Hodgson: United deserved win

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson had no complaints after seeing his side well beaten 3-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Cottagers went in at the interval level with the Premier League champions, but once Wayne Rooney broke the deadlock within seconds of the restart, it was game over for the visitors.

Hodgson told his club's official website:"I was hopeful we could reproduce our first-half performance in the second half, but I can't say anything other than the best team won.

"However I thought the scoreline was harsh on us.

"I thought our first-half performance was very solid, but of course when Rooney got his goal at the start of the second half, we were going to be up against it, especially after having played on Thursday night and considering our injury situation.

"Our programme of late has been very, very hard and we looked exceptionally tired in the last 20 minutes of the game.

"We've coped with it better than anyone could have expected, especially when we lost five players in the month of January through injury.

"I think we've done remarkably well to keep playing and it's important we get through this period before things settle down."

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