In perfect quiet, the audience listens to the bugle. A bit of history is made when the commotion subsides: Rebecca Welch becomes the first female Premier League official to serve as a fourth official.
Two soldiers lay out wreaths in preparation for Remembrance Sunday as the teams form a line in the central circle. A bugler is playing the Last Post, and there’s a Chelsea pensioner as well.
Another intriguing perspective from Duncan Edwards. He contends, “Ten Hag would take a lot of flak for that decision if Varane starts today but isn’t ready for the Champions League midweek.” I think he’s prioritising the team’s success over his own desire to win. The group he has selected will defeat Fulham.
After Manchester United kicks off and briefly controls the ball, Harry Maguire is hurt in a collision with Rodrigo Muniz. It’s Rapha Varane getting ready.
United is dressed in red, but they don’t have any black; Fulham is dressed in black and white shorts and white socks. Marcus Rashford is seen in a sweatshirt, watching.
Harry Wilson receives a throw-in for Fulham, but he is unable to control the ball, and it eventually finds its way to André Onana.
The free kick was expertly executed by Alejandro Garnacho, who deftly crossed it to the charging McTominay after Christian Eriksen chipped it over the throng. He gave it a powerful thud and celebrated what he believed to be his fourth goal in a couple of weeks.
Bruno Fernandes’ goal against Fulham #MUFC
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