United Briefing: United are the comeback kings

Friday 22 January 2021 08:00

When Manchester United fell behind to Ademola Lookman's fifth-minute strike at Fulham on Wednesday, every Reds fan will have maintained hope that the situation could be reversed.

Even if this was the first time Scott Parker had seen his team lose after netting first, the spirited comeback is in United's DNA and, sure enough, Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba came up trumps to send us back to the top of the Premier League table.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men have now conceded the opener in seven away games in the division this term and yet won all seven.

All The Angles: Pogba v Fulham Video

All The Angles: Pogba v Fulham

Paul scored a sensational winner at Craven Cottage that we could watch over and over again...

OptaJoe, on Twitter, were quick to recognise this fact and reported that only Newcastle United (2001/02 - 10) and the Reds (2012/13 - 9) have done it more often in a single season.

Overall, we have won 94 Premier League games after conceding the first goal, more than any other club.

Now the focus shifts to Sunday and the Emirates FA Cup fourth-round tie with Liverpool. On the same date in 1999, Ole capped one of most famous turnarounds by grabbing the winner seconds after Dwight Yorke had finally cancelled out Michael Owen's opener at Old Trafford. 

We have met the Merseysiders more frequently than any other club in the famous competition, winning nine of the 17 ties, including another memorable come-from-behind success, in the 1985 FA Cup semi-final replay at Maine Road, when Bryan Robson and Mark Hughes did the damage.

Tunnel Insider: Fulham 1 United 2 Video

Tunnel Insider: Fulham 1 United 2

Stewart Gardner and Ben Thornley brave the wind in London to provide the full scoop on a vital three points…

Liverpool's recent record against us in the competition is better, they've won two of the past three matches, but both of these came at Anfield. The last time they beat us in the FA Cup at Old Trafford was way back in 1921 and that is the only time they have managed it.

Sunday's encounter must be decided on the day, with extra-time and penalties if required, but whether one or both teams rotate and however the game pans out, it would be foolish to write United off if the Merseysiders do get their noses in front.

As has been shown time and time again this term, Ole's Reds are undoubtedly the masters of the comeback.

90 in 20: Fulham 1 United 2 Video

90 in 20: Fulham 1 United 2

What are you waiting for? Watch the extended highlights of Wednesday’s crucial win at Craven Cottage…


Ole's press conference for the Liverpool game will be published at 13:30 GMT as he'll provide an update on his team plans for the visit of the champions.

We'll also find out the latest from the Anfield camp, following their Premier League clash with Burnley on Thursday night. Furthermore, we hope to speak to a couple of our players in advance of the latest meeting with our arch-rivals from along the M62.

A note that Saturday's Under-18s match at Blackburn Rovers is unable to be shown live on MUTV.

United Daily: Wrapping up the Fulham reaction Video

United Daily: Wrapping up the Fulham reaction

Three Reds speak about recent form, Pogba’s goal and comeback wins, while there’s info on our Chinese New Year range…


We found it impossible not to linger on the magnificence of Pogba's winner at Fulham and were provided with a fresh angle of the strike by our cameraman Keith Rheade from the Craven Cottage stands.

Edinson Cavani answered the question a lot of fans have been asking - what is his goal celebration all about?

We also paused for breath to review the players' stats at the halfway stage of the Premier League season - find out who tops the leaderboards in a variety of fields.