Fulham 1-3 Manchester United: First-half blitz gives Moyes another three points

Fulham Craven Cottage

Manchester United beat Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage this afternoon.

A first-half blitz from Manchester United saw them defeat Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage today. The result means United have now won consecutive league matches for the first time this season.

Wayne Rooney set up the first goal for Antonio Valencia after just nine minutes, and a quick-fire double from Robin van Persie and Rooney midway through the first half ended the game as a competition.

David Moyes was forced to make a triple substitution at half-time with Rafael, Jonny Evans and Tom Cleverley replaced by Chris Smalling, Marouane Fellaini and Shinji Kagawa respectively.  And the changes affected United's play, with the champions more subdued in the second-half and Fulham far more of a threat.

Substitute Alex Kacanicklic pulled a goal back in the 65th minute, and Fulham missed the chance of making it a nervy end for United when Darren Bent hit the bar.

The result leaves United in eighth position, while Fulham dropped to 15th.

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