Manchester United opened up a 9 point lead at the top of the Premier League thanks to a hard fought victory versus Fulham at Craven Cottage (and City drawing with Liverpool).
United recalled Antonio Valencia and Nani to the wings and Thomas Cleverley came back into midfield to partner Michael Carrick. Nemanja Vidic was rested with the game v Everton in mind (expecting a an aerial battle).
The game got off to a frantic start, both teams forcing good saves from the respective keepers as well striking the woodwork. The game was decided with just over 10 minutes to go, Wayne Rooney who was a threat all game calmly finding the corner as he strode into the Fulham area.
The Reds withstood the late Fulham pressure to put themselves in a brilliant position with 13 games to go.
There was lots of quality on show, here are my Top GIFs…
Thanks to everyone who voted and shared the Fulham post. All the votes have been counted and the results, in reverse order are as follows…
Manchester United progressed into the next round of the FA Cup with a comfortable win v Fulham at Old Trafford.
United named a strong team only resting Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Robin van Persie and after taking the lead within 3 minutes were never tested at the ran out 4-1 winners.
Ryan Giggs continued his recent run of form on the left wing and was named Man of the Match for a display in which he was a threat throughout.
United played some great football, here are my Top 5 GIFs…
Man United looked to bounce back from their opening day defeat with a win at home to a Fulham side who were on the high of a 5-0 win in their opening fixture.
Man United made it tough on themselves, and Fulham put up a real fight, but United ended 3-2 winners to get their season up and running.
The Beautifully Red picks of the game were
1. Robin van Persie Goal GIF
Robin van Persie scored his first Manchester United goal and it was a beauty. Great movement in the box and a sweet as you like hit half volley into the far corner. Stunning.