Fulham 2-0 Manchester United
Manchester United's hopes of a recovery from their heavy defeat to Liverpool received a big blow as they lost their second straight league game to Fulham on Saturday.
Fulham had suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat to United the last time they played at Craven Cottage but manager Alex Ferguson decided to keep Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez on the bench with Dimitar Berbatov employed as a lone striker.
The move seemed to have backfired early in the game as Fulham dominated the first half, creating a number of chances while United struggled to find their rhythm. The visitors' hopes of a victory received a big blow in the 17th minute when Paul Scholes was sent off after blocking Bobby Zamora's header with his hand and Danny Murphy coolly slotted home the resultant penalty.
United were struggling defensively as Zamora threatened to break free time and again and the visitors went into half time just a goal behind thanks to some brilliant keeping by Edwin Van der Sar.
There was a sense of urgency in United’s play during the second half but Mark Schwarzer pulled off a string of brilliant saves to keep his side in front. With time running out, United stepped up their attacks but Fulham hit them on the break with Zoltan Gera doubling the lead in the 87th minute.
United’s misery was completed a minute later when Wayne Rooney was shown a second yellow card for dissent and the England international punched the corner flag enroute to the dressing room leaving Fulham with all three points from the game.
Tags: Manchester United, Fulham, Carlos Tevez, Dimitar Berbatov, Danny Murphy, Edwin Van der Sar, Mark Schwarzer, Wayne Rooney