Ryan Babel was subbed off moments after an embarrassing miss vs Manchester United

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Manchester United lifted themselves into the top four of the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday afternoon. 

A Paul Pogba double and a brilliant solo effort from Anthony Martial saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team sweep aside the relegation-threatened Cottagers.  

United have now won eight of their nine league games under the Norwegian coach, who took over on a temporary basis after Jose Mourinho was sacked in December. 

For Fulham though, things are going from bad to worse. 

They remain second-bottom in the table and are seven points from safety after playing a game more than their relegation rivals. 

At full-time, fans inside Craven Cottage turned on Claudio Ranieri and his players who now have a real fight on their hands to secure safety. 

FAR OUTPLAYED

Going into the fixture, not many gave the hosts any real chance of beating Solskjaer's in-form Man United side. 

And that's how it ultimately panned out. It wasn't a really embarrassing result - but rather a defeat that many saw coming. 

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But there was a moment during the game that one Fulham player will be particularly eager to forget.  

AN EMBARRASSING MISS

With just under 15 minutes to play, the ball dropped to Ryan Babel, who was standing less than a yard from goal. 

Rather than simply tapping into an unguarded net, the January signing fluffed his lines and poked the ball on to the post, before it ricocheted back off his leg and behind for a goal kick. 

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Check out the embarrassing moment below. 

To make matters worse, missing from a few inches out was Babel's last involvement and he was subbed off just seconds later.

Although the change was likely planned before he missed, the forward's confidence will probably be knocked by such a poor miss. 

Still, even if he had scored it would have made little difference to the final result, as Fulham were 3-0 down at the time. 

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