Man United Go 10 Points Clear

Manchester United have gone 10 points clear of Arsenal after a routine 2-0 win over Fulham at Old Trafford.

Team News:

Man United starting XI- Kuszczak, O'Shea, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Gibson, Scholes, Anderson, Valencia, Nani and Berbatov.

Subs- Van Der Sar; Brown, Fabio, Carrick, Park, Hernandez and Owen.

Sir Alex Ferguson made eight changes to the side who beat Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday. Tomasz Kuszczak, John O'Shea, Chris Smalling, Darron Gibson, Anderson, Paul Scholes, Luis Nani and Dimitar Berbatov all came into the side.

The Game:

Fulham had an early effort, which was a 25-yard shot from Gael Kakuta but it was well saved by Kuszczak. Man United's first attempt on goal came from Nani, the ball was deflected over by Aaron Hughes and went for a corner.

Kuszczak had to make two good saves within the first five minutes, the second was a 20-yard shot from Moussa Dembele, Kuszczak punched the ball away for a corner.

Despite a sloppy start, it was Manchester United who took the lead in the 11th minute. Nani played a one-two with Anderson, who played in Berbatov and the Bulgarian scored from 10 yards out.

Anderson should have put United 2-0 up after a brilliant run by Berbatov, he squared the ball to Anderson but the Brazilian screwed his shot wide.

Man United continued to push for a second goal with both Antonio Valencia, Nani and Smalling all having chances.

Man United did have a second goal just after the half hour mark. Nani picked up the ball down the left, Mark Schwarzer came off his line, Nani went past him and hit the ball towards goal. Valencia was there to head the ball into an empty net.

Man United almost had a third just before half time. Valencia burst into the area he crossed the ball towards Berbatov but Hughes was there to clear, if he hadn't it would have been a simple tap-in for Berbatov.

Second half and Man United had another brilliant chance only two minutes in; Anderson's strike was palmed away by Schwarzer for a corner.

Bobby Zamora looked like he could trouble United in the 53rd minute but Kuszczak was quickly off his goal line to claim the ball. Immediately down the other end Berbatov shot wide from eight yards out.

Fulham had two chances in a matter of minutes. The first was a long range strike from Clint Dempsey, the ball was deflected away by Smalling. The second looked like it was in after an effort from Eidur Gudjohnsen. The ball hit the boards and hit the net behind the goal.

Anderson had another long range effort, this time from 25 yards out but it was a comfortable save for Schwarzer. Seconds later, Fulham were awarded a free kick right on the edge of the area after Nemanja Vidic was judged to have fouled Kakuta.

Man United went on to win the game 2-0 and are now 10 points clear of Arsenal, who play Blackpool tomorrow.

One Response so far.

  1. Davidthealien says:

    Not much to say today on this game besides great result and never really hit top gear and didnt need to lol. 5 wins away from number 19 which its all about.

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