After their heroics during the week in the Carabao Cup, the Red Devils this time needed a real hero against a valiant Fulham side, and Garnacho responded with the winner in added time to seal the three points.
With most of the players having their focus on the World Cup, things could have turn sour for the Red Devils as Fulham threatened early on, and De Gea had to save with his leg. United took some time to get in the game, but found the opener on the 14th minute, as Martial and Fernandes combined, with the latter’s attempt to score turning into an assist instead, with Eriksen following the action to slide the ball in. United however were having trouble to deal with Fulham on the left as Robinson, Pereira and Willian were giving them a real headache, and Malacia, in for the suspended Dalot, was running out of breath chasing them. De Gea had to produce a couple of saves to keep them out as well, while Leno at the other end was also keeping his team in the game as United timidly tried to get a second. Eriksen had the golden chance to double the lead before the break but his shot crept just wide.
The Red Devils went again for the second goal early in the second half but failed, and instead Fulham nearly got back had De Gea not produced quality saves again. The Cottagers were going nearly all out attack as United were falling back, and a mistake from Fernandes did gift them the equaliser. Instead of letting a cross go out for a throw, Fernandes stopped the ball but lost it to the opposition, and with a quick attack at the other end, James scored against his old club on the 61st minute to level the score. Fulham looked powered up by the goal and pressed more as the Red Devils lost their way for some minutes. De Gea was again called into action to keep out Palhinha’s acrobatic effort. Garnacho was brought on soon after, and his introduction brought some balance and attacking threat to the Red Devils’ game. McTominay missed a glorious chance, and it looked like the game was ending in a draw as a restless ten Hag could be seen on the touchline, until Eriksen and Garnacho played a brilliant one-two, and the latter calmly slotted home the winning goal, his first for the team in the Premier League, sending the Red Devils into ecstasy. The World Cup break now starts, and the Red Devils will return to competition on 20th December against Burnley in the Carabao Cup, with hopefully all those going to the World Cup back without major injuries and fit to play again for their club.