Aaron Hughes scored late in match for the Whites, but his effort was no more than a mere consolation.
You can find out how the match unfolded with our minute-by-minute commentary below.
"I don’t think Dimitar was a failure here. Some people like to see players run through brick walls all the time. Dimitar is not that type of player but he is very talented and he had a decent goalscoring record here."
MAN UNITED: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Scholes, Valencia, Kagawa, Welbeck, van Persie
FULHAM: Senderos, Petric, Karagounis, Briggs, Rodallega, Dejagah, Etheridge
"It's been over the top. It is always over the top when it comes to criticism here," said Ferguson. "You have to listen to some idiots in the game. I am not interested in discussing it because we know it is unfounded."
"How good is Giggs? Considering he used to be a flying winger, how he has changed his game and remained at the top is phenomenal."
"Both managers will have a little contentment about the first half. Manchester United's Alex Ferguson because his side area a goal ahead - and it could have been two or three.
"But also Martin Jol, because his team improved after a dreadful start. Can they get back into the game? We will see."