LONDON-Alejandro Garnacho scored the winning goal in extra time for Manchester United, who beat Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage in their last Premier League match before the World Cup break on Sunday.
Christian Eriksen, who will play for Denmark in the World Cup, scored the first goal after Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes made a clever combination in the 14th minute, slipping the ball to the far post to lead home.
Eriksen had a great chance to double his team’s lead when he was picked in the box by Fernandes in the first half, but this time he smashed his shot into the close post.
Carlos Vinicius was almost at Fulham level soon after the break, turning for a shot behind goalkeeper David De Gea and the Spaniard made another smashing save to block Tim Ream’s next corner header.
The home team equalized in the 61st minute with a goal eerily similar to that of Manchester United, with winger Willian free-playing right with Tom Cairney, and former United winger Daniel James centered to score two minutes after leaving the bench.
Fulham’s Joao Palhinha and United’s Scott McTominay squandered reasonable chances for their side with unruly headers, and the game looked like a draw until 18-year-old Garnacho hit it.
Arriving in the 72nd minute for Martial, he made some promising raids from the left before rushing into the penalty area in the third minute of downtime to score his first Premier League goal and grab all three points.
The result is that Manchester United, whose next league game will host Nottingham Forest on 27 December, will celebrate Christmas with 26 points in fifth place, while Fulham, who go to Crystal Palace on 26 December, will be in ninth place with 19 points. means.
“About time!” Eriksen joked about his first Premier League goal since joining United. “I had a few debts, so I’m happy to be on the score sheet in the last game before the World Cup. It’s been a good week.”
United midfielder Fernandes saluted young substitute Garnacho after his determined intervention.
“He has a lot of talent and the rate of work makes a big difference to us from the bench along with talent. It’s not the first time it’s making a big impact for us,” he told Sky Sports.
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