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Fulham’s assistant manager Steve Kean hailed his side’s effort and commitment despite the Cottagers losing 2-1 to Manchester United in an FA Cup quarter-final clash at Old Trafford.

The Cottagers have proved to be a thorn in the champions’ side this season, taking away four points from the Old Trafford giants courtesy of a 3-1 win at Old Trafford early in the season and a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road last weekend.

However, they came unstuck on Saturday, but not for lack of effort.

After taking the lead half-way through the first half through Steed Malbranque’s spot-kick, the Cottagers were undone by Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s double.

“We gave it a go out there,” Kean he said. “This is a hard place to come and though the result wasn’t what we wanted it was a great team effort.

“On another day Tim Howard might not have made that save at the end and we could have done it, but it’s not to be.

“The attitude and commitment was all there. The difference between the sides was in the final third, they had a little bit more penetration than us.

“I think the performance will give us a lift and if that spurs us on into the top six or seven then great.

“We gave it everything. Our attitude was spot-on, we tried to attack and on another day we might have got a draw, but I’m satisfied with the performance.”