Man Utd’s half-time decision behind Fulham win emerges after going top

Manchester United needed a second half rally to beat Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Paul Pogba's strike proved the difference after Edinson Cavani's goal had cancelled out Ademola Lookman's early opener before the break.

The Red Devils showed their character and underlined their Premier League title credentials to go back to the top of the table.

And captain Harry Maguire gave some insight into their half-time changes which helped them get a grip on the game.

Maguire revealed that the players made a conscious decision to come out fast in the second half after a sluggish end to the first 45 minutes.

And it certainly paid off as they piled on the pressure before finding a breakthrough via a moment of magic from Pogba.

“We deserved the three points. We started the game sloppy, the reaction was brilliant, we’ve got to start the game better but we will improve.

“We put them under a lot of pressure and we felt the goal was coming, after we scored in the first half to draw level I felt like we came off a bit for the last 10 minutes of the first half.

“We spoke about it at half-time that we needed to start the half well and I thought we were brilliant.

“We created chance after chance, we felt comfortable at the back, the lads were creating chances and you always feel like they’re going to put the ball in the back of the net.

“Paul has probably ended up scoring the hardest chance we created but it shows what a talented player he is and the magic he can create if we stay in the game.”

Maguire insists United are now allowing themselves to get carried away despite being top of the table.

“That’s the main thing we speak about it, we don’t speak about the table, we speak about the improvement," he said.

"Two years ago you wouldn’t have said we’d be challenging at the top of the table, but as players we believe that we can, we expect that we can, because this club expects to challenge for the biggest trophies.

“It’s all about improvement, it’s about improving each game and each session. Tonight there are things we can improve on.

“It’s nice to have the points tally but there’s long a way to go and there are a lot of things we need to improve on to stay there."

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