Half-time: Man Utd 3 Fulham 1

Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa scored their first goals for Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men hit back after Damien Duff’s early opener.

Fulham took advantage of some shoddy United defending to go ahead in the third minute at Old Trafford.

Bryan Ruiz rolled a free-kick in towards Duff, who was given time and space to fire past keeper David De Gea.

United levelled when Van Persie volleyed Patrice Evra’s left-wing cross into the top corner of the net.

And Kagawa put them in front 10 minutes before the break, tapping in from two yards out after keeper Mark Schwarzer could only parry Tom Cleverley’s shot.

Worse followed for Fulham when an unmarked Rafael doubled United’s advantage by heading in Ashley Young’s cross.

But Fulham were twice unlucky not to pull a goal back – first when Duff was denied by a fine save from De Gea, and then when Mladen Petric’s drive hit the keeper’s legs and then bounced onto the bar.

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