This was a third successive away game for Manchester United, after a win at Burnley and a draw at Liverpool.
They started this match in 3rd place after Leicester won on Tuesday and Man City won earlier on Wednesday, so only a win would send United back top.
So could they win and make it a 3rd team to go top of the league in the space of 24 hours?
It was played at Craven Cottage
After only three minutes Wan-Bissaka lost possession and Lookman drove at Maguire and his shot from 22 yards was straight at De Gea.
Just a couple of minutes later, Fulham sliced through United’s defence , as Anguissa was given far too much time, he clipped a wonderful ball over Bailly for Lookman, who was in so much space and he did look offside, but he sprinted through on goal and fired a clever finish into the bottom corner, and Fulham ahead early on.
Five minutes later, Fred got his body across Loftus-Cheek in the box and took a tumble but no penalty given.
After 21 minutes, moments after he hit the post , Fernandes whipped in a good cross which Areola fumbled and Cavani pounced to fire home.
A couple of minutes later, Fermandes’ right footed shot from outside the box was saved in the bottom left corner.
Just before the half hour mark, Maguire’s header from a corner went wide.
After 34 minutes, Fernandes’ right footed shot from a freekick went high and wide to the right.
Just before halftime, Tosin’s header from the centre of the box was saved in the centre of the goal. And Martial got in between 2 Fulham defenders to meet a cross but he couldn’t keep his header down and the ball looped onto the roof of the net.
Halftime score: Fulham 1-1 Manchester United
So a first half where United started slowly, but gradually got themselves back into the game and got the equaliser, could United push on and step it up a gear in the 2nd half?
After 48 minutes, Reed rushed his shot on the edge of the area and smashed his effort well over.
Just three minutes later, Maguire got the run on his marker and met a corner cleanly from 10 yards out, but Aina just did enough to put him off.
A couple of minutes later, Loftus-Cheek beat Fred for pace then he crossed into Lookman who swept a first time effort straight at De Gea.
And then 2 minutes later, Fernandes tried his luck from 22 yards out but his shot was blocked, then a cross was cleared to Shaw on the angle who took on the volley but great defending by Tete.
Just before the hour mark, Pogba got into space down the right, delivered a wonderful ball that took Andersen out of the game, Fernandes charged in from 6 yards out but his header was blocked but Fernandes was offside anyway.
On the hour mark, Reed played a great ball to Cavaleiro who got it wide to Bryan who mishit his cross out of play.
With 25 minutes remaining, Pogba received the ball outside the box, he looked up and bent an unstoppable drive out of Areola’s reach and into the back of the net, a stunning goal by Pogba again just like last week, and United were heading top, could they see the game out or extend their lead?
A couple of minutes later, Fernandes sent another wicked cross in from the right and Cavani met with a firm header that Areola kept out brilliant to push to safety.
Heading into the final fifteen minutes, Kamara held the ball up and played a fantastic ball in behind Maguire for Loftus-Cheek who got in on goal, but De Gea made an important save with his legs.
With ten minutes remaining, Loftus-Cheek won a freekick about 35 yards out, Reed clipped a brilliant ball in that left United in trouble but there were no Fulham players there to attacking.
After 84 minutes, Fulham were still pushing for an equaliser and Lookman skipped away down the left and looked for Mitrovic at the back post, it then dropped to Loftus-Cheek about 15 yards out but he sliced a horrible effort into the stands.
In the 2nd minute of stoppage time Lookman brought it down and his shot was blocked by Wan-Bissaka.
Then a minute later Mitrovic angled a header at goal, it struck Bailly on the thigh and deflected towards his own goal, but it just trickled inches wide of the post, fortunately for United.
Fulltime score: Fulham 1-2 Manchester United
So a ground out win for Man United who didn’t play particularly well, but got the win which is all that matters.
It means Man United at the halfway stage of the season are top of the Premier League on 40 points, 2 points clear of both Man City and Leicester and at time of writing 6 clear of Liverpool.
Highlights of this game are on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FomruvKJLcw
Next for Man United is a home game in the FA Cup 4th round against Liverpool so a 2nd game in a week against Liverpool, who will progress to round 5? Its live on BBC One on Sunday 24th January 2021 with a 5pm kickoff