Manchester United 2 Fulham 2 – Bent fires injury-time equaliser
The Cottagers rescued a point late in the game after the Red Devils had come from a goal down
February 9th, 2014
Fulham somehow came away from Old Trafford with a point on Sunday, with the visitors taking an early lead thanks to Steven Sidwell before Manchester United claimed two late goals which looked to have given the champions victory.
However, in the dying seconds of the game, man of the match Sidwell dispossessed Michael Carrick and fed Kieran Richardson whose shot was only parried by David de Gea. The ball looped into the path of Darren Bent and the substitute nodded home from close range.
It was job done as far as Fulham were concerned, with Sidwell giving them the lead in the 19th minute after withstanding early pressure from David Moyes’ men. A splendid ball from Lewis Holtby saw his midfield team-mate slot the ball home and it was a lead which the visitors were to hold for most of the game.
United simply couldn’t find a breakthrough and it was starting to look as though Rene Meulensteen had executed the perfect gameplan, although Robin van Persie finally scored an equaliser in the 79th minute.
The Old Trafford crowd were on their feet and moments later their team were in the lead. The ball fell to Michael Carrick outside the area and the midfielder’s shot was deflected off Scott Parker and into the net.
Fulham looked dead on their feet and it appeared that United were going to claim a much-needed three points, although one final attack of the game yielded some valuable dividends and the Cottagers will have faith they can now stay in the Premier League.
As for the Red Devils, not only have their hopes of retaining the title disappeared but it also seems as though the prospect of Champions League football is looking remote after this latest disappointing result.