Football, Premier League

Manchester United vs Fulham: Late Iwobi winner stuns Old Trafford

In a stunning turn of events at Old Trafford, Fulham emerged victorious against Manchester United in a thrilling encounter that saw the visitors snatch a dramatic 2-1 win. The match, filled with tension and excitement, provided a stark reminder of the unpredictable nature of football, as Fulham defied the odds to secure three valuable points against one of the league’s giants.

The game began with Manchester United dominating possession and dictating the tempo, as they sought to impose their attacking style of play on Fulham. However, despite their early dominance, United struggled to break down a resolute Fulham defense, with the visitors holding firm to deny their opponents any clear-cut opportunities.

Fulham, meanwhile, looked dangerous on the counter-attack, utilizing their pace and precision to threaten United’s defense. Their efforts were rewarded in the 65th minute when Calvin Bassey broke the deadlock with a well-taken goal. The Fulham defender capitalized on a defensive lapse from United to slot the ball past the goalkeeper, sending shockwaves through Old Trafford.

Trailing by a goal, Manchester United responded with a renewed sense of urgency as they pushed forward in search of an equalizer. Their persistence paid off in the 89th minute when captain Harry Maguire rose highest to meet a corner kick, heading the ball into the back of the net to level the scores and set up a tense finale.

With the momentum seemingly swinging in Manchester United’s favor, Fulham refused to be disheartened and continued to press forward in search of a winner. Their perseverance paid off in the most dramatic fashion imaginable, as Alex Iwobi delivered a moment of pure ecstasy for the Fulham faithful in stoppage time.

In the 90+7th minute, Iwobi unleashed a thunderous strike from outside the box that nestled into the bottom corner of the net, leaving the Manchester United goalkeeper with no chance. The Fulham players erupted in celebration, while Old Trafford fell silent in disbelief at the turn of events.

Despite Manchester United’s frantic attempts to salvage a point in the dying moments of the game, Fulham held firm to secure a famous victory against the odds. The final whistle blew, signaling scenes of jubilation among the Fulham players and coaching staff, who celebrated their triumph on the hallowed turf of Old Trafford.

Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag said: “We showed big character by fighting back and then we had opportunities to win the game.

“We let them escape because one player takes the wrong position. Don’t let them escape from a throw-in in the corner.

“Fulham are a good team but we could have pressed better. After we found out how to manage that I think we got better in the game. We had very good chances.

“They had chances as well but, during the first half, I had the idea we got better and better. We had a slow start in the second half and we lost Casemiro, which cost us the goal.

“We had strong belief. We went for the win. That is the character from this team and that is great to see.”

Fulham manager Marco Silva said: “It’s a great feeling. We were the better team, clearly, from the first minute until the last. We controlled the game in our way.

“After our goal the crowd started to push them and it was a little bit unlucky the way we conceded the goal. Normally, the player would be in an offside position.

“But you must always believe you can go for a second. It was really a Premier League game after the 1-1 – a little bit crazy.

“Our players showed the mentality to go again. Great moment from Adama and a really composed finish from Iwobi.”

United travel to Forest for their FA Cup fifth round tie on Wednesday before facing their neighbours, Manchester City in the Manchester Derby on Sunday.

While Fulham host Brighton on Saturday.

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