Wayne Rooney was providential once again after the midweek match, as this time he produced a moment of brilliance against Fulham, a team which was completely outplayed by United last weekend for the FA Cup, to score the only goal of the match and claim a crucial win which puts United 10 points clear of Man City, while waiting for the latter to play tomorrow. A game which seemed to be heading for a draw as both teams created opportunities but failing to score so far, until Rooney burst forward to seal the win and send fans and staff in ecstasy.
The match took a rather shapeless start as both Fulham and United tried to get a hold on the ball, and the United came close to open the score on the 9th minute, but Evra’s volley smashed against the bar, while Rooney’s attempted scissor kick was cleared on the line by a defender. However Fulham created a counter of their own, and Riise unleashed a powerful shot from about 25 yards, which De Gea did well to push over for a corner. When De Gea is not able to save, his post does, as Ruiz’s strike had De Gea beaten but not his left post which kept the ball out. United were then denied by Hangeland and the corner between the post and the bar, as the former in an attempt to defend, send the ball looping over which could have surprised his keeper. Both teams went head-to-head in an attempt to score, but failed to do so in the first 45 minutes, with a minor power cut forcing the ref to stop action for a few minutes, before eventually resuming the last few minutes of the first half.
The second half took off like the first one ended, but again despite having more possession, United looked toothless and could not create clear opportunities to score, while Fulham threatened on the counters. De Gea had to save again as Riether had a shot in which fortunately did not do any damage as United looked frustrated, they who had enjoyed a rather calm game only 7 days ago against the same opponents. Chicharito, then had a great chance to score, but completely missed the ball in an attempt to volley as the latter came down to him following a deflection. But United eventually scored on the 79th minute, as Fulham had pushed forward, and in the resulting counterattack, Rooney took the ball on the left flank to run at Fulham’s defense, and once in the box, steered a brilliant low shot past the keeper into the far corner. RvP then blazed a shot well over as he was put through by Nani, but was eventually flagged offside to spare his blushes for this one. Fulham however did not lose hope despite conceding and RvP had to clear Senderos’ header off the line, and then United conceded a freekick about 30 yards out in added time, which fortunately Rodallega struck against the wall, and United were left to heave a sigh of relief as the ref blew the final whistle.