Late Iwobi goal earns Fulham rare win at Old Trafford

24 Feb 2024
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Iwobi: Onana didn't see it coming

Fulham claimed a first win over Manchester United in 17 matches and a first away victory since the opening weekend when they triumphed 2-1 at Old Trafford, Alex Iwobi striking in stoppage time to earn a deserved three points. 

Fulham had led through Calvin Bassey’s sweet shot but Harry Maguire had fired United level in the last minute of normal time. Just when the home fans were baying for another late home winner, Fulham broke and Iwobi stroked the ball home to claim a first victory at Old Trafford since 2003 to dent United’s hopes of a top-four finish.

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How the match unfolded

Erik Ten Hag was forced into two changes, with Luke Shaw and Rasmus Hojlund both ruled out. Victor Lindelof replaced Shaw while 19-year-old Omari Forson was handed his first Man Utd start. 

Marco Silva made a season-high six changes from the side which lost 2-1 at home to Villa last time out. Bassey, Tosin Adarabioyo, Harrison Reed, Harry Wilson, Iwobi and Sasa Lukic all came into the starting XI. 

Iwobi was Fulham’s mean threat in a bright start for the visiting side, twice shooting narrowly wide in the opening 20 minutes. Andre Onana was relieved to see his parry off Rodrigo Muniz’s header hit Lukic and go wide of a post. 

United’s first threat came on 25 minutes from a free-kick that Fulham failed to clear, giving Alejandro Garnacho the chance to curl a shot that Antonee Robinson headed away before it went in. 

Shortly after the half-hour, Diogo Dalot brushed the far post with a shot from distance. Then it was Muniz’s turn to strike the outside of the woodwork after a sharp turn in the area. 

Fulham continued to edge proceedings and Andreas Pereira brought a smart save from Onana from a counter-attack, one of eight shots, their most in an away first half this season .

Garnacho cut in dangerously from the left and fired a curling shot at goal that was well saved by Bernd Leno - ensuring the two teams went into the break level at 0-0.

Bassey goal v Man Utd

After half-time, Fulham continued to dominate, and on 65 minutes they deservedly broke the deadlock. Reed’s cross-shot was tipped over the bar by Onana and, from the resulting corner, United were unable to clear and Bassey’s sweetly struck shot flew in for the Nigerian’s first goal for the club.

Bruno Fernandes fired in a shot that was comfortably saved by Leno as United tried to respond, but Fulham continued to look dangerous on the counter-attack. Harry Wilson came close to doubling the Cottagers’ lead, shooting just wide after dribbling past Raphael Varane

Moments later, Maguire, unmarked six yards out, saw his header fly over. But the defender made amends in the 89th minute, shooting past Leno from close range from a Fernandes cross.

Maguire Fulham

As the match entered nine minutes of stoppage time United poured forward in search of a winner, with Marcus Rashford and Fernandes both threatening as Fulham sat deep.

But there was still time for another twist and, with United leaving themselves open in defence, Iwobi dramatically put Fulham back in front after finishing off a sweeping counter led by substitute Adama Traore.

Iwobi goal v Man Utd

The three points keep Fulham 12th, with 28 points. A 10th Premier League defeat of the season for United ended a run of four straight wins and leaves them sixth on 44 points.

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Key facts

Iwobi’s winner for Fulham at 96min 4sec is the second-latest winner scored against Manchester United in the Premier League, and the latest goal on record (since 2006/07) scored by the visiting team at Old Trafford in the competition.

Fulham earned their first away win against United in all competitions since October 2003, ending a run of 16 visits without a win (D2 L14).

United have now lost eight home matches in all competitions this season, their most since 2020/21 (also eight), while they last were defeated more in a single campaign in 1973/74 (nine).

Bassey’s opener was his first goal for Fulham, and his first goal in club football since October 2022 for Ajax against Volendam.

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