Manchester United swept Fulham aside at Old Trafford to march into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Javier Hernandez scored twice, while Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs each grabbed another as United turned on the style against a Fulham team that were out-fought and out-thought.

Giggs had given United an early lead from the penalty spot but it was three goals in 15 second-half minutes that killed the tie.

Fulham's Red Devils pain

  • The last two times Manchester United have beaten Fulham at Old Trafford in the FA Cup, they have won the trophy (2004 & 1999)
  • In his last four starts against Fulham in all competitions, Wayne Rooney has scored five goals
  • Ryan Giggs has scored twice in his last three starts against Fulham

Rooney capped a fine display with the goal of the night, surging beyond two Fulham defenders before drilling a fierce shot beyond Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

Hernandez then turned home Rooney's cross and grabbed a second soon after thanks to a fortunate deflection.

Aaron Hughes headed in a late consolation for Fulham but United - inspired by Michael Carrick's quiet authority in midfield, a command performance by Giggs and Rooney's vim and vigour - had been utterly dominant.

Sharper to the ball, swifter to use it, Ferguson's side pulverised the visitors from the off.

Rooney might have scored even before United were awarded a penalty after just 70 seconds. But Giggs made no mistake, firing his shot low beyond Schwarzer, although the Australian goalkeeper did get a hand on the ball as it swept into his bottom right-hand corner.

United should have been out of sight by half-time. That they were not, owed much to the excellence of Schwarzer in the Fulham goal, as he twice denied Rooney during a first half in which he was under almost constant bombardment.

It also owed something to good fortune. Referee Mark Clattenburg was quick to spot Hughes' handball in the penalty box and award United that early penalty from which Giggs scored.

But the official waved away a more clear-cut opportunity to award a second spot kick, when Damien Duff handled Giggs' lofted pass for Nani.

United were producing some typically eloquent attacking moves, surging forward with wave after wave of attack. Nani, Rooney and Anderson all went close but, somehow, Fulham stood firm to reach half-time with United just a goal to the good.

Goalscorer Giggs put in a vintage performance against the Cottagers

Goalscorer Giggs put in a vintage performance against the Cottagers

Much had been made of Dimitar Berbatov's return to Old Trafford but, as on many occasions during his time at United, the game simply passed him by. Rooney, however, was full of beans.

Whether breaking past an opponent from wide or erupting with dramatic suddenness through the middle of the Fulham defence, his runs were an exhilarating blend of grace and devastation. He was denied with three minutes of the restart, as Hughes cleared off the line but moments later he got the goal his performance warranted.

The England striker raced on to Anderson's through-ball, turned Brede Hangeland one way, then another before firing a fierce shot beyond Schwarzer and into the net. It was 3-0 moments later and Rooney was involved once more.

Gathering the ball on the right of the penalty area, he drifted away from John Arne Riise and cut the ball back across the penalty area, where Hernandez steered a low shot beyond Schwarzer's despairing dive. The Mexican added a second soon after, thanks to a deflection off Hughes that completed wrong-footed the Fulham goalkeeper.

Fulham did pull a goal back, as Hughes headed in from substitute Giorgos Karagounis's corner with 15 minutes remaining but the damage had been done. Rooney had the ball in the net again late on, only to see it ruled out for a foul by Hernandez. It mattered not, United, in this form, will be the one team they all want to avoid in Sunday's draw.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Man Utd

  • 01 De Gea
  • 02 Rafael
  • 03 Evra
  • 04 Jones
  • 12 Smalling
  • 08 Anderson (Kagawa - 71' )
  • 11 Giggs (Valencia - 71' )
  • 16 Carrick (Scholes - 61' )
  • 17 Nani
  • 10 Rooney
  • 14 Hernandez

Substitutes

  • 13 Lindegaard
  • 05 Ferdinand
  • 07 Valencia
  • 22 Scholes
  • 26 Kagawa
  • 19 Welbeck
  • 20 Van Persie

Fulham

  • 01 Schwarzer
  • 03 Riise
  • 05 Hangeland
  • 06 Baird (Karagounis - 46' )
  • 18 Hughes
  • 27 Riether
  • 07 Sidwell
  • 16 Duff (Rodallega - 61' )
  • 31 Kacaniklic
  • 09 Berbatov
  • 11 Ruiz (Dejagah - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 38 Etheridge
  • 04 Senderos
  • 17 Briggs
  • 14 Karagounis
  • 10 Petric
  • 20 Rodallega
  • 24 Dejagah
Ref: Clattenburg
Att: 72,596

Match Stats

Shots

18 9

On target

12 5

Corners

6 5

Fouls

8 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:24 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +1:54

Luis Nani has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

89:13

Giorgos Karagounis takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Phil Jones.

88:55

Outswinging corner taken by Giorgos Karagounis from the right by-line played to the near post, Chris Smalling manages to make a clearance.

88:33

Ashkan Dejagah takes a shot. Phil Jones gets a block in.

86:37

Hugo Rodallega has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

86:15

Giorgos Karagounis fouled by Wayne Rooney, the ref awards a free kick. Giorgos Karagounis takes the direct free kick.

85:08

Unfair challenge on Phil Jones by Dimitar Berbatov results in a free kick. Phil Jones restarts play with the free kick.

82:43

Javier Hernandez concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Sidwell. Direct free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.

77:08

Shot on goal by Shinji Kagawa from just inside the area goes over the target.

76:07

The assist for the goal came from Giorgos Karagounis.

76:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Aaron Hughes - Man Utd 4 - 1 Fulham Aaron Hughes grabs a headed goal from close range. Man Utd 4-1 Fulham.

75:35

Corner taken right-footed by Giorgos Karagounis to the near post,

74:44

Phil Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hugo Rodallega. Giorgos Karagounis restarts play with the free kick.

74:10

Javier Hernandez produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

72:16

Steve Sidwell fouled by Shinji Kagawa, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Sidwell.

69:59 Substitution

Substitution Antonio Valencia on for Ryan Giggs.

69:59 Substitution

Substitution Oliveira Anderson goes off and Shinji Kagawa comes on.

69:59 Substitution

Substitution Ashkan Dejagah comes on in place of Bryan Ruiz.

65:41

Ryan Giggs provided the assist for the goal.

65:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Javier Hernandez - Man Utd 4 - 0 Fulham Javier Hernandez scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 4-0 Fulham.

65:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Scholes on Giorgos Karagounis. Direct free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.

64:40

The referee blows for offside. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.

64:01

Steve Sidwell takes a shot. Chris Smalling gets a block in.

61:59

Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Chris Smalling gets a block in.

61:30

Phil Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Hugo Rodallega. Free kick taken by Hugo Rodallega.

59:58

Free kick taken by Chris Smalling.

59:58 Substitution

Substitution Damien Duff goes off and Hugo Rodallega comes on.

59:58 Substitution

Substitution (Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Paul Scholes coming on for Michael Carrick.

59:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bryan Ruiz on Michael Carrick.

58:05

Effort from the edge of the area by Damien Duff goes wide of the left-hand upright.

57:20

The ball is sent over by Ryan Giggs, John Arne Riise manages to make a clearance.

51:43

Assist by Luis Nani.

51:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Javier Hernandez - Man Utd 3 - 0 Fulham Javier Hernandez gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Man Utd 3-0 Fulham.

50:58

Sascha Riether sends in a cross, clearance by Chris Smalling.

49:25

Assist by Oliveira Anderson.

49:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Wayne Rooney - Man Utd 2 - 0 Fulham Goal scored by Wayne Rooney from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-0 Fulham.

48:16

The referee blows for offside against Wayne Rooney. John Arne Riise takes the indirect free kick.

47:08

Corner taken right-footed by Wayne Rooney from the left by-line, Steve Sidwell makes a clearance.

46:32

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Aaron Hughes gets a block in.

45:50

Effort from outside the penalty area by Luis Nani goes wide left of the target.

45:23

Shot from 12 yards from Dimitar Berbatov. Patrice Evra gets a block in.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Fulham) makes a substitution, with Giorgos Karagounis coming on for Chris Baird.

45:00 +1:34 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +1:03

Corner taken by Damien Duff.

45:00 +0:29

The offside flag is raised against Wayne Rooney. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.

45:00 +0:08

The referee penalises Bryan Ruiz for handball. David De Gea takes the free kick.

43:19

Luis Nani delivers the ball.

41:24

Ryan Giggs produces a cross, clearance by Brede Hangeland.

40:54

Luis Nani takes a shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.

37:13

Bryan Ruiz takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Jones.

31:25

Sascha Riether produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.

30:53

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Wayne Rooney from the left by-line, save by Mark Schwarzer.

30:32

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

28:51

Alex Kacaniklic is ruled offside. Free kick taken by David De Gea.

28:22

Ryan Giggs produces a cross, Steve Sidwell makes a clearance.

26:37

Steve Sidwell challenges Javier Hernandez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Carrick restarts play with the free kick.

25:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sascha Riether by Ryan Giggs. Sascha Riether takes the direct free kick.

24:51

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.

23:53

Effort on goal by Luis Nani from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

23:21

Luis Nani takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

22:31

Unfair challenge on Patrice Evra by Dimitar Berbatov results in a free kick. Patrice Evra takes the direct free kick.

19:59

Wayne Rooney decides to take a short corner. Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer. Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.

18:09

The ball is delivered by Phil Jones.

17:25

Corner taken right-footed by Wayne Rooney.

15:03

Luis Nani takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.

14:03

Damien Duff crosses the ball.

11:37

Damien Duff takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Ryan Giggs makes a clearance.

10:59

Sascha Riether produces a cross, Chris Smalling makes a clearance.

6:26

Sascha Riether sends in a cross.

5:37

The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, clearance by Brede Hangeland.

5:13

Corner taken short by Luis Nani.

4:20

Ryan Giggs concedes a free kick for a foul on Damien Duff. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.

3:54

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Aaron Hughes gets a block in.

2:56

Luis Nani fouled by John Arne Riise, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.

2:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Giggs - Man Utd 1 - 0 Fulham Penalty taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs and scored. Man Utd 1-0 Fulham.

1:39

Aaron Hughes is penalised for a handball.

0:58

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Wayne Rooney from the left by-line.

0:41

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

0:00

The match begins.

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