Manchester United have beaten Fulham 3-1 at Old Trafford as they make their way to the FA Cup semi-finals where they will play Brighton and Hove Albion in April.
Erik ten Hag’s side continues their quest for a cup treble after last month’s Carabao Cup win and their progression to the Europa League quarter-finals this week. With an international break now in effect it was important for Manchester United to get the result tonight to finish this part of the season on a high, particularly with the number of games this squad has played in the last few months. Though the performance left a lot to be desired, a minute of madness from Fulham when two of their players AND their manager received red cards after a penalty via Willian handball meant United became favourites to win the game, despite being 1-0 down at that point.
Here’s a rundown on how the players performed with each player receiving a rating out of 10.
Goalkeeper and Defence
David de Gea: 8
Made more than a few stellar saves including an agile one to tip over Antonee Robinson’s curler and one Willian bending into the bottom corner. A few issues distribution wise but didn’t put a foot wrong other than that.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 6
Was largely poor in the first half but improved in the second half once Fulham had lost their two main attackers and Antony provided more balance on the right.
Harry Maguire: 5.5
Booked early for clumsily bringing down Aleksandar Mitrovic and was slow in build-up play and with passing. Not a bad performance but also not a great one from United’s skipper.
Lisandro Martinez: 7.5
A great performance today from the Argentine. A couple of instances where he lost his battles in defence but was a calming presence at the back for the Reds,
Luke Shaw: 6.5
A decent performance from Shaw. Was quiet in attack until the second half but created Marcel Sabitzer’s go-ahead goal towards the end of the game.
Took time to grow into the game but had a lively performance. Helped United gradually impose themselves into the game and took his debut goal for United very well.
A poor performance from McTominay today. Was easily dispossessed and poor with his passing. Was better than his usual performances off the ball but Casemiro’s presence was missed.
Bruno Fernandes: 7.5
Was very sloppy in the first hour of the game making careless passes and was a bit too ambitious in the final third. Did well to score the penalty and also in scoring his second and United’s third.
Jadon Sancho: 7
While he didn’t set the pitch alight Sancho had a decent performance and if not for Willian’s handball he would’ve scored. (A blessing in disguise with the events that occurred after). No goal contribution to show for his work during the game but some good signs.
Wout Weghorst: 5
Essentially ghosted the game. Outside of some of his pressing, he had no real presence during the game as he continues to struggle for goals in Ten Hag’s side.
Was unlucky to come away without any assists or involvement with goals in the build-up as he was very lively and creative during the game. Overall, a decent performance despite no goal contributions.