Date: 22nd August 2010 at 6:56pm
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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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