Manchester United have four players to blame as Fulham inflict nightmare Premier League defeat

Manchester United have four players to blame as Fulham inflict nightmare Premier League defeat

WATCH NOW: Sports round-up as Manchester United lose to Fulham in Premier League clash

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 24/02/2024

- 16:59

Updated: 24/02/2024

- 17:21

The Red Devils will struggle to finish in the top four following the defeat at Old Trafford

Manchester United saw their hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four dealt a huge blow following a 2-1 defeat to Fulham on Saturday.

The Red Devils went into the game full of confidence, having been unbeaten in 2024 prior to the contest.

But Calvin Bassey and Alex Iwobi struck either side of a goal from Harry Maguire to secure all three points for Marco Silva's side.

GB News now takes a look at four talking points from the match.

United have four players to blame

Alex Iwobi

Alex Iwobi scored the winner as Fulham beat Manchester United in Saturday's Premier League clash


United seem to have improved in recent times and the defeat to Fulham is the only time they've lost this calendar year.

But it was a sluggish, lethargic performance from the Red Devils with Silva's side superior in every department.

For United, Casemiro was poor. He failed to stamp his authority on the match and, not for the first time this season, the game of football simply passed him by.

Victor Lindelof was shaky throughout and was nowhere near Bassey for the goal and, though Maguire scored, the England international looked shaky and vulnerable in the heart of his team's defence.

Marcus Rashford was flat and subdued, too, while the England international should have thrown himself at the ball to stop Bassey's strike from sailing into the net for the opener.

His lack of pressing is an issue as well, with Rashford continuing to look a shadow of the player he was last year.

United's season seems all but over

United do have the FA Cup still to play for.

But when it comes to the Premier League, and their chances of finishing in the top four, Saturday's result means that their campaign might be all but over.

Aston Villa beat Nottingham Forest to extend their advantage over United, while Tottenham are three points clear with a game in hand.

Erik ten Hag's side have been inconsistent all season long and, because of that, it's hard to see them overcoming the deficit.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe has refused to rule out sacking the Dutchman and plenty must improve if he's to keep hold of his job come the end of the season.

United miss Hojlund as Rashford toils

Rashford, to his credit, isn't a centre-forward.

While he originally burst onto the scene in that position all the way back in 2016, the England international has made a name for himself as a winger instead.

And it was clear United missed hotshot Rasmus Hojlund, who is set to miss the next two to three weeks due to injury.

Rashford should be played out wide because, even if his current form, that's where he's at his potent best.

Omari Forson didn't make the most of a first start for the club and Ten Hag would be wise to tinker as the fallen giants look to end their season on a high.


Silva finally gets his United win

Casemiro Manchester United

Casemiro was poor for Manchester United as they lost to Fulham in Saturday's Premier League clash


Last season, Marco Silva was enraged as Fulham lost to United in the FA Cup.

The Cottagers were also unlucky to lose to a dramatic late goal from the Red Devils during matches at Craven Cottage this season and last.

But Silva will be a happy man tonight after Fulham outclassed United on their own pitch, even if Maguire's goal threatened to reel them in.

Marcus Rashford Manchester United

Marcus Rashford continues to look a shadow of his usual self as Manchester United lost to Fulham


The Portuguese has done a splendid job with the Cottagers over the years and is an outside shout for manager of the season.

While United are a shadow of the team they once were, Fulham will still savour their victory nonetheless.

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