Manchester United stumbles at Old Trafford as Fulham secures late victory

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Manchester United faced a 1-2 defeat at Old Trafford, succumbing to Fulham’s resurgence in the final moments of the match with Alex Iwobi’s injury-time goal, marking only their second victory at the iconic venue since 1963.

Despite aspirations articulated by new co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe to challenge the dominance of Manchester City and Liverpool in English football, United’s dreams of Champions League qualification took a significant hit in this unexpected setback.

The absence of injured striker Rasmus Hojlund hampered the hosts’ offensive prowess, leaving them largely ineffective until the dying minutes of normal time. Captain Harry Maguire appeared to salvage a point, but Iwobi’s late strike, coming deep into nine minutes of stoppage time, dashed those hopes.

The turning point in the match was initiated by Nigeria defender Calvin Bassey, who capitalized on a loose ball after his header from a Fulham corner was blocked by teammate Timothy Castagne.