Latest: Man Utd 0 Fulham 1

Steve Sidwell’s 19th-minute goal gave underdogs Fulham a shock lead against the champions.

The Whites got men behind the ball and defended well before scoring with their first attack of the match.

Lewis Holtby chipped the ball forward and Sidwell sneaked in unmarked to fire home from 10 yards.

Robin van Persie then missed a great chance to equalise for Manchester United when he blazed over after being found by Rafael’s right-wing cross.

Former United coach Rene Meulensteen selected a surprising line-up on his return to Old Trafford.

The Fulham boss, whose side are bottom of the Premier League, opted for Muamer Tankovic. 18, as a lone striker, with Holtby supporting the Swedish youngster from midfield.

Record signing Kostas Mitroglou was not in the matchday squad but deadline day arrival Johnny Heitinga is making his debut and Ryan Tunnicliffe, recently signed from United, was also given a starting place.

Sidwell is captaining the side, with Scott Parker and Brede Hangeland both among Meulensteen’s substitutes.

Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Mata, Carrick, Fletcher, Young; Rooney, van Persie.
Subs: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Giggs, Valencia, Kagawa, Januzaj, Hernandez.

Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Burn, Heitinga, Riise; Tunnicliffe, Sidwell, Kvist, Richardson; Holtby, Tankovic.
Subs: Stockdale, Hangeland, Kacaniklic, Duff, Cole, Parker, Bent.

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