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  • Date:21 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Craven Cottage
  • Attendance:25,700
  • Welbeck (4) Nani (27)
    Giggs (42) Rooney (87)
    Berbatov (89)
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92mins

A cross is delivered by Ryan Giggs, clearance by Bryan Ruiz.

90mins

A cross is delivered by Antonio Valencia, Dimitar Berbatov fires in a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 0-5 Man Utd.Antonio Valencia provided the assist for the goal.

89mins

Andrew Johnson produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

89mins

Shot by Andrew Johnson. Save made by Anders Lindegaard.

88mins

Goal scored by Wayne Rooney from 30 yards to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 0-4 Man Utd.Ryan Giggs provided the assist for the goal.

87mins

The ball is delivered by Stephen Kelly, clearance by Jonathan Evans.

85mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Murphy on Ji-Sung Park. Bobby Zamora is brought on as a substitute for Clint Dempsey. Free kick taken by Anders Lindegaard.

84mins

Bryan Ruiz sends in a cross, clearance made by Jonathan Evans.

83mins

Effort from 12 yards by Andrew Johnson. Save by Anders Lindegaard.

81mins

Moussa Dembele gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Antonio Valencia. Free kick taken by Antonio Valencia.

79mins

Centre by Ryan Giggs, clearance made by Danny Murphy.

79mins

Andrew Johnson produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

78mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Luis Nani. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.

77mins

Shot from long distance by John Arne Riise goes wide of the left-hand post.

76mins

(Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Dimitar Berbatov coming on for Danny Welbeck.

74mins

Stephen Kelly is brought on as a substitute for Chris Baird.

74mins

Effort on goal by Danny Welbeck from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

73mins

Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Giggs.

73mins

Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save made by Anders Lindegaard.

70mins

Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Philippe Senderos gets a block in. Corner taken by Ryan Giggs, John Arne Riise makes a clearance.

68mins

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in. Corner taken short by Ryan Giggs. The ball is crossed by Ji-Sung Park, Philippe Senderos makes a clearance.

67mins

Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Jonathan Evans gets a block in.

66mins

The ball is swung over by Luis Nani, David Stockdale makes a save.

65mins

Danny Welbeck is ruled offside. David Stockdale restarts play with the free kick.

64mins

Unfair challenge on Ryan Giggs by Danny Murphy results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.

63mins

Danny Welbeck fouled by Chris Baird, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Chris Baird. Jonathan Evans takes the free kick.

62mins

Unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey by Chris Smalling results in a free kick. Philippe Senderos takes the free kick.

61mins

Luis Nani sends in a cross.

61mins

Danny Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Antonio Valencia. Jonathan Evans takes the direct free kick.

60mins

Shot by Clint Dempsey. Save by Anders Lindegaard.

58mins

(Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Ji-Sung Park coming on for Ashley Young.

58mins

Shot from just outside the penalty box by John Arne Riise misses to the left of the target.

57mins

Ryan Giggs challenges Moussa Dembele unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

56mins

Moussa Dembele has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

55mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Antonio Valencia on Andrew Johnson. Danny Murphy delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Jonathan Evans. Corner taken by Bryan Ruiz from the right by-line, Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Anders Lindegaard.

53mins

Dickson Etuhu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young. Free kick taken by Jonathan Evans.

51mins

The ball is crossed by Ashley Young, blocked by John Arne Riise. Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line.

50mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Danny Murphy, Jonathan Evans makes a clearance.

48mins

Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line.

47mins

Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Save by Anders Lindegaard.

47mins

Centre by Andrew Johnson, clearance by Jonathan Evans.

47mins

Unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele by Jonathan Evans results in a free kick. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

43mins

Ryan Giggs finds the net with a goal from inside the area high into the middle of the goal. Fulham 0-3 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Luis Nani.

41mins

Corner from left by-line taken by Danny Welbeck.

41mins

Ashley Young takes a shot. Philippe Senderos gets a block in.

37mins

Antonio Valencia produces a cross, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.

37mins

Luis Nani delivers the ball, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.

35mins

A cross is delivered by Luis Nani, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance. Ryan Giggs decides to take a short corner.

32mins

A cross is delivered by Antonio Valencia, clearance made by Philippe Senderos.

29mins

Foul by Ashley Young on Bryan Ruiz, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.

28mins

Ryan Giggs produces a cross, Luis Nani scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Fulham 0-2 Man Utd.Ryan Giggs provided the assist for the goal.

27mins

Ryan Giggs decides to take a short corner.

27mins

Luis Nani delivers the ball, clearance by Danny Murphy. Ryan Giggs decides to take the corner short.

25mins

Luis Nani takes a shot. Save by David Stockdale. Short corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line.

24mins

Danny Welbeck has a curled shot. David Stockdale makes a save.

23mins

Antonio Valencia concedes a free kick for a foul on Moussa Dembele. Free kick taken by David Stockdale.

22mins

Ashley Young challenges Philippe Senderos unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.

20mins

Unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney by Dickson Etuhu results in a free kick. Ashley Young on for Phil Jones. Strike comes in from Ryan Giggs from the free kick, David Stockdale makes a save.

18mins

Corner taken by Danny Murphy, clearance by Chris Smalling.

18mins

The ball is crossed by Patrice Evra, John Arne Riise makes a clearance.

16mins

Andrew Johnson crosses the ball.

15mins

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save made by David Stockdale.

15mins

The ball is sent over by Chris Baird, clearance by Chris Smalling.

12mins

Ryan Giggs challenges Moussa Dembele unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.

9mins

Luis Nani produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the target.

9mins

A cross is delivered by Phil Jones.

8mins

Moussa Dembele crosses the ball, Jonathan Evans makes a clearance.

5mins

Luis Nani produces a cross, Danny Welbeck scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 0-1 Man Utd.Assist by Luis Nani.

1mins

Luis Nani delivers the ball, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.

Match Preview

Jol concerned over Zamora unrest talk Fulham manager Martin Jol admits the regularity of reports regarding Bobby Zamora's future is becoming a concern. There has been mounting speculation over recent weeks that the pair's relationship is fraught, leading to suggestions the England international could leave Craven Cottage in January. Jol has constantly batted back such talk and was forced to once again after a report that Zamora was told to train with the reserves. "No, there is no reserves yesterday (Monday) because we have a game today," Jol said. "We always train with a rest group (those not involved in the match against Bolton) so Aaron Hughes was there, [Pajtim] Kasami, [Marcel] Gecov. All the players who were not involved in the game. "That is the normal thing to give theme extra loading. "I don't know what they are on about and it was not with the reserve team coaches. "There is no rift, Bobby is Bobby. "He was fine on Monday, he trained with all the players who didn't start. "Those 14 did a session to load them, and he was fine." The speculation has seen Zamora linked with a host of Barclays Premier League clubs, including QPR, Tottenham and Sunderland. "I'm not concerned," Jol said. "For me it's not a big problem. "I'm only concerned that this sort of thing is coming up all the time. "I don't know but for me there is no problem." Jol will be able to welcome Zamora back for the match against Manchester United, having missed Saturday's 2-0 defeat of Bolton with a medial ligament injury in his left knee. "We have always had that belief," Jol said of the Bolton victory. "The only difference is we got the points and played well, scored a couple of goals and didn't concede. "Obviously United can punish you and sometimes they will. "Man United and Chelsea, for example, they have got the extra quality if you give them space. "We allowed Bolton to have six or seven shots but you cannot allow the likes of Man United to do that. "I think every game stands on itself. Liverpool was good, Man City was nice but Man United is probably different. "You have to play to your strengths and that is what we will try to do and try to avoid them exploiting us with their quality. "We had a 3-0 win and a 2-2 draw recently so we seem to do well against them. "I think it could be coincidence but it could be our style as well." While Zamora returns to face Sir Alex Ferguson's side, Steve Sidwell continues to miss out after a hernia operation and fellow midfielder Simon Davies has a back complaint. Meanwhile, Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has admitted he would not be where he is today without the two years he spent at Fulham. Smalling will show no mercy towards his old club when United visit Craven Cottage hunting three more points in their quest to retain the title. However, the 21-year-old will be greeting some old friends before and after kick-off. And, although he only made 14 senior appearances for the Cottagers, it was the period between being snapped up from non-league Maidstone to arriving at Manchester United in 2010 that turned him into an England international. "Without [former Fulham boss] Roy Hodgson giving me my chance there I wouldn't be here," he said. "I had a big two years there and it is a time I look back upon fondly. "My first year was about finding my feet. The second was about showcasing what I can do. "It'll be nice to go back and see a few of the players and play back at the Cottage." Manager Sir Alex Ferguson needs to decide what changes to make for United's second trip to London in four days. The surprise return of Javier Hernandez from an ankle injury at QPR offers Ferguson a further attacking option, which provides the opportunity to drop Wayne Rooney back into a midfield role.

Formation:4411Manager: Martin Jol

Fulham

Formation: 442Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

Man Utd

  • David Stockdale
  • Chris Baird
  • Philippe Senderos
  • Brede Hangeland
  • John Arne Riise
  • Bryan Ruiz
  • Danny Murphy
  • Dickson Etuhu
  • Clint Dempsey
  • Moussa Dembele
  • Andrew Johnson
  • SUBS
  • Neil Etheridge
  • Stephen Kelly
  • Marcel Gecov
  • Damien Duff
  • Aaron Hughes
  • Kerim Frei
  • Bobby Zamora

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Match Report

Five-star United sink Cottagers Manchester United enjoyed their second west London victory in four days as they brushed aside Fulham 5-0 to maintain the pressure on Manchester City. Sir Alex Ferguson's side continued the form they showed up the road at QPR on Sunday to secure three points that keeps them in touching distance of their rivals heading into Christmas. United had failed to win on their past three visits to Craven Cottage but never looked in danger of extending that run, ending their hoodoo thanks to an imperious display. Danny Welbeck capitalised on lax defending to break the deadlock within five minutes and the visitors extended their advantage when Nani nodded home a Ryan Giggs cross. The 38-year-old's performance in the capital belied his years and he became the first player to score in all 20 Premier League seasons when he saw a drive deflect off Philippe Senderos and loop in two minutes before the break. Late goals from Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov extended the visitors' lead further, although it was not to be a perfect night for Ferguson due to injuries to Phil Jones and Ashley Young. Fulham manager Martin Jol named an unchanged starting line-up, while Ferguson made minor alterations to the side that overcame QPR. Anders Lindegaard started in goal for United and Giggs came in for Rio Ferdinand, who was left out of the squad altogether. Jones dropped into defence as a result but was on the deck inside two minutes after being caught by a Clint Dempsey's wayward arm. The England international was back on his feet after some treatment and soon had something to cheer about as United broke the deadlock. Nani burst down the left flank, galloping the length of the Fulham half before producing a superb low cross that unmarked Welbeck tucked away with ease. Fulham - playing their 32nd competitive match of the season - eked out their first opportunity in the 20th minute when Bryan Ruiz was put through by Dempsey. The pair linked up for both of the Cottagers' goals in Saturday's 2-0 defeat of Bolton but were denied another thanks to an incredible Jones challenge, thwarting the Costa Rica international in the six-yard box. The tackle was Jones' last action of the match as he immediately left the field, seemingly due to the earlier challenge with Dempsey. Ashley Young came on but United looked unfazed and looked to extend their lead, soon conceding the goal that United had threatened. Giggs played a short corner to Antonio Valencia and after receiving a return pass floated in a superbly-weighted cross, which Nani directed past Stockdale in the 28th minute. United continued to press forward in numbers as the Cottagers struggled to cope, with Senderos looking particularly out-of-sorts and almost giving away a penalty for a mistimed challenge on Welbeck. The former Arsenal defender was guilty of leaving Welbeck free for the opener and saw a first half to forget compounded two minutes before the break. Nani was given acres of space to deliver the ball to Giggs, whose low drive deflected off Senderos' legs and looped over the backpedalling Stockdale. The home side were booed off the pitch at half-time and, whether it was that or a half-time pep talk from Jol, Fulham looked resurgent after the restart. Lindegaard and Evra combined to prevent a Dempsey header sneaking in, before Mousa Dembele and John Arne Riise came close with long-range drives. Fulham's added impetus saw tensions begin to rise and the home support felt aggrieved that Dickson Etuhu was adjudged to have fouled substitute Young in a 50-50 challenge. While referee Mark Halsey's decision irked the majority inside Craven Cottage, the England winger undoubtedly came off worse and had to be replaced by Park Ji-Sung. Valencia stung the palms of Stockdale as United pressed for a fourth goal, before Chris Smalling blocked former team-mate Dempsey's goalbound effort at the other end. Play swung from one end to another as the match entered the final 20 minutes, before Rooney capped a fine performance with a superb 30-yard effort two minutes from time. Substitute Berbatov finished the rout with a nonchalant backheel from Valencia's cross in the 90th minute.

Form Guide

    LDDWLW
  • Fulham
  • VS
  • Man Utd
  • WWDWWW

Last Meetings

  • Man Utd
  • 2 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 09/04/2011
  • Fulham
  • 2 - 2
  • Man Utd
  • 22/08/2010
  • Man Utd
  • 3 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 14/03/2010
  • Fulham
  • 3 - 0
  • Man Utd
  • 19/12/2009
  • Fulham
  • 2 - 0
  • Man Utd
  • 21/03/2009
  • Man Utd
  • 3 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 18/02/2009

Top Scorers

Fulham

  • CD Dempsey 5
  • A Johnson 3
  • B Zamora 3
  • B Ruiz 2
  • M Dembele 1

Man Utd

  • W Rooney 11
  • JB Hernandez 6
  • LC Nani 5
  • D Welbeck 3
  • A Young 2
  • OL Anderson 2
  • M Carrick 1
  • D Fletcher 1
  • J Park 1
  • C Smalling 1
  • P Jones 1

Goals

Fulham

    • Total goals 36
    • Goals per game 18
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Man Utd

    • Total goals 55
    • Goals per game 37
  • 3 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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