Fulham 0-3 Manchester United as it happened: Dominant Red Devils move into the top four
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Fulham 0-3 Manchester United as it happened: Dominant Red Devils move into the top four

Manchester United breezed past a sorry Fulham side with Pogba running the show once again under Solskjær as they moved into the top four for the first time this season.

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Man United were well organised and every player knew their job and executed it to perfection as well as playing with freedom in an attacking sense
The Cottagers could be 10 points from safety if Burnley win in the late kick-off against Brighton
Fulham were too soft and did not threaten the Red Devils' defence at all during the game as well as being unorganised at the back which has been their downfall all season 
Full time in London and Man United were never troubled and they move into the top four for at least 24 hours

Mitrovic goes storming into De Gea needlessly which sees the two square up for no reason and ends up with the two picking up bookings


Final change for Man United sees Herrera replaced by Baily with the Red Devils going to five at the back to try and keep a clean sheet


Fulham have made two changes in the last few minutes with Bryan and Babel making way for Cairney and Sessegnon

That miss sums up Fulham's performance today and for the majority of the season which is their own mistakes helping them lose games 

Babel has just missed an open goal from one-yard out as he flicked his shot goalwards but somehow only hits the post


Ream tries to head across to Le Marchand but only finds Sanchez who is one-on-one with Rico but only manages to smash his shot straight at the Spaniard


Substitution for Man United as MOTM Pogba is replaced by McTominay


First chance for Fulham since the first minute as Mitrovic heads goalwards but De Gea saves comfortably as there was not much pace on the header


First substitution for the away side which sees Martial go off and is replaced by Sanchez

It was a stupid penalty to give away as Le Marchand just ran into Mata as he turned on the ball in the penalty area

Pogba with his usual slow run-up to the spot but makes no mistake as he dispatches his penalty calmly to Rico's right hand side


Penalty to Manchester United 


Herrera unleashes a wicked effort from the edge of the box which Rico does well to parry it out to safety


Fulham do not look like getting back into this game and seem to have accepted defeat which will see them stay cut adrift in the bottom three.


The first substitution over the game sees Schürrle make way for Christie which is greeted with chants of 'You don't know what you're doing' from the home fans


A slow start to this half with neither side wanting to take too many risks as the next goal could kill or open the game up

The second half is back underway with the next goal looking crucial for either side
The Cottagers look weak at the back and toothless upfront with Mitrovic not getting any service to try and trouble Jones and Smalling
The Red Devils do not seem to be out of first gear yet and have just capitalised on Fulham's mistakes and sloppy defending
Half-time at Craven Cottage with Man United comfortably ahead thanks to goals from Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial

Chambers who scored a great goal against Brighton midweek tried his luck on the half volley but De Gea matches the effort with a good save low down


Phil Jones nearly smashes an effort goalward from 25-yards out which Rico has to tip over the bar as it was hit with some force


Martial runs at the Fulham defence again and Odoi is petrified to close him down but the Frenchman sees his effort deflected wide 


Chambers goes into the referee's book after he followed through and stood on Smalling's leg as Fulham struggle to get any momentum going


Serri is really struggling this game as Pogba is running off him whenever Man United are attacking as the Frenchman got in behind again but did not manage to get a shot away this time


Man United have not been at their best this half in terms of passing and moving, however, they have looked deadly in the final thievery every time they get the ball

It was poor defending once again by Fulham as Martial got past the defenders too easily which left him with a simple finish to double the away side's lead.
A superb solo goal as Martial picked the ball up in his own half before getting past two defenders with ease and then curling his shot beyond Rico
22' GOAL

Martial doubles the Red Devils' lead


Man United have lowered the pace of the game down since the goal and are happy to let Fulham have the ball before trying to win it midfield 

It is a goal that should never have happened as Rico gambled on Pogba crossing the ball which left his near post free which Pogba took full advantage of 
Pogba was played in behind on the left-hand side and smashed it beyond Rico at his near post
13' GOAL 

Pogba breaks the deadlock


Fulham are causing Man United problems with their high pressing not allowing the away side to get time on the ball

It was Schurrle's cross that found Vietto unmarked at the back post but he scuffed his shot wide of the post

Fulham should be ahead as they quickly broke after defending a Man United free-kick but Vietto could not get a good enough connection on his volley

We are underway at Craven Cottage in the early kick-off
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A different front three for Manchester United today with Lukaku and Mata coming in for the in-form Rashford and Lingard.
Manchester United's team for today: De Gea; Shaw, Jones, Smalling, Dalot; Pogba, Matic, Herrera; Martial, Lukaku, Mata
Fulham's team: Rico; Odoi, Le Marchand, Ream, Bryan; Chambers, Seri; Babel. Vietto, Schürrle; Mitrovic.
Team news is in for today's early kick-off
Kick-off is at 12:30PM. Stay with VAVEL UK until then for all the latest on Fulham vs Manchester United. The starting line-ups will be out at 11:30AM.
Last time these two sides played each other, Jose Mourinho was in charge for United. Paul Pogba was sat on the bench. United managed a 4-1 win in what proved a small bit of respite for Mourinho.
For Fulham, Marcus Bettinelli and Alfie Mawson are both sidelined with injury while out-of-favour Timothy Fosu-Mensah can't play against his parent club, United. The Dutchman has been on loan in West London all season but has hardly played under Claudio Ranieri.
Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia are injured for United, while Marcos Rojo remains are doubt. Apart from that, it's a full selection for Solskjaer to choose from. With the PSG game in mind, Victor Lindelof is set to be rested while Romelu Lukaku may come in for Marcus Rashford up front.
Fulham will be hoping to capitalise on what could prove to be over-confidence at United. The Reds should take all three points at Craven Cottage on Saturday, but their unbeaten run will come to an end somewhere. On the horizon is Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League and some players will be rested today. Can Fulham take advantage?
United are flying at the moment. Solskjaer's first few games saw some blistering victories against Cardiff and Huddersfield. The margins have gotten finer now, though. The performances are mildly less threatening to their top four rivals.
While Fulham looked doomed for relegation, Manchester United's rejuvenation under Solskjaer has been even better than anyone at the 20-time champions could have expected. A win today would mean 10 wins out of Solskjaer's first 11 games in charge. He was named Premier League Manager of the Month for January.
Fulham have been impressive at many points throughout this season. And that has included at home to big teams. Most recently, they were hurt right at the end against Tottenham Hotspur after a good performance against their London rivals.
It's been a rainy week in London, and in much of Great Britain, too. The wind and downpours aren't stopping today as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's in-form Reds try to force a downpour on their opposition in the early Saturday kick-off in the Premier League, Fulham.
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