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Friday 25 October 2013

On this day in 2005: Inamoto goal stuns Man Utd

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Junichi Inamoto scoring for Fulham at Old Trafford

  • Diego Forlan celebrates after scoring Manchester United's equaliser

  • Fulham's Moritz Volz races away from Man United's Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Junichi Inamoto has the last laugh after producing Fulham's 79th-minute winner rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

25 October 2003 - Manchester United 1-3 Fulham

Junichi Inamoto became the first Japanese player to score in the Barclays Premier League as Fulham shocked Manchester United at Old Trafford.

"Every one of my players was different class and I can't pick anyone out – they were all brilliant"             
Chris Coleman

The midfielder, on loan from Arsenal, struck in the 79th minute to seal a victory which took the Londoners up to fifth place in the table and stopped United from going top.

Lee Clark had given Fulham a third minute lead by sweeping home Steed Malbranque's cross after Mikael Silvestre had given away possession.

Mark Pembridge then shot against the bar and Luis Saha was denied by Tim Howard as Chris Coleman's side dominated the opening stages.

However, United worked their way back into the game and equalised on half-time when Diego Forlan raced through and beat Edwin van der Saar with a classy finish. The Uruguay striker then missed a chance to put United ahead after the break and Fulham hit back when Malbranque pounced on a loose ball to finish well in the 66th minute.

Then came Inamoto's big moment as he lashed the ball home from six yards to give his side their first triumph at Old Trafford since 1963 and inflict United's first home defeat of the season.

"We were unrecognisable really," said Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson after the match. "Perhaps the tension and emotion of Wednesday night's Champions League game against Rangers played a part.

"We made a terrible start and Fulham fully deserved to win. We were unrecognisable really"
Sir Alex Ferguson

"We made a terrible start and Fulham fully deserved to win the match. There was just a lethargy about the team and it could have been six - our goalkeeper was marvellous."

Fulham manager Chris Coleman said: "Every one of my players was different class and I can't pick anyone out - they were all brilliant.

"They must be thinking they can go anywhere after a performance like that because we deserved the result today. You can call me negative if you like, but I'm still thinking about getting the 40 points as soon as possible.

"Let's not forget that people were saying I was a rookie who was going to get the sack after two months and that we were going to finish bottom."

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Fulham's Junichi Inamoto became the first Japanese goalscorer in the Premier League