The Whites got the FA Cup quarter-final draw that no one wanted (after Man City away), as they were drawn against Eric ten Hag’s Manchester United at Old Trafford. United have been resurgent under the Dutchman this season, rebuilding their reputation as a force in the Premier League – and in the domestic cups, winning the Carabao Cup in February.
But a 7-0 capitulation against Liverpool at Anfield this month has placed question marks on the side: are they running out of steam? It also allowed Fulham fans to start dreaming. What if Marco Silva’s side can get a result and make it to Wembley for the semi-finals? If you think they can, then there are plenty of options for you over at betinasia.com.
Here are four times the Whites have travelled to Old Trafford and got a result.
1. Manchester United 1-1 Fulham – 2020/21
This was a strange game, as fans were only just starting to be allowed back into stadiums after lockdown, and only 10,000 were permitted to watch as Edison Cavani scored a 40-yarder to put United ahead. Fulham came to Old Trafford already relegated, with their return to the Championship confirmed two games earlier against Burnley at Craven Cottage.
Logic and the form book would dictate that Cavani’s goal should’ve been enough to see off the Whites, but they bagged an unlikely equaliser with 15 minutes to go, as Joe Bryan tapped in following a cross from Fulham winger and best friend Bobby De Cordova-Reid. Going down, perhaps, but not without making a bit of noise first.
2. Manchester United 2-2 Fulham – 2013/14
Another decent Old Trafford point, but another relegation. Only this time, it wasn’t confirmed just yet, leaving Fulham fans dreaming of another great escape. The Whites came into this game rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table on just 20 points, four adrift of 17th-placed Sunderland. But it was former Sunderland striker Darren Bent who bagged a late equaliser to seal the draw.
Steve Sidwell put Fulham ahead after 19 minutes, despite all the play going United’s way, so it was little surprise when Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick restored United’s lead with two goals in two minutes, leaving just 10 minutes of normal time left. But Bent headed in from close range in the 94th minute to make United’s Premier League record 81 crosses into the box mean absolutely nothing.
3. Manchester United 1-3 Fulham – 2002/03
The most famous result of them all. To say Chris Coleman’s Fulham side that arrived at Old Trafford in October 2003 were unfancied would be an understatement. Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils might have lost out on the Premier League title to Arsenal the season before, but they were determined to take the crown in 02/03 and sat just a point behind the Gunners in second. Fulham were doing well themselves, sitting in sixth place, but they were seven points behind United with a manager in his first full season.
But that didn’t matter a jot, as Lee Clark got the boys up and running within just three minutes. And while Diego Forlan made sure Fulham fans were made to sweat for their points by sending the teams in level at the break, second half goals from Steed Malbranque and Junichi Inamoto wrapped up a famous away victory – and Fulham’s last to date at the Theatre of Dreams.
4. Manchester United 0-2 Fulham 1962/63
Here’s a result you might not know about. Fulham travelled to Old Trafford 60 years ago, having stayed up by a single point the season earlier. They hadn’t been faring too well in 62/63 either, winning just four times by December, leaving fans feeling nervous.
But by the time they lined up against United, they had won six games in a row, easing them clear of danger. They added the seventh win on the spin thanks to goals from Pat O’Connell and Graham Leggatt. The win would help the Whites finish four points above United.