FA Cup: Man United Sweep Fulham Aside
Javier Hernandez scored twice for Man United
Manchester United swept Fulham aside at Old Trafford to march into the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Javier Hernandez scored twice, while Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs each grabbed another as United turned on the style against a Fulham team that were out-fought and out-thought.
Giggs had given United an early lead from the penalty spot, to become the oldest scorer in this season’s FA Cup at 39, but it was three goals in 15 second-half minutes that killed the tie, reports the BBC.
Rooney capped a fine display with the goal of the night, surging beyond two Fulham defenders before drilling a fierce shot beyond Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.
Hernandez then turned home Rooney’s cross and grabbed a second soon after thanks to a fortunate deflection.
Aaron Hughes headed in a late consolation for Fulham but United – inspired by Michael Carrick’s quiet authority in midfield, a command performance by Giggs and Rooney’s vim and vigour – had been utterly dominant.
Sharper to the ball, swifter to use it, Ferguson’s side pulverised the visitors from the off.
Rooney might have scored even before United were awarded a penalty after just 70 seconds. But Giggs made no mistake, firing his shot low beyond Schwarzer, although the Australian goalkeeper did get a hand on the ball as it swept into his bottom right-hand corner.
United should have been out of sight by half-time. That they were not, owed much to the excellence of Schwarzer in the Fulham goal, as he twice denied Rooney during a first half in which he was under almost constant bombardment.
It also owed something to good fortune. Referee Mark Clattenburg was quick to spot Hughes’ handball in the penalty box and award United that early penalty from which Giggs scored.
But the official waved away a more clear-cut opportunity to award a second spot kick, when Damien Duff handled Giggs’ lofted pass for Nani.