Saturday April 9, 2011 Day 32 Finished Old Trafford

Manchester United 2 - 0 Fulham

  • Berbatov 12’
  • Valencia 32’

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  1. United go 10 points clear

    United go 10 points clear

    Manchester United took another step towards the Premier League title with a 2-0 victory over Fulham at Old Trafford. More

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    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • Fulham
    • - Remember you can watch highlights of this and every other Premier League game from the weekend at 00:01 BST on Monday April 11.
    • 90+3' FULL-TIME: A comfortable afternoon for United - the result the hosts needed to go 10 points clear. Fulham came into the game with limited expectations, and once they were two goals down never looked like coming back.
    • 90+2' Long ball forward from the home side, Evra still has the legs to make a surging run and get there first!
    • 90+1' United holding the ball with ease in the dying minutes, Fulham at arm's length.
    • 90' Three extra minutes to be played at Old Trafford.
    • 89' A run from Fabio and cross from the left, again so close to finding the mark - is there another goal in this game?
    • 88' Scholes with a volley chance! No - his timing deserts him and he spoons it over the bar.
    • 87' Carrick straight into the game linking up a couple of passes - Owen makes a winger's burst down the left and produces a very decent cross which doesn't find a red shirt.
    • 86' Final change for United - Nani off and Carrick in his place. A chance for Nani to get the round of applause his performance merited.
    • 85' Gibson feeds Nani, whose cross from the right bounces out to O'Shea. A decent hit and a decent save from Schwarzer to match it.
    • 84' Nani down after a challenge with Greening - the substitute was a second or two behind the play there. Gibson over the free kick.
    • 83' Goal kick from Kuszczak. United cruising to a big win and a 10-point cushion at the top here.
    • 82' Greening on for Murphy in Fulham's final change.
    • 81' Another mix-up from Schwarzer - he knocks the ball out to Berbatov whose shot requires a save. Schwarzer has had an afternoon to forget.
    • 79' Gudjohnsen fires in a cross, which O'Shea slices away, conceding a somewhat needless corner.
    • 78' The cards have stayed in Mike Jones' pocket all game - not a single booking today. And the game has flowed well. The free kick, however, is not a United classic.
    • 77' Free kick for United from the right. Scholes and Gibson both stand over it eeying up a cross. In the meantime Nani and Dempsey, involved in the incident which led to the free kick, get a talking to.
    • 76' Another United change - Fabio coming on, and Anderson off.
    • 75' Gudjohnsen and Dempsey combine for Zamora, who fires a great cross over for Baird. His volley flashes over the bar.
    • 74' Scholes plays a superb ball which only just eludes Berbatov - that came from out of nothing.
    • 73' First United change - goalscorer Valencia off, Owen comes on.
    • 72' Zamora tries to place it - but he is about half a foot wide of the top corner. Decent effort, but nothing comes of it.
    • 71' BETTER FROM FULHAM! KAKUTA! Suddenly gets his feet moving and skips a challenge - Vidic is sufficiently disconcerted to bundle him over on the very edge of the box. Free kick opportunity here - perhaps a crucial one if they have any hopes of getting back into the game.
    • 70' The ball breaks the way of Anderson, and suddenly the Brazilian has a half a chance. He carries the ball purposefully forward before firing a shot low from outside the box. Not a problem for Schwarzer.
    • 69' A reminder that you can follow the action from the other games in the Premier League as they happen by clicking this link.
    • 68' United have been less dominant in this half, but they've had the benefit of a two-goal lead. They're controlling the game in second gear.
    • 67' Time for another Fulham change - Etuhu off, Gera on. United yet to change their line-up.
    • 66' GIBSON CLOSE! Another flowing move, with Nani finding space on the left and picking out Gibson on the edge of the box. The Irishman might have taken a touch, but hits the ball first time instead, and without sufficient power. Schwarzer stops.
    • 65' Now Murphy's touch lets him down - he plays a rasping pass out for a throw on the full. Mark Hughes watches on, arms crossed.
    • 64' Kakuta may not get another chance at a set piece, because that was dreadful. High, wide, and awful.
    • 63' Tough challenge from Vidic on Zamora - too tough, in fact, because the referee has awarded a free kick. This is just wihin shooting range, and Kakuta fancies it.
    • 62' Cameras cut to Fergie on the phone - team instructions or Grand National news?
    • 61' CLOSE FROM GUDJOHNSEN! A shot from range, and it was very close indeed! Just a whisker wide, out of the reach of Kuszczak, but some of the away fans thought it might have been in the net.
    • 60' Gudjohnsen and Zamora link up but cannot quite manage to create a shooting chance. Still, the Icelander has made a positive impression since his introduction for the Cottagers.
    • 59' Dempsey tries a shot from range, but Smalling blocks. Tries it again - Smalling blocks again, but this time he gives away a corner.
    • 58' Good punch away from Schwarzer. Half-appeal from Scholes for handball as he tries to play the ball back into the box, but referee Mike Jones is not interested.
    • 57' That was not Danny Murphy's finest work - a rash, despairing tackle on Nani as the Portuguese winger burst clear. Murphy lucky to escape without a booking. Chance from the set piece for the hosts.
    • 56' Fulham switch: Dembele off, Gudjohnsen on.
    • 55' BERBATOV CLOSE! The front three just keep on creating - Valencia with the cross, and Berbatov's hooked volley just blocked by the boot of Hangeland.
    • 54' Evra caught out by Kakuta there on the halfway line. That sparks a Fulham break which ends with a stabbed through ball from Kakuta just too far ahead of Zamora.
    • 53' Gibson and Dempsey collide trying to get to Nani's cross - Dempsey wins that battle.
    • 52' A good move from United but it needed a better final ball from Anderson - he played a superb one-two with Berbatov, but the Brazilian couldn't pick out the Bulgarian's run into the box.
    • 51' Dembele and Etuhu combine, looking for a way through - in the end they find Kakuta on the right, but Nani is there, defending well to deny a cross.
    • 50' Decent cross from Nani on the left, but Fulham bundle it out of the box - it falls to Gibson for a spectacular volley, but he makes a hash of this one.
    • 49' ANDERSON CLOSE! Another poor moment from Schwarzer, who clears straight into Valencia's path - he picks out Anderson who fires first time from the edge of the box - tipped away for a corner!
    • 48' More hope for Fulham fans from Infostrada stats: Manchester United have failed to win a Premier League home match when 2-0 up at half time this season – drawing 2-2 with West Brom at Old Trafford in October.
    • 47' Half a chance for Fulham there - the ball squeezes through the United defence and it interests Kakuta before Kuszczak claims.
    • 46' The second half begins!
    • 45+1' HALF-TIME: Murphy lifts in a free kick from deep but that's the final action of the half. United have looked absolutely assured in the first half. There were moments from Fulham but the league leaders kept them at arm's length - and the attacking options that Berbatov, Nani and Valencia provided were simply too much.
    • 45' A single minute of stoppages to be played.
    • 44' VALENCIA ON HIS OWN! A direct, probing run from the right and a dangerous pass which is just about cleared for a corner by the Fulham defence.
    • 43' Valencia has been a menace all half, and once again he picks up the ball on the right but can't quite link up with a team-mate.
    • 42' Fulham have lost a little of their zip here - and that's little surprise given the scoreline. Hughes will be itching to talk to the players at the interval and change things.
    • 41' Etuhu continues forward unchallenged for Fulham, but his ball to Zamora asks a little too much of a striker only recently back from a broken leg.
    • 40' Evra picks out Berbatov with a special ball there - magnfiicent, and the Bulgarian threatens to get around the back of the Fulham defence until another telling intervention from Hangeland.
    • 39' Nani weaving away, more or less from the left-back position. He looks a cut above today on the ball.
    • 38' Hangeland puts him in the middle of some slick United passing before Smalling gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Zamora at the halfway line.
    • 37' Not Paul Scholes' prettiest pass but it finds Anderson and together with Valencia United are on the move.
    • 36' Vidic knocks the ball out for a throw, and then wins a tussle with Etuhu for a United throw as the hosts continue to dominate.
    • 35' A reminder that you can follow the latest action from a day full of goals in the top flight by clicking this link.
    • 34' With a largely second-string side United have made an excellent start to this game, and they look set to end the day 10 points clear already. What do Fulham have left?
    • 33' Whoopsy! A harmless looking cross from Dempsey spilled by Kuszczak, who gets mixed up with Smalling. He makes amends before Zamora can punish him.
    • 32' That's Valencia's first Premier League goal in 16 months – since Manchester United’s 5-0 home win against Wigan in December 2009. Five of his six Premier League goals for the club have come at Old Trafford.
    • 31' VALENCIA! UNITED HAVE A SECOND! Partly Nani's brilliance, partly Schwarzer's moment of madness - the keeper comes out to claim a ball forward but Nani gets there first and after that he manages to give himself a viable angle for the shot - he can't quite finish himself but Valencia is waiting for the simplest of headers.
    • 30' The Nani show again! Brilliant play to skip around the right-back and his cut-back doesn't quite find the mark.
    • 29' Fergie in the stands today, of course, serving part of his five-match ban - should make it easier for him to discreetly check the Grand National results to see how his part-owned horse What A Friend gets on...
    • 28' Berbatov moving really well at the moment - he's working hard as well as being capable of brilliance - that's what Manchester United fans wanted of him...
    • 27' Corner for United, and former Fulham star Smalling comes up for it - it's he who has a half a chance at the back post, and nods over.
    • 26' Outrageous skills from Nani - in the box his quick feet almost fashion a chance out of nothing, but his backheeled pass to Berbatov is cut off in the nick of time. Could have been something very special!
    • 25' Here's a ray of hope for Fulham fans through Infostrada: The last two occasions Fulham have come back to win a Premier League away match after falling behind came in the city of Manchester in the month of April – winning twice at Manchester City in 2008 and 2009.
    • 24' Rapid break - Valencia at the heart of it! He has space on top of space as Fulham stand back off him, and in the end his shot, which goes out for a corner, isn't the best one.
    • 23' Hangeland sweeps the ball right as Fulham look to create some space. As they come back into the middle, Paul Scholes gives a foul away.
    • 22' A stat from Infostrada on that first goal: Dimitar Berbatov scored his eighth opening Premier League goal of the season – equal-most with Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez.
    • 21' Valencia caught offside chasing a floated ball over the top.
    • 20' The ball stuck in midfield here. It's been a bright start from the league leaders, but Fulham have had their moments.
    • 19' ANDERSON SHOULD SCORE! It was all Berbatov, who nipped past Salcido and then left Hangeland for dead. He picks out Anderson instead of Nani, but the Brazilian has time and ends up skewing his shot wide.
    • 18' A very decent cross from Salcido which Kuszczak has to think about coming out for and then pulls away from - but there's no Fulham man in place to take advantage.
    • 17' Murphy nips past Anderson, but loses control of the ball in doing so and Scholes robs him of the ball.
    • 16' Good move from Fulham too - Murphy picking out Baird surging down the right, whose deep cross finds Zamora at the back post, but the striker's header has little power behind it, and Kuszczak has a simple job of gathering.
    • 15' That goal has just settled United and they're playing some wonderful passes. Anderson and Gibson starting to come into the game, although Schwarzer is able to stop the latest move in its tracks by pouncing on O'Shea's cross from the right.
    • 14' The early strike will be a huge blow to Fulham, who were well aware of United's impressive home record going into the contest.
    • 13' Berbatov is the leading scorer in the Premier League - and that's his 17th Premier League goal at Old Trafford this season - form just 13 games.
    • 12' UNITED SCORE! BERBATOV HAS IT! Wonderful interplay between Berbatov and Nani, less than wonderful Fulham defending as they stand off. Nani skips through challenges, swaps passes with Anderson and Berbatov, who might just have been offside, has a simple job of tucking the ball away.
    • 11' Wonderful cheeky backheel from Berbatov to Nani as the hosts start to move.
    • 10' Dembele picks out Salcido with a threaded pass down the left, but O'Shea blocks the attempted cross for a throw.
    • 9' Salcido has his legs taken away from him by a Valencia tackle. Good tussle between these two already down the wing.
    • 8' ZAMORA CLOSE! He found a little time after the ball broke his way from Dembele's pass but hit his shot from 18 yards just over the bar.
    • 7' Berbatov sent upfield in pursuit of a lost cause. Fulham looking quite happy on the ball when they have had it.
    • 6' Dembele tries a shot from 25 yards! Not a lot of pace, but well-placed, and Kuszczak has to tip around the post.
    • 5' Valencia wins another corner in a tussle with Salcido - he'll look to do much better than he did with his first, which was scuffed and easily cleared.
    • 4' Sharp ball through from Murphy, bvut it's cut out and immediately United break, and a blocked shot from Valencia forces the first corner of the game.
    • 3' O'Shea's little lay-off back down the right flank misses its mark and goes out for a Fulham throw.
    • 2' Beautiful sunny afternoon in Manchester, as it is across the whole country. Both sides happy to run with the ball, though Dembele's break for Fulham interrupted.
    • 1' We're away at Old Trafford!
    • 15:58 So will Manchester United miss Rooney? Looking at the number of changes Ferguson has made to the line-up, you suspect he wouldn't have featured anyway, ban or not.
    • 15:55 And a reminder that if you want to know how any of the other sides are getting on in today's 3pm kick-offs, you can follow the key incidents from every game as they happen by clicking this link.
    • 15:50 Fulham have been maligned as draw specialists this season, but victory for Mark Hughes's men could see the Cottagers end the day as high as eighth place in the table. Of course, if Manchester United win, they'd have a sizeable 10-point cushion at the top (albeit having played two more games than Arsenal in second). Check the full Premier League table here.
    • 14:45 Last time these sides met, back in August, a sloppy United gave away a lead and were held to a 2-2 draw. Match report from August 22.
    • 14:40 From the experts at Infostrada, here's a big stat for Fulham fans: 0 - No opposition player has scored a first half goal in a domestic match at Old Trafford since Joe Cole on 3rd April 2010. Fortress.
    • 14:35 So is Mark Hughes optimistic for today's clash? "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. We are playing well, so why not have a go? If their eye is off the ball, then maybe we can exploit that."
    • 14:30 Happy times for Fulham - the Cottagers can call upon Bobby Zamora for his second start since his leg break. Aaron Hughes is back in defence. Damien Duff does not make it on to the pitch though with an Achilles problem.
    • 14:25 So a very different look to the Manchester United side today. Just three players (Evra, Vidic, Valencia) started on Wednesday night against Chelsea.
    • 14:20 MANCHESTER UNITED: Kuszczak, O'Shea, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Gibson, Scholes, Anderson, Valencia, Berbatov, Nani Subs: Van der Sar, Brown, Owen, Park, Hernandez, Carrick, Fabio Da Silva
    • 14:15 FULHAM: Schwarzer, Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Salcido, Kakuta, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey, Dembele, Zamora Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Sidwell, Gera, Gudjohnsen, Greening, Halliche
    • 14:10 Of course, Manchester United are welcoming a former favourite to Old Trafford today - Fulham boss Mark Hughes. He's not got the happiest record against former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. He has won two, drawn three and lost six of his meetings as a coach against Manchester United.
    • 14:05 Of course the big talking point all week for Manchester United has been Wayne Rooney. In case you forgot, he scored a hat-trick to salvage a Premier League win at Upton Park, and then scored the winner in the Champions League quarter-final against Chelsea. Oh, and he did something else, which means he is serving the first part of his two-game ban today.
    • 14:00 Good afternoon everyone and welcome to LIVE comments from Manchester United's clash with Fulham at Old Trafford.
  • Summary

    • 71' BETTER FROM FULHAM! KAKUTA! Suddenly gets his feet moving and skips a challenge - Vidic is sufficiently disconcerted to bundle him over on the very edge of the box. Free kick opportunity here - perhaps a crucial one if they have any hopes of getting back into the game.
    • 66' GIBSON CLOSE! Another flowing move, with Nani finding space on the left and picking out Gibson on the edge of the box. The Irishman might have taken a touch, but hits the ball first time instead, and without sufficient power. Schwarzer stops.
    • 61' CLOSE FROM GUDJOHNSEN! A shot from range, and it was very close indeed! Just a whisker wide, out of the reach of Kuszczak, but some of the away fans thought it might have been in the net.
    • 55' BERBATOV CLOSE! The front three just keep on creating - Valencia with the cross, and Berbatov's hooked volley just blocked by the boot of Hangeland.
    • 49' ANDERSON CLOSE! Another poor moment from Schwarzer, who clears straight into Valencia's path - he picks out Anderson who fires first time from the edge of the box - tipped away for a corner!
    • 44' VALENCIA ON HIS OWN! A direct, probing run from the right and a dangerous pass which is just about cleared for a corner by the Fulham defence.
    • 31' VALENCIA! UNITED HAVE A SECOND! Partly Nani's brilliance, partly Schwarzer's moment of madness - the keeper comes out to claim a ball forward but Nani gets there first and after that he manages to give himself a viable angle for the shot - he can't quite finish himself but Valencia is waiting for the simplest of headers.
    • 19' ANDERSON SHOULD SCORE! It was all Berbatov, who nipped past Salcido and then left Hangeland for dead. He picks out Anderson instead of Nani, but the Brazilian has time and ends up skewing his shot wide.
    • 12' UNITED SCORE! BERBATOV HAS IT! Wonderful interplay between Berbatov and Nani, less than wonderful Fulham defending as they stand off. Nani skips through challenges, swaps passes with Anderson and Berbatov, who might just have been offside, has a simple job of tucking the ball away.
    • 8' ZAMORA CLOSE! He found a little time after the ball broke his way from Dembele's pass but hit his shot from 18 yards just over the bar.
    • 14:20 MANCHESTER UNITED: Kuszczak, O'Shea, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Gibson, Scholes, Anderson, Valencia, Berbatov, Nani Subs: Van der Sar, Brown, Owen, Park, Hernandez, Carrick, Fabio Da Silva
    • 14:15 FULHAM: Schwarzer, Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Salcido, Kakuta, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey, Dembele, Zamora Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Sidwell, Gera, Gudjohnsen, Greening, Halliche

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • T. Kuszczak
      • J. O'Shea
      • C. Smalling
      • N. Vidic
      • P. Evra
      • D. Gibson
      • Anderson Substitution Out (77′)
      • A. Valencia Goal Substitution Out (73′)
      • P. Scholes
      • Nani Substitution Out (87′)
      • D. Berbatov Goal

      Subs

      • M. Owen Substitution In73′
      • E. van der Sar
      • M. Carrick Substitution In87′
      • W. Brown
      • J. Park
      • Fábio Substitution In77′
      • J. Hernández
    • Starting line-up

      • M. Schwarzer
      • C. Baird
      • A. Hughes
      • B. Hangeland
      • C. Salcido
      • D. Murphy Substitution Out (82′)
      • D. Etuhu Substitution Out (68′)
      • G. Kakuta
      • C. Dempsey
      • B. Zamora
      • M. Dembélé Substitution Out (56′)

      Subs

      • E. Gudjohnsen Substitution In56′
      • J. Greening Substitution In82′
      • Z. Gera Substitution In68′
      • S. Kelly
      • D. Stockdale
      • R. Halliche
      • S. Sidwell
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