Manchester United thrash Fulham in English FA Cup

Posted on by SoccerPunter

Ryan Giggs returned to the score sheet after putting Manchester United in front with a spot kick in the opening 3rd minute.

W. Rooney and J. Hernández combined to thrash Fulham at Old Trafford to book a place in England FA Cup last 16.

From the starting line-up, SoccerPunter can conclude that Sir Alex Ferguson has put emphasis on winning this season England FA Cup. The 4-1 victory says it all for Manchester United.

English Premier League heavyweights Chelsea will take on Brentford tonight. There are also other matches like Oldham vs Liverpool and Leeds vs Tottenham. We will provide full coverage of its head to head statistics and soccer odds analysis.

Giggs, who has won the FA Cup four times and lost a further three finals during his illustrious United career, handed the hosts the lead when they were awarded a penalty after only 70 seconds.

Rooney had already set the tone for the tie when he powered into the Fulham area, winning a corner with a deflected shot, and taking it himself.

Aaron Hughes rose to challenge Chris Smalling and handled in the process, referee Mark Clattenburg having no hesitation in awarding the penalty.

Giggs, having been handed penalty-taking duties ahead of Rooney in the wake of the England centre-forward’s latest miss, converted into the bottom left-hand corner despite Mark Schwarzer getting a strong hand to the shot.

The third-minute goal was the cue for United to place the visitors under almost unrelenting pressure, with Nani soon capitalising on a slip by John Arne Riise and heading goalwards before placing a meek shot directly at Schwarzer.

Halfway through the first half, Rooney came closest to extending United’s lead when his thundering shot from the edge of the six-yard area was turned onto the crossbar by Schwarzer.

Shots from Nani and Rooney maintained the pressure, while just after the half-hour, Giggs’ run to the left-hand byline ended with a near-post cross that Rooney met, only to be denied by another solid reflex save from Schwarzer.

Fulham right-back Sascha Riether appeared to be his team’s best avenue of attack and he collected Steve Sidwell’s 32nd-minute pass and sent a shot whistling just beyond United’s far post.

Nani was unfortunate in the last minute of the opening period when he rolled a cross-shot across the face of goal and agonisingly wide of the left-hand post.

Former United forward Dimitar Berbatov finally made his presence felt early after the restart, but his 18-yard shot succeeded only in striking former team-mate Patrice Evra on the head.

And United’s response to that rare Fulham attack was predictable, with Rooney seeing a shot cleared off the line by Hughes as he tried to force home a rebound from a Nani effort.

Suitably spurred into action, United then scored twice in the space of three minutes.

The first came from Rooney on 50 minutes after he controlled Anderson’s through ball superbly, checking past Hughes before producing an unstoppable shot from just inside the Fulham area.

Just two minutes later, Hughes appeared to have broken up yet another United attack as he cleared Nani’s shot but the rebound fell to Rooney, whose cross was flicked into the path of Hernandez, via Nani’s heel, and the Mexican forward finished clinically from seven yards.

Hernandez was enjoying the increased space being allowed by the Fulham defence and Giggs was just the man to exploit it.

The veteran threaded a 66th-minute pass into the area for the young forward, who switched feet before scoring via a deflection off Hughes.

Hughes completed an eventful afternoon for himself after 77 minutes when he rose to head in a consolation goal from Giorgos Karagounis’ right-wing corner, but there could have been more goals for the hosts before the final whistle.

Substitute Shinji Kagawa wasted the best opening with a wayward shot high of the mark, while Rooney had another goal ruled out because of a push by Hernandez on a defender.

Be the first to comment:

Write a detailed comment of at least 350 characters to earn a reward point.
Results and Fixtures

Top Soccer Tipsters
Today Predictions in Tipsters Competition
Unknown spiliotini posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Atromitos vs Asteras Tripolis
just now
Unknown eLDonkay posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on HIK vs Nykøbing
just now
Unknown eLDonkay posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Podbeskidzie vs Lechia Gdańsk
just now
Unknown mayoking posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Wigan Athletic vs Milton Keynes Dons
just now
Unknown amigodeapuestas posts a Half Time Result tip on Portimonense vs Tondela
2 minutes ago
Unknown amigodeapuestas posts a Draw No Bet tip on Brighton & Hove Albion vs Leicester City
2 minutes ago
Unknown amigodeapuestas posts a Over/Under - 1st Half tip on Bayern München vs Borussia Dortmund
2 minutes ago
Unknown amigodeapuestas posts a Both Teams to Score tip on Osasuna vs Barcelona
2 minutes ago
Unknown amigodeapuestas posts a Over / Under tip on Aston Villa vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
2 minutes ago
Unknown mayoking posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Cambridge United vs Walsall
3 minutes ago
Superior H2H Statistics
H2H Home Team Advantage
H2H Away Team Advantage
Top Football Clubs
Worst Football Clubs
Top Draw Teams
Teams Home Win 100%
Good Home Teams
Poor Away Teams
Platinum Membership Testimonial

Top Singles Tipsters
In-Form Tipsters
Out of Form Tipsters
Tipsters Competition
Tipsters Competition Review
Soccer Predictions
Soccer Tips

Be a fan of our Twitter and Facebook Page
Soccer Analysis
Potential Fixed Matches

Arbitrage Picks

Arbitrage is an effective way to make guaranteed profits without losing your money.

Soccer Statistics H2H

Soccer Statistics

Analyze soccer matches, inclusive of past results, head to head stats, today match fixtures, live soccer odds, players and team form.



Check the latest and fastest live score results for all football matches. Know who are the goalscorers, yellow card and red card offenders.

Soccer Bet Help
Pick a Country or Region

Get the listings of soccer leagues and competitions for each region, including past seasons results and football statistics.

Match Preview and News

Copyright © 2002-2020 SoccerPunter Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved.