Last Minute Header Denies United All Three Points

Craven Cottage, Fulham v Manchester United, Premier League 22/08/2010 Brede Hangeland of Fulham celebrates with teamates after making the score 2-2 Photo Marc Atkins Fotosports International Photo via Newscom
Manchester United haven't had much luck in the last two games against Fulham at Craven Cottage, losing both times. They went into the game without striker Wayne Rooney, who had picked up a stomach virus, Rio Ferdinand, Anderson and Owen Hargreaves were all out injured.

It looked like United's luck had changed after an own goal handed them the lead, which was followed minutes later by a fortunate penalty handed to the away side. Luis Nani's penalty was saved by keeper David Stockdale, Fulham then went on to get an equaliser in the 89th minute.

Paul Scholes opened up the scoring with one of his trademark strikes. The 25-yard screamer was his 150th goal for Man United.Fulham should have equalised through Dickson Etuhu but Edwin Van Der Sar made a fantastic double save.

57 minutes in Fulham had themselves an equaliser. Bobby Zamora pulled the ball back to Simon Davies who put it past Van Der Sar from 12-yards out.

The home side should have been awarded a penalty after Nemanja Vidic had a handful of Moussa Dembele's shirt, luckily for the defender, nothing was given.

While the game was still at 1-1, Sir Alex Ferguson brought off an unimpressive Ji-Sung Park and brought on Nani. That was soon followed with a double substitution, Ryan Giggs and Michael Owen were brought on on for Antonio Valencia and Javier Hernandez.

With 84 minutes on the clock, Man United fortunately took the lead after the ball hit Brede Hangeland's shin and went in for an own goal. Minutes later it looked like the game could put put to bed after referee Peter Walton awarded United a penalty. Unfortunately for United, Nani's penalty was saved.

Hangeland made up for the own goal after heading past Van Der Sar with only a minute plus injury time remaining. The match finished 2-2, Man United sit third in the table, level on points with Arsenal and two behind Chelsea.

A draw may have been a better result than we got last year but it's still a disappointing result, especially after Chelsea have won both their first two games. Credit has to go to Fulham for fighting back twice, overall a draw was a fair result.

After the game Sir Alex still refused to speak to the BBC, that is in breach of Premier League rules and he could now face a fine.

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