Match Of The Week: Fulham 0-4 Manchester United

It is a shame that, this year, the FA Cup has become the competition that best represents the poisonous inequality that cuts through English football like a hot knife through butter. Manchester United and Chelsea sailed through on Saturday, and Arsenal brushed Burnley aside to set up what is likely to be a perfunctory quarter-final against Hull City. We said it last May. Enjoy it while it lasts. The big clubs were left licking their wounds and, on the basis of the evidence of what we have seen in the competition this year, resolved never to let this happen again. We have, therefore, the top, second and fifth placed teams in the Premier League in the semi-finals of the competition, with the fourth placed team likely to join them. On Saturday evening, there was a thoroughly dispiriting display at Craven Cottage. Fulham have performed reasonably well in the Premier League this season, and sit in tenth place in the table. No realistic chance of making the UEFA Cup next season, but unlikely to get too drawn into the relegation battle that seems likely to fall like a heavy cloud over the bottom half of the table over the next few weeks or so. This, however, was a massacre. Fulham pressed effectively in the opening stages, but when Carlos Tevez gave United the lead the sound of deflation was almost...

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