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Fulham beat Manchester United after Alex Iwobi’s late goal

  • United loses to Fulham
  • Ten Hag cites character
  • Ratcliffe’s ambition highlighted

Sir Jim Ratcliffe desires Manchester United to unseat Manchester City from their “perch” atop a kilometre-high skyscraper. The 27.7%-owned club is observing from ground level, as chaos ensued from this point onwards. It was marked by the 97th-minute winner from Alex Iwobi, following Harry Maguire’s equaliser, which had nullified the opener by Calvin Bassey.

Iwobi scored during the most recent Fulham breakaway, proving decisive for Erik ten Hag’s squad. Substitute Adama Traoré advanced from the right side of the field and passed to Iwobi. He lingered to torment André Onana with his presence, then deceived the custodian to his right, infuriating Fulham supporters.

This eventful triumph for the Cottagers at Old Trafford, their first since 2003, resulted in United falling eight points behind Aston Villa in the race for the fourth Champions League berth. Ten Hag’s efforts to maintain his position in the eyes of Ratcliffe and Sir Dave Brailsford, his right-hand man at Old Trafford, could be aided by qualification for the continent’s blue-riband competition. It was questioned of the manager whether the deficit could be reduced.

Ten Hag stated, “Since January, we have been in numerous championship games, have won many, and have now lost one.” United suffered its tenth Premier League loss of the season. This never occurred during the tenure of Sir Alex Ferguson, the Dutchman’s eminent predecessor. It further demonstrates how far they have regressed in the eleven years since he retired.

United’s Spirited Fight Falls Short

Ten Hag stated regarding the performance, “We should and could have won. The team exhibited exemplary character. Starts were sluggish in both halves.” “Casemiro’s injury shortly after halftime was a devastating blow. We lost some stability and conceded a very avoidable goal, but we rallied and displayed tremendous character.”

Calvin Bassey scored the opening goal, which originated from one of the numerous counterattacks that United conceded. The ball fell to Bassey after Harrison Reed attempted a diagonal pass that Onana diverted for a corner, and Andreas Pereira drifted in from the right. The centre-back made an impact as those in red dozed off; the ball was redirected to him by Timothy Castagne, and he blasted it into the roof of the net.

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Prior to this and until its conclusion, the game resembled a basketball match, with both teams exhibiting a lack of control through end-to-end assaults. Maguire’s goal in the competition this season was recorded as United appeared to be defeated. Bruno Fernandes dipped a shoulder along the left and unleashed a shot; Bernd Leno saved the ball; and the former captain, much to the delight of all United supporters, converted the attempt.

Following the indication for nine minutes of added time, Ten Hag’s squad initially continued to advance. Scott McTominay missed from the right flank, and Leno blocked Fernandes’ 25-yard shot for a corner. Amad Diallo came near from this point forward, but United’s tenuous structure was exposed moments later when Fulham broke through with the victory, thanks to Iwobi’s composed goal.

Injuries Challenge United’s Resilience

Ten Hag’s plans were once again derailed by injury, which claimed the services of his leading scorer, Rasmus Højlund, and another A-list player, Luke Shaw. However, he stated that this cannot serve as an excuse, as the ability to function while drafting in understudies is an integral part of a high-functioning team.

Ten Hag stated, “With the squad we had today, we should have won this game.” “Both halves began slowly, and we ought to have been prepared as soon as the whistle blew.” “Although that is a criticism, the team demonstrated tremendous character in both halves.”

Casemiro suffered a fall subsequent to a clash of skulls with Reed. McTominay entered the pitch after Omari Forson was substituted for Christian Eriksen; the 19-year-old’s debut was in vain after 52 minutes. Eriksen initiated the game with a clumsy pass directly to Iwobi, a fitting epitaph for United this afternoon as a disorganised group whose attempts frequently stalled.

Throughout the week, Ratcliffe asserted that Liverpool was also in his sights. Ten Hag employed a wide-angle lens to observe the trajectory of the side beneath him. “One defeat forces one to consider the bigger picture,” the manager said. “And the bigger picture looks extremely promising.” “As you can see, there are a number of high-potential players who are developing into good players,” he said. “Therefore, we are unquestionably proceeding in the right direction.”

It sounds like a plea for clemency directed at Ratcliffe. Marco Silva stated of his Fulham team, “The superior team prevailed.”

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