City regained top spot on Saturday after a draw with Stoke at the Britannia but the frailty of their lead was, top by goal difference, was shattered as United beat Fulham as expected.
Although the fixture has been a favourable one for United in recent years, the win was by no means easy as Fulham started off better than expected and tested United keeper David De Gea. But they failed to make this impressive spell pay and just before half time Wayne Rooney gave United the lead.
Initially missing Ashley Young’s cross, the flight of the ball deceived John Arne Riise and Evans swept it back to Rooney who didn’t need to be asked twice.
If they hadn’t before, United assumed full control of the game and will regret squandering the chance to reduce Man City’s goal difference advantage but Fulham and Schwarzer were steadfast in keeping United at bay, defending deep and in numbers to limit the damage.
Towards the end of the game United began to show vulnerability as Fulham began to gamble, and they very well could have snuck a point when Carrick brought down Danny Murphy in the box only to see the foul go unpunished.
With our annual tough trip to Ewood Park coming up next, United will need to show more efficiency in front of goal as well as cut out the sloppy mistakes.
But for now we can celebrate going 3 points clear of Man City.