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Garnacho’s late strike sees Man United edge Fulham

By AFP
13 November 2022   |   7:31 pm
Argentina teenager Alejandro Garnacho came off the bench to score in stoppage time as Manchester United won 2-1 away to Fulham on Sunday.

Manchester United’s Argentinian midfielder Alejandro Garnacho (L) holds up his shirt to the fans as he celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Manchester United at Craven Cottage in London on November 13, 2022. – Manchester United won the game 2-1. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

Argentina teenager Alejandro Garnacho came off the bench to score in stoppage time as Manchester United won 2-1 away to Fulham on Sunday.

It seemed the Cottagers had done enough to earn a point in the final Premier League match before the World Cup break.

But Garnacho’s expert one-two with Christian Eriksen, in the last of three minutes of added-on time, finished with the 18-year-old racing into the box before producing a cool finish across Bernd Leno.

“He has a lot of talent and his work rate together with the talent makes a big difference with us from the bench,” United captain Bruno Fernandes told the BBC when asked about Garnacho.

“We are really happy for him and know he can give us goals, and assists and prove the joy of football.”

Manchester United’s Argentinian midfielder Alejandro Garnacho (2nd L) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s second goal during the English Premier League football match between Fulham and Manchester United at Craven Cottage in London on November 13, 2022. – Manchester United won the game 2-1. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)


Eriksen had put the visitors in front in the 14th minute at Craven Cottage with his first goal for United as he finished off a counter-attack.

Former United striker Daniel James equalised for Fulham just after the hour, having only come on as a substitute for Harry Wilson minutes earlier.

“About time!” said Eriksen of his goal. “I owed a few so I’m happy to be on the scoresheet in the last game before the World Cup. It’s been a good week.”

United remained fifth but this win meant they moved to within three points of fourth-placed Tottenham as Fulham stayed ninth.

Erik ten Hag’s side arrived in London without several senior players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Antony, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.

Fulham was missing injured star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic but still made a bright start at Craven Cottage, with United goalkeeper David De Gea’s early save denying Carlos Vinicius.

But it was United who broke the deadlock when Anthony Martial played in Fernandes, whose ball across the box left the unmarked Eriksen with a simple tap-in.

Fulham enjoyed plenty of possession and pressure but their failure to turn any of it into a goal was almost punished when Martial headed just over the bar from Luke Shaw’s cross.

Eriksen also had a chance to make it 2-0 before half-time but fired wide when free of the Cottagers’ defence.

Fulham goalkeeper Leno kept the score to 1-0 early in the second half when he denied Anthony Elanga in a one-on-one, before Antonee Robinson and Tim Ream combined to prevent Marcus Rashford from scoring from the follow-up.

Having passed up those opportunities, United were pegged back in the 61st minute.

Willian’s quick run down the left was well supported by the overlapping Tom Cairney, with his pass finding James as the substitute slotted home from the centre of the box.

An emboldened Fulham pushed for the winner, with Joao Palhinha’s improvised overhead kick forcing De Gea into a punched save.

But it was Garnacho, showing a composure belying his years, who had the final say.