j24jags wrote:What a finish to that Man U-Fulham match. Tied at 1 with about 10 minutes left. Man U started attacking, they really wanted those three points, they finally scored off a corner (own goal off the defender's knee). After a handball in the box by a Fulham defender, Nani had a PK saved, and then Fulham scored in the 88th minute or so off a beautiful corner leading to a tie. Great finish. Man U will be disappointed with a draw there though.
To be fair, Fulham deserved no less than a draw. It was a spotty performance from United as a whole, but the defending from the two Fulham goals was atrocious. Just one of those days where Rio Ferdinand was missed at the back, as he still remains United's most complete centerback, defending set pieces and staying composed against the run of play. The tactics weren't particularly good from Fergie either, because he shouldn't have played a 4-4-2 formation against a more rigid side in Fulham, especially away. It works better against weaker opponents, but then again, Newcastle last week were able to expose the soft midfield with an extra man in the center of the park.
Fair play to Fulham, as they looked good when they did attack. However, Nani shouldn't have taken the penalty, when Giggs and Berbatov are better spot kick takers and it could have been a 3-1 win. Disappointing result nonetheless, even though I'd say this was likely to pan out as a draw given that any fixture at Craven Cottage is a tricky game. Still, United should have taken a game they didn't particularly play well in, by the scruff of the neck. I'll probably be irked about this for a few days.
Unfair to compare United to Chelsea at the moment, but I will say that one thing Carlo Ancelotti has instilled in this Chelsea side is a ruthlessness to take advantage of the other teams' mistakes. Granted, West Brom and Wigan are both piss-poor sides and made a mess of things once a goal behind, Chelsea took their chances well despite not playing up that well to expectation. Two 6-nils to two sub-par teams and with three patsies next on the schedule (Stoke - they're not half as good away as at home, West Ham, and Blackpool), they should easily run away with those results. Then again, Chelsea coughed up points where they shouldn't have last year, like United did.
Not surprised about Blackpool losing 6-nil to Arsenal. If anything, it shows how poor Wigan are on the wings of losing 4-nil to the supposed whipping boys Blackpool. I'm shocked Newcastle beat Aston Villa at home, 6-nil, however. Both teams were rancid at the back, playing suicidal football but it was the barcodes taking their chances and Villa were really piss-poor in the second half.