In previous seasons, in games like this, they knew how to slip, losing important points in the fight for high places. In this one, they are doing an amazing job. Equally important, it's going easy. It was like that in Newcastle, Sheffield, London against West Ham, so that the Manchester United football players ended another visit to the English metropolis with a routine victory over Fulham and returned to the top of the Premier League table in front of the city rival City - 2: 1.
It seems more and more that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is following an unwritten rule of how to win a title in small games. With the exception of teams outside the so-called big six, he did not only win against Crystal Palace and Leicester.
The Eagles are still in the introductory phase of the race, while the Foxes are a serious competitor for the Champions League, possibly the title, but that is why there are mostly no problems against objectively easier rivals.
There were no problems at Craven Cottage either, although Scott Parker's team was the first to score. Ademola Lookman's early goal instead of panicking threw the guests into a state of readiness, serious football and complete control of events on the field indicated their readiness to fight for the title after a long time.
Cavani and Pogba were great
After all, they have players who make a difference. If Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford have a bad day, it is logical to expect someone else to shine. In the 18th round, Edinson Cavani did it first, putting a ball into the net in the middle of the first half, and in the second half, one of the rare moments of Paul Pogba's inspiration brought the victory for Manchester United.
The Uruguayan can be proud of the fact that he became the first player in the history of United to give all four first goals away (Everton, two to Southampton, then Fulham), and the Frenchman to finally play football because he opened in 2021 with two goals and one assist in four league matches.
This last goal was very effective, it reminded me of Pogba from Juventus or the national team. Manchester needs that. Fulham also needs Aleksandar Mitrović, but for some reason, Parker doesn't trust him. Only seven minutes this time.
It almost brought an equalizer in such a short time. His header in compensation hit Eric Baily, and that situation showed the difference between small and big clubs.