Fulham 1-2 Manchester United: Garnacho scores stoppage-time winner for Red Devils
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 13: Alejandro Garnacho of Manchester United scores their side's second goal as Bernd Leno of Fulham attempts to make a save during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Manchester United at Craven Cottage on November 13, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Alejandro Garnacho announced himself to the Premier League in style after calmly slotting home a stoppage time winner for Manchester United away to Fulham on Sunday evening.

Christian Eriksen scored his first goal for the Red Devils to put United 1-0 up following a deflected effort on goal from Bruno Fernandes found its way to the Dane inside the box.

The game was played at a typically high tempo, which has become synonymous with the Cottagers after making their best start to a league campaign in 20 years.

Former United winger Dan James was introduced in the second half and came back to haunt his former club by scoring an equaliser a mere 1 minute and 12 seconds after being subbed on. His raw pace left United pinned back and looking to hit on the break - which is exactly what they ended up doing.

18-year-old Argentine Alejandro Garnacho showed great feet and composure inside the Fulham box to slot home a stoppage time winner for United following a swift counter attack in the dying embers of the game.

Story of the Match

Fulham made two changes to the side that narrowly lost to Manchester City last time out, with Bobby Decordova-Reid and Tom Cairney coming in for the suspended duo of Harrison Reed and Kenny Tete.

Aleksandar Mitrović remains sidelined with a foot injury, leaving Carlos Vinícius leading the line for the Lilywhites. Andreas Pereira faced his former club and would be looking to prove a point after spending 10 years at Old Trafford without making his mark at the club.

United made four changes following their 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa last time out in the league, with Diego Dalot unavailable due to suspension - Tyrell Malacia started at right back.

Anthony Elanga and Anthony Martial were given chances to impress, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Anthony left out of the squad altogether ahead of their World Cup campaigns. Bruno Fernandes made his 100th league appearance for the Red Devils.

Anthony Elanga and Anthony Martial were given chances to impress, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Anthony left out of the squad altogether ahead of their World Cup campaigns. Bruno Fernandes made his 100th league appearance for the Red Devils.

Fulham deployed their high-pressing game-plan from the first whistle, closing United down quickly in the middle of the park and looked to counter quickly out wide. A good through ball from Luke Shaw let to good link up play between Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as the latter forcing a good save from Bernd Leno in the 8th minute.

Christian Eriksen scored his first goal for United in the 14th minute after prodding home a deflected effort from Bruno Fernandes inside the box following good work from Casemiro – who won the ball back strongly in the middle of the park to set United up for the counter.

The game maintained a high tempo throughout which saw both sides looking to catch the other on the break. Palhinha looks to be an absolute bargain signing at £17m, as he consistently broke up United’s attacking play with a dominant physical display in the middle of the park. Harry Wilson forced a good save from David De Gea after cutting inside onto his left foot to produce a curling effort outside of the box that had to be punched away in the 27th minute.

Anthony Martial nearly put United 2-0 up in the 30th minute up after linking up well with Bruno Fernandes inside the box, but Leno did well to smother the shot to stop the momentum taking it over the line. Most of Fulham’s attacking threat in the first half came down the left flank as Willian and Antonee Robinson targeted Malacia due to Antony Elanga’s lack of defensive awareness and contributions.

Luke Shaw put a good cross into the box for Martial to latch on to, but he could only steer his header over the bar as United pushed for a second goal with 5 minutes left of the first half. Eriksen should’ve scored a second after a lovely touch from Elanga teed up Fernandes out wide, who found the Dane with a good pass on the edge of the box, but he put his effort the wrong side of the post.

The second half got underway and followed the same tempo as the first, with Vinicius forcing a good save from De Gea as a deflected cross from Harry Wilson found its way to the Brazilian, who turned well and got a good shot off in the 50th minute. The Spaniard pulled off another great save after the resulting corner to deny Tim Ream’s powerful header from close range.

Formed United winger Dan James was introduced in the 59th minute to replace fellow Welshman Harry Wilson. Less than 1 minute and 12 seconds later, James equalised for Fulham as United were caught on the break. Good work out wide from Robinson and Willian led to a good cross into the box from Tom Cairney, which allowed the Welshman to tap in the equaliser from point-blank range.

Alejandro Garnacho of Manchester United celebrates after scoring during the Premier League match between Fulham and Manchester United at Craven Cottage, London on Sunday 13th November 2022. (Photo by Federico Maranesi/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Alejandro Garnacho celebrates after scoring during the Premier League match between Fulham and Manchester United  (Photo by Federico Maranesi/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Palhinha nearly scored a beautiful bicycle-kick, but the effort lacked the required power to take it past De Gea. Alejandro Garnacho was introduced to bring an element of flair to the United attack, who were being pinned back by the newfound threat of Dan James’ blistering pace on the right flank. Quick feet from the Argentine forced a challenge from Reid that brought him down inside the box, but VAR deemed it unworthy of a penalty.

The Argentine would go on to score a well-worked goal in stoppage time to win the game for United following a good one-two with Christian Eriksen. The youngster showed great composure to slot home the last kick of the game past Leno as United claimed all 3 points.

Player of the match: Palhinha

The Portuguese put in a superb display that limited United’s creative flow and build-up in the middle of the park. His high-work rate fits Marco Silva’s gameplan perfectly, serving as a catalyst for his midfield compatriots to push forward and press the opposition.

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