Ian Wright names Man Utd star Fulham successfully exposed during Old Trafford win | Football

Varane struggled against the Cottagers on Saturday (Picture: Getty)

Fulham persistently sought to expose Raphael Varane during their victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford, insists Ian Wright.

The Cottagers secured a thoroughly deserved win in Manchester on Saturday afternoon with Calvin Bassey giving the visitors the lead in the second-half.

Harry Maguire pulled one back for Erik ten Hag’s side but there was no late comeback this time with Alex Iwobi scoring deep into injury time to seal the win.

It ended a run of five straight wins for United, who are without Luke Shaw and Lisandro Martinez until April at the earliest with the in-form Rasmus Hojlund for three weeks.

Arsenal legend Wright believes Fulham could have beaten United by ‘three or four goals’ such was the gap in quality between the two sides, also highlighting a weak link in the United defence Fulham and Marco Silva were able to capitalise on.

‘Man United are non-existent without the ball,’ Wright told Wrighty’s House.

‘The front three don’t press as a three, the midfield are not close enough to players they are trying to receive it from. Fulham could have beaten them three or four.’

Ian Wright

Wright believes Fulham could have won by ‘three or four’ goals (Picture: Getty)

On the topic of growing frustration around Old Trafford, Wright added: ‘That is starting to bubble already. I tell you who you could hear a couple of… not groans but… is Varane. I could see Fulham targeted Varane.

‘They marked up everybody in the midfield and only gave him one pass back inside to Harry Maguire and he took so long to get the control down and play it to Casemiro, then he got caught on it and Fulham went again.’

Wright has persistently hailed the impact of Kobbie Mainoo in United’s midfield but the 18-year-old was powerless to stop his side being overrun by Fulham.

‘They are so unorganised. There is going to be some more defeats for Man United this season.

‘I was thinking, they are starting to get to that place where they have the components. They have a Kobbie Mainoo who can control that area in midfield.

‘They definitely missed Rasmus Hojlund but they couldn’t get Kobbie on it.’


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