like a back three/five for Ranieri now.
Lukaku latches onto a Pogba long bal but is once again called offside.
The Belgian seems out of step with the rest of the United attack today.
A quiet start to the half. United appear happy to let Fulham keep possession in midfield, waiting for their moment to break.
- 2nd Half
THE SECOND HALF BEGINS
United kick off the second half. Fulham will be hoping to start this half like they started the first,.
- End of 1st Half
Fulham started well but fell behind via two superb goals. The hosts have occasionally threatened, but once again, their defending has let them down. United, meanwhile, look set to return to the top four.
Seri floats a long ball into the box from a wide angle. It falls to Chambers, whose powerful shot from outside the box is collected by De Gea!
- Yellow cardNemanja MaticManchester United
Matic sees yellow for a foul on Seri.
Babel gives away the ball on the edge of the box and it rolls to Jones, who launches a rocket narrowly over the bar!
Martial charges into the box on the left and scoops a cross up for Lukaku, but it's deflected for the visitors' first corner of the game.
- Yellow cardCalum ChambersFulham
Chambers goes in the book for a challenge on Smalling. It looked like a 50-50 on the replay.
Herrera wins a free kick around 30 yards fromg oal following a challenge from Ream. Mata's effort is easily cleared.
Mitrovic wins a free kick around 35 yards from United's net. Bryan floats it in towards Chambers and it's cleared as far as Seri, whose shot is deflected for a corner.
It's worth noting that Brighton were 2-0 up at this point in the last game at Craven Cottage - and ended up losing 4-2.
Such a turnaround, however, looks less likely today.
Lukaku drops a ball back to Mata on the edge of the box but is flagged.
The Belgian hasn't been involved too much so far.
- Yellow cardJoe BryanFulham
Bryan is booked for a challenge on Smalling.
Both of United's goals have been superb - and both have come down the left channel.
Solskjaer's decision to rest six players ahead of the Champions League is paying dividends so far.
- GoalAnthony MartialManchester United
A superb individual effort from Martial! He breaks in his own half, beats to defenders and slots low past Rico.
Vietto breaks at pace but his first touch lets him down and he is intercepted by Jones. The Argentine charges into the defender and is spoken to by the ref.
Chambers lofts a ball into the box for Odoi, but he's penalised for shoving Martial - who had done well to track his man.
De Gea is on the floor after being bodychecked by Vietto.
Martial and Pogba have definitely looked lively in the left channel and combined superbly for the opener.
The Fulham defence appeared to be expecting a cross from Martial when he played the short ball.
Pogba has now been inviolved in 12 goals (scored seven, assisted five) in nine starts under Solskjaer.
- GoalPaul PogbaManchester United
What a strike from Pogba!
Martial makes a short pass into the box on the left and Pogba strikes it first time from a tight angle!
Matic is down following a high challenge from Schurrle, which hit his shin. The German was quick to apologise.
Martial sends a cross in from the left, which floats a foot over Lukaku's head and out of play.
Schurrle attampts a first-time through-ball for Vietto from the right, but it's intercepted. The London side look the most dangerous right now.
It's been all Fulham in the opening minutes - they are up for this one!
Bryan corsses fromt he right to Mitrovic, whose header is cleared by Dalot!
Schurrle and Matic contest the ball on the edge of the United box and it runs loose for a goal kick. That was another chance for Fulham to get forward.
A lively start to this one!
Babel breaks from the set piece and find Schurrle. It's two-on-two as the German crosses to Vietto, who volleys his attempt wide!
United earn a free kick on the right side of the Fulham box. Mata delivers but it's headed clear by Babel.
AND WE'RE OFF!
Referee Paul Tierney pips his whistle and Mitrovic takes the first touch!
Kick-off is five minutes away!
Can Fulham get a much-needed result against Red Devils, whom they have lost to 19 times in the Premier League? And can Solskjaer's side push back into the top four and help the Norwegian earn a full-time gig?
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Paul Pogba might be the danger man for United today: he's been involved in 11 goals (scored six, assisted five) in eight Premier League starts under Solskjaer.
Fulham, who have the worst defence in Europe's Top 5 league right now, have conceded 10 in their last four matches against United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "When we came in, we were way behind top four. So if you get the chance to take the three points and jump in, see what happens with City and Chelsea tomorrow, it’s an important game for us today."
"We have to stand up and be resilient, it will be tough today. There is no complacency. There is no secret to playing football: you have to enjoy yourself, and you need good players that are able to express themselves. Work hard, stay together. It’s simple.”
Claudio Ranieri: "We know where we are, we know it's very tough and then we need soldiers who have to fight until the end.
"We are ready to fight. I have to motivate them and give my positivity to our players. It's much better to play at home than away."
Fulham scored four goals and earned a rare three points in their last home game, but the Red Devils are on a streak of five consecutive away wins.
A glimmer of hope for Fulham...
With a win, United will climb back into the top four for the first time since the opening weekend. They were 11 points shy of the top four when he Baby-Faced Assassin took charge in December.
Fulham appear to be going with a 4-2-3-1, with a back line of Bryan, Ream, Le Marchand and Odoi.
It's 4-3-3 for the suited and booted United, who have opted for Mata and Martial on the wings, with Lukaku leading the line.
United are unbeaten against Fulham in their last 11 encounters, winning nine and drawing three. Their last defeat at Craven Cottage came in 2009, when Danny Murphy, Bobby Zamora and Damien Duff scored in a 3-0 victory that put Fulham in ninth place.
In Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's 10 games at the helm of Manchester United, he has managed nine wins and a Fergie-time-coneback draw against Burnley.
United's fortunes stand in stark contrast to Fulham, who have lost five of their last six in all competitions, and who go inot this one five points shy of safety.
FULHAM: Rico; Odoi, Ream, Le Marchand, Bryan; Seri, Chambers; Babel, Vietto, Schürrle; Mitrović. Subs: Fabri, Christie, Abguissa, Cairney, Kebano, Sessegnon, Ayite. /// MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea; Dalot, Jones, Smalling, Shaw; Matić, Herrera, Pogba; Mata, Martial, Lukaku.Subs: Romero, Bailly, Young, McTominay, Alexis, Rashford, Lingard.
And here's the visitors' starting lineup. Romelu Lukaku earns the start over Marcus Rashford, while Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are the starting centre-backs...
Here's how the hosts are lining up. It looks as if they've switched to a back four...
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