Man United   4

Giggs (3), Rooney (50), Hernandez (52, 65)

Fulham   1

Hughes (77)

Saturday 26 January Old Trafford | Attendance: 72,596

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1De Gea
2Rafael
4Jones
12Smalling
3Evra
17Nani
16Carricksub22
8Andersonsub26
11Giggsgoalsub7
10Rooneygoal
14Hernandezgoalgoal
Subs:
13Lindegaard
5Ferdinand
19Welbeck
7Valenciasub11
20van Persie
22Scholessub16
26Kagawasub8
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1Schwarzer
27Riether
5Hangeland
18Hughesgoal
3Riise
16Duffsub20
7Sidwell
6Bairdsub14
31Kacaniklic
11Ruizsub24
9Berbatov
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14Senderos
10Petric
28Briggs
20Rodallegasub16
24Dejagahsub11
14Karagounissub6

Report

26/01/2013 19:03, Report by Steve Bartram
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United 4 Fulham 1

Manchester United eased into the last 16 of the FA Cup with a comfortable fourth round victory over Fulham at Old Trafford.

Ryan Giggs opened the scoring in little more than two minutes, converting a penalty after Aaron Hughes' inexplicable handball, while second-half strikes from Wayne Rooney and Chicharito - the latter with a brace - ended the resistance of Cottagers goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and his colleagues. 

The Australian stopper performed first-half heroics for the swamped visitors, repeatedly denying Rooney and Nani, while the Cottagers' only other consolation was a late header from Hughes.

Sir Alex Ferguson made just three changes to the side which edged through the Reds’ third round replay with West Ham, replacing Anders Lindegaard, Alexander Büttner and Antonio Valencia with David De Gea, Patrice Evra and Michael Carrick respectively.

Wayne Rooney proved United’s match-winner with an early goal against the Hammers, and the England striker almost repeated the feat inside a minute after sloppy play from Steve Sidwell.

The Cottagers midfielder’s sloppy pass went straight to Rooney, who bore down on goal before having his initial effort blocked by Brede Hangeland, then Sidwell atoned by deflecting Rooney’s follow-up into the side netting.

Fulham’s reprieve was only brief, however, as the subsequent corner led to the opening goal. Rooney’s in-swinging cross was inexplicably flicked away from Chris Smalling by Aaron Hughes, and referee Mark Clattenburg had little option but to award a penalty.

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