- Title: Fans return to Old Trafford as United draw with Fulham
- Date: 18th May 2021
- Summary: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (MAY 18, 2021) (REUTERS) SIGN READING (English) "WELCOME HOME" / EXTERIOR OF OLD TRAFFORD STADIUM OLD TRAFFORD EXTERIOR POLICE PERSONNEL FANS MAKING THEIR WAY UP RAMP TO ENTER THE STADIUM VARIOUS OF FANS MAKING THEIR WAY THROUGH ENTRANCE FANS WALKING PAST SECURITY AND POLICE PERSONNEL VARIOUS OF FANS HAVING THEIR TICKETS CHECKED FANS MAKING THEIR WAY UP RAMP TO ENTER THE STADIUM EXTERIOR OF OLD TRAFFORD WITH FANS ENTERING SIR ALEX FERGUSON STAND SIGN ON WALL / EXTERIOR OF OLD TRAFFORD WITH FANS ENTERING
- Embargoed: 1st June 2021 21:25
- Keywords: COVID-19 Man United Man Utd Manchester United Old Trafford Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Premier League coronavirus fans
- Location: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK
- City: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Europe,Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA001EDHPOAN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Manchester United were held to a 1-1 home draw in front of returning fans by relegated Fulham in their penultimate Premier League match of the season after visiting defender Joe Bryan cancelled out a stunning Edinson Cavani opener on Tuesday (May 18).
United stretched their winless league run to three games after home defeats by Leicester City and Liverpool but were already assured of a top-four finish, prompting manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to leave striker Marcus Rashford on the bench.
Cavani netted with a sublime lob from 40 metres in the 15th minute to delight 10,000 home fans at Old Trafford who returned to the stadium for the first time in 14 months as the British government eased COVID-19 lockdown measures.
But United wasted a string of chances to add to their tally and were punished in the 76th minute as Bryan got on the end of Bobby De Cordova-Reid's cross and headed it past goalkeeper David De Gea at the far post.
The result left United second on 71 points from 37 games while Fulham stayed 18th on 28 as they managed only their second draw alongside seven defeats in the last nine league games.
United visit Wolverhampton Wanderers in their final league match of the season on Sunday (May 23) while Fulham are at home to Newcastle United.
(Production: Stefan Haskins)
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