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West Ham United
April 9, 2011
• Old Trafford, Manchester
Referee: M. Jones
• Attendance: 75339
D. Berbatov 12'
A. Valencia 32'
90' + 3'
FULL TIME! 2-0 to Manchester United, and the league leaders couldn't really have hoped for a more comfortable match in the build-up to their Champions League quarter-final second round against Chelsea on Tuesday.
90' + 1'
The last few minutes are petering out without consequence here.
United come close to a third; good play from the substitute Michael Owen getting down to the byline before his cross is deflected into the path of Paul Scholes, whose volley flies over.
Some poor communication and a bad clearance from Aaron Hughes almost result in a goal for Berbatov, but his shot is deflected, with all the sting taken off it.
A dangerous ball across the face of goal from Danny Murphy comes to nothing as Dempsey fails to read it.
Fabio Da Silva
Fulham really starting to threaten at Old Trafford, this time Chris Baird finds himself unmarked at the far post, but he smashed a half-volley over the bar.
Nemanja Vidic blocks off Kakuta on the edge of the area, and from the resulting free-kick Zamora bends an effort wide of Kuszczak's post. A wasted opportunity for Fulham.
The Fulham defence opens up for Anderson, but he never really gets a hold of his shot, giving Schwarzer an easy stop.
Great play down the left for United again. This time Nani picks out Darron Gibson in space at the edge of the box, but the midfielder opts to place his shot, weakly, at Schwarzer.
Gael Kakuta, on-loan from Chelsea, has a free-kick from 30 yards, but blasts it well over the bar. High, wide, and anything but handsome.
Fulham have looked better since the introduction of Eidur Gudjohnsen, and his strike produces a great save from Kuszczak, but the referee doesn't see the fingertip save, and gives a goal kick. Not going Fulham's way today.
Clint Dempsey hits a shot that is deflected behind for a corner by Chris Smalling. That could have gone anywhere.
Some beautiful interplay between Patrice Evra, Anderson and Nani leads to the Portuguese winger being chopped down by Danny Murphy. The free-kick is well punched away by Schwarzer.
Eidur Smari Gudjohnsen
Valencia gets round the back of Carlos Salcido, and his cross finds Berbatov, but the Bulgarian can't quite get the volley right and it drifts wide.
The match - and atmosphere - seems a bit flat. It'll take quite a lot for Fulham to recover this deficit, and everyone knows it.
The referee gets us back under way for the second half.
HALF TIME! The referee brings the first half to a close with goals from Dimitar Berbatov and Antonio Valencia leaving United firmly in control, and Fulham cut adrift with 45 minutes still to play.
Antonio Valencia leads the Fulham defence on a merry dance, weaving between them to earn a corner. United still on top.
United looking very comfortable, that near-blunder from Kuszczak aside. Fulham struggling to get on the ball.
Kuszczak lucky to get away with a clumsy drop there as he came to collect Zamora's cross. He just manages to snaffle it up at the second attempt with Clint Dempsey waiting to pounce.
Goal Antonio Valencia
GOAL! It's a soft, soft goal for Fulham to concede. A long ball down the left-wing from Patrice Evra, and Nani is played onside by Hangeland. The winger then gets to the ball fractionally ahead of Schwarzer, who really shouldn't have hared out of his goal in the way he did. Nani takes it towards goal before his shot is blocked, falling to Antonio Valencia to nod home.
Fulham seeing plenty of the ball, but not causing too many problems. United, on the other hand, are looking very dangerous, with Nani in particular beginning to impose himself on the game.
United looking dangerous from corners here, twice coming close after flick-ons, with Chris Smalling heavily involved.
From the resulting corner Nani gets on the end of Chris Smalling's knock down, but can only send it wide.
United break down the right wing through Antonio Valencia, but his shot is blocked by Hangeland.
After good work from Berbatov in beating Brede Hangeland down the wing, Anderson drags his shot wide. Not a good strike from the man who scored two for the reserves in midweek.
Replays of the United goal suggest Berbatov may have been offside. It was very, very tight.
That goal looks to have taken the wind out of Fulham's sails. It goes to show that you need to take your chances at Old Trafford.
Goal D. Berbatov
BERBATOV SCORES! It's a fantastic team goal from Manchester United, as Anderson sprays a ball wide to Dimitar Berbatov, who back-heels to Nani. Some fine interplay between the trio eventually lead to the Bulgarian striker placing a shot inside the far post, leaving Mark Schwarzer with no chance.
A real chance for Fulham as Bobby Zamora benefits from a Nemanja Vidic slip, but can only send his shot high and wide, a poor effort from last week's two-goal hero.
Chances at both ends, as United claim a penalty, with nothing doing, before Fulham break and Moussa Dembele tests Kuszczak with another low drive.
An early shot for Fulham gives Tomasz Kuszczak his first test, but the Polish 'keeper is equal to it, saving low to his left.
Fulham get us underway.
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