Manchester United snatched a dramatic 93rd-minute winner through substitute Alejandro Garnacho as they beat Fulham in a thrilling final Premier League match before the Qatar World Cup.
In a pulsating second half at Craven Cottage, Fulham looked to have earned a point before the 18-year-old Argentine raced through and arrowed a shot into the bottom corner past Bernd Leno.
Fulham’s Dan James had earlier came off the bench to grab an equaliser from Tom Cairney’s low cross to give the hosts what looked to be a well-deserved point after David de Gea had made a number of fine saves.
Christian Eriksen, who suffered a cardiac arrest during a Euro 2020 match for Denmark against Finland in June 2021, had put the visitors ahead in the first half with his first United goal, sliding in to finish at the back post from a low cross from Bruno Fernandes.
But Garnacho’s winner with practically the last kick of the match gave United the three points.
The Premier League now takes a six-week break because of the Qatar World Cup, which begins on 20 November, with no domestic top-flight matches until 26 December.
The win leaves United fifth, 11 points behind leaders Arsenal and three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with a game in hand on Antonio Conte’s side.
Fulham have either been promoted to or relegated from the Premier League in each of the previous five seasons, but are well placed to end that up-and-down run as they sit ninth, having already matched the five wins they gained in their previous top-flight campaign in 2020-21.
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Squad number17Player nameLeno
Squad number14Player nameDe Cordova-Reid
Squad number31Player nameDiop
Squad number13Player nameReam
Squad number33Player nameRobinson
Squad number26Player nameJoão Palhinha
Squad number10Player nameCairney
Squad number8Player nameWilson
Squad number18Player nameAndreas Pereira
Squad number20Player nameWillian
Squad number30Player nameCarlos Vinícius
Squad number21Player nameJames
Squad number25Player nameOnomah
Squad number39Player nameMcTominay
Squad number49Player nameGarnacho
- 14De Cordova-ReidBooked at 33mins
- 26João Palhinha
- 10CairneySubstituted forOnomahat 90+2′minutes
- 8WilsonSubstituted forJamesat 59′minutes
- 30Alves Morais
- 1de Gea
- 36ElangaSubstituted forMcTominayat 55′minutes
- 8Bruno Fernandes
- 9MartialSubstituted forGarnachoat 72′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 34van de Beek
Match ends, Fulham 1, Manchester United 2.
Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Manchester United 2.
Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.
Goal! Fulham 1, Manchester United 2. Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a through ball.
Substitution, Fulham. Josh Onomah replaces Tom Cairney.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Victor Lindelöf.
Attempt saved. Scott McTominay (Manchester United) header from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
João Palhinha (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester United).
Carlos Vinícius (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United).
Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
Casemiro (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Scott McTominay (Manchester United) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Luke Shaw with a cross.
Foul by Andreas Pereira (Fulham).
Christian Eriksen (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. João Palhinha (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andreas Pereira with a cross following a set piece situation.
Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Luke Shaw (Manchester United).
Hand ball by João Palhinha (Fulham).
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