Manchester United vs. Fulham  4 - 1



Kacaniklic saddened by cup exit

27 January 2013 09:44

Fulham winger Alexander Kacaniklic was disappointed with his side's below-par offering during their 4-1 defeat at Manchester United.

A Javier Hernandez double as well as goals from Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney proved too much for Martin Jol's side, despite Aaron Hughes' late consolation for the visitors in the FA Cup fourth round.

Kacaniklic says that conceding a third-minute penalty made it very difficult for Fulham to recover against a near-full-strength Manchester United.

"When you come to Old Trafford, the last thing you want to do is concede so early," Kacaniklic told the club's website.

"It was the same last weekend at the Etihad Stadium when we faced Manchester City. At this level and against such high-quality opponents, it's very difficult to recover.

"OK, it's a tough place to play and United will always be the favourites at home, no matter who they play, but 4-1 was still a disappointing scoreline.

"My honest assessment is that we were just not good enough today. As a result, we're now out of the cup – it's a sad moment for us.

"We wanted to put a good run together, when you start out you always have faith that you can do well and go as far as possible. Yes, this was a tricky tie, but we still hoped to do better."

Fulham must now turn their attention to English Premier League matters in the form of a midweek clash against West Ham at Craven Cottage.

Kacaniklic said his side need to raise their game in order to bounce back from a string of poor results.

"January has been a strange month for us," he said.

"It started well with a win at West Bromwich Albion, and then of course, we went through against Blackpool in the previous round of the cup. There was the draw with Wigan Athletic also, but now we have lost our last two games.

"We know that we need to raise our game and a win against West Ham would put things back on track."


Ferguson targets FA Cup glory

27 January 2013 00:30

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his ambition to break his side's nine year run without an FA Cup trophy.

The Red Devils cruised to a comfortable 4-1 home victory over visiting Fulham in the fourth round, sealing their place in the last 16 of the cup.

A Javier Hernandez double as well as goals from Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney proved too much for Martin Jol's side, despite Aaron Hughes' late consolation for the visitors.

The United manager has branded this season's FA Cup as 'an important trophy' for the club, and is aware that a big effort from his squad will be needed in order to win it for the first time in nine years.

"The FA Cup's an important trophy for us this season," Ferguson told Sky Sports. "We haven't won it for almost 10 years, so we really need to have a big performance this year.

"Rio Ferdinand's never won an FA Cup medal - so we really need to do something about that.

"I think we respected Fulham because we played a very strong team today. It was a good performance."

Fulham boss Jol, meanwhile, was disappointed by his side's insipid display.

"The only thing is you have to keep our head up," he said.

"We play three matches in 10 days against Manchester City and twice against United and of course in between we have that match against West Ham.

"Hopefully we can pick up the points against West Ham on Wednesday because that is the most important thing.

"There was no conviction in our possession. There was no link-up between the defence and midfield or the midfield and forwards.

"We missed Giorgio (Giorgios Karagounis), so we tried to repair that in the second half. After they scored the two goals in the second half the game was finished."


FA Cup wrap: Walcott saves Arsenal blushes, City advance

26 January 2013 18:28

A late strike from Theo Walcott and two goals from Olivier Giroud sent Arsenal into the FA Cup fifth round as Norwich and QPR both crashed out.

Manchester City also progressed after a hard-fought tie with fellow Premier League outfit Stoke City, and Manchester United cruised past Fulham 4-1.

Norwich were brought undone by Luton Town 1-0, becoming the first non-league team in 27 years to beat a Premier League side away from home.

Walcott came off the bench to score a dramatic late winner for Arsenal in their 3-2 victory against Brighton at the AMEX Stadium.

The forward was rested by manager Arsene Wenger but saved the Gunners blushes five minutes from time with a deflected strike.

Giroud had twice given Arsenal the lead but the Premier League side were pegged back on both occasions by their Championship opponents through goals from Ashley Barnes and debutant Leonardo Ulloa.

The result was harsh on Brighton, who knocked out Newcastle in the third round, but Arsenal showed fighting spirit of their own as the north London club seek their first trophy in eight years.

Arsenal went ahead first when Giroud took the ball from Lukas Podolski on the edge of the penalty area before launching an unstoppable left-footed strike into the top corner.

The Gunners were struggling to cope with the intensity of Brighton's play as Gus Poyet's side set the tempo and pressed for an equaliser.

It arrived in the simplest of circumstances in the 33rd minute. David Lopez swung in a cross from the right and Barnes was allowed to rise unmarked to head home from inside the box as Szczesny flapped at thin air.

Arsenal began the second half with more purpose, Podolski rattling the crossbar with a thumping effort before Giroud restored the visitors lead in the 56th minute with his second goal of the game.

Just six minutes later, however, Brighton were level again. Barnes turned provider this time, whipping in a superb cross from the right for Ulloa to score a debut goal with a diving header.

Wenger responded by introducing Walcott and Jack Wilshere from the bench - and in the 85th minute the striker made the difference with the winning goal.

Meanwhile, a late goal from Pablo Zabaleta ensured that City advanced to the fifth round after a 1-0 win over Stoke.

Right-back Zabaleta emerged as the unlikely hero as the Argentinean went forward with five minutes remaining, diverting the ball home adeptly and putting City through to the next round.

League One side MK Dons shocked Premier League strugglers QPR with an amazing 4-2 win at Loftus Road.

Armand Traore put the ball into his own net after just four minutes following a Dean Lewington shot after a corner, and Ryan Lowe netted a brilliant volley after 40 minutes to put the visitors in dreamland.

Lowe then broke the offside trap to set up substitute Ryan Harley to hammer home from six yards before Darren Potter curled in a delightful effort to embarrass Harry Redknapp's men.

Manchester United, meanwhile, had few problems in brushing aside Fulham 4-1 at Old Trafford.

A Ryan Giggs penalty three minutes in gave the home side before Wayne Rooney doubled their advantage five minutes half-time.

A Javier Hernandez brace put the result beyond doubt, with Aaron Hughes' late goal nothing more than consolation for Martin Jol's side.

Luton Town stunned Norwich at Carrow Road as substitute Scott Rendell scored 10 minutes from time to seal a famous win.

Elsewhere, Johnny Heitinga gave Everton a 2-1 win over Bolton and sealed their place in the FA Cup fifth round.

The visitors opened the scoring in fortunate circumstances, as the ball ricocheted in off Steven Pienaar, but were dragged level when Marvin Sordell finished well at the front post moments later.

Both teams pushed for a winner in the second half, but substitute Heitinga had the last laugh as he crashed the ball home from the edge of the box.

Reading survived a first-half scare to comfortably dispose of Sheffield United 4-0 to go through, while other results saw Blackburn Rovers sink Derby 3-0, Barnsley beat Hull 1-0, Wigan account for Macclesfield Town 1-0, and Middlesbrough overcome Aldershot Town 2-1.

Leicester and Huddersfield Town played out a 1-1 draw to earn a fourth-round replay.


Evra: Ferguson hungry for FA Cup

26 January 2013 15:17

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra said manager Sir Alex Ferguson is prioritising winning the FA Cup.

The left-back has been at the club for seven years but is still waiting to win the illustrious trophy, despite having collected medals from the Premier League, Champions League and Capital One Cup during his time at Old Trafford.

"The boss has given a big message this season - he really wants to win the FA Cup," Evra told United Review ahead of Saturday's fourth-round clash with Fulham.

"He really wants it and so do we (the squad)."

Ferguson has steered United to FA Cup glory on five previous occasions (1990, 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2004) but it is nine years since the Red Devils last won the competition, though they were beaten finalists in 2005 and 2007.

"It is the only trophy that I have not won at Manchester United," Evra added.

"That seems impossible given that I am now in my seventh year here. The FA Cup means so much and, one day, I hope I will win it. Hopefully this year."

The defender believes there is enough depth in the squad to enable them to compete for the trophy while maintaining their form in the Premier League and Champions League.

"Manchester United is the only team that can make 10 changes and still win," he claimed.

"You might hear people call it a 'second team' but it's not.

"Everyone is a United player and you trust each one of your team-mates. The manager makes those changes because he trusts that we are going to win. He's not crazy, he knows exactly what he is doing."

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 16 +37 46
2 16 +25 35
3 16 +15 32
4 16 +14 30
5 16 +10 29

Championship table

# Team MP D P
10 21 +3 32
11 21 -4 30
12 21 +0 29
13 21 +3 27
14 21 +2 27