Manchester United played Fulham at the Craven Cottage, but after they collected maximum points last week against Newcastle who they beat 3-0. Dimitri Barbetov, Hernandez and Valencia played a crucial role in supporting the main actor role of Manchester United’s ‘Mr Dependable’, Paul Scholes.
Scholes latched onto a lay-off after a corner-kick, to score a trade-mark long-range shot that the goalkeeper should have dealt with 11 minutes into the match. They were matched man for match by a purposeful and patient Fulham. An equaliser came from a Davies first time shot from close range in the second half after a flowing move from the right.
United were made to continuously labour in vain by a systematic Mark Hughes coaches side, without any solution in sight to rescue the match. Bobby Zamora played with the maturity of a master, holding the ball well and waiting for support which was lean.
With 6 minutes left, a well taken Nani corner was deflected home by defender Hangeland. A few minutes later, Damien Duff, who was instrumental in the Fulham’s first equaliser, was unlucky to have the ball strike his hand and a penalty was given. Nani stepped up to take the spot kick. The goalkeeper Stockdale dived low to his right to parry the effort out.
Hangeland had the final say when he majestically rose high to head powerfully past Van de Saar from a corner, with only a minute of regulation time left. Fulham had a penalty shout turned down by the referee and will feel poetic justice was done on both the Nani penalty miss and the penalty shout they had against Vidic just a minute before the goal. A frustrating day in the office for Sir Alex Ferguson as Man U drops 2 valuable points.
Newcastle came from the 0-3 drubbing by Manchester United last week to score 6 past sorry Aston Villa. It was always going to be bad for a team without a manager, but Villa did not help themselves when John Carew missed an early penalty, blasting it over the bar. Newcastle got more confident as by contrast, Villa heads dropped.
Newcastle were riding a confidence crest wave, Andy Carrol scoring a 3rd hat-trick of the new season after Didier Drogba and Theo Walcott, and Kevin Nolan had a double. This was a 4th 6-0 scoreline of this fertile season. Chelsea beat West Brom and Wigan and Arsenal against Blackpool.
Villa were 3-0 victors last week but never really looked like they were in it after the penalty miss. Ashley Young showed some determination in flashes but there is really need for a motivational head in the dressing room.
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