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  • December 21, 2011
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Craven Cottage, London
  • Referee: M. Halsey
  • • Attendance: 25700
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Live Commentary

  • And that'll do it. It ends mercifully for Fulham at 5-0. Good show from United as well. Two late goals to make it worse than maybe it should have been, but Sir Alex's side deserved a dominant scoreline for the way it went today.
  • 90'
    AssistAntonio Valencia
  • 90'
    GoalDimitar Berbatov
    Berbatov adds tot eh tally. Nice little flick into the net.. and it's 5-0.
  • 88'
    AssistRyan Giggs
  • 88'
    GoalWayne Rooney
    And Rooney puts an exclamation point on it all with a wonderful strike to make it 4-0. Great hit. And that's why he's one of the best in the world.
  • 85'
    SubstitutionClint Dempsey Bobby Zamora
  • 85'
    Dempsey coming off the pitch for Zamora. Decent shift for the American, as decent as it gets really for Fulham players on the day, but not one to remember for sure.
  • 83'
    Johnson with another hit at goal. Good save this time, but the Fulham forward probably should have scored at some point today.
  • 81'
    Plenty of cover for Manchester United as Dempsey breaks forward again.
  • 79'
    What a great bit of play from Dembele and Dempsey to play Johnson in, good hit on goal pushed over the top and not given as a corner.
  • 77'
    SubstitutionDanny Welbeck Dimitar Berbatov
  • 76'
    Not much time left to pull anything back for Fulham. Still trying of course, but nothing is coming off right.
  • 74'
    SubstitutionChris Baird Stephen Kelly
  • 74'
    Could very well have been 4-0. Welbeck gets slipped in by Nani on the counter, and he just scooped it over the top.
  • 73'
    Dempsey finds a way through but Smalling is there to make the block.
  • 71'
    Not really a ton of action to talk about here. United is sitting back more often than not and inviting Fulham to try and break down the defense. Fulham doesn't seem to have the answers at this point.
  • 69'
    Now United finding some joy going forward. Two deflections in the last minute or two have sent shots wide of the mark.
  • 67'
    Fulham is still managing to press play forward. United looks comfortable with numbers behind the ball though.
  • 66'
    Nani again causing problems. Fulham has really struggled to deal with him today.
  • 63'
    Yellow CardChris Baird
  • 63'
    Baird just picked up a booking for a foul that really is no worse than several others we've seen today.
  • 60'
    Dempsey has a crack from well outside the box. Easy enough save, but Fulham continues to attack and the home side has clearly had the better of the second half.
  • 59'
    SubstitutionAshley Young Ji-Sung Park
  • 58'
    Riise has the hit and just misses the far post.
  • 57'
    Now another foul won by Fulham, this time Dembele drawing it on the edge of the box.
  • 56'
    The best chance of the day comes from a corner after the free kick. Dempsey gets his head to it and puts it on frame, forcing a save to keep it out.
  • 55'
    Johnson now wins a foul against Valencia. Could be a dangerous spot for a cross. Much better out of the Cottagers in the second half.
  • 53'
    Now Young down on the pitch. Looks like it could be a nasty tackle, not really Etuhu's fault, but Young was off balance before the tackle came in and it was an odd hit to his leg.
  • 51'
    United gets the danger cleared and breaks the other way, the move ends with Young winning a corner at the other end.
  • 50'
    Fulham wins a corner.. maybe a chance for a goal.
  • 49'
    Better out of Fulham. Clearly not going to lay down early in the second half.
  • 48'
    Now Dempsey tries to play in Ruiz and Evera has a long run to cut it out.
  • 47'
    Fulham starts the second half pretty well, Ruiz trying to slip in Dempsey. Once again the final ball is lacking and United will be back on it.
  • 46'
    Back at it. Fulham with a ton of work to do just to get back into the match.
  • Dominant first half from United. 3-0 at the break, and Sir Alex's men have been ripping the Cottagers' defense apart right from the start.
  • 45' + 4'
    One last corner for United before the half ends, and there's the whistle.
  • 45' + 2'
    Fulham at least got a shot off finally. Not much of a shot, but a shot.
  • 45'
    Three minutes tossed on for added time. Fulham would love for this half to be over as soon as possible.
  • 44'
    All too easy for United. It's 3-0, and it was a bit unlucky, a deflection taking the ball into Fulham's goal. Nothing particularly special about the last goal but it has to be said that it was well deserved with the way the two sides have played.
  • 43'
    AssistNani
  • 43'
    GoalRyan Giggs
  • 43'
    And after little spell on the ball for Fulham, the ball comes back the other way and Giggs makes it 3-0.
  • 41'
    Another corner for United. Fulham looks completely rattled at this point.
  • 39'
    Fulham is struggling greatly to even get a meaningful touch of the ball to get the lines cleared.
  • 37'
    Nani and Valencia are having their way down Fulham's left side. Riise can't keep pace.
  • 35'
    The two goals seem to have taken all of the confidence out of Fulham and United continues to attack. Another corner here
  • 33'
    Interesting that a penalty wasn't given. Senderos looked to have fouled Welbeck in the box and no call given.
  • 29'
    That's a big hole now for Fulham to come back out of. 2-0 inside the first half-hour and Fulham has only had a couple of real moments of danger. The good news for Fulham, if there really is any, is that United's back line can be had from time to time. Not exactly the power group of old with Smalling, Evans and Valencia all at the back.
  • 28'
    AssistRyan Giggs
  • 28'
    GoalNani
    And from the third corner United scores a second goal. Nani with the final touch after a one-two short corner and a cross into the box. 2-0 to the away side.
  • 27'
    Another corner for United, the second in a matter of a couple minutes. Taken short to Valencia who takes it past Dembele and wins another corner.
  • 26'
    United taking a bit of control, pushing the pace and moving forward in droves right now.
  • 25'
    Sloppy play in the middle of the pitch right now, and then even more out of Ruiz who was trying to clear his lines.
  • 22'
    Young tries to unleash a shot on just about his first touch. Senderos gets it blocked away and out of danger. Some serious attacking talent on the pitch right now. Valencia has drifted back to the right side of defense for United.
  • 20'
    SubstitutionPhil Jones Ashley Young
  • 20'
    Jones goes off and Ashley Young has come on for him. Interesting move from Sir Alex, taking off a defender, but the truth is he may be running out of them.
  • 18'
    Good combination from Ruiz and Dempsey and nearly sets the former through on goal. Great challenge from Jones to stop what looked like a very dangerous moment.
  • 17'
    Aside from the goal it could be argued that the opening part of this match has been pretty even. United has certainly created the better chances though, and Fulham's defense looks shaky at best.
  • 15'
    One thing Fulham won't want is Rooney in a foot race with Senderos. That's what just happened and the United forward's first touch been better it could have been 2-0.
  • 12'
    Fulham having a nice spell on the ball. Dempsey, Murphy and Johnson all getting involved along with Dembele and Ruiz. Down a goal they'll have to press some, but with plenty of time to play don't expect Fulham to go all out. United is too dangerous with the individual talent on the team.
  • 10'
    Fulham's first real attack comes with Ruiz trying to pick out Johnson's run. The ball goes a bit far, but still a solid thought and not a bad move forward.
  • 9'
    Now United on the attack again, and Jones whips in a ball from the right that just misses Giggs at the back post.
  • 7'
    Martin Jol won't be happy about that. A poor start for Fulham, a great start for United. Hopefully it'll lead to an open game, but inside the first five minutes Nani has already been dangerous twice. Ruiz has to be better in defense, but just a good run from Nani to open up the goal early on.
  • 5'
    AssistNani
  • 5'
    GoalDanny Welbeck
    GOAL!!!! United takes the early lead. Ruiz and Baird were ghosted by Nani and the cutback to Welbeck leads tot eh easiest of finishes. Great run by Nani, and that looked far too easy.
  • 4'
    Action is back on. Jones took a pretty nice knock there, but it looks as though he's back on the pitch and moving around. United on the ball again passing it around the back.
  • 2'
    Maybe an early problem for United as Jones went up for a header with Dempsey and took a shot in the process. He's down and being looked at. Dempsey's elbow caught him in the side of face.
  • 1'
    We're off an running. Fulham in the home white kit, United in the Red and Black.
  • There are more than a few matches worth keeping an eye on today and as usual we'll have a full round of coverage when all the dust settles. A couple of key points to this one. No Chicharito for United in the starting side, which of course could hurt a bit, and Fulham won't have Bobby Zamora in the starting team. Danny Welbeck and Andrew Johnson replace those two respectively, but the key will be the play from the attacking midfielders along the way. Bryan Ruiz has stepped up his game recently, adding another impact player for Fulham, while Nani will have to carry much of the winger load for United.
  • Welcome in to Goal.com's live commentary of Fulham and Manchester United. Should be a good match and Fulham actually has a good record against United at the Cottage in recent years. Wayne Rooney is on good form of late as is Clint Dempsey, and with the two star players looking sharp, this shapes up to be another battle. Stick around as kickoff is now just minutes away.