Man Utd had looked a little toothless in attack throughout the game but the arrival of the Argentine in the second half brought a pace and energy that had been severely lacking. Garnacho wanted a penalty within minutes of his arrival but saw his appeals turned down. However, he still managed to steal all of the headlines by scoring a late winner. Garnacho showed off his pace to start the move, combined well with Eriksen, and then still had the presence of mind to supply a precise finish.
The Dane scored his first Man Utd goal after 14 minutes to put the Red Devils ahead at Craven Cottage. A good move ended with Bruno Fernandes’ pass taking a nick on its way to the far post where Eriksen slid in to make it 1-0. That’s now 150 career goals for Eriksen, 53 in the Premier League, and he also becomes the first Dane to score for Man Utd since goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel netted against FC Rotor Volgograd in 1995. Eriksen looked a little tired in the second half but had the intelligence to combine with Garnacho for the winner.
The winger scored his first goal of the season in the second half to make it 1-1 almost immediately after coming off the bench. James arrived in the 58th minute and two minutes later he had found the back of the net. The visitors were caught out on the break when Tom Cairney picked out the substitute and he bundled the ball past David De Gea from close range. James chose not to celebrate but you can bet he was thrilled to net against his former club.