Manchester United 1 Fulham 0 – Nervous United hang on for victory
Manchester United returned to the top of the Premier League on Monday night, although the Red Devils were left hanging on for a slender victory, with the Cottagers unlucky not to be awarded an injury-time penalty.
March 26th, 2012
Michael Carrick bundled over substitute Danny Murphy as the game drew to a close, although Michael Oliver did not award a penalty and Sir Alex Ferguson’s team claimed a valuable three points which means they go clear of neighbours City once again.
It was a subdued performance from the champions, who started the game brightly and forced Fulham on to the back foot, although they were unable to force a breakthrough and Martin Jol’s team got into their stride.
Just as it appeared the scoreline was going to be goalless at the interval, the ball was floated into the visitors’ penalty area and Jonny Evans was able to square the ball back for Wayne Rooney to slot home in the 41st minute.
It would be easy to think the floodgates would open at this stage, although Fulham edged the second half and the introduction of Murphy and Bryan Ruiz changed the complexion of the game, with Ferguson bringing Scholes on for Murphy as United wavered.
While no clear goalscoring chances presented themselves for the visitors, Carrick’s foul on Murphy went unnoticed by the referee when the same player would have picked himself up to try and land an unlikely point.