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Liam Rosenior was delighted after being named man of the match on his league debut as Fulham held Manchester United at Craven Cottage.

The young full-back turned in a mature display to nullify United winger Ryan Giggs and is targeting a regular place in Chris Coleman’s starting line-up. He has had to apologise to skipper Andy Cole for making him feel old – given that Cole’s strike partner in his first spell at Craven Cottage was Liam’s dad, Leroy.

The 20 year-old told the Sun: “Andy Cole is a soccer legend, the second highest scorer in Premiership history. You can’t help but look up to him. I remember him playing alongside my dad when I was about five years old. I think it makes him feel old! When he first came to the club we spoke about him playing with dad and had a good laugh about it.”

It’s a big club for my whole family. My grandfather was a fan. Making my debut against Manchester United with my dad watching from the Cottage balcony was really amazing. I was too young to see him play for Fulham but I’ve seen him on video. I know Fulham fans remember him well and, hopefully, in years to come they will remember me.

“Luckily, I’m not a nervous person but my first touch was over-hit. After that I settled down well. In a way I coudn’t lose against Giggs and Ronaldo because nothing was really expected of me but I put pressure on myself. My dad has never given me advice. He has let me be my own man and that’s probably why I’m such a relaxed person. It would be different if I had a dad who was always on my case