London, Nov 13 (EFE).- A fabulous play by 18-year-old Spain-born Argentine Alejandro Garnacho gave a last-minute 2-1 road win to Manchester United over a hard-driving Fulham at Craven Cottage stadium on Sunday.
Christian Eriksen found the twine for the visitors in the 14th minute, and there the score remained at the break. In minute 62, however, it was Dan James coming off the bench just three minutes earlier who tied things up.
However, deep in stoppage time, Garnacho salvaged the win for Man U on practically the last touch of the match.
Without Raphael Varane, Diogo Dalot, Antony or Jadon Sancho in the lineup, not to mention Cristiano Ronaldo, the Manchester squad were rather on the ropes throughout the contest, but with the win they are sitting pretty comfortably in the No. 5 spot on the Premier League table with 26 points, just three points below fourth-ranked Tottenham Hotspur and with a game in hand over the Spurs and No. 3 Newcastle United.
Fulham, meanwhile, did not have the services of their first-string striker Aleksandar Mitrovic and are suffering their second consecutive last-minute loss – both to Manchester teams – and remain in ninth place with 19 points.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa also nabbed a 2-1 road win against Brighton, with Danny Ings scoring twice, the first time on a penalty kick in minute 20 to tie the score, and then on a shot from close range in the 54th minute with what proved to be the gamewinner.
Alexis Mac Allister had gotten the home team on the board just 49 seconds into play by taking control of the ball and adroitly beating Emiliano Martinez in the visitors’ net.
Lewis Dunk’s foul set the stage for Ings’ penalty kick tally.
It looks like Unai Emery’s joining Villa has been quite a good deal for Aston Villa, having won the pair of league encounters he had to secure before the Qatar World Cup halt, and he’s managed to get the team away from the relegation threshold and into breathing room in the middle of the table.
With the score at 2-1 and some 30 minutes of play remaining, Brighton was unable to get anything going or to develop any good chances, with Aston Villa dumping cold water on all attempts and pocketing the three ranking points at Amex Stadium in Brighton.
The loss puts Brighton in seventh place with 21 points and tied with Chelsea, while Aston Villa is in 12th with 18 points, although if they win next week they could pull level with this week’s rivals.