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Fulham v Man Utd - As it happened

Pin Fulham v Manchester United, Premier League, GW 26: Official line-ups. BESOCCER
Fulham v Manchester United, Premier League, GW 26: Official line-ups. BESOCCER

Fulham v Man Utd - As it happened

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FT: Fulham 0-3 Manchester United - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes it 10 wins out of 11 as interim manager with another very impressive display. Fine early goals from Pogba and Martial put the Red Devils in control, with Juan Mata earning a penalty which Pogba converted to seal the points in the second half. Fulham's survival mission becomes that bit harder - they remain seven points from safety but have now played a game more than their rivals.
Despite being 3-0 down in the 92nd minute, not a single Fulham fan has gone home early. Impressive stuff.
THREE minutes added on.
De Gea isn't happy after Mitrovic collides with him for the second time in the match. The two go head to head and exchange a few pushes before being broken up by their teammates. Yellow cards for them both.
Fulham's Tom Cairney slices a volley wide.
Ander Herrera, who has enjoyed another solid performance today, makes way for Eric Bailly as Solskjaer looks to shore things up heading into the final few minutes.
One English left-back makes way for another, as Fulham replace Joe Bryan with Ryan Sessegnon.
Bryan whips the ball in, it bounces off Jones' belly and falls to Babel, who can only divert the ball onto the post from about a yard out. To be fair, it came to him very quickly.
Alexis Sanchez must score! He's put clear through on goal but can only fire a strike straight at Rico. Golden chance.
Two-goal man Paul Pogba is off, being replaced by Scott McTominay.
Mitrovic goes for goal with an acrobatic header, but de Gea is even more acrobatic and dives impressiely to save.
Fulham are looking to press the issue a bit but United are holding firm.
Solskjaer is looking very pleased with himself in the United dugout. And so he should, this has been another fine performance from his team.
Alexis Sanchez is on for Martial. The Chilean needs a good performance after a poor display last time out against Leicester.
Calum Chambers, being deployed in an unfamiliar midfield role today, shoots from the edge of the area but de Gea gets down low to save.
GOOOAAL FOR UNITED!! Pogba takes his usual slow run up before side-footing the ball hard to the Rico's left. The goalkeeper went the right way but the strike had too much power and accuracy.
PENALTY FOR UNITED! Lukaku drives into the box and cuts the ball back to Mata, who is tripped as he shapes to shoot. Pogba steps up to take...
But there's one! Herrera blasts a volley at goal from the edge of the area but it's straight at Rico who can palm the ball away. Well struck though.
United back on the front foot though now. But no chances for either side as of yet in this second half.
That change seems to have changed Fulham's shape a little. Christie is deployed as a right wing back, with Ryan Babel switching from the left wing to the right to play just ahead of him.
An early substitution for the hosts, with Andre Schurrle making way for Cyrus Christie.
Fulham enjoying a period of controlled possession. United have really dropped off, with even Lukaku currently well inside his own half.
And we're back underway! Can Fulham force their way back into this one? We have 45 minutes to find out...
HT: Fulham 0-2 Manchester United - But that pressure is ended by the half-time whistle. A promising start for the hosts only culminated in Pogba scoring against the run of play, and from then on United have looked confident. They scored a second on 24 minutes thanks to a fantastic solo goal from Martial, giving Fulham a lot of work to do in the coming half.
Fulham enjoying a little spell of pressure before the break.
Even more amazing about that goal was that Martial actually smiled after scoring it.
By the way, Jones' assist for Martial means he now has the same number of goal involvements as Naby Keita this season (one). The United defender has been injured for most of the season as well...
Dalot is the latest to have a pop at goal. His effort almost clears the stadium roof, however.
Herrera lays the ball off to Phil Jones on the edge of the area. His deflected shot flies inches over.
And now Smalling's down after colliding into Calum Chambers, who seemed to give him a little stamp on the follow-through.
Ander Herrera picks up a nasty knock on the shin after Tim Ream clatters into him. Juan Mata wastes the resulting free-kick, failing to clear the first man.
United pushing forward again. They've been dominant since that tricky opening 10 minutes.
Ed Woodward is in the stands this afternoon. He must be thrilled with what he's seeing.
Fulham losing their heads a bit now. Joe Bryan flies into a ridiculously late tackle on Chris Smalling of all people. He picks up a deserved yellow.
GOOOOAAL FOR UNITED!! What a goal! Martial picks the ball up inside his own half and tears forward. He skips past two desperate Fulham challenges before firing past Rico into the bottom corner. Spectacular. 2-0!
United have looked much more confident since that goal. Fulham on the back foot for now.
Mitrovic clatters into de Gea as the Spaniard clears a loose ball. United's goalkeeper spends a while on the floor before gingerly getting to his feet.
Fulham will rue missing those early chances now...
GOOOAAALL FOR UNITED!! Herrera feeds Martial on the left who spots Paul Pogba making a run past the Fulham defence and plays a first-time pass to him. Pogba twists his body and fires early, catching goalkeeper Sergio Rico off guard with a shot into the roof of the net- 1-0!
In other news, Lukaku is looking quite lean. He seems to have finally shedded that World Cup weight.
De Gea lines up a goal kick. United will be happy to just have the ball.
Fulham should score again! This time Mitrovic finds space in the box but can only direct his header straight at David de Gea.
Straight away United win a free-kick on the left, which is whipped in by Mata. But Fulham head clear and break with speed - Andre Schurrle eventually putting the ball on a plate for Vietto, who skews his shot wide. What a chance! And what a start to the game.
And we're off!
Fulham having a last minute team huddle while the Manchester United players wait. Kick-off imminent...
The players are here, kick-off isn't far away!
So Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opts for Romelu Lukaku as his main striker today, with Marcus Rashford dropping to the bench. Chris Smalling makes a surprise return to the team, while Juan Mata also starts - a rarity under Solskjaer. Alexsandar Mitrovic starts up front for Fulham, and he will be hoping on-loan Atletico Madrid forward Luciano Vietto can support him well.
And today's visitors, Manchester United: De Gea; Dalot, Smalling, Jones, Shaw; Matic, Pogba, Herrera; Mata, Martial, Lukaku.
Time for some team news, starting with today's hosts, Fulham: Rico; Odoi, Le Marchard, Ream, Bryan; Seri, Chambers, Schurrle, Babel, Vietto; Mitrovic.
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