Fernandes' late goal earns Man United a 1-0 win at Fulham to ease pressure on Ten Hag

AP , Saturday 4 Nov 2023

Bruno Fernandes scored a stoppage-time goal to earn Manchester United a 1-0 win over Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday and lift the pressure on under-fire manager Erik ten Hag.

Manchester United s Bruno Fernandes celebrates after scoring his side s opening goal during the Engl
Manchester United s Bruno Fernandes celebrates after scoring his side s opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Fulham and Manchester United, at Craven Cottage, London, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023. AP

 

Fernandes capitalized on a poor clearance by compatriot Joao Palhinha to stroke a low finish into the bottom corner from the edge of the area just seconds into added-on time at Craven Cottage.

United rebounded from back-to-back 3-0 losses to Manchester City and Newcastle over the past week that left Ten Hag facing his biggest crisis since taking over in the summer of 2022.

The big games keep coming for Ten Hag, though, with United having a pivotal Champions League match at FC Copenhagen on Wednesday.

Scott McTominay thought he had ended United’s scoreless streak when he tapped in Alejandro Garnacho’s cut-back from a free kick in the eighth minute. After a long delay to check the goal, Harry Maguire was adjudged to have been offside when the free kick was whipped in by Christian Eriksen.

Maguire didn’t touch the ball but was deemed to be affecting play because he almost connected with the free kick before it got to Garnacho.

After a listless first half, Fulham improved after the break and went close through Harry Wilson and Palhinha – who drew good saves from Andre Onana – and then Rodrigo Muniz.

The game looked to be heading for a draw until Fernandes’ intervention.

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