In the early minutes of the game, the visitors were showing that they meant business as they looked active on and off the ball. Since the arrival of Claudio Ranieri to Craven Cottage a couple of weeks ago, the side are now showing more stability in the back whilst also pressing and creating chances here and there. Once the goals start to roll in constantly, so will the valuable points and the wins.
However, it was the home side who took the lead and on the 13th minute mark, as Ashley Young completed an impressive solo goal from the left flank as his shot went flying into the top right corner of the net. Just over ten minutes later, United doubled their lead through Juan Mata, who completed off a really good play which included the vital involvement of Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku.
Just a couple of minutes before the half-time break, the hosts managed to score another goal and it came from a quick corner routine which allowed Lukaku to score and finally break his Old Trafford goal drought. Many of the Red Devils will be hoping that goal will be a confidence booster for the Belgian international, especially ahead of the Valencia and Liverpool fixtures that are coming up.
The second half of the fixture was completely opposite to the first half, where the game was done and dusted, which led the hosts to play with less urgency and intensity whilst the visitors were looking to gain more time on the ball. Due to this, Fulham were finally able to produce more passes in the final third and were also allowed to have their midfield and attack further up the pitch.
Fulham were given a huge opportunity to pick up a consolation goal from the penalty spot, which was well-taken by Aboubakar Kamara, who sent David De Gea the wrong way. Though, things went from bad to worse for the West London club, as Andre Zambo Anguissa picked up his second yellow card of the match and Ranieri’s side went down to ten men for the final 22 minutes of the game.
With eight minutes left until the full-time whistle, Marcus Rashford deservingly got his goal and also the side’s fourth goal of the afternoon, which summed up the fine performance many saw from the youngster yesterday. In the end, Manchester United will be really glad to complete a perfect display from start till end after a long time whilst Fulham will have to really improve if they want to stay up.
Here are the three valuable factors we learnt from Manchester United’s latest league game…
Diogo Dalot has instantly become a fans favourite
Manchester United have had issues with playing out from the back as well as ongoing problems with utilising full-backs for them to be a dangerous threat going forward. On the other hand, Diogo Dalot has recently entered the side’s starting line-up and is already showing what he can offer to the team on and off the ball, which cannot be easily stated for the likes of Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young.
Although he is yet to show his composure and quality defensively, the 19-year-old is evidently proving that he has the dribbling and crossing ability to unlock the oppositions that come to Old Trafford and sit deep in their own half. The Red Devils finally look to have an impressive gem that has the huge and key potential to make the right-back position his own for next five to ten years.
Ander Herrera and Juan Mata are now undroppable
Yesterday, United’s midfield and attack showed they can play football on both sides of the pitch and can also do that at a fast and speedy level. From pressing as a solid unit high up the pitch to attacking down the flanks on both areas of the field, the evidence and proof was simply there that the side have not forgotten how to play football it’s just that they lack urgency and actual desire.
Focusing back onto the match, both Ander Herrera and Juan Mata played an influential part in helping the side to a convincing and dominant victory. With the way how both Spaniards play around each other as well as the chemistry and understanding they have with the rest of the team, they must continue to play and remain in the line-up if the manager wants to go on a winning run.
The Red Devils finally complete a thrashing at Old Trafford
Over the last year, Manchester United have not shown the ideal aggression and ruthlessness against the weaker sides, which is one of the reasons to why they sometime drop points to the newly promoted clubs. On top of that, the lack of consistency and planning going into the final third of the pitch, is why the team tend to end the season with a low goal difference compared to the rest.
On the other hand, the four goals scored yesterday against Fulham is actual evidence that this Manchester United side can attack effectively and that they can take their chances. Although the supporters have not seen four goals scored at home in the league on a regular basis, the recent result would make them believe and feel that this can hopefully now happen week in and out.