Fulham vs Manchester United LIVE! Fernandes goal - Premier League result, match stream and latest updates

Fulham vs Manchester United LIVE! Fernandes goal - Premier League result, match stream and latest updates

Fulham vs Manchester United LIVE!

Erik ten Hag was left breathing a hefty sigh of relief as his Manchester United side scraped a dramatic late win over Fulham. Captain Bruno Fernandes fired a last-gasp stoppage-time winner away at Craven Cottage in Saturday's Premier League lunchtime kick-off to ease the growing sense of crisis and the mounting pressure on his manager.

It was just the tonic that Ten Hag needed after a hugely difficult week that had seen his side lose back-to-back home games 3-0 against Manchester City and Newcastle amid their worst start to a season for some 51 years. The Dutchman also publicly criticised Marcus Rashford for his "unacceptable" behaviour in having a birthday party just hours after last weekend's dismal derby loss.

The England forward played no part on Saturday due to a late injury sustained in training, but his absence was not felt in the end as captain Fernandes popped up late to lift the mood. Follow Fulham vs Man Utd reaction live below, with analysis from Standard Sport's Dom Smith at Craven Cottage.

Fulham vs Manchester United highlights

  • GOAL! Fernandes nets key last-gasp winner for Ten Hag

  • GOOOA... NO! Early McTominay opener ruled out for offside

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That Fernandes winner was officially marked after one second of stoppage time.

What a moment for him, for Ten Hag and for United.

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Fulham 0-1 Manchester United

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Standard Sport's Dom Smith at Craven Cottage

Manchester United stole it at the death, and of all people it was Joao Palhinha’s error that gave the game away for Fulham.

His clearance was weak, fell to Fernandes, and his Portuguese team-mate twisted and turned and fired home a late winner here.

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Captain fantastic Bruno Fernandes pops up with a crucial stoppage-time winner to ease the pressure on Erik ten Hag.

Boy how he needed that!

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96 mins: We've played more than the allotted five extra minutes after the goal.

Fulham press before United counter and Dalot swipes well wide.

Varane has come on for Garnacho.

A late yellow for Jimenez for dissent - the sixth booking of the game.

Fulham 0-1 Manchester United

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93 mins: VAR check for handball against United... quickly over.

GOAL! Fulham 0-1 Manchester United | Bruno Fernandes 91'

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What a big, big goal that is for Erik ten Hag.

Fernandes twists and turns before finding McTominay inside the Fulham box during the first few seconds of stoppage time.

The ball ends up back at the feet of the United captain, who fools two defenders before a low strike goes in off the hand of Leno.

The away end erupts.

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Fulham 0-0 Manchester United

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89 mins: Really disappointing from Wilson as he steps up to bend a free-kick well over the top.

Iwobi coming off for Fulham. Raul Jimenez on.

Wilson is also being replaced by Tom Cairney in a double change from Silva.

The club captain takes the armband.

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88 mins: Much sharper from Fulham as Iwobi finds Wilson, who is scythed down cynically by Dalot.

Yellow card for the Portuguese.

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85 mins: Garnacho is receiving some tough treatment from Fulham at the moment as Wilson now goes into the book for a foul on the Argentine.

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83 mins: Inventive from Martial, who steers an acrobatic attempt wide of the far post after Garnacho had released Dalot for the cross on the overlap.

The away fans are in great voice and have been throughout this second half, it must be said.

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Standard Sport's Dom Smith at Craven Cottage

Fulham starting to get restless now and pick up yellows for silly fouls.

The game is becoming bitty as we enter the final five minutes of normal time.

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83 mins: Iwobi wipes out a charging Garnacho and has his name taken.

Fernandes steps up to the free-kick, with a long-range effort lifted away by Leno down low.

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81 mins: Another change from Marco Silva as we enter the final 10 minutes of this game.

Bobby Decordova-Reid replaces Pereira.

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79 mins: Hojlund cuts a very frustrated figure as his run without a Premier League goal continues.

Anthony Martial his replacement.

Mason Mount also on for Eriksen.

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78 mins: Dalot fires wide for United after McTominay needed treatment after a coming together with Bassey as Castagne deflected Garnacho's low ball.

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75 mins: That was actually a double change from Fulham, with Sasa Lukic also on for Willian.

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74 mins: Very brief handball appeals after Fernandes fires at Palhinha.

Muniz has gone down again on the halfway line and has his arms across his face.

Carlos Vinicius - and not Raul Jimenez - will come on in his place.

A disappointing end to his first Premier League start of the season.

Muniz in floods of tears as he limps off with medical staff.

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72 mins: Wan-Bissaka sees off a cross at one end before good work from Hojlund at the other. He's eventually seen off by Castagne.

Fulham counter again and Iwobi's latest effort is well off target once more.

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Standard Sport's Dom Smith at Craven Cottage

Muniz went down near the halfway line and needed a lot of treatment.

Fulham fans will hope it’s just cramp, as he has worked extremely hard on his first Premier League start.

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69 mins: Back underway after Muniz receives lengthy treatment for Fulham.

United's medical staff also remain in constant contact with Maguire.

Would they not be better served taking him off here with Varane on the bench?

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67 mins: Another booking, this time for Garnacho as he gets a back-heel all wrong and then brings down Wilson.

So poor.

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66 mins: Palhinha into the book for Fulham for his protests following a foul on Fernandes.

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64 mins: Fulham have really got the bit between their teeth here as Dalot concedes another corner and a whipped ball from the right is headed narrowly over the crossbar by Muniz.

Feels like just a matter of time at the moment until Fulham break the deadlock.

United need to respond.

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63 mins: A lovely position for Bassey but he can't take advantage.

Antony now makes way for 21-year-old Pellistri in Ten Hag's first change of the afternoon.

United started this second half the better but are now firmly under pressure.

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Standard Sport's Dom Smith at Craven Cottage

An outstanding double stop from Onana, who elastically parries from Wilson and then from Palhinha.

United clinging on for dear life here. Parity remains, only thanks to their goalkeeper

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62 mins: Now Fulham are cooking as Onana makes two important saves in quick succession!

First he repels a sharp effort from Wilson before being called upon to parry behind a Palhinha strike inside the box.

Important goalkeeping to keep this at 0-0.

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60 mins: Maguire receives more treatment and is now back on as we tick past the hour mark at Craven Cottage.

Facundo Pellistri is going to come on for United shortly.

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59 mins: There's a problem for Maguire here and the referee orders the United physio on.

The England defender took a knock to the head early on after a clash with Muniz and needed work on a cut near his left eye.

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58 mins: So much more tempo to this game now as we go from end to end, albeit still without decent chances.

Willian bends another shot wide for Fulham.

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57 mins: A decent United attack breaks down and Fulham counter with menace through Wilson.

Wan-Bissaka ends up deflecting a Willian cross before McTominay hastily thrashes clear inside the box.

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55 mins: Solid defending from Fulham as Antony now looks to have his moment and an Eriksen cross is repelled.

Maguire's ball intended for Dalot then runs harmlessly out of play for a goal kick.

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53 mins: The tempo just starts to rise a bit from the hosts and the crowd respond.

Can they start taking the game to United?

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51 mins: Nothing comes from the United corner as Pereira positions himself well to win a predictable foul off the leaping Evans.

A good flick-on from Maguire comes to nothing.

United will be a different proposition here if they can get Garnacho and Antony properly involved from the flanks.

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50 mins: Garnacho is starting to look dangerous for United here as he runs properly at Castagne for the first time, beats him on the outside and then unleashes a drive that is helped over by Leno.

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47 mins: United probing early in this second period as Dalot's distracting overlapping run allows Garnacho to step inside off the left and rifle a powerful effort that is twice deflected before being dealt with by Leno.

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Back off and running at Craven Cottage.

Let's hope for a big improvement from both sides.

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The TNT Sports pundits debate that disallowed McTominay goal...

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Standard Sport's Dom Smith at Craven Cottage

A somewhat slow and ponderous half of football that really.

Fulham started well and have threatened down the left through Willian, but United slowly came into the affair and, although they haven’t had any promising chances, they headed for the dressing room as the side on top.

The second half needs more action, that’s for sure.

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Fulham 0-0 Manchester United

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All square after an extremely tepid first half at Craven Cottage.

Competitive but with very little tempo and zero end product.

Improvement needed from both sides after the interval.

McTominay's disallowed early opener the main/only talking point so far.

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50 mins: Muniz now down for Fulham after another tussle with Maguire.

But he's fine to continue.

Back to gloomy conditions at Craven Cottage after a brief burst of sunlight.

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49 mins: That just about sums up United at the moment under Ten Hag.

They press well in the final third and win the ball back in a decent area, but Fernandes then chips a wretched cross straight behind.

The final ball in this game from both sides has been putrid for the most part, hence it's still goalless.

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48 mins: Fulham are doing all the late first-half pressing as they force another couple of corners in quick succession.

But every delivery is met by a red shirt, this time Wan-Bissaka flicking it off the head of Muniz and well over.

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46 mins: Chance for Fulham!

Willian has too much time and space to cut inside Antony and curl a dangerous low strike wide of the far post with Onana at full stretch.

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45 mins: Easy as you like as Maguire heads away the latest delivery from the left.

Five minutes of additional time have been signalled at the end of this first half.

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44 mins: Both of these sides badly need the half-time break in order to get them going.

Some passive Fulham possession does eventually liven up and Pereira forces a corner at the byline.

Now another forced by Iwobi.

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Standard Sport's Dom Smith at Craven Cottage

United, it has to be said, are growing into the contest.

Wan-Bissaka and Maguire have played some particularly nice long passes forward from the right side of defence, although wayward efforts from the likes of Dalot, who just nearly cleared the stadium with his volleyed shot, are of no use to Ten Hag’s side.

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39 mins: More United pressure as we approach half-time.

Ream steers a cross intended for Hojlund behind, with the ball breaking from the corner to Dalot... who invites ironic cheers from the home fans with a sliced volley into the crowd from the edge of the box.

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38 mins: Onana claims at one end before good defending from Robinson at the other.

Fulham give the ball away cheaply again and Eriksen's subsequent effort is blocked, with the hosts then breaking at speed through Iwobi.

Iwobi strides away from Eriksen, who unsuccessfully tries to pull him back, before blasting hopelessly wide.

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36 mins: Hojlund is just not getting the service for United at the moment as another pass in his direction is overhit.

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32 mins: Fernandes forces Leno into a relatively comfortable save after Bassey gives the ball away very cheaply in a dangerous area for Fulham.

Good work from Hojlund to tee up the United captain.

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30 mins: Wilson shoots into the ground at one end before United counter at pace through Antony and Robinson receives the first yellow card of the afternoon for a late foul.

Palhinha heads the free-kick behind before Bassey rises above Hojlund and McTominay to meet the resulting corner, with Evans then sending an acrobatic effort into the stands at the front post under pressure.

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Fulham fans continue their ticket-price protest inside Craven Cottage...

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Fulham 0-0 Manchester United

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Standard Sport's Dom Smith at Craven Cottage

Fulham have started to assert some control on this fixture.

Seeing increasingly more of the ball and United are struggling to contain them at the moment.

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28 mins: That's a crucial last-ditch intervention from Dalot at the back post to steer away Willian's cross intended for Wilson.

That would surely have been 1-0.

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26 mins: McTominay is the heartbeat of United's attack again as he combines well with the patient Garnacho before seeing a shot blocked in the box by Bassey.

The offside flag is up.

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25 mins: A lot of possession for United in the early going here but they aren't doing much with it.

Fulham look more of a threat on the counter-attack when they exploit the oceans of space often available in behind Wan-Bissaka.

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22 mins: Wan-Bissaka is totally asleep again as Iwobi rakes out a quick free-kick to Willian on the left.

The Brazilian charges into space before Wan-Bissaka, to his credit, does get back to deflect Willian's effort wide for a corner.

Wilson eventually fires way off target and the chance is lost.

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19 mins: All a bit sluggish at Craven Cottage just at the moment, where you really would have expected an attacking Fulham lineup to ask serious questions of a confidence-bereft United team with an undermanned defence early doors.

Instead it's been mostly comfortable for the visitors up until now and they will feel they should definitely be ahead.

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17 mins: United are going to have to be very careful on that right-hand side, where Antony and Wan-Bissaka both pushing forward early on has already led to Maguire needing to scramble across on several occasions.

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14 mins: It's been a sluggish start from Fulham all things considered, but there is plenty of space to exploit now in behind Wan-Bissaka after a ball through to Willian from ex-United midfielder Pereira.

Maguire dangles a foot dangerously inside the box but just about stops Willian from getting a shot away, with Muniz caught well offside as Wilson forces a strong save from Onana with the flag already up on the near side.

Better from the hosts, who really got away with one on that disallowed McTominay goal.

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Standard Sport's Dom Smith at Craven Cottage

Goal disallowed. I can only assume it’s for Harry Maguire’s attempted lunge at the ball, which means he is interfering with play from an offside position during the free-kick.

Garnacho, who assists the goal, is onside, but Maguire is off. It stays goalless.

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11 mins: NO GOAL!

It's ruled out for offside against Maguire after a review lasting for four minutes.

More misery for Manchester United and Ten Hag.

And more VAR controversy to start a Premier League weekend.

That looked very harsh to me.

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10 mins: It is not Garnacho or McTominay that are the issue here, but rather if Maguire - who narrowly avoided connecting with the free-kick himself before Garnacho met it - came from an offside position and was impeding Muniz's ability to defend.

Referee John Brooks has been told to go and consult the pitchside monitor...

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8 mins: United celebrate an early opener after Fernandes is cut down from behind by Palhinha.

The free-kick is floated to the back post, where Garnacho turns it back inside for McTominay to blast home from close range.

Just the start that Ten Hag needed, but this is going to be checked for a possible offside...

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Fulham 0-0 Manchester United

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Standard Sport's Dom Smith at Craven Cottage

Massive affair for Fulham, this.

Manager Marco Silva said yesterday that he hopes his side can “write a new story” against United this season, with Fulham the dominant side but beaten in all three meetings with Erik ten Hag’s team last season.

Big motivation for some revenge here from the home side.

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4 mins: Thankfully Maguire is now up and on his feet.

He'll go off for some more brief treatment but quickly sprints back on.

No need for Varane just yet.

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2 mins: An immediate issue for United as Maguire comes across to meet Muniz, cops an accidental shoulder to the face and goes down in pain.

The players quickly summon the medical staff and Maguire receives treatment.

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Underway at a gloomy Craven Cottage!Will Erik ten Hag get the result he so badly needs today?The fans have made their feelings clear in the away end ahead of kick-off...

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Applause before the powerful Last Post and a perfectly-observed silence.

The wind is really rippling in across Craven Cottage in the aftermath of Storm Ciaran.

On the banks of the Thames with those open corners, the Cottage can be a windy and chilly ground at the best of times.

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Here come the teams at Craven Cottage!

Bruno Fernandes carries out a poppy wreath and we'll also have the Last Post and a minute's silence before kick-off as Remembrance Sunday nears.

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Standard Sport reporter Dom Smith has been covering that pre-match Fulham fan protest and now offers his thoughts ahead of the game...

Fulham fans protest against ticket price hikes

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Protesting Fulham fans make their voices heard ahead of kick-off at Craven Cottage...

Ten Hag issues new Rashford update

12:06 , George Flood

Ten Hag confirms during his pre-match interview with TNT Sports that Rashford failed a late fitness test this morning after travelling with the squad to west London.

He also insists that the England striker would have started were it not for this new injury, despite drawing his manager's ire for holding that birthday party in a nightclub just hours after last weekend's dismal derby loss at home to Manchester City.

It's a saga that Ten Hag is evidently very much eager to close the door on and not discuss any further.

Rodrigo Muniz makes first Premier League start this season

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Rodrigo Muniz is given the chance to shine again for Fulham in attack after scoring in the Carabao Cup win at high-flying Championship side Ipswich on Wednesday night.

Harry Wilson also keeps his place after netting at Portman Road, but Marco Silva's other changes are reversed as the likes of Bernd Leno, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson, Joao Palhinha, Alex Iwobi and Willian all return.

Raul Jimenez is on the bench with Muniz leading the line, but still no signs of Kenny Tete, Adama Traore or Tosin Adarabioyo.


No Rashford for Man United with Varane on bench again

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The headline team news is the absence of Marcus Rashford, who misses out entirely today despite making the trip south.

However, it is because of injury rather than that aforementioned birthday party criticism, with United revealing that he pulled up with an issue in training on Friday, wasn't able to finish the session at Carrington and subsequently failed a late fitness test.

The fit-again Raphael Varane is only on the bench once more, while Victor Lindelof misses out with illness as Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans resume their controversial partnership at centre-back.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka makes his first start since September on the right of defence after that hamstring injury, with Diogo Dalot retained despite an awful Carabao Cup outing as Sergio Reguilon moves to the bench.

The likes of Sofyan Amrabat and Mason Mount are substitutes as captain Bruno Fernandes is joined by Scott McTominay and Christian Eriksen in midfield.

Antony and Alejandro Garnacho support Rasmus Hojlund in attack without Rashford, with youngsters Kobbie Mainoo and Hannibal Mejbri also among the substitutes.

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Manchester United lineup

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Starting XI: Onana, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Evans, Dalot, Eriksen, McTominay, Antony, Bruno Fernandes, Garnacho, Hojlund

Subs: Bayindir, Amrabat, Mount, Martial, Reguilon, Varane, Pellistri, Mainoo, Mejbri

Fulham lineup

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Starting XI: Leno, Castagne, Bassey, Ream, Robinson, Wilson, Joao Palhinha, Iwobi, Andreas Pereira, Willian, Rodrigo Muniz

Subs: Rodak, Reed, Jimenez, Cairney, Ballo Toure, De Cordova-Reid, Lukic, Vinicius, De Fougerolles

Lineups on the way

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Less than 10 minutes to go now until we get the official team news from a cloudy and overcast Craven Cottage, where the floodlights are already on to pierce through the November gloom.

Ten Hag will hope it's not an omen for another difficult day at the office.

Is this the most important team selection of his managerial career so far?


Rebecca Welch to make more history at Craven Cottage

11:20 , George Flood

Premier League history will be made at Craven Cottage this afternoon.

Rebecca Welch is set to become the first female fourth official ever to be involved in a top-flight match in England, supporting referee John Brooks.

Welch has also been the first woman to referee matches in the EFL.


Marco Silva sends message to protesting Fulham fans

11:04 , George Flood

Addressing the media on Friday, Fulham boss Marco Silva expressed his empathy with disgruntled fans over their ticket price complaints.

However, he also implored them to ensure that there is still a superb atmosphere at Craven Cottage today as his side look to exploit the latest Manchester United crisis in search for only a fourth victory in their last 33 Premier League games against today's opponents.

"It’s a commercial decision from the club - it’s not my decision”, Silva said.

"What I would like to see is everybody happy. I have empathy with the fans of course. I understand their point of view and of course I can show empathy for them.

“But would I would ask from them to make [Craven] Cottage bouncing from the first minute.

"Fantastic support last two away games, [including] what they did in Brighton. We have to be sure Fulham fans can afford all the matches. We want them behind the team.”


Fulham fans to carry out ticket price protest

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Today's game will be preceded by an organised protest from Fulham fans who are irate at the rising cost of ticket prices at Craven Cottage.

There will be an organised march before kick-off, while in the 18th minute some sections of the home support will hold up yellow placards which read: "Please don’t price us out."

Fulham Supporters' Trust chair Simon Duke has written to the Government this week in a bid to raise further awareness for the cause, with an 18 per cent price hike at Fulham last summer and some tickets for the visit of United costing supporters £160 - a record price in Premier League history.

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Ten Hag: 'Not right' to say Man United players lack fight

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Ten Hag could perhaps be forgiven for attempting to lay some of the blame for United's woeful form at the door of his players in an attempt to save his own position.

However, to his credit, the former Ajax boss has firmly hit out at questions regarding the character and spirit inside the Old Trafford dressing room - or lack thereof - and claims that his stars lack the necessary fight to succeed and escape this rut.

"That's not right," Ten Hag said yesterday. "You can't say that.

"Remember only the fight we showed against Brentford, that (2-1) comeback?

"If there wasn't spirit in the dressing room, if there wasn't characters in the dressing room, you can't do this.

"I have a good squad and I am convinced of the players in this dressing room.

"These players, we have seen last year, can do a lot better but that is up to me to let them play better.

"I have to take the responsibility to let them play better and I will put every effort in to get this done."


Ten Hag insists Rashford is meeting strict standards

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Ten Hag further insisted that Rashford being on the bench for Wednesday's Carabao Cup tie against Newcastle was not as a punishment for that transgression, but rather just part of his plans for squad rotation.

The Dutchman also baulked at suggestions that such behaviour was a sign that Rashford was not meeting his strict high standards.

The England international was previously dropped from Ten Hag's starting lineup last December for a match against Wolves after oversleeping and missing a team meeting.

"Your suggestion is not right," Ten Hag said.

"He's fitting in. He's very motivated to put things right. I know which effort he's putting in. He's totally with us.


"He makes a mistake but it doesn't say he isn't fitting in. I see him every day, on the training, what he's doing, I know.

"Make one mistake. But also, off the pitch what he's doing, how he lives and I'm sure he's doing everything right to help the team to perform and to let us win."

Ten Hag slams Rashford over 'unacceptable' birthday party

10:23 , George Flood

Amid the myriad of off-field distractions to have affected Erik ten Hag so far this term, the latest issue has been posed by Marcus Rashford.

The England striker was pictured having his birthday party in a nightclub just hours after last weekend's wretched 3-0 home derby defeat by Manchester City, attracting strong criticism by fans.

That unhappy reaction has been shared by Ten Hag, who said he had addressed the "unacceptable" incident with Rashford.

“Yes I am aware of it, I spoke with him about it," Ten Hag told reporters at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

"It is unacceptable. I told him, he apologised and that is it. It is an internal matter.”


Fulham vs Man United prediction

10:14 , George Flood

There must be some reaction from the Red Devils, who have edged back-to-back wins on the road before this trip.

The first goal will be crucial as United could sink if they concede early, with Fulham needing no second invitations to end their wretched run in this fixture.

However, they have struggled against top-half teams this season and it is easy to see both sides settling for a nervy point.

A 1-1 draw.


Fulham team news

10:12 , George Flood

Fulham remain without Issa Diop today due to injury, while the game is also likely to come too soon for fellow centre-back Tosin Adarabioyo.

However, Kenny Tete and Adama Traore are both in the final steps of their respective injury recoveries and could be involved in some capacity.

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Manchester United team news

10:08 , George Flood

Ten Hag's hopes of a turnaround haven't been helped by the latest absence of influential midfielder Casemiro, who returned after ankle trouble as captain for Wednesday night's dismal 3-0 home Carabao Cup fourth-round loss to Newcastle but performed very poorly before suffering a hamstring injury that led to his half-time withdrawal and will now see him back on the sidelines for several weeks.

Defenders Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia all remain out, along with winger Amad Diallo, while United faced an anxious wait to see if Victor Lindelof would recover from illness in time for today's trip to Craven Cottage.

Raphael Varane is back fit in a major boost, but Jadon Sancho is still unavailable for selection.


Where to watch Fulham vs Man United

10:03 , George Flood

TV channel: In the UK, today's game will be televised live on TNT Sports 1, with coverage beginning at 11am GMT.

Live stream: Subscribers can also catch the contest live online via the Discovery+ app and website.

Welcome to Fulham vs Manchester United live coverage

09:55 , George Flood

A potentially crucial 90 minutes awaits for Erik ten Hag at Craven Cottage this afternoon as the Premier League returns with an intriguing lunchtime kick-off.

It's fast reaching desperation time for the Manchester United boss, who has overseen the club's worst start to a season for 51 years after back-to-back miserable 3-0 home defeats by rivals Manchester City and Newcastle exacerbated the latest sense of utter Old Trafford crisis.

Not since 1962 have United lost at least eight of their first 15 matches and they may find the going tough again this afternoon as Fulham, boosted by reaching the Carabao Cup quarter-finals at high-flying Ipswich in midweek, look to take advantage of their disarray to earn a first win in this fixture since 2009.

Kick-off today is at 12:30pm GMT, so stay tuned for all the latest team news, match build-up, views from both camps and minute-by-minute updates of the game itself, with Standard Sport's Dom Smith on hand to provide insight and analysis from Craven Cottage across the day.

This should be anything but dull!

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