Fulham vs Manchester United Player Ratings

Wayne Rooney's solitary goal gave United a 1-0 win over Fulham in a thrilling encounter where both sides struck the woodwork four times.

Rooney hits the winner!

Both sides started the game brightly and were going for goal from the start, with Bryan Ruiz, Patrice Evra, Wayne Rooney and Brede Hangeland all striking the woodwork in the first half, before the game was interrupted by floodlight failure in the closing minutes of the half.

The second half proved to be equally open as Fulham continued their determined attempt to look for a win but they were ultimately put to the sword by a Rooney's goal on the counter-attack ten mintues from time.

Fulham

Mark Schwarzer - 7.5

Schwarzer was kept busy in the first half and was vital in keeping his side in the match with important saves. There was little he could do about the goal conceded as he was let down by the defence.

Sascha Riether - 7.5

The German footballer did well to stick to Nani down the flank to prevent him from cutting in early. He was also dangerous on the counter attack down the flank with speed that belied his strong built.

Chris Baird - 7

Baird's physical presence helped marshal the United attack and ensured that his side had time to recover their defensive positions.

Brede Hangeland (Off 45') - 6.5

Hangeland tracked back well and pulled off a crucial last-ditch tackle which prevented Evra from finishing a clear-cut chance. However, he was brought off at half-time.

Philippe Senderos - 5.5

Senderos was solid for most of the game but a defensive mix-up late on let Rooney score the winning goal. He almost redeemed himself with a 91st-minute header from a corner which appeared to be goal-bound but it was headed off the line by Van Persie.

John Arne Riise - 7

Riise was excellent going up on the attack without compromising the integrity of his defence up against Antonio Valencia. His energetic presence down the flank was a constant thorn in Manchester United's side and tested De Gea early on with a fierce shot which was tipped over the bar.

Ashkan Dejagah (Off 81') - 7

Dejagah was constantly bombing forward into space to provide an outlet for his side to link up the midfield and attack. His runs kept Evra pinned back to his own half and he also managed to track back to help Riether on occasion.

Giorgos Karagounis (Off 67') - 6.5

The Greek veteran's passing was key to Fulham's counter-attacks in the first half. He displayed superb reading of the game and helped his side go toe to toe in terms of possession against United until he was brought off.

Damien Duff - 7

The 33-year-old was a constant threat down the left and had Valencia constantly tracking back to deal with him.

Bryan Ruiz - 8

Ruiz was always darting between the lines and pulling the strings for his side with clever passes and movement. The lack of a striker ahead of him was the main reason Fulham failed to fully capitalise on his ability.

Hugo Rodallega - 7

Rodallega was always running between Evans and Ferdinand to cause them trouble but it was clear that he was not used to the striker's role as he seemed to be more intent on beating the defenders than looking up to score a goal.

Substitutes

Aaron Hughes (On 45') - 5.5

Hughes was responsible for the goal conceded after his mix-up with Senderos.

Urby Emanuelson (On 67') - 5.5

The debutant failed to make an impact on the game and was a poor presence in midfield as compared to Karagounis.

Mladen Petric (On 81') - N/A


Manchester United

David De Gea - 7

De Gea was steady throughout the game and dealt with the bombardment on his goal in the first half well. He also showed composure in the air - a reassuring sign for United fans.

Rafael Da Silva - 7.5

Rafael curbed his offensive runs and tucked back well. He still needs to improve on his clumsy tackling, but was impressive with his alertness to clear a goal-bound header off the line.

Rio Ferdinand - 6.5

Ferdinand appeared to lose track of Fulham's attacking players without a clear striker in their line-up and had to be rescued by his defensive partner but he was steady in the air to cope with the barrage of crosses in.

Jonny Evans - 8

Evans was a calm and collected presence at the back for United with key interceptions and cool clearances. He also inadvertently provided United with the winner after his long clearance upfield bounced onto Rooney's path for him to score.

Patrice Evra - 7

Evra is proving to be an important attacking asset for United with his attacking runs - he struck the bar once and had another chance at goal early on, but was denied by an excellent Schwarzer. 

Michael Carrick - 6

The usually calm and accurate Carrick succumbed to the pressure from Fulham's crowded midfield and was wasteful of possession at times. He was also poor defensively and provided little resistance when Fulham surged forward in attack.

Tom Cleverley (Off 74') - 5

The usually-dynamic midfielder was subdued in this match and failed to win many 50/50 challenges in midfield, which led to Fulham gaining control of the midfield.

Nani (Off 83') - 4.5

For all his fancy trickery and jinking runs, Nani failed to produce with the final ball, either lashing his shot into defenders or whipping his crosses into the box so hard that it looked more like a shot which his team mates could hardly latch onto.

Wayne Rooney - 8

Rooney was a threat from the start, striking the post and creating chances between Fulham's midfield and defence. He was finally rewarded after shifting out to the flank and scoring the winning goal on the counter attack.

Antonio Valencia (Off 65') - 4.5

The speedy winger failed to cause problems down the right. He failed to display the lightning speed which helped him beat defenders with ease last season and was poor with his delivery from the flank.

Robin van Persie - 7.5

The Dutchman was constantly under pressure from Baird and Hangeland, but did well to take up the playmaker role and try to play his team mates in instead. He also proved his worth defensively after he cleared Senderos' goal bound header off the line.

Substites

Javier Hernandez (On 65') - 6

He came on to add another body to United's attack, which helped in taking the attention off Rooney, who was shifted out wide and later went on to score the winning goal.

Ryan Giggs (On 74') - 6.5

Giggs came on and saw out the game with his steady passing.

Danny Welbeck (On 83') - N/A



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