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Fulham 2 United 2

Down by the Thames today Manchester United contrived to chuck away two points this afternoon, two points that could be invaluable come next May!

For the third season on the trot we came away from Craven Cottage without the three points. Sir Alex was unable to call on the services of Wayne Rooney after the striker went down with a bug and Park was preferred in the midfield to Nani. Our hosts had former Red Devil, Jonathan Greening, on the bench.

United got the action underway and the first few minutes consisted of both sides playing the ball around without creating any serious chances. When a chance did come Park saw his shot deflected for a corner.

Fulham had Stockdale in goal with Schwarzer still injured and the youngster did well to keep out an effort from Berbatov. But with twelve minutes gone United did take the lead. A corner was played into the box and Berbatov took the opportunity to lay the ball back for Scholes to hit a stunning low shot into the bottom corner from twenty-five yards.

All credit to our hosts though as they weren`t fazed and forced United on the back foot with Davies firing just over after a good knockdown from Zamora. Stockdale continued to impress pulling off two good saves to deny Berbatov before Van der Sar performed miracles to foil Etuhu not once but twice with the second save being a superb finger-tip effort.

If the first half had been a good affair then the second was to thrill even more. Evans produced a decent block to deny Davies before, on fifty-seven minutes, Fulham were level. Duff bamboozled Evra on the flank and sped away, the ball was played into Zamora and he laid the ball back for Davies to fire past Van der Sar.

Stockdale continued to deny Berbatov with two more saves and with the clock counting down it looked as if it`d finish 1-1, But United were pushing forward and the third in a succession of three corners saw the unfortunate Hangeland nudge the ball past Stockdale into his own net.

Fulham looked devastated and the game was there for the taking when Duff was the recipient of a harsh handball decision but perhaps Lady Luck was smiling on our hosts as Nani delivered a decent enough spot-kick but Stockdale dived to push the ball away.

It was a miss that Fulham were to rue with Fulham forcing a late corner only for Hangeland to rise above a static United defence to head home. Four minutes of added time were played out but United couldn`t edge ahead and the reward for all that endeavour was a solitary point.

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 22 2010

Time: 6:55PM

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sickening day
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22/08/2010 21:35:00

Good lord, the ref hands it to you on a plate and you still couldn't win. This manure team looks decidedly average.
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22/08/2010 22:25:00

I wouldn't say we chucked to points more like we gained one. Fulham had two penalty shouts which should've been given in all fairness, whereas our one was very controversial. Evra seemed to disappear as the game went on, Vidic wasn't quite what he could be however Van Der Sar was quite unlucky as he did get a good hand to both of the goals but they were too powerful for him to knock away also his double-save against Etuhu was great. A very luck second goal on our part and unfortunately Nani missed what could've been the decisive goal (though a very dubious one). Craven Cottage is a very hard place to play at and Fulhams home-record last season shows that so walking away with a point isn't too bad espicially when we haven't done it in a little while. However, I think we rode our luck far too much today for my liking but a good result in a sense this time last year we got beat by Burnley so its an improved start on last season.
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23/08/2010 00:02:00

what 2 penalty shouts? the pulling yes but where was the 2nd one? please dont tell me the Oshea "handball", cause the ball hit his ass lol if you did mean the oshea one then you are a sheep :|
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23/08/2010 00:21:00

also while you mention burnley, we also missed a crucial penalty in that game lool (at 0-0). ***** our penalty luck
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23/08/2010 00:22:00

The ref was just out of this world.....he handed the win to you and you didnt take advantage. But overall Fullham got cheated of 3pts and definitely 1pt gained for you guys.
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23/08/2010 01:06:00

great match. I think the BPL won in the end. Poetic justice evident again in Football. Poor old duff was so relieved. A good point gained in a sense.... Fulham are tough opposition and were on song today. Too Early to judge implications so i wouldn't sweat it if i were a united fan.
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23/08/2010 02:47:00

fulham deserved the point they got,united didnt deserve to win.i dont know why vidic got a new contract because they should have sold him.he gives away to many fouls and panics when he is up against the best teams.according to the dictator ferguson owen is short of minutes so he cant pick him,then he goes and puts him on for 18 mins.he will always be short of playing minutes unless the fool plays him more.he would have done better than hernandez .
johnney handsome
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23/08/2010 09:56:00

It was a great match, but a disappointing one. After Scholes' goal we should have pushed for a second but we started to sit back. We later paid the price when Davies scored. We then began to attack once again and managed to score to get it to 2-1. Nani's penalty after the second goal changed the flow of the game in the last couple of minutes and we threw away 3 points. Lesson which needs to be learnt? United have to push for a 2nd after an early lead.
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23/08/2010 11:09:00

^^^ its the same story as last season, we did the exact same thing, we go 1 ahead then get sloppy and making ridiculous passes which have a 5% chance of working and give the possession away cheaply. looks like we havent learnt our lesson
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23/08/2010 12:44:00

johnney, Vidic is one of the best centre backs in the world thus there being so much interest in him. I also wouldn't of put it down to Owen not playing either, Hernandez is more than capable of scoring his recent record shows that and also has more pace than Owen, all he has got to do is adjust.
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23/08/2010 13:40:00

It is obvious that this team is just not good enough. Never mind you can always spend some more before the transfer window closes.
Mazarron Albert
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23/08/2010 18:58:00

Not the start you needed with Chelski flying already, roll on our visit to OT
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24/08/2010 01:10:00

Fulham are our bogey team. Its on more point than we gained against them at home last season. We started worse last season, so it isnt really time to hit the panic button yet. Also how often do we actually win our opening two games? Not for a long time.
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24/08/2010 08:23:00

famous no7 i have no doubt hernandez will work out ok but he is not ready for the rough and tumble of this league.striking is not all about pace it is also about being in the right and have a goalscoring instinct which owen has.if owens fit he should be played because we know he will eventually get injured.im sorry to disagree with you on vidic but you watch him for ninety minutes and you will see his constant fouling and panicing,just ask torres.rio and johnny evans are rolls royces and vidic is a mini metro
johnney handsome
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24/08/2010 11:05:00

In other news, you can all stop patting yourselves on the back over Van Der Vaart - his "quote" about manure being the only place that's not a step down from Madrid were entirely fabricated, so the joke's on your. http://fourfourtwo.com/news/england/61724/default.aspx
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24/08/2010 16:57:00

What has happened to helping out the local clubs????? If you have got players that are not going to get into the team why not lend them out to the local teams. They will get a game to keep fit and ready for use in the first team. Stockport County needs you!!!!!!!
Mazarron Albert
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24/08/2010 18:51:00

The news keeps getting better for you reds these days eh? This type of thing keeps up and us Blues might even start to feel a bit sorry for you! "Glazers fail to pay mortgage on four shopping malls" http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/aug/24/manchester-united-glazers-mortgage-malls
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25/08/2010 00:18:00

You have Ozil avaliable for 12mil. He gives you guys a real shot and you go out and spend on Bebe. No disrespect but you need more than youngsters to keep pace with us. And Scholes and Giggs won't do it every time. Rooney's return on the other hand... may help.
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25/08/2010 07:50:00

Ozil gave you a shout as well maka and yet Ancelotti showed no interest in him neither, maybe both our managers saw something in him they didn't like. Youngsters will make it harder but were going to push you every step of the way.
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25/08/2010 10:07:00

Ozil always wanted to play in spain. If he didnt want to play for us even if he was worth $12 we wouldnt be able to buy him.
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25/08/2010 10:27:00

I suspect Ozil will be at Arsenal next season - Barca have only bought him as a bargaining chip to get hold of Fabregas, and he won't want to spend the next few years of his career gathering splinters on the Barca bench.
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25/08/2010 12:26:00

ummm... FCB he's a REAL MADRID player....
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25/08/2010 12:45:00

fcb= epic fail
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25/08/2010 13:05:00

What happened there fcb?
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25/08/2010 14:26:00

In vino veritas. :)
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25/08/2010 18:42:00


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