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November 2, 2013 8:30 PM IST
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ L. Probert‎
Attendance:‬ 25700‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Fulham 1-3 Manchester United

David Moyes' men blitz the hosts with first-half goals from Valencia, Van Persie and Rooney, though it was a day to forget for Philippe Senderos and the home defence

By Greg Stobart at Craven Cottage

  • Maarten Stekelenburg
    0
    11
    2.50

    Maarten Stekelenburg

    The Dutch goalkeeper could do nothing about United's goals but he did look shaky, especially dealing with crosses.

  • Philippe Senderos
    1
    17
    1.00

    Philippe Senderos Flop of the Match

    The Swiss defender won some headers but was woefully statuesque for United's goals. Dreadful performance.

  • Sascha Riether
    1
    16
    2.50

    Sascha Riether

    Worked hard to join attacks on the right flank but poor defensive positioning. Could easily have been sent off for stamp on Januzaj late on.

  • Amorebieta
    1
    14
    1.50

    Amorebieta

    Did not seem to have any understanding with Senderos, which was especially exposed when the hosts tried to play United offside.

  • Kieran Richardson
    1
    11
    1.50

    Kieran Richardson

    Nowhere to be seen for United's third goal and his use of the ball was poor when he looked to attack.

  • Steve Sidwell
    3
    11
    3.00

    Steve Sidwell

    Never stopped running in an impressive box-to-box performance alongside Parker.

  • Ashkan Dejagah
    6
    6
    2.00

    Ashkan Dejagah

    The fans were delighted by the Iranian's return to the side after injury but he made very little impact on the right side of midfield. Replaced by Kacaniklic in the 61st minute.

  • Scott Parker
    8
    5
    3.50

    Scott Parker

    Easily the home side's best player. Never gave up and constantly looked to put United players under pressure. Won tackles and tried to drive Fulham forward on the ball, picking out one excellent first-half pass for Berbatov.

  • Pajtim Kasami
    3
    7
    2.50

    Pajtim Kasami

    On the fringes of the game - but the Swiss midfielder did possess a goal threat. Tested De Gea in the first half and zipped an effort just wide early in the second half.

  • Bryan Ruiz
    2
    7
    1.50

    Bryan Ruiz

    Some classy touches and turns as he linked up with Berbatov, but he frustrated the crowd with his lack up workrate and casual attitude.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    8
    10
    2.00

    Dimitar Berbatov

    The Bulgarian produced some moments that oozed class against his old club but did not offer enough movement as the focal point of the Fulham attack.

Substitutions

  • Alexander Kacaniklic
    4
    5
    3.00

    Alexander Kacaniklic

    Came on for Dejagah in the 61st minute and saw his deflected strike end up in the back of the net.

  • Adel Taarabt
    0
    7
    2.50

    Adel Taarabt

    A typically greedy cameo after replacing Ruiz in the 74th minute.

  • Darren Bent
    0
    6

    Darren Bent

    Hit the bar with a looping header after coming on for Parker late on.

  • David de Gea
    44
    3
    2.50

    David de Gea

    The Spaniard had little to do but his positioning and handling were solid when called upon.

  • Rafael
    35
    2
    2.50

    Rafael

    A dynamic display before the Brazilian was replaced at half-time due to an ankle injury.

  • Patrice Evra
    31
    1
    2.50

    Patrice Evra

    Hurt his wrist in the first half but produced a strong defensive display and was tidy on the ball.

  • Jonny Evans
    23
    4
    2.50

    Jonny Evans

    Relatively untroubled performance before being substituted at half-time, presumably through injury.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    35
    2
    2.50

    Nemanja Vidic

    Looked a little uncomfortable on a couple of occasions defending under pressure but a strong captain's performance in the heart of United's defence.

  • Phil Jones
    22
    11
    2.50

    Phil Jones

    Busy and workmanlike in central midfield although he lacked composure and creativity in possession.

  • Antonio Valencia
    40
    1
    3.00

    Antonio Valencia

    Scored United's first goal in the ninth minute with a well-timed run and tidy finish. Caused Richardson problems when he looked to run at the Fulham defender and coped well at right-back in the second half.

  • Tom Cleverley
    30
    4
    2.50

    Tom Cleverley

    Neat and accurate passing in central midfield but also replaced at half-time with an injury problem.

  • Adnan Januzaj
    64
    6
    3.00

    Adnan Januzaj

    The Belgian youngster produced some delightful dribbles and counterattacked with pace and ideas, although he did look tired late on. Lovely pass to set up Van Persie's goal.

  • Wayne Rooney
    72
    2
    4.00

    Wayne Rooney Top of the Match

    Strutted around with real confidence, linking up United's attacks as he set up Valencia's opener before scoring the third himself from close range. Maybe a bit too casual in the second half as he lost possession a few times - and very unlucky as the ball flew in off his foot for Fulham's goal.

  • Robin van Persie
    60
    5
    4.00

    Robin van Persie

    The Dutchman emphatically slammed home United's second goal in the 20th minute before laying the third on a plate for Rooney. Movement was always a threat for the visitors but had few chances in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Chris Smalling
    16
    10
    2.50

    Chris Smalling

    Replaced Evans at half-time. One shaky moment but otherwise solid.

  • Marouane Fellaini
    25
    13
    2.50

    Marouane Fellaini

    Came on for Cleverley at the break and produced a better display as he used the ball well and looked to drive forward.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    26
    18
    2.00

    Shinji Kagawa

    Rather ineffectual display from the Japanese midfielder after coming on at half-time.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0