Manchester United v Fulham player ratings: Bruno Fernandes 7, Edinson Cavani 7; Alphonse Areola 8, Fabio Carvalho 5

Red Devils held to frustrating draw by relegated Cottagers at Old Trafford

Manchester United were held to a 1-1 home draw by relegated Fulham in their penultimate Premier League match of the season despite taking the lead through a stunning Edinson Cavani lob.

United stretched their winless league run to three games after home defeats by Leicester City and Liverpool but were already assured of a top-four finish, prompting manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to leave striker Marcus Rashford on the bench.

Cavani netted with a sublime lob from 40 metres in the 15th minute to delight 10,000 home fans at Old Trafford who returned to the stadium for the first time in 14 months due to Covid-19.

But United wasted a string of chances to add to their tally and were punished in the 76th minute as Bryan got on the end of Bobby De Cordova-Reid's cross and headed it past goalkeeper David De Gea at the far post.

Solskjaer conceded United had fallen short in the Premier League but expressed hope he would pick up his maiden silverware as the club's manager when they face Villarreal in the Europa League final on May 26.

"It’s so great to have you back supporting the team, it's been a long year for everyone," the Norwegian said in a public address to the fans as his players headed for the tunnel.

"It’s been great working with these boys. We know we are not where we want to be in the league but hopefully we can bring a trophy back in about 10 days."

Player ratings from the match can be seen in the picture gallery above. To view the next image, click on the arrows or swipe if on a mobile device.

Published: May 19, 2021 07:01 AM

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