Darren Bent scored a very late equaliser to secure Fulham a point. Rene Meulensteen returned to Old Trafford for the first time as manager of Fulham.
Steve Sidwell gave the visitors the lead after he made a run into the box and was completely unmarked to slide the ball into the back of the net past David de Gea to break the deadlock after 19 minutes.
Former United player Kieran Richardson missed a golden opportunity to give Fulham a 2-0 lead after a quick counter attack from a Manchester United corner kick
Although for most of the match Fulham were leading 1-0, Manchester United kept on piling on the pressure on the Fulham defence and continued to dominate the game. The stats were heavily in favour of Manchester United, who managed 81 crosses throughout the match, the highest in any Premier League match since 2006.
Two late goals in quick succession from Robin Van Persie and Michael Carrick in the 78th and 80th minute gave United a 2-1 lead. Michael Carrick’s shot from the edge of the box went in after taking a deflection off Fulham midfielder Scott Parker.
Meulensteen has managed to win three out of 11 league matches since being given the job in December, after the sacking of Martin Jol.
A dramatic equaliser after a superb save from de Gea to keep out Richardon’s effort in the dying seconds of the match has certainly piled the pressure on a beleaguered David Moyes. With Liverpool securing a 5-1 victory against Arsenal and Tottenham beating rivals Everton 1-0, it was a must-win game for Manchester United.
Manchester United now currently lie 7th in the table, nine points behind 4th placed Liverpool.