David De Gea retained his starting berth but Wayne Rooney lost his role as the Manchester United penalty taker. These were the bulletins from what was the calmest of passages into Sunday’s FA cup fifth round draw as the 11-times winners could hope for.
The tie felt over as early as the 127 seconds United required to strike, though it was not until Javier Hernández’s 66th-minute finish that made it 4-0 that the scoreline truly reflected how one-way the traffic had been.
Sir Alex Ferguson said: “It was a good performance. We respected Fulham, as you saw, because we played such a strong side, as we didn’t want any slip-ups. This trophy is very important to us this season, we haven’t won it for nearly 10 years, so really we need a big performance in it this year
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