Welcome back to the FM Premier League! After yet another loss to Leicester last week, my Fulham team was up against Manchester United, managed by fellow Irishman MaddFM!
This week we went with something completely different in an attempt to get something out of this team. In a flat 4-3-3 system, we played a vertical tiki-taka style with a cautious mentality, due to the quality of our opposition.
There was 4 lineup changes, with Maxime Le Marchand, Ryan Sessegnon and Timothy Fosu-Mensah all starting in defence. Meanwhile, Luciano Vietto started up top, in a front three consisting of Vietto, Mitrovic and Babel.
Manchester United vs Fulham
In the first half we showed many encouraging signs. We kept United out at the back, and were able to create some decent chances on the break. We actually managed to dominate the first half in terms of stats, with 60% possession and 12 shots to United’s 6. Still, we couldn’t find that goal and were level at the break.
Unfortunately, the second half was much more like the Fulham we know and (don’t) love. After just 10 minutes, we conceded to Eric Bailly. Just minutes later, Alexis Sanchez had United’s second, and minutes after that, Sanchez had his second and United’s third. We failed to anything of note in the second half.
The first half was definitely more of what I want to see from this Fulham side. We were solid at the back and looked a threat going forward. Had this game been against an easier opponent, I reckon we might have won it.
The second half, however, was unacceptable. We completely capitulated and allowed United to score three in the space of six minutes. We can take positives from this game, but we need to be more defensively solid in the future.
Next Opponent: West Ham (CaptainGoodspeed)
Our next opponent is West Ham, managed by CaptainGoodspeed. If we can apply the kind of performance like we saw in the first half today in this game, we might finally get that win. We are in desperate need of 3 points, as the rest of the teams around us in the FM Premier League are starting to get further and further away.