Playing Fulham at Old Trafford should have been a guaranteed three points for Manchester United.
The Cottagers have struggled all season and went into the tie rock bottom of the league. Despite the Red Devils season-long under-achievement there was a feeling that the game would be won and all three points secured.
United gave starts to Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and central defender Nemanja Vidic who recently revealed he will be quitting Old Trafford at the end of the season. Quite frankly, who can blame him.
The game begun with United very much in control, but with Fulham’s first proper attempt Steve Sidwell put them in front 19 minutes in. United were 1-0 down at Old Trafford to a relegation threatened team and supporters began to think the worst. Again.
It took 78 minutes for the Red Devils to score their equaliser and then followed it up two minutes later with a second.
With ten minutes to go it seemed United were over their initial scare, but in the 94th minute Fulham made it 2-2 to deny the Red’s their victory.
Manager David Moyes looked bereft of ideas and the fans were pushed that little bit closer to the edge.
United’s next Premier League game was at the Emirates to play Arsenal with a top four place in real peril.
After United were held by bottom Fulham and Arsenal suffering a heavy 5-1 defeat against Liverpool, both teams were eager to bounce back in what is always a hotly contested match.
A win for Arsenal would have taken the Gunners back on top, while even a win would still have kept United 7th.
On the night both teams played cautiously neither wanting to lose, so after 90 minutes of no goals and little energy from either side, both went away with a point.
With no FA Cup to play for, United have ten days to regroup before their Premier League visit to Selhurst Park.
Crystal Palace are fighting to make their time in the top division permanent but with only eight wins and 15 defeats the Eagles are running out of chances.
With new signings Thomas Ince and Joe Ledley brought in to increase their goal haul and David Moyes still in charge, Palace will be hoping to do better than their 2-0 loss to United earlier this season.
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9 years ago
How bad has it got for the final comment t be even made ? Palace are not a good side, just organised with positive work ethic…… should really be brushed aside by a top team… but oh dear, UTD no longer meet that criteria…..