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August 25, 2012 3:00 PM BST
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 75352‎
 
Nemanja Vidic 64′ (OG)
41′ Rafael
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 3-2 Fulham

The Red Devils got their first Premier League points of the season on the board with victory over the Cottagers thanks to goals from Van Persie, Kagawa and Rafael

By David Lynch

  • David de Gea
    211
    70
    2.50

    David de Gea

    Could do little about Fulham's opener and produced two world class saves to keep the Cottagers out before half-time. However, he ruined all his good work with a poor error which allowed Fulham back into the game.

  • Rafael
    216
    50
    3.00

    Rafael

    Showcased both sides of his game at Old Trafford. Devastating in attack - as evidenced by his well-taken header - but occasionally asleep in defence.

  • Patrice Evra
    174
    47
    3.50

    Patrice Evra

    Kept Damien Duff quiet from wide, forcing the Irishman to move to central positions in search of the ball. Provided an assist for Van Persie's goal.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    130
    119
    2.50

    Nemanja Vidic

    Had been pulled out of position several times and showed poor communication in going for a ball which eventually went in off his heel.

  • Antonio Valencia
    183
    70
    3.00

    Antonio Valencia

    His crossing threat is well documented and he evidenced it time and again here, giving Briggs an incredibly uncomfortable afternoon.

  • Anderson
    155
    97
    2.50

    Anderson

    Can be frustrating with his decision making and proved here that he is still some way from becoming United's first-choice central midfielder.

  • Michael Carrick
    154
    52
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    Never truly tested as much as he might have been at centre-half with United dominating the game.

  • Ashley Young
    130
    108
    3.50

    Ashley Young

    Can occasionally frustrate but always gave the hosts width and put the ball on a plate for Rafael.

  • Tom Cleverley
    233
    34
    3.50

    Tom Cleverley

    Showed real intelligence in playing the ball from deep and held his position as United's attackers ran riot.

  • Robin van Persie
    284
    60
    3.50

    Robin van Persie

    Did not get as many touches as he might have liked in the build-up but showed his ruthless finishing ability with an incredible goal to get his side back into it.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    428
    50
    4.00

    Shinji Kagawa Top of the Match

    A livewire in the United midfield. Always available for the ball and made the right choices over and over, including holding his position to hand himself a tap-in goal. What a talent the Red Devils have on their hands.

Substitutions

  • Ryan Giggs
    122
    65

    Ryan Giggs

    Did not have enough time to influence the game.

  • Wayne Rooney
    145
    87
    3.00

    Wayne Rooney

    Looked ready to prove his point after arriving on the pitch but had little opportunity to score and was stretchered off with a nasty gash to his thigh late on.

  • Danny Welbeck
    117
    89
    3.00

    Danny Welbeck

    Worked hard but did not see much of the ball.

  • Mark Schwarzer
    13
    51
    2.50

    Mark Schwarzer

    An amazed spectator as Robin van Persie curled beautifully beyond him to open United's account. However, might have done better with subsequent goals as he struggled to keep hold of the ball.

  • Brede Hangeland
    19
    44
    3.00

    Brede Hangeland

    Dealt with aerial balls admirably but looked far more threatened when the Red Devils, as they so often do, passed the ball at will.

  • Matthew Briggs
    7
    47
    2.50

    Matthew Briggs

    The inexperienced full-back was often targeted by the hosts and failed to deal with the threat of Valencia.

  • Aaron Hughes
    14
    39
    3.00

    Aaron Hughes

    Much like his partner at centre-half, the defender had little answer to United's movement. Improved in the second half though, as did Fulham.

  • Sascha Riether
    7
    42
    2.50

    Sascha Riether

    Had the type of afternoon which full-backs so often face at Old Trafford. Run ragged by Young and Evra on his side.

  • Damien Duff
    28
    37
    3.50

    Damien Duff

    A passenger without the ball but a real threat with it. His run and finish for the opening goal showed real intelligence.

  • Mahamadou Diarra
    20
    75
    2.00

    Mahamadou Diarra Flop of the Match

    Present in the team to give his side bite in the middle and completely failed to do that as the Cottagers were overrun.

  • Alexander Kacaniklic
    14
    44
    3.00

    Alexander Kacaniklic

    Looked threatening when given the ball but was let down by his side's lack of control in midfield.

  • Mousa Dembele
    126
    36
    3.50

    Mousa Dembele

    Poor in the first half but showed increasing influence in the second. Saw his shot brilliantly saved after a clever run in the box.

  • Mladen Petric
    23
    46
    3.00

    Mladen Petric

    Looked so threatening in the opening exchanges and earned the free-kick which allowed his side to score first. Should have done much better with a chance from close range late in the first half.

  • Bryan Ruiz
    23
    38
    3.00

    Bryan Ruiz

    Too sloppy when taking up good positions but provided the clever free-kick which gaved Fulham their first goal.

Substitutions

  • Chris Baird
    8
    37

    Chris Baird

    Could not influence the game as a late substitute.

  • Steve Sidwell
    10
    37
    3.00

    Steve Sidwell

    Helped Fulham get to grips in midfield, an area which they had sorely lacked in the opening hour.

  • Hugo Rodallega
    21
    35
    3.00

    Hugo Rodallega

    Had one shot well saved by De Gea after his introduction but could do little more feeding on scraps.

Results
 
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29 0
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15 2
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15 0