Fulham 0 - 1 Manchester United

Match info: Premier League at Craven Cottage

Date: 02/02/2013 KO: 17:30 Ref: K Friend Att: 25,670

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Man Utd

Wayne Rooney 79

FT (ht: 0-0)

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  • Fulham 0 Man Utd 1. A solitary effort from Wayne Rooney is enough to settle an eventful tie and send United 10 points clear at the top of the table. Brave effort from Fulham who will be disappointed to end the game empty-handed.

  • Rodallega's poor effort cannons into the wall. Wasted opportunity.

  • Ruiz glances down to Riether. He feeds a low cross towards Rodallega. He sticks out a boot, but it is that of Ferdinand that makes contact. Petric then wins a free-kick 25 yards from goal. Last chance for Fulham to snatch a point.

  • Rooney cautioned for dissent. He is still arguing his point. Not sure what his issue is as United have just been awarded a free-kick. Seconds tick by.

  • Riise takes the set-piece. Senderos towers above everyone in the middle to meet the delivery. His header is nodded off the line. United suddenly spring clear, but Hernandez can't convert a one-on-one.

  • Rodallega twisting on the edge of the box. He finds Riether, whose cross is nodded clear. Fulham come again and force a corner. Life in this tie yet.

  • Three minutes of stoppage-time to be played.

  • Those inside Craven Cottage urging one late effort from the hosts. They are doing their best to create an opening, but United are getting bodies the ball and keeping the door firmly bolted.

  • Petric with a chance to gather in a pass aimed towards him, but the ball bounces off him and to Evans. Riether then sees his touch fail him, as the ball slips past him and out of way. Not going to be Fulham's day.

  • Riether involved again. He finds Ruiz. His cross-shot is blocked by Rooney. The United forward is prepared to get back and help out his defence when required.

  • United in no rush to take a throw. They are happy to keep the ball and run down the clock. Fulham are in more of a hurry and Riether sets off down their right wing once more.

  • Giggs swings over the set-piece. Welbeck get his head to the ball, but Petric can. United pick up the loose ball. Van Persie now knocking on the door again. But he then goes backwards.

  • United now have four strikers on the field. No chance of taking their foot off the gas and seeing this game out! Hernandez turns and races into space as the Red Devils seek a second. He is tripped by Emanuelson. Great work by the Mexican as he had no support.

  • Final change for United sees Nani trudge off and Welbeck take his place.

  • Should have been two. Nani nods a Rooney pass into the middle of the box. Van Persie is there, but turns a volley high over the top. Flag up anyway.

  • Petric immediately involved. He finds Duff wide on the left, but he can't find a yard of space. Fulham move the ball out to the right, with Riether. He picks out Baird, but his final pass is easily cut out.

  • Final change for Fulham as they send on Petric in place of Dejagah.

  • Duff's delivery is aimed onto the head of Rodallega. His looping header drifts well wide of the target.

  • Fulham looking for a leveller. Riether well forward once more, as is Baird. The Cottagers have to take a few chances now. Ruiz scoops the ball into the box, but United have bodies back. One of them is Ferdinand, who nods behind for a corner.

  • Sickener for Fulham as they have played really well since half-time. They have contained United while offering a threat of their own. They don't have a finisher, though, and Rooney has made them pay.


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