Manchester United were on song this Saturday afternoon, as they brushed Fulham aside in an interesting 4-1 win at Old Trafford. Goals from Ashley Young, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku sealed a comfortable victory after four winless matches. Aboubakar Kamara scored the only goal for Fulham from the penalty spot.
It looked right from the start like Man United were going to enjoy this one. Fulham had the worst defence in the league and one of the worst in Premier League history at this stage of the season and the Devils duly took advantage of that.
Rashford Continues Fine Form
Marcus Rashford especially had a night to remember, although he was not the only one. Rashford scored Man United’s fourth goal when the match was decided, but he was already a ‘culprit’ for team’s first two goals. The youngster started the match this time on the left wing and him and Ashley Young really got the most out of a poor Denis Odoi. Fulham’s right-back truly struggled in this match to close down his opponents and Rashford was on song.
His assist for Mata’s goal was a very intelligent one, while Young in the end made the most out of his dribble past Odoi. A truly memorable performance will be important for Rashford, but also for Mourinho to realise what kind of a gem he needs to polish.
It was 31 March when Romelu Lukaku scored his last goal for Manchester United at Old Trafford. It was against a poor Swansea team in a 3-1 win and it was a wait way too long. Eight full months that have passed in between, but Lukaku finally ended the goalless run. His goal was probably the easiest of all to score, as the Belgian got a sitter in front of an empty goal, but more importantly, it was the type of a move that really mattered.
Man United passed the ball incredibly well and with purpose, creating a swift move that needed just a couple of seconds to confuse the whole Fulham team.
Man United Cut Mitrovic Off
Aleksandar Mitrovic had scored seven Premier League goals so far this season and he netted against Totenham, among others. But this time, he was completely cut off from his teammates. Mitrovic is a quality striker, but one that needs service of his teammates and when he plays against a tougher opposition, it is expected to have less service than usual.
With Man United often being clumsy in defence, it is good to see the big Serbian did not get much room to play.
Mata Shows What A Servant He Has Been
Juan Mata scored the second and assisted the third goal of the match which got him to exactly 50 Premier League goals and 50 Premier League assists. It is a unique achievement from the Spaniard and he has showed once again what a servant he has been all these years for Manchester United.
Since joining the club, Mata played 202 matches, scoring 43 goals and assisting another 35. As someone who has often been in and out of the team and not often the most loved player by his managers, it is an incredible achievement. Mata has always been a hard worker and a player everyone could count on, so this special night for him was thoroughly deserved.