Bruno Fernandes struck late on in injury time as Manchester United claimed a priceless 1-0 Premier League win against Fulham to relieve a bit of the pressure on manager Erik ten Hag’s shoulders.
In a largely uneventful match at Craven Cottage, it was the away side’s captain who stood tallest in the 91st minute as he chopped inside two Fulham defenders before unleashing a strike into the bottom corner from just outside the penalty area.
United had previously thought that they’d scored an opener in just the 8th minute as Scott McTominay converted at the back post. A lengthy VAR stoppage soon followed which adjudged Harry Maguire to be offside however, despite the defender not touching the ball in the build up.
Both sides then traded chances from distance throughout before Fernandes struck a late winner to move the Red Devils up the standings at the expense of Fulham who themselves struggled to create much of note.
Fulham vs Man United final score
Score Goal scorers Fulham 0 Man Utd 1 Fernandes (91′)
Fulham (4-2-3-1): Leno (GK) — Castagne, Ream, Bassey, Robinson — Palhinha, Iwobi (Cairney, 90′) — Wilson (Jimenez 90′), Pereira (De Cordova-Reid, 81′), Willian (Lukic, 75′) — Muniz (Vinicius, 75′).
Man United (4-2-3-1): Onana (GK) — Wan-Bissaka, Evans, Maguire, Dalot — Eriksen (Mount, 78′), McTominay — Antony (Pellistri, 64′), Fernandes, Garnacho (Varane, 93′) — Hojlund (Martial, 78′).
MORE: Erik ten Hag’s Man United signings: Rating each transfer a success, pass or failure
Fernandes saves Manchester United’s blushes
A few days on from suffering back-to-back 3-0 losses against rivals Manchester City and Newcastle United, Erik ten Hag desperately needed a positive result today at Craven Cottage.
After seeing an early goal ruled out and his side fail to create many chances throughout, he’ll have been delighted that a stoppage-time winner from Bruno Fernandes finally came the way of the visitors.
In truth, it was another poor performance from the visitors as a number of players struggled once again. Antony was seemingly booed off the pitch by a section of the away support but the late changes seemed to give United a bit of a cutting edge in attack.
Elsewhere, Harry Maguire put in a big performance at the back, as did Aaron Wan-Bissaka who performed well on his return to Premier League action at right-back.
Ultimately, the visitors won’t be too concerned about the performance thanks to their late winner and there’ll be renewed hope that that last gasp strike can push the Red Devils in the right direction over the coming weeks, starting with a trip to Copenhagen in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Why was Man United’s opening goal vs Fulham disallowed?
After just eight minutes in their match vs Fulham, it looked like the Red Devils had taken the lead through Scott McTominay, who found the back of the net from close range.
The Scottish international converted at the back post from inside the six-yard box after the ball was laid on a plate for him by Alejandro Garnacho following a deep free kick from Christian Eriksen.
Despite the visitors wheeling away in celebration, the play was subjected to a lengthy VAR check which eventually found that defender Harry Maguire was in an offside position. Even though the centre-back didn’t reach the original cross, it was deemed that he had tried to play at the ball and was as such, offside in the build-up to the early potential breakthrough.
The on-field official was advised to take a look at the incident on the pitchside monitor and it came as his final decision to confirm the goal as being offside.
MORE: English Premier League table 2023/24: Updated EPL standings
Fulham vs Man United live updates, highlights, and commentary
FULL TIME: Fulham 0-1 Manchester United
Erik ten Hag and his side leave it very late but a stoppage time winner from Fernandes steals the three points away from Fulham. It was far from a vintage United performance, but it’s enough to claim a priceless victory following another awful week for the club both on and off the field.
93rd minute: Varane comes on for Garnacho as United look to see this away win out. This would be an 18th match unbeaten against Fulham for the away side.
91st minute: GOOOOAAAALLLLL!!! UNITED LEAD LATE ON!!! It’s Bruno Fernandes and its absolute jubilation in the away end.
What a way to likely win it. Fulham fail to clear their lines and the ball falls to the Portuguese international after it bobbles around. He chops back onto his right foot on the outside of the box and finds the bottom corner from range.
89th minute: Wilson picks himself up to take the free kick but his curling left-footed shot just comfortably over. He and Iwobi go off for Cairney and Jimenez.
88th minute: Dalot chops down Wilson just on the edge of the United penalty area and receives a late yellow card. This could be a chance..
87th minute: With just under five minutes to go at Craven Cottage, will either side win it late on here?
84th minute: CHANCE! Martial nearly finds a late goal for United. The visitors see Fernandes hit the target from a long range free kick before Dalot finds the French attacker inside the box. He gets a left foot on it in acrobatic fashion but it goes just wide of the mark.
81st minute: Palhinha has been everywhere in midfield for Fulham. Whether it’s winning back possession and making crucial tackles or creating chances in an attacking sense, he’s been immense again.
Reminder that Fulham paid no more than £20m for João Palhinha in 2022 🤝What a signing 👏 pic.twitter.com/vKz8VykGcJ
78th minute: Dalot whistles a shot towards goal following a United corner but his effort flies wide.
Martial and Mount replace Hojlund and Eriksen shortly after.
75th minute: After an awkward fall a few minutes ago, Muniz is down and then in tears as he leaves the field. Vinicius is going to replace the young striker who has played well overall today.
Lukic replaces Willian at the same time for the hosts.
71st minute: Eriksen finds Pellistri at the back post who cuts inside and strikes at goal. His left-footed effort lacks any sort of power though, and Leno gathers easily.
68th minute: Palhinha and Garnacho both go into the referee’s book for a pair of fouls. The Fulham midfielder probably shouldn’t have but it’s about the most clear cut yellow card you’ll see for the United youngster.
65th minute: CLOSE AGAIN! Another Fulham corner comes in and this time it’s Muniz who heads just over from near the penalty spot. The home side are piling the pressure on now.
63rd minute: Bassey meets a corner but his volleyed effort is stopped on the line by Dalot.
Ten Hag responds with his first substitution of the game as Pellistri replaces Antony on the right flank. It’s been another poor performance from the Brazilian winger as he’s jeered off by a section of the away support.
61st minute: CLOSE! Wilson strikes from distance but Onana is equal to it, before the rebound falls to Pereira but his headed effort is blocked at close range. Fulham recycle the ball soon after and Palhinha is in on goal but Onana saves again. The midfielder should have scored there!
60th minute: This game has really opened up all of a sudden and Fulham break away again. Willian looks to give Onana the eyes from the edge of the box but he fires wide.
Maguire goes down again with another head injury and looks to be struggling out there.
58th minute: A poor pass from Eriksen sees Fulham break the other way. Wilson scampers in field and finds Willian but his cut-back is thwarted by Maguire to great effect.
Just after, Maguire blocks again from Willian as Fulham look to get on the scoresheet.
54th minute: A big tackle from Robinson spurs the home crowd into life as Fulham finally come to life a bit in the second half. They’ve started this second 45 very slowly so far.
51st minute: United threaten through Garnacho again. This time he breezes past his defender on the left wing before his cross is palmed over by Leno. The visitors’ corner after is knocked down by Maguire but Fulham clear their lines.
48th minute: United have the first attempt of the second half and Garnacho jinks away from his defender in the box before his deflected shot is saved by Leno. That’s better from the visitors.
KICK OFF: Fulham gets us back underway in the second half. No changes to talk about at half time.
HALF TIME: Fulham 0-0 Manchester United
A lively and mostly even affair heads into the half time break level with the two sides remaining goalless so far. United thought they had an early lead through McTominay but it was eventually ruled out for offside by VAR and the on-field official. After that, the visitors lacked much of an edge in an attacking sense, with Fulham looking the most dangerous throughout in truth.
Expect changes from both sides early on in the second half.
45th minute: A couple of corners for Fulham don’t really go anywhere as United defend them relatively well in quick succession. Shortly after, Willian fires just wide as the hosts finished the half stronger. There’ll be five minutes of added time in this first half.
41st minute: Iwobi and Dalot trade shots that both go miles wide of the target at either end of the field.
38th minute: He’s been a bit shaky of late for Fulham and that trend is continuing here as Calvin Bassey looks a bit unsure under pressure. That could be something that United target for the remainder of this match.
34th minute: Hojlund finds Fernandes on the edge of the Fulham box but his curling shot on target is weak and easily saved by Leno.
30th minute: Still no big changes to really talk about beside United’s disallowed goal as the play ebbs and flows in midfield.
26th minute: Fulham certainly look the more likely to score at the moment as Wilson finds more space again down the right. His cross fails to find a teammate on this occasion but United’s defence looks wide open.
23rd minute: Willian is unleashed down the left wing but he shot is blocked behind by Wan-Bissaka. The subsequent corner falls to Wilson but he volleys high and wide.
20th minute: The home side are frustrating United here as they look very well organised when their opposition has the possession. Maguire has tried a few long range, diagonal passes to open them up but to no avail so far.
16th minute: Fulham respond as Willian cuts inside the United penalty area and fires at goal. The initial shot is blocked before Wilson is denied by Onana but the second phase of play is deemed offside.
14th minute: Ten Hag was furious with that offside decision but by the letter of the law, Maguire tried to play the ball and thus, was involved in the play despite not touching the ball in the end.
The visitors are keeping the pressure up regardless.
After a four-minute VAR review, Scott McTominay’s strike for Man Utd is ruled out for offside 🧐 pic.twitter.com/N9v2jEcvqe
11th minute: OFFSIDE!! United think that they have the early lead through McTominay here but VAR rule it out after a lengthy stoppage. Eriksen found Garnacho at the back post who put it on a plate for the Scottish international but Maguire is deemed to be offside in the build-up. That’s an interesting call..
7th minute: Maguire is able to continue for now as he returns to the action following that treatment. Fulham have held most of the early possession so far but there’s been no chances of note for either side.
3rd min: There’s an early knock for Maguire who is dazed and bloodied after an aerial challenge with Muniz. He receives treatment and could be a doubt for the remainder of this game.
Manchester United come into this latest head-to-head clash unbeaten in 17 matches vs. Fulham. There’ll be desperate to continue that run today.
KICK OFF: After a minute of silence ahead of Remembrance Sunday next weekend, Bruno Fernandes gets us underway here on the banks of the River Thames. This is such a crucial fixture for both sides but who can make the breakthrough first?
15 mins to KO: With the rain subsiding at Craven Cottage, we’re getting closer towards kick off here.
Could Muniz grab his first Premier League goal for Fulham this afternoon? We’ll find out shortly.
Muniz SZN! 🇧🇷#FULMUN pic.twitter.com/cdMIMhsRfT
30 mins to KO: Without Rashford, the visitors will need to conjure up a big performance here to take the pressure off Ten Hag’s shoulders. Captain Bruno Fernandes could be the one to watch in particular as he usually enjoys playing against Fulham.
Across five prior meetings with the London side, he’s scored three times and grabbed an assist, though all three strikes did come at Old Trafford..
45 mins to KO: After his omission from today’s United squad, the club have released a statement in which they say that Rashford is missing due to injury.
50 mins to KO: There’s a number of changes for Fulham too as Pereira starts as the attacking midfielder for the hosts. Wilson and Palhinha partner in midfield, whilst Ream and Robinson return in defence. Youngster Rodrigo Muniz gets a rare start upfront.
Our #FULMUN line-up! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/xbNinCkyXi
1 hour to KO: The line ups are in and there’s plenty of changes for the visiting Red Devils who were battered in midweek cup action. Evans returns to partner Maguire in the heart of defence, whilst Mount drops to the bench for Eriksen. In bigger news, Rashford doesn’t even make the squad.
⏰ Time for team news! 🗞️#MUFC || #FULMUN
1 hour 15 mins to KO: All sides up and down the English Football pyramid will be sporting a poppy on their shirt for the next two weeks as the nation and wider community take part in a show of support for the Armed Forces community.
We will remember them.🌹 pic.twitter.com/Cb58HaEVzj
1 hour 30 mins to KO: In Fulham’s midweek 3-1 victory over Championship side Ipswich in the Carabao Cup, midfielder Andres Pereira made his 50th appearance for the club.
The Brazilian was excellent last season, but is yet to really get going this time around for the hosts. What better time to get just his second goal of the campaign then if he gets a start today against his old side?
5️⃣0️⃣ Fulham appearances for @andrinhopereira! 🤍#FULMUN
2 hours to KO: Welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Manchester United’s Premier League trip to Fulham. Ten Hag had a clear message for his players after their defeat to Newcastle — but will it trigger a reaction today in west London?
The boss gives his reaction to tonight’s defeat.#MUFC || #CarabaoCup
Fulham vs Man United lineups, team news
As Man United bowed out of the Carabao Cup, Fulham sealed their passage into a quarterfinal tie against Everton, via a 3-1 win away at Ipswich Town. Defensive pair Tosin Adarabioyo and Issa Diop are both still out injured for the Cottagers, but Wales international Harry Wilson starts here, after scoring at Ipswich.
USMNT duo Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson return to the hosts’ defence.
Fulham (4-2-3-1): Leno — Castagne, Ream, Bassey, Robinson — Palhinha, Wilson — Iwobi, Pereira, Willian — Muniz.
Fulham subs (9): Rodak, Reed, Jimenez, Cairney, Ballo-Toure, De Cordova-Reid, Lukic, Vinicius, Fougerolles.
Ten Hag has dismantled his starting XI from the Newcastle loss as Christian Eriksen and Scott McTominay start in the midfield pivot and Jonny Evans returns at the back.
Marcus Rashford fails to even make the bench after another week of turmoil off the field for the English forward and his club.
Man United (4-2-3-1): Onana (GK) — Wan-Bissaka, Evans, Maguire, Dalot — Eriksen, McTominay — Antony, Fernandes, Garnacho — Hojlund.
Man United subs (9): Bayindir, Amrabat, Mount, Martial, Reguilon, Varane, Pellistri, Mainoo, Hannibal.
Fulham vs Man United live stream, TV channel
This Fulham vs. Manchester United match in the Premier League kicks off at 12:30 p.m. local time from Craven Cottage in London
Below are the corresponding times, TV channels, and live streams to watch the match in regions around the world
Date Kickoff time TV Streaming USA Sat Nov. 4 8:30 a.m. ET USA Network, Universo Universo NOW, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, Fubo, NBC app/website Canada Sat Nov. 4 8:30 a.m. ET — Fubo Canada UK Sat Nov. 4 12:30 p.m. BST TNT Sports 1, TNT Sports Ultimate Discovery+ Australia Sat Nov. 4 11:30 p.m. AEDT — Optus Sport India Sat Nov. 4 6:00 p.m. IST — Hotstar, JioTV Hong Kong Sat Nov. 4 8:30 p.m. HKT Now Premier League (Ch. 620-621) Now TV Malaysia Sat Nov. 4 8:30 p.m. MYT — Astro GO Singapore Sat Nov. 4 8:30 p.m. SGT — StarHub TV+ New Zealand Sun Nov. 5 1:30 a.m. NZDT Sky Sport Premier League Sky Sport Now
USA: This game is being broadcast on the NBC USA Network. There is also a Spanish-language stream via Telemundo and Universo, which are accessible for Fubo subscribers.
Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streaming exclusively via Fubo in Canada.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport.
UK: This match is available for live broadcast via TNT Sports with streaming on Discovery+.