Fernandes got the winner | Photo: Eurosport
When time was running out, captain Bruno Fernandes came up with a quality goal in stoppage time to win the game
By Valentine Amanze
Manchester United secured a dramatic late win against Fulham in the Premier League fixture played at Craven Cottage on Saturday November 4, 2023.
Scott McTominay struck in the fifth minute of the match but VAR official ruled out what many perceived as a good goal, when he tapped in a pass from Alejandro Garnacho.
After a lengthy check, VAR assistant Jarret Gillett sent referee John Brooks over to the screen for a rare subjective offside review.
Harry Maguire was deemed to be slightly beyond the last line of the Fulham defence but did not touch the ball.
After an on-field review, Brooks adjudged Maguire to have made a deliberate play towards the ball and disallowed the goal.
When time was running out, captain Bruno Fernandes came up with a quality goal in stoppage time to win the game.
Samuel Luckhurst of Manchester United Newsletter was in the press box at Craven Cottage gives Uinited player ratings.
Handled with care and picked out the odd pass. Thwarted Harry Wilson and João Palhinha during a Fulham flurry. 7
Slow to react in a couple of transitions but got back in position to kill some attacks. A reasonable return to the starting XI after two months. 6
Gallantly continued after an early collision forced him to halt play 39 seconds in. Defended stoutly in another decent performance. 7
An unsurprising improvement on his starting performance against City six days earlier, though Fulham lacked a dependable frontman. 6
Switched to left-back and intervened with a fine goal-saving tackle with Wilson loitering in the first half. A recovery performance after Newcastle. 6
Unfortunate to have a goal disallowed for a dubious offside and played at a good tempo as he regularly drove forward. 6
Positionally awry, slow off the ball and careless with the ball. The polar opposite of his performance at Fulham a year ago. 4
The best Brazilian winger wore white. Antony was his usual frivolous self, killing attacks and having no impact whatsoever. His removal was cheered. 2
Had an attempt on target in the first half. Resorted to the usual theatrics, chipped away at the referee and rounded on teammates when he was at fault. Then he scored to win the game. 7
Worked hard but had little joy on his second successive start. Livelier at the start of the second half and drew cynical fouls. 6
Easily marshalled by Tim Ream and Calvin Bassey. Ill-suited to United’s stodgy approach and rusty on the rare occasion he got the ball. 4
Did brilliantly with his perseverance to make the goal happen. 7
Clearly lacking confidence. 5
Acrobatic effort went wide. 5