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Man Utd MUN Cavani (21'), Pogba (65')
Premier League Gameweek 18
Jan 20, 2021 KO: 20:15

Fulham - Man Utd

Craven Cottage London
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Lookman 5'  
  21' Cavani
  65' Pogba

Report & events

Fulham 1-2 Man Utd: Visitors return to Premier League summit with comeback win

Goals from Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani helped Manchester United come from behind to claim three points at Craven Cottage.

Manchester United made a swift return to the top of the Premier League as they came from behind to beat Fulham 2-1.

Having been briefly knocked off the summit by neighbours Manchester City's win over Aston Villa earlier on in the day, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men overcame the concession of an early Ademola Lookman strike to claim all three points.

Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba provided the goals for the visitors, whose perhaps unexpected title charge remains on track at the halfway point of the campaign.

Fulham got off to a dream start as Lookman took advantage of Aaron Wan-Bissaka's failure to get in line with his fellow defenders, running in behind before producing a cool finish.

United responded well, though, with Bruno Fernandes rather unsurprisingly at the heart of an equaliser that came just 16 minutes later.

Seconds after cracking the post with a wicked effort from distance, the Portuguese swung in a cross that Alphonse Areola could only spill into the path of Edinson Cavani, who made no mistake from close range.

The visitors took great confidence from their quick response and dominated the remainder of the half, albeit without a goal to show for it.

That gave Fulham a chance to regroup at the break, which they almost capitalised on when Lookman tested David de Gea following a well-worked move involving Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

However, as had been the case in the first period, the hosts were unable to keep the pace up, allowing United to take control before an inevitable second goal.

When it came it was courtesy of Paul Pogba, who unleashed a brilliant left-footed drive into the far corner from the edge of the box.

Solskjaer's side created little as they looked to see out the game over the remaining half-hour, and were almost punished when only a strong De Gea save prevented Ruben Loftus-Cheek from scoring.

But they ultimately held on to claim a seventh Premier League away win of a season that promises much.

Man Utd has won the match.
Player IN

  • Substitute in, Nemanja Matić.
    Player OUT

  • Substitute out, Bruno Fernandes.
    90+5'
    Player IN

  • Substitute in, Marcus Rashford.
    Player IN

  • Substitute in, Scott McTominay.
    Player OUT

  • Substitute out, Anthony Martial.
    Player OUT

  • Substitute out, Mason Greenwood.
    85'
  • Player IN
    Substitute in, Aleksandar Mitrović.
  • Player OUT
    Substitute out, Ola Aina.
    83'
  • Player IN
    Substitute in, Mario Lemina.
  • Player OUT
    Substitute out, André Zambo Anguissa.
    79'
  • Player IN
    Substitute in, Aboubakar Kamara.
  • Player OUT
    Substitute out, Ivan Cavaleiro.
    71'
  • Yellow card
    Yellow card for Ola Aina.
    69'
    GOAL!!! 1-2

  • Goal by Paul Pogba.
    65'
  • Yellow card
    Yellow card for Joe Bryan.
    62'
    GOAL!!! 1-1

  • Goal by Edinson Cavani.
    21'
  • Yellow card
    Yellow card for André Zambo Anguissa.
    12'
    Yellow card

  • Yellow card for Paul Pogba.
    10'
  • Assist
    Assist given by André Zambo Anguissa.
  • GOAL!!! 1-0
    Goal by Ademola Lookman.
    5'