It was one of Fulham's more predicatable results of the season - but the 3-0 defeat suffered at Man United last night was the least of Roy Hodgson's worries.
The Whites boss again took the opportunity after thye match to complain about the crazy scheduling which forces his team to play Swansea City in an FA Cup replay on Tuesday night just 48 hours after the important home game against West Brom.
Hodgson does not make a habit of moaning, but the normally phelgmatic boss said the Swans had an unfair advantage in the battle to win through to the quarter-finals.
After the way in which Man United flattened his team at Old Trafford, Hodgson might see elimination to the Swans as a blessing in disguise because the league leaders are the team lying in wait in the last eight for the winners of that Fulham v Swansea tie at the Cottage.
United were at their commanding best and again looked almost impregnable in defence - even if lone striker Bobby Zamora went close to netting twice to deny edwin Van der sar a 14th clean sheet. As it was, the former Fulham keeper prevailed and a steady stream of chances kept coming at the other end.
Mark Schwarzer was dceived by a Paul Scholes volley at a corner after only 12 minutes and the points were as good as in the bag after 30 when slack defending allowed Dimitar Berbatov to claim the second.
Wayne Rooney grabbed the third in the 63rd minute just two minutes after coming on as sub.