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Free kick awarded for a foul by Bobby Zamora on Nemanja Vidic. Free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.
Shot from just outside the box by Paul Scholes goes over the bar.
Michael Carrick joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luis Nani. Foul by Bobby Zamora on Chris Smalling, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.
Jonathan Greening concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Nani. Darron Gibson takes the direct free kick.
(Fulham) makes a substitution, with Jonathan Greening coming on for Danny Murphy.
Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
Danny Murphy decides to take the corner short.
Eidur Gudjohnsen crosses the ball, John O'Shea makes a clearance.
Zoltan Gera challenges Luis Nani unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darron Gibson takes the free kick.
Fabio Da Silva joins the action as a substitute, replacing Oliveira Anderson.
Shot on goal by Chris Baird from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Oliveira Anderson challenges Zoltan Gera unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
Michael Owen replaces Antonio Valencia.
Nemanja Vidic concedes a free kick for a foul on Gael Kakuta. Bobby Zamora has an effort direct from the free kick.
Oliveira Anderson takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
The official flags Dimitar Berbatov offside. Aaron Hughes restarts play with the free kick.
Zoltan Gera joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dickson Etuhu.
Darron Gibson takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
Dimitar Berbatov concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Hughes. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.
Foul by Nemanja Vidic on Bobby Zamora, free kick awarded. Gael Kakuta shoots direct from the free kick.
Shot from outside the box by Eidur Gudjohnsen goes wide right of the target.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy played to the near post, Oliveira Anderson manages to make a clearance.
Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.
The ball is delivered by Carlos Salcido, Patrice Evra manages to make a clearance.
Danny Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani. Luis Nani crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Mark Schwarzer.
Unfair challenge on Aaron Hughes by Dimitar Berbatov results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.
Eidur Gudjohnsen comes on in place of Moussa Dembele.
Dimitar Berbatov produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Dickson Etuhu challenges Oliveira Anderson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Scholes restarts play with the free kick.
Darron Gibson takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
Short corner worked by Luis Nani.
Luis Nani decides to take the corner short.
Corner taken right-footed by Antonio Valencia.
Unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Luis Nani results in a free kick. Aaron Hughes restarts play with the free kick.
Dimitar Berbatov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brede Hangeland. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Smalling on Bobby Zamora. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
Oliveira Anderson challenges Clint Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dickson Etuhu takes the direct free kick.
Antonio Valencia grabs a headed goal from close range. Man Utd 2-0 Fulham.Assist by Luis Nani.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Hughes.
Centre by Patrice Evra.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dimitar Berbatov by Danny Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Dimitar Berbatov.
The official flags Dimitar Berbatov offside. Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
Corner taken by Antonio Valencia from the right by-line.
Corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line, Chris Smalling takes a shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Darron Gibson.
Antonio Valencia takes a shot. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Scholes on Clint Dempsey. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Murphy from left channel, Dimitar Berbatov makes a clearance.
Long range effort from Clint Dempsey misses to the left of the target.
The referee blows for offside. Carlos Salcido takes the indirect free kick.
A cross is delivered by Carlos Salcido, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
Effort from deep inside the area by Oliveira Anderson misses to the right of the goal.
A cross is delivered by Gael Kakuta.
A cross is delivered by Antonio Valencia, save by Mark Schwarzer.
Dimitar Berbatov scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 Fulham.Assist by Luis Nani.
The ball is sent over by Carlos Salcido, blocked by John O'Shea.
Antonio Valencia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Salcido. Carlos Salcido restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Bobby Zamora from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Gael Kakuta takes a inswinging corner.
Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.
Outswinging corner taken by Antonio Valencia from the right by-line played to the near post, Nemanja Vidic takes a shot. Bobby Zamora gets a block in.
Antonio Valencia takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Danny Murphy makes a clearance.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Chris Baird gets a block in.
Gael Kakuta takes a shot. Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save.
Smalling no match for phenomenal Ferdinand
Sir Alex Ferguson has assured Chris Smalling he is not going to be forgotten but feels Rio Ferdinand proved on Wednesday night why he was immediately drafted back into the Manchester United starting line-up.
Ferdinand had been missing for nine weeks with a calf injury sustained in the warm-up to United's shock Premier League defeat at Wolves.
Yet Ferguson still had no hesitation in pitching the deposed England skipper straight into the white-hot atmosphere of a Champions League quarter-final.
It was harsh luck on Smalling, whose performances in Ferdinand's absence had shown a maturity that belied his 20 years.
But Ferdinand has the class and experience to make a difference.
And in silencing Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres, he did exactly that.
"It was a terrible for me to explain to Chris Smalling that he wasn't playing given the way he has performed for us this season," said Ferguson.
"He understood. He is part of the squad and he won't be forgotten.
"But it's Rio's experience isn't it. He has such composure. He talks to players.
When Antonio Valencia went to full-back he was talking all the time. He was phenomenal."
Ferguson must now decide whether to give Ferdinand a second start in four days against Fulham and risk a reaction ahead of Tuesday's second leg with Carlo Ancelotti's men.
With the Manchester derby FA Cup semi-final to follow that, it is a crucial time for United, and their veteran manager realises he must get major decisions correct.
"Picking the right team is always an issue when you have a run of important games," he said.
"You are dependent on your squad, not on your team.
"Yes, there will be changes of course. We picked a team for obvious reasons on Tuesday but it could be a different team next Tuesday.
"That is the great value of having a good squad.
"But a lot of things help us (against Fulham).
"The fans were fantastic on Tuesday and they will be again. They know the importance of being united at this time.
"That will be a really good thing for us."
Fulham manager Mark Hughes does not expect Manchester United to take their eye off the ball but will be ready to exploit any opportunity if they do.
The Red Devils will be without Wayne Rooney as he serves the first of a two-game ban following Football Association sanctions after he swore into a TV camera during last week's win at West Ham.
England striker Rooney will also miss the FA Cup semi-final showdown against Manchester City at Wembley, but kept Sir Alex Ferguson's men on course for a potential treble with a crucial away goal in the midweek Champions League quarter-final first leg win at Chelsea.
With United still fighting on all three fronts, it is likely Ferguson will rotate his squad for the match against the Cottagers, who have been beaten nine times away this season.
However, Hughes believes his old club will not lose any focus as they look to extend their seven-point lead over Arsenal at the top of the table.
"Past experience suggests that won't be, but we have got to be ready if they are not on their A game. If they are not then we have a chance to win the game. We are looking to be positive," said Hughes, whose men have moved away from the relegation zone following a run of just two defeats in the last 11 Premier League games.
Hughes had two successful spells at Old Trafford as a player and believes his old club continue to show the true spirit of champions, while other sides like Arsenal and Chelsea fail to make the most of any opportunities presented.
"As the season progresses towards the business end, United are getting stronger and stronger," said the 47-year-old former Wales manager.
"They understand exactly what needs to be done and are going about their business in a fantastic manner and sweeping everyone aside."
Hughes knows better than most the aura which surrounds United when they play at Old Trafford, with visiting teams sometimes appearing beaten before they step off the coach.
However, the Fulham manager expects his squad to be fully prepared for what awaits them.
"The quality of the opposition you are against and the stage can undermine the confidence of the players going there, the history of the club and the support they have around them - come 3pm on a Saturday, sometimes that can be too much for players," he said.
"I don't anticipate for one moment it will be too much for my players because we are enjoying what we are doing at the moment, so we are very positive we can go there and get a good result."
Reds move 10 points clear
There was no Grand National glory for Sir Alex Ferguson but Manchester United continue to power their own way towards the Premier League title with a 2-0 win over Fulham at Old Trafford.
First-half strikes from Dimitar Berbatov - his 22nd of the season - and Antonio Valencia with his first since August allowed United to surge 10 points clear of nearest challengers Arsenal.
And, if they can keep a steady course over the final six hurdles, United will achieve what Ferguson's Aintree hopeful What A Friend was unable to and finish ahead of the chasing pack.
In a football sense at least, it must be quite nice being Ferguson at the minute.
Robbed of Wayne Rooney's services for a couple of games thanks, in his eyes, to some unjust treatment from the Football Association, the United boss could just pluck another striker from his impressive roster.
In this instance it was the Premier League's top scorer and a man who bagged five in one game earlier this season.
Berbatov had only started one league game since that dismal defeat at Wolves over two months ago, the equally miserable loss at Liverpool.
On home soil at least though, the Bulgarian is a man to be trusted.
It did look like he was cursing when Nani ran into a crowd of Fulham defenders on the edge of the area instead of playing a simple pass to the flanks.
But, making a mockery of his absence from the seven-man shortlist for PFA player of the year, Nani squeezed a pass to Anderson, then flicked the return to his left for Berbatov.
TV replays indicated the striker was just offside. It was very tight though and Berbatov was not hanging around as he slotted his shot beyond Mark Schwarzer.
It was exactly what United were looking for so early in the contest and the points should have been wrapped up when Berbatov skipped past Carlos Salcido and Brede Hangeland by the touchline and burst into the box before rolling a pass back to Anderson.
Goalscoring, though, is not the returning Brazilian's forte.
Back after a nine-match absence with a knee injury, Anderson never looked like improving a return of two goals in 121 previous appearances and dribbled a terrible effort wide.
United did get their second though, just after the half-hour when Schwarzer inexplicably raced to the touchline to try and make a clearance he was never going to manage given Nani had the speed to get there first.
The Portugal winger showed his selfish streak by going for goal himself rather than present Valencia with a tap-in.
Aaron Hughes did it instead, turning Nani's shot away with his head but merely offering Valencia the chance to nod home from two yards as a consequence.
It was Valencia's first goal since the Community Shield and his return to action from a major knee injury suffered one month later is another reason Ferguson has been rejoicing.
After an enterprising start, Fulham had been overwhelmed.
They retained enough spirit to bring an outstanding save from Tomasz Kuszczak, though, as substitute Eidur Gudjohnsen curled a shot goalwards from 25 yards.
It was a confusing piece of play all round as, from their angle, the Fulham fans thought it had gone in and referee Mike Jones awarded a goal-kick rather than the corner which would have been due reward for Kuszczak.
The game drifted onwards in such a mundane manner, Ferguson could have used the telephone installed in the directors' box to overcome communication problems during his five-match touchline ban to keep up with events at Liverpool.
He didn't though, limiting himself to a couple of conversations with coach Rene Meulensteen as he made the substitutions required to keep his players fresh for Tuesday's Champions League return.
Anderson and Berbatov were both denied by Schwarzer, the first after another uncharacteristic mistake from the veteran Australian.
By the end, even John O'Shea was trying his luck, advancing from his right-back role to let fly from the edge of the area.
Paul Scholes had a go as well. They were both out of luck - just as Ferguson had been - but as they approach a week that starts with that Champions League decider with Chelsea and ends at Wembley against Manchester City, the overall United picture is rosy indeed.
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