Manchester United could only manage a 1-1- draw with Fulham, as fans endured a disappointing return to Old Trafford.
Manchester United are in real danger of seeing their season completely fizzle out. A home draw to Fulham means they have won just one of their last five matches, including picking up just one point from their last three at Old Trafford.
There were 10,000 home fans in attendance and they were treated to one of the goals of the season as Edinson Cavani scored an audacious, outrageous dink from almost 40 yards to give the hosts an early lead.
Already relegated, Fulham struggled to make any impact on the first-half, but it was much of the same after the break, but the visitors punished United’s wastefulness as Joe Bryan headed home from close range with just over ten minutes to go.
The result opens the door for Leicester to still leapfrog them by the end of their season, but it’s United’s form going into the Europa League final that will be of real concern.
United fans continued their protests against the Glazers as they made their long-awaited return to Old Trafford
Football has been a welcome relief since its return last June, but it has made crystal clear that without fans, the game is simply not the same. The roar when Solskjaer’s players trotted out to warm-up was a memorable one, as was the noise when they entered the field of play ahead of kick-off. While protests were considerably more low key than against Liverpool, the sight of green and gold on the Stretford End was a clear message to the Glazers.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side took the lead through a sublime Edinson Cavani chip from a stunning long range.
It may have been his first appearance in front of them, but Cavani was already an undoubted fan favourite. His new contract was greeted with almost universal relief after making such a huge impression in his debut season in Manchester.
But his ridiculous opening goal, one which is sure to be replayed for years to come, felt like a really seminal moment in his Manchester United career.
There are very few strikers in the world that would have the confidence, or the ability to even attempt his long-range chip.
Solskjaer warned his players that it will be difficult to discover form for the Europa League final with Villarreal, but they may need to do just that.
They have one final chance against Wolves on Sunday to rediscover some swagger, Unai Emery will be licking his lips at the prospect of facing this iteration of United.