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Van Persie blows roof off Craven Cottage as United consolidate 8th spot

Goals from the Dutchman, Antonio Valencia and Wayne Rooney put David Moyes’ men in charge at Fulham.

Robin van Persie sent a piledriver into the roof of the Fulham net to make it 2-0.
Robin van Persie sent a piledriver into the roof of the Fulham net to make it 2-0.
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THE GOAL DAM has burst and Manchester United are scoring for fun.

Following on from their 3 — 2 league [Southampton] and 4 — 0 Capital One Cup [Norwich City] wins in the past week, David Moyes’ men beat Fulham 3 — 1. The league victory, United’s second on the spin, was not enough to advance them beyond eighth spot but they have gained ground on some rivals.

The home side started brightly at Craven Cottage and David de Gea was forced into saves from Pajtim Kasami and Dimitar Berbatov. Hopes of toppling the league champions lasted just nine minutes, however, as United broke up the left wing and Wayne Rooney picked out an unmarked Antonio Valencia to slot home from 10 yards.

The visitors struck again, 10 minutes later, when Tom Cleverly forced Scott Parker into a midfield slip. Adnan Januzaj picked up possession and sauntered forward before threading a pass into the box for Robin van Persie to rifle home.

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With 22 minutes showing on the clock, United made it 3 — 0. Robin van Persie hared down a pass slid in behind the Fulham defence. He got control of the ball on the right win and cut into the box before squaring for Rooney to tap in from two yards out.

Berbatov went close with a low drive but the result looks in doubt and United should advance a couple of spots in the league takes to the three points and an ever-improving goal difference.

Confident of a result at half-time, David Moyes replaced Rafael, Jonny Evans and Tom Cleverley with Chris Smalling, Shinji Kagawa and Marouane Fellaini.

Alex Kacaniklic scored for the home side, via a healthy deflection off Rooney’s boot, and Darren Bent clattered the crossbar but United held on for the three points.

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