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Man Utd thrash Fulham 4 – 0 to reach FA Cup Semifinal


Manchester United stayed in contention for all the trophies this season as they thrashed Fulham 4 – 0 at the Craven cottage. A brace from Tevez and goals from Rooney and Park were enough for United to seal the place in the last 4 of the FA cup.

Manchester United started with a strong lineup with Cristiano Ronaldo and Berbatov being rested and Rooney partnering Tevez up front. United almost got a dream start when a mistake by Hangelande let Tevez in but Schwarzer mead a great one hand save and Pantsil preventied Rooney from scoring the followup. Van Der Sar was almost embarrassed again when a Andy Johnson tried to control a long ball with his leg. Van Der Sar misjudged the ball and ball was moving towards goal line but Vidic prevented it from crossing the line. With United misplacing a lot of there passes, Fulham started gaining confidence and a Dempsey header from a Zamora cross was well saved by Van Der Sar.

Fulham had another chance from the edge but Zamora shot wide and high. Just when it looked Fulham were dominating, United scored there opening goal. Wayne Rooney flicked the ball from a corner and Tevez headed it in from the far post. United started getting better and Wayne Rooney tested Schwarzer with a audacious lob. Rooney had the ball in the net when Anderson’s through ball found him but it was ruled offside with replays showing he was level. Rooney them missed a simple chance as Ji Sung park delivered a low cross from the right but Rooney shot wide when he was in front of goal. United scored again when Tevez, who has struggled to find the starting place this season, cut down from the left and bended a shot into the top corner for the second goal. Fulham had a great chance when Andy Johnson found himself one on one with the keeper but he delayed his shot allowing Ferdinanad to block. United had another chance before the break when a superb Carrick pass found O Shea but his shot was blocked by Schwarzer.

Things didn’t get better for Fulham in the 2nd half as they lost the ball at the edge of the box and Rooney took a touch before firing home the third goal. United had to make a few changes as Evans came on for Ferdinand due to a suspected foot injury and Eckersley came on for O Shea following a suspected hamstring injury. United continued there attack with Schwarzer making another save to deny Ji Sung Park. Rooney was replaced with Danny Welbeck in the hour mark in order to rest him for the Milan game.

Fulham failed to threaten and United went close again through Tevez who shot wide and then tried to play Welbeck who mistimed the shot. United completed the thrashing when Ji Sung Park collected a misplaced ball in midfield, went to the edge of the area and drilled a low shot to the far corner to make it 4 – 0. Welbeck had another chance but instead of passing to Tevez, he shot wide. It was a great performance by Manchester United and a perfect warm-up for ther mid week game against Inter Milan.

Tevez was impressive throughout the game and he and Rooney linked up quite well. Fulham did create a few chances in the first half but were no match for United as the game progressed. Only worry for Manchester United will be fitness of O Shea and Rio Ferdinand before there crunch Champions League game.

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