Manchester United grabs last-gasp win at Fulham thanks to Garnacho


LONDON — Manchester United snatched a late win at Fulham as teenager Alejandro Garnacho was the stoppage time hero down by the misty banks of the River Thames.

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Christian Eriksen gave United a first half lead but Dan James jumped off the bench and looked to have grabbed Fulham a deserved equalizer, however Alejandro Garnacho won it with virtually the last kick of the game.

In truth, Manchester United never got going and they missed Raphael Varane, Diogo Dalot, Antony and Jadon Sancho, but their rising teenage star stole the headlines for Erik ten Hag’s side.

United are solid in fifth place as they are three points off the top four and have a game in-hand on Tottenham and Newcastle above them. Fulham remain on 19 points after a gut-wrenching defeat in stoppage time for the second week in a row against a Manchester team.


What we learned from Fulham vs Manchester United

Quality of Eriksen, Casemiro makes the difference: There was one pass Casemiro made in the first half which never looked on. Nobody else inside Craven Cottage saw it but somehow he sliced through a crowded midfield with ease, taking out four Fulham players with one pass. The Brazilian is so much more than a destroyer and his classy displays alongside Eriksen have added control and poise to United. The summer arrivals have made a massive difference to this team and Eriksen grabbing his first goal as a Red Devil showed he still has the ability to pop up in the right place in attacking areas as well as excel in his new deeper role. With United playing a fluid front four, you need a stable and solid platform behind them and Casemiro and Eriksen supply that. The balance of this United side is so much better when they’re in midfield together and their intelligence and experience on the ball is exactly why Erik ten Hag signed them. When Scott McTominay came on in the second half to play alongside Casemiro and Eriksen was pushed higher up the pitch, everything fell apart for United. There’s no coincidence that happened when the Casemiro and Eriksen duo was broken up but Eriksen still had the class to win it as his brilliant assist fed Garnacho to win it.

Mitrovic’s absence leaves a hole but Fulham find a way: Everything was pretty good from Fulham. In fact, had their final pass, cross or finish been better, they could have won this quite easily. So much of their attacking play usually relies on Aleksandar Mitrovic and the entire team is understandably set up to make the most of his very specific strengths. With Mitrovic missing through injury, Carlos Vinicius is a good young striker and went close to scoring early in the second half but there is a huge drop off between him and the Serbian star. The Cottagers are a fine team under Marco Silva and Joao Palhinha, Willian and Bernd Leno have all been excellent additions. They should be very comfortable in midtable and their fine start to life back in the Premier League has been a pleasant surprise, especially with Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson flying the flag for Fulhamerica proudly and having great campaigns so far.

Alejandro Garnacho is a star in the making: His goal summed up his class and at 18 years of age, he’s making a huge impact. A goal against Real Sociedad in the Europa League and fine assist in midweek against Aston Villa in the League Cup summed up his class. Garnacho is a special player and if United can nurture him, he could be a star of the future. He will be wrapped in cotton wool by United but Erik ten Hag knows a thing or two about developing young stars. Garnacho has real quality and will get the chance to be eased in with so many other great attacking players around.

Tactical focus

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United’s 4-2-3-1 was fluid and direct when they won the ball back high up the pitch or played long and direct. They did the latter often to try and play over Fulham’s high-press. That press caused problems early on but then United realized they better bypass that. United look so much better when they have four fluid players in attack but Erik ten Hag side was hampered by key absentees and Fulham made the most of it as they got crosses into the box and peppered United’s goal in the second half. United still had the extra quality to win it.

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Stars of the show

Christian Eriksen: Scored the first, set up the late winner and oozed class throughout. He is so assured and alongside Casemiro brings so much poise and control.

Joao Palhinha: What a signing he’s been. Rattled into tackles, led Fulham’s press and uses the ball well when he has it. Off to the World Cup with Portugal too.

David de Gea: Made a string of saves in each half, including brilliant stops to deny Vinicius and Ream at the start of the second half.

Antonee Robinson: Brilliant down Fulham’s left flank and the USMNT star played a key part in their opener. He never stops offering an attacking outlet on the left.

What’s next?

Fulham head to Crystal Palace on Dec. 26, while Manchester United host Burnley in the League Cup on the week commencing Dec. 19 and are next in Premier League action when they host Nottingham Forest on Dec. 27.

How to watch Fulham vs Manchester United live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 11:30am ET, Sunday
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Fulham vs Manchester United live analysis! – By Joe Prince-Wright at Craven Cottage

He’s done it! Garnacho wins it with basically the last kick of the game! Incredible scenes here. Wow.

15 minutes to go. This is very evenly poised. Fulham having a go, while United just haven’t got going in the second half.

What an atmosphere here! Fulham going for it now. United are all over the place. Also, great work from Antonee Robinson to set up that Fulham attack and grab the ball off Bruno Fernandes before former United winger Dan James scored.

David de Gea keeping United ahead here. Two great stops. DDG is looking forward to a long break as he isn’t in Spain’s World Cup squad.

SAVE! Carlos Vinicius controls and slams a low shot which David de Gea saves. Much better from the young Brazilian striker. Then moments later Tim Ream heads on goal but De Gea pushes it over.

Second half is underway here at the Cottage! No changes for either team. 45 minutes of Premier League action to before the World Cup break arrives. Drink it in. Every single second of it. Then we rest until December 26.

HALF TIME: Fulham 0-1 Manchester United – Eriksen’s first United goal has them ahead at the break and he almost had another right on half time. United have had some great chances but Fulham have been good, aside from the final cross or finish.

Joao Palhinha rattles into a lunging tackle on Elanga and gets it just right. What a season he’s having. And what a signing he’s been for Fulham. The hosts have recovered well after that United goal.

The class of Casemiro and Eriksen shone through there, so too did the vision Erik ten Hag has for United. Winning the ball back high up the pitch, springing into life with fluid movement and passing and then a tidy finish.

GOALLL! Christian Eriksen slots home at the back post. Manchester United lead at Fulham after a very open first 14 minutes. Casemiro wins it back in midfield then Eriksen, Martial, Fernandes all involved as Eriksen slots home. Slick United goal and that is Eriksen’s first for United. He really is clicking through the gears as he heads to the World Cup with Denmark. What a story.

SAVE! Bernd Leno stretches to tip Antony Martial’s shot wide. Good direct play from United down their left. Diop was caught stretching.

Fulham have started really well, particularly Antonee Robinson down the left. He feeds Willian who found Vinicius and his low shot was deflected and kicked away by David de Gea. United have yet to get going.

KICK OFF: We are underway here at the Cottage. This feels like a free hit for the home side. All season long they’ve exceeded expectations. Can they do it again, this time without Mitrovic?

We will of course have a close eye on USMNT duo Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson here today. Both were named in Gregg Berhalter’s squad for the World Cup and Robinson is sure to start, while Ream is in the running to start at center back. In my humble opinion, Ream should definitely start.

Teams are out warming up and Song 2 by Blur is belting out. Again, does it get much better than this!? Kick off is fast approaching here in west London.

Intriguing team news here as Ronaldo is missing through illness, Dalot is suspended so Malacia starts out of position at right back for United. Elanga also comes into the team. With Mitrovic missing for Fulham, Vinicius starts up top and Cairney comes in to midfield. The USMNT players both start as Ream is at center back and Robinson at left back.

Welcome to Craven Cottage on a lovely autumnal day down by the banks of the River Thames. Historic stadium, lovely views and stunning weather. Does it get much better than this? I don’t think so. I feel very lucky to be here at this historic stadium to witness the final Premier League game before a six-week break for the World Cup.

Key storylines

Fulham are having a great time back in the big time and Aleksandar Mitrovic is finally scoring goals at this level but his recent injury is a concern for the Cottagers. Mitrovic’s injury is a big part of their success but so too is good recruitment this summer. Bernd Leno, Issa Diop, Joao Palhinha, Andreas Pereira and Willian have all made a big difference and Silva’s side are robust but also very dangerous on the counter. As for United, they are probably right where we thought would be under new manager Erik ten Hag. After a slow start the fact they are within touching distance of the top four ahead of the break is a good achievement. ETH will be hoping that this defeat at Villa last weekend was nothing more than a blip.

In-form players to keep an eye on

Fulham spine has been crucial to their great start to the season with Mitrovic, Palhinha and Leno all superb, while Diop has slotted in well and Willian has been a real spark in attack. However, Mitrovic may not feature so Carlos Vinicius has to stand tall. USMNT duo Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson have also had very good campaigns so far. As for United, Casemiro has been bossing it in midfield, while Luke Shaw scored at Villa last time out and has been more solid and Diogo Dalot has been excellent at right back. Marcus Rashford has also looked much better but he’s suspended for this clash.

Fulham team news, injuries, lineup

Harrison Reed and Kenny Tete are both suspended, which is a blow but Bobby De Cordova-Reid is back which is a boost. Manor Solomon and Neeskens Kebano remain out, while Aleksandar Mitrovic is nursing an ankle issue and will not be risked with the World Cup coming up. Vinicius Jr starts up top.

Manchester United team news, injuries, lineup

Diogo Dalot is suspended, Raphael Varane is recovering from his knee issue and both Antony and Jadon Sancho are missing with Cristiano Ronaldo out due to illness. All of that means Anthony Martial, Anthony Elanga and Marcus Rashford start in attack, while Tyrell Malacia starts at right back to cover for Dalot’s absence.

Grenada vs USMNT, live! Score, updates, how to watch, videos


The USMNT will, for all intents and purposes, begin the 2026 World Cup cycle when they take on Grenada in CONCACAF Nations League action in St. George’s on Friday (8 pm ET).

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Anthony Hudson will once again take charge of the USMNT, as he did in January with a mostly domestic-based squad of future prospects, as U.S. Soccer continues its sporting director and head coach searches.

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The USMNT currently sits 2nd in Group D after two games played — a 5-0 home victory over Grenada and a scoreless draw away to El Salvador in June — and two games left to play.

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Here is everything you need for Grenada vs USMNT. 

How to watch Grenada vs USMNT live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 8pm ET, Friday (March 24)
Stadium: Kirani James Athletic Stadium, St. George’s
TV in English: TNT
TV/streaming en Español: Universo/Peacock

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USMNT squad

Goalkeepers (3): Ethan Horvath (Luton Town), Zack Steffen (Middlesbrough), Matt Turner (Arsenal)

Defenders (8): Sergino Dest (AC Milan), Mark McKenzie (Genk), Tim Ream (Fulham), Bryan Reynolds (Westerlo), Antonee Robinson (Fulham), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Joe Scally (Borussia Monchengladbach), Auston Trusty (Birmingham City)

Midfielders (7): Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo), Weston McKennie (Leeds United), Yunus Musah (Valencia), Alan Sonora (Juarez), Djordje Mihailovic (AZ Alkmaar)

Forwards (6): Taylor Booth (Utrecht), Daryl Dike (West Bromwich Albion), Ricardo Pepi (Groningen), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Alejandro Zendejas (Club America)

EDIT: Tim Weah (Lille) was originally called up, but exited due to a head injury.

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USMNT upcoming schedule – Nations League, friendlies, Gold Cup


After reaching the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup, the USMNT have a big 2023 coming up as they aim to build off a successful showing on the world’s biggest stage.

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For the next few months CONCACAF Nations League takes center stage, while the program is very much in transition as Anthony Hudson takes temporary charge and both the GM (Brian McBride) and Sporting Director (Earnie Stewart) left in recent months.

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As for now, here is the USMNT’s upcoming schedule for 2023, with plenty more games to be added based on their potential qualification for the 2023 Gold Cup on home soil.

How to watch USMNT

TV channels in English: HBO Max, TNT
TV channels en Español:
Universo, Telemundo Deportes
Streaming en Español: Peacock

USMNT upcoming schedule

* Friendly | ** CONCACAF Nations League | *** 2022 World Cup


vs. Serbia* — Jan. 25, 10 pm ET — Loss 2-1 | Recap & highlights
vs. Colombia* — Jan. 28, 7:30 pm ET — Draw 0-0 | Recap & highlights
at Grenada** — March 24, 8 pm ET — St. George’s, Grenada
vs El Salvador** — March 27, 7:30pm ET — Orlando, Florida
vs Mexico* — April 19, 10:22pm ET — Glendale, Arizona – More details 

2023 Gold Cup from June 16 to July 19 (USMNT yet to qualify)

USMNT games in 2022

vs. Morocco* — June 1 — Win 3-0
vs. Uruguay* — June 5 — Draw 0-0
vs. Grenada** — June 10 — Win 5-0
at El Salvador** — June 14 — Draw 1-1
vs Japan* — Sept. 23 (in Dusseldorf, Germany) — Loss 2-0
vs Saudi Arabia* — Sept. 27 (in Murcia, Spain) — Draw 0-0

USMNT at 2022 World Cup

Group B
vs. Wales*** — Nov. 21, 2 pm ET — Draw 1-1
vs. England*** — Nov. 25, 2 pm ET — Draw 0-0
vs. Iran*** — Nov. 29, 2 pm ET — Win 1-0

Last 16
vs. Netherlands*** — Dec. 3, 10 am ET — Loss 3-1

USMNT 2022 World Cup qualifying scores, recaps, analysis

at El Salvador — Sept. 2Draw 0-0
vs. Canada — Sept. 5 — Draw 1-1
at Honduras — Sept. 8 — Win 4-1

vs. Jamaica — Oct. 7 — Win 1-0
at Panama — Oct. 10 — Loss 0-1
vs. Costa Rica — Oct. 13 — Win 2-1

vs. Mexico — Nov. 12 — Win 2-0
at Jamaica — Nov. 16 — Draw 1-1

vs. El Salvador — Jan. 27 — Win 1-0
at Canada — Jan. 30 — Loss 0-2
vs. Honduras — Feb. 2 — Win 3-0

at Mexico — March 24 — Draw 0-0 
vs. Panama — March 27 — Win 5-1
at Costa Rica — March 30 — Loss 0-2 

Final CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings

Canada — 28 points – (QUALIFIED) GD +16 – automatic qualification
Mexico — 28 points (QUALIFIED) GD +9 – automatic qualification
USMNT — 25 points – (QUALIFIED) GD +11 – automatic qualification

Costa Rica — 25 points (PLAYOFF) GD +5

Panama — 21 points (ELIMINATED)
Jamaica — 14 points (ELIMINATED)
El Salvador — 10 points (ELIMINATED)
Honduras — 4 points (ELIMINATED)

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EURO 2024 qualification schedule: EURO qualifiers results, standings


EURO 2024 qualifying is here, and you’re in the right spot for groups, fixtures, and results.

Italy outlasted England in penalty kicks to win EURO 2020 and is bidding to become the first repeat winner since Spain in 2008 and 2012.

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England is still seeking its first European Championship and will be favored to emerge from Group C with aforementioned Italy as well as Ukraine, North Macedonia, and Malta.

Netherlands and France are also in a spicy group that has dark horse Republic of Ireland and former champions Greece, as well as Gibraltar.

A number of nations have guaranteed themselves no worse than a playoff spot due to their performances in the UEFA Nations League: Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Spain, Scotland, Georgia, Croatia, Turkey, Serbia, Kazakhstan.

EURO 2024 qualifying schedule

Thursday, March 23

Kazakhstan 1-2 Slovenia
Slovakia 0-0 Luxembourg
Italy 1-2 England – Video, player ratings as Kane breaks Rooney record
Denmark 3-1 Finland
Portugal 4-0 Liechtenstein
San Marino 0-2 Northern Ireland
North Macedonia 2-1 Malta
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-0 Iceland

Friday, March 24

Bulgaria vs Montenegro — 1pm ET
Gibraltar vs Greece — 3:45pm ET
Moldova vs Faroe Islands — 3:45pm ET
Serbia vs Lithuania — 3:45pm ET
Austria vs Azerbaijan — 3:45pm ET
Sweden vs Belgium– 3:45pm ET
Czech Republic vs Poland — 3:45pm ET
France vs Netherlands — 3:45pm ET

Saturday, March 25

Scotland vs Cyprus — 10am ET
Israel vs Kosovo  — 1pm ET
Armenia vs Turkey — 1pm ET
Belarus vs Switzerland  — 1pm ET
Spain vs Norway — 3:45pm ET
Croatia vs Wales — 3:45pm ET
Andorra vs Romania — 3:45pm ET

Sunday, March 26

Kazakhstan vs Denmark — 9am ET
England vs Ukraine — Noon ET
Liechtenstein vs Iceland — Noon ET
Slovenia vs San Marino — Noon ET
Slovakia vs Bosnia and Herzegovina — 2:45pm ET
Northern Ireland vs Finland — 2:45pm ET
Luxembourg vs Portugal — 2:45pm ET
Malta vs Italy — 2:45pm ET

Monday, March 27

Montenegro vs Serbia — 2:45pm ET
Netherlands vs Gibraltar — 2:45pm ET
Poland vs Albania — 2:45pm ET
Austria vs Estonia — 2:45pm ET
Sweden vs Azerbaijan — 2:45pm ET
Moldova vs Czech Republic — 2:45pm ET
Hungary vs Bulgaria — 2:45pm ET
Republic of Ireland vs France — 2:45pm ET

Tuesday, March 28

Georgia vs Norway — Noon ET
Wales vs Latvia — 2:45pm ET
Romania vs Belarus — 2:45pm ET
Switzerland vs Israel — 2:45pm ET
Kosovo vs Andorra — 2:45pm ET
Turkey vs Croatia — 2:45pm ET
Scotland vs Spain — 2:45pm ET

EURO 2024 qualifying standings

Group A


Group B

Republic of Ireland

Group C

North Macedonia

Group D


Group E

Czech Republic
Faroe Islands

Group F


Group G


Group H

Northern Ireland
San Marino

Group I


Group J

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Three key questions for USMNT in March


The United States men’s national team returns to competitive action with an interim coach at the wheel and a spot in the CONCACAF Nations League finals still uncertain.

The Yanks clobbered Grenada at home in their first CNL group match but could only manage a 1-1 draw with El Salvador thanks in no small part to a sloppy pitch and a red card. The USMNT was also down several first-choice players including Christian Pulisic and Giovanni Reyna.

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The U.S. will be favored to advance and will hope to be in the catbird seat following Friday’s match with Grenada at Kirani James Athletic Stadium in St. George’s.

Grenada lost 3-1 to El Salvador away but drew Los Cuscatlecos at home and need to beat the visiting U.S. to qualify for Gold Cup.

But the USMNT’s aforementioned 1-1 draw with El Salvador looms large: Even if the Yanks were to falter in Grenada, they’ll be the Group D winner by beating Los Cuscatlecos on March 27 in Orlando.

Three key questions for USMNT in March

1. Center forwards still needed, but is there anyone ready for the task? The Nos. 1, 2, and 3 non-Reyna-related question for Gregg Berhalter when the World Cup ended was why he chose his center forwards, how he used them, and why they didn’t score goals. Haji Wright was the only CF to score at the World Cup and that was the first center forward goal in six USMNT matches. Jesus Ferreira scored four the previous game, but that was against Grenada and the FC Dallas star has three more goals in his 15 other caps. And Timothy Weah, a danger up top when called upon but often a wide man, is injured and will miss the international break.

So where will interim coach Anthony Hudson turn against Grenada and El Salvador?

World Cup cut Ricardo Pepi is back and so is Daryl Dike.

Meet the candidates and their forms:

  • Pepi, 20, is on loan at Dutch side Groningen from Augsburg. He started off hot with Groningen and has nine goals, though he’s scoreless in his last three matches.
  • Dike, 22, is fit and firing for West Bromwich Albion, where he’s scored four times in his last five Championship appearances, all starts.

This is one of those “prove it” camps, with Christian Pulisic and Giovanni Reyna among those helping to cue up chances for their center forwards. If you’re not gonna get the job done against Grenada and El Salvador, you’re missing the boat.

2. Who steps into the Tyler Adams role? Tyler Adams has unflinchingly been Leeds’ most consistent and steady player in a year of tumult, and he’s proven the same time and again in a USMNT shirt.

But he’s not here!

So there will be no “MMA” midfield of Weston McKennie, Yunus Musah, and Adams. The first two pieces are here from Leeds and Valencia, but it’ll be a third piece to complete the trio. Luca de la Torre of Celta Vigo and Alan Sonora of Juarez have been called into camp and Johnny Cardoso is the most defense-minded of the bunch if the team is to go “like-for-like.” Cardoso, 21, is starting for Internacional in Brazil, who trails only Gremio on the Gaucho table.

3. What’s the state of mind? Look, the “youth soccer” and “extremely childish” incident has made for plenty of discussion online, but the U.S. group seemed plenty bonded after Giovanni Reyna’s World Cup camp incidents had happened but were yet to be exposed by Gregg Berhalter at a “private” speech.

So, in theory, Reyna will arrive back into a USMNT camp in need of consistent effort and good attitude but as a member of the fold. The problem may be that the fold thought it left the World Cup with Berhalter either returning as head coach or with a search being conducted for a new coach.

It turns out, it’s only mostly the latter; Berhalter remains a candidate for the U.S. job and has been in Europe to see his “former” players. His assistant, Anthony Hudson, remains in charge of the first team on an interim basis and who can really know how much input Berhalter may currently have on the group.

All of that said, the USMNT is better than both of its opponents, regardless of venues, and should look superior to them even without Adams and Weah. Should is still pretty conditional, so let’s see what statement comes out of these two games in the favorites role, because it’s going to be quite a while before the Yanks are a clear underdog again.