Manchester United 1-1 Fulham: Bryan equaliser dampens Cavani wonder goal
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436 is the number of days since Manchester United fans were able to watch their side from inside the Theatre of Dreams. 

Players may have arrived and departed since that derby day victory back in March 2020, but these fans have not let their passion weaken. If anything it has grown stronger. They made their voices heard in support of their manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and their magnificent Portuguese midfielder, Bruno Fernandes. They also took aim at the Glazers' ownership of the club with the colours of Newton Heath (green and gold) visible throughout the match. 

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Edinson Cavani set Old Trafford alight with a glorious chip from 35 yards out. The Uruguayan - who has recently signed a new contract - introduced himself to the United fans in an ultimate fashion. 

Joe Bryan spoiled the party-like atmosphere with one of the simplest goals he will ever score in his career. Bobby De Cordova-Reid found Bryan at the back post unmarked and headed home from less than six yards out. 

Story of the game

United's players matched the energy of their supporters in the opening 10 minutes. Aaron Wan-Bissaka floated a cross for Paul Pogba to get his head onto it which was the first attempt of the game. Pogba's header sailed over the bar. 

Cavani introduced himself to the Stretford End in magnificent fashion as he chipped Fulham's Alphonse Areola from 35 yards out to give United the lead. It was perfectly weighted and ignited an already loud Old Trafford. 

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Despite the game having a focus on the return of fans, there were still players out there for United playing for their starting place in the Europa League final. David De Gea returned to the starting lineup and showed complacency at times as he fumbled a rather weak cross. 

On the stroke of half-time, Luke Shaw - the newly announced players' player of the year - let rip from distance which narrowly missed the top-left corner. 

De Gea parried another weak header from Ademola Lookman into Fabio Carvalho's path. This time Carvalho misconnected with the strike and De Gea collected with ease. 

With 15 minutes to play United were still in search of doubling their lead. Mason Greenwood picked the ball up with his back to goal and in his own half, he laid it off to Pogba who found Cavani.

Greenwood continued his run and Cavani found him in behind Fulham's defence but fired a shot straight at Areola before Fernandes blasted the rebound over the bar. 

United conceded with less than a quarter of an hour to go. De Cordova-Reid fired in a deep cross for Bryan to meet with his head at the back post. Wan-Bissaka was nowhere to be seen at right-back and Bryan was left unmarked. 

The shared points mean that United have still not secured second place, as Leicester City could snatch it from them if they win their remaining fixtures and United lose to Wolverhampton Wanderers

The result also concludes the home campaign for United and they end it with a dreadful record - their worst since David Moyes' season in 2013/14. 

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