Manchester United won 2-1 away at Fulham with a late goal. Here is a look at five things we learned from the game…

Christian Eriksen’s first Manchester United goal

Christian Eriksen scored his first goal for Manchester United to open the scoring. This certainly felt overdue.

Eriksen has been consistently excellent in other areas so his lack of goals has almost gone unnoticed, and it is great he is adding an extra element to his game for the club.

This goal capped a strong start to the season for Eriksen since his summer move, and will help him further settle at the club.

It was great to see him bursting forward to get on the end of Bruno Fernandes’ low cross. United have not scored enough goals this season and getting the midfielders contributing is vital.

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Fernandes shows how much he was missed

Bruno Fernandes did not in last weekend’s defeat at Aston Villa, and he was clearly missed. Even when he is not performing well, he is the heartbeat of the side.

The break may have done him some good, Fernandes has bounced back with two assists in two successive games, having contributed just one this season beforehand.

It probably was not a coincidence Fernandes’ assists have come in games Cristiano Ronaldo missed. The Portuguese pair have struggled to link up successfully over the past 12 months.

McTominay makeshift striker

Anthony Martial started the game but was taken off after 72 minutes. This pushed Scott McTominay into an emergency striker role.

Erik ten Hag won’t have enjoyed having to make this call, which really does highlight how short United are at the position. Cristiano Ronaldo missed the game with illness.

This was a preferable alternative to playing Harry Maguire up front, like we have recently endured.

McTominay missed his one and only effort, heading the ball over the bar.

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Inevitable Dan James goal

With former United midfielder Andreas Pereira performing well in the Fulham midfield, they sent on another ex-Red Devils player in the second half, Dan James.

James scored almost straight away, getting on the end of a cross for a tap-in. It was the inevitable case of the former United player coming back to haunt us.

This was James’ first Premier League goal for Fulham, because, of course it was.

Alejandro Garnacho scores late winner

With the game drifting towards a draw, Alejandro Garnacho stepped up to score an injury time winner.

The substitute finished coolly after being put through by Christian Eriksen, scoring his second Manchester United goal.

This helps United to end the first part of the season on a high note, and shows the mental strength of the team to bounce back from last week’s loss at Villa with two successive wins.

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