Manchester United 1-1 Fulham: 3-talking points as Cavani greeted the fans with a 40-yards stunner

Edinson Cavani-Luke Shaw-Manchester United against Fulham in Premier League
Edinson Cavani-Luke Shaw-Manchester United against Fulham in Premier League | Photo Credit: IMAGO

Manchester United faithful made a long-awaited return to the ground but only to witness their side drew 1-1 against relegated Fulham. Edinson Cavani scored a stunning goal from long range in the first half, but the cushion was destroyed as Fulham equalised through Joe Bryan in the game’s final quarter. The defeat marked United’s third game. They have dropped points in a row. Here are the three talking points.

Cavani’s stunning goal made fans happy

Cavani had already turned the heads of many United fans with his heroics in front of goal, and much to their delight, the first goal they witnessed after returning to the ground was the Uruguayan’s long-range strike to beat goalkeeper Areola. Cavani has now reached the double-figure mark for the number of goals scored in the Premier League.

Alphonse Areola’s impressive performance

Alphonse Areola was at fault for United’s first goal as he was caught off-guard by Cavani. But the PSG loanee grew into the game, forcing a handful of saves to deny United’s chances of going ahead. Not a bad performance to deliver after a snub from the France national team. Areola made a crucial save at 25th minute, when Bruno Fernandes hit a stunner. At 55th minute, he rescued Fulham once again against a Mason Greenwood attempt.

But relegated Fulham, will send the goalie back to Paris at the end of the season.

Man United’s lacklustre attacking display

The Reds Devils failed to make the second position in the Premier League their own after the lacklustre draw against relegated Fulham. After losing back to back games against more formidable opponents, today was the opportunity for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men to breathe a sigh of relief with full three points. Still, they had to be satisfied with one point instead. 

Bruno Fernandes’s assist to Cavani goal was a treat to the eyes. He had some go at the goal several times during the game, but those failed to make any difference in the scoreline. Barring that, the Red Devils were lacklustre for the more significant parts of the game, especially in the final third, as they couldn’t create or finish many.