Participant scores as Garnacho strikes late for Man Utd

Player ratings as Garnacho strikes late for Man Utd

Alejandro Garnacho was the hero as his injury-time strike ensured Manchester United noticed off Fulham with a late 2-1 victory on Sunday.

Christian Eriksen tapped dwelling the opener and his first United aim earlier than Daniel James equalised within the second half with a strike towards his former membership.

Substitute Alejandro Garnacho – who has supplied some wonderful performances towards Aston Villa and Actual Sociedad not too long ago – popped up late on to slip within the winner and consolidate United’s grip on fifth earlier than the World Cup break.

Either side regarded susceptible and uncomfortable out of possession within the early levels nevertheless it was United who went forward as Bruno Fernandes burst into the field and squared for Eriksen, who transformed from shut vary.

Fulham probed, smelling weak spot towards an away aspect that had solely named eight substitutes, and got here near an equaliser when Harry Wilson latched onto Andreas Pereira’s low cross however noticed his effort saved.

Tyrell Malacia was set for a tricky afternoon as Fulham smelt blood and set Willian and Antonee Robinson onto the out-of-position Dutchman. He stored his head above water all through the primary half, nevertheless, and United even had probabilities to kill the sport earlier than the break. Anthony Martial may solely head an inch-perfect cross from Luke Shaw over the crossbar and Eriksen fired extensive from an excellent, low ball once more from Fernandes.

Marco Silva’s aspect had work to do after the break, however a primary league win over United since December 2009 wasn’t out of attain, regardless of the guests having not but dropped some extent from a profitable place this season.

Once more, Erik ten Hag’s aspect spurned an opportunity to place the sport to mattress moments into the second half. A missed block noticed a floated ball fall into Anthony Elanga’s move, however his tame shot wasn’t sufficient to beat Bernd Leno. Marcus Rashford adopted within the rebound, however may solely win a nook for his efforts.

As they’ve carried out with regularity this season, Fulham went seeking an equaliser and weren’t afraid to commit ahead. Simply as United regarded to take advantage of them on the break, a unfastened move gifted possession again to the hosts. Willian burst down the appropriate flank and launched Tom Cairney, who rifled a ball throughout to substitute and former United man James to fit dwelling on the again put up.

Unusually, United solely appeared to worsen as the sport went on, with a scattergun strategy to attempting to regain the lead naturally not understanding. That was till Garnacho sparked a second of brilliance on the dying, exchanging passes with Eriksen and bursting into the field to fit dwelling an extremely late winner.

It was an enormous strike and one other present of {the teenager}’s credentials to make sure United headed again up north with all three factors from a severely testing affair.

Beginning XI – GK: Bernd Leno (7); RB: Bobby Reid (7), CB: Issa Diop (6), CB: Tim Ream (7), LB: Antonee Robinson (7); CM: Joao Palhinha (7), CM: Tom Cairney (7); RW: Harry Wilson (6), AM: Andreas Pereira (6), RW: Willian (7); ST: Carlos Vinicius (6).

SUBS: Daniel James (7), Joshua Onomah (N/A)

Anthony Martial

No aim in the present day for Martial / Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages

GK: David de Gea – 6/10 – Down well to disclaim Carlos Vinicius after 52 minutes; at full stretch to disclaim Tim Ream from the ensuing nook.

RB: Tyrell Malacia – 4/10 – Out of place, he struggled positionally and regarded awkward in possession, together with his fast thought being to chop inside onto his left foot. Had hassle containing Willian and was caught in no man’s land for the equaliser.

CB: Victor Lindelof – 6/10 – With no Mitrovic up entrance for Fulham, deploying the Swede was much less of a danger.

CB: Lisandro Martinez – 7/10 – Defenders shouldn’t be this composed with a ball at their ft. Goes towards each conference ever taught in British Sunday league, nevertheless it’s such an asset. One other high quality show from the ‘Butcher’.

LB: Luke Shaw – 6/10 – A composed efficiency on a way more settled left-wing, venturing ahead into area effectively.

DM: Casemiro – 7/10 – Seems extra snug with each recreation he performs. Nonetheless caught in possession a few times, however positioned himself strongly to comb up in entrance of United’s defence.

DM: Christian Eriksen – 7/10 – Key to United’s build-up play, as standard. At all times out there for a move and picked the appropriate positions. Their want for an additional deep-lying playmaker to alleviate the burden on Eriksen is apparent, because the Dane’s affect waned afterward.

RM: Anthony Elanga – 6/10 – Could not present the identical type of output as Antony. The place the Brazilian stretches the pitch and isolates defenders, Elanga does his greatest work operating in behind. United’s proper flank is significantly weaker with out their standard duo.

AM: Bruno Fernandes – 8/10 – Sharp, assured, outgoing. Fernandes at his greatest. He popped up between Fulham’s varied defensive gaps and demonstrated his unbelievable passing vary on his a hundredth Premier League outing.

LM: Marcus Rashford – 6/10 – A extra timid efficiency following weeks of spectacular and explosive shows.

ST: Anthony Martial – 6/10 – His hold-up play, technical means and composure in possession is so key to United having the ability to maintain assaults and break rapidly. Simply lacked any clear-cut probabilities to attain himself.

SUB: Scott McTominay (55′ for Elanga) – 5/10 – Did not provide the identical tempo on the counter for United.

SUB: Alejandro Garnacho (72′ for Martial) – 8/10 – Fearless as standard when operating at defenders. Paid dividends within the type of a last-minute winner.

Supervisor: Erik ten Hag – 5/10 – His palms have been tied with accidents limiting his choices each within the XI and off the bench, however bringing on McTominay when he did felt just a little unusual.

Participant of the Match – Bruno Fernandes (Man Utd)

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