Premier League

August 22, 2010



2 - 2

Manchester United

Premier League

15:00 +00:00, August 22, 2010

Craven Cottage, England

Referee: Peter Walton

  • 95'

    FULL TIME A very entertaining game and Fulham get the point they deserve in a breathless finish. Hangeland gains redemption and Manchester United have dropped points on Chelsea already.

  • 94'

    Pantsil's cross is poor as Fulham embarked on a counter attack but that's a disappointing end to it. Corner for Man Utd.

  • 93'

    This is end to end stuff now as Vidic nicks the ball from Zamora and United pour downfield...

  • 92'

    Greening is late on Nani and Manchester United have a free kick.

  • 91'

    Four minutes of added on time to play as the ball bounces around Fulham's area...

  • 90'

    Vidic lost his man, and Van der Sar can't get enough on it and Hangeland has cancelled out his own goal of five minutes previously. It's no more than Fulham deserve.

  • 89'

    GOAL Hangeland rises to nod Duff's corner into the net!

  • 88'

    Dembele's cross hits O'Shea and the crowd scream for a penalty but the ball clearly hit his thigh.

  • 87'

    Now the referee gets in the way of Dembele as he goes for the ball. The home fans are not happy, and they have every right not to be.

  • 86'

    STOCKDALE SAVES! A great stop, but a poor spot kick from Nani.

  • 86'

    PENALTY TO MAN UTD That is so harsh. Duff knees the ball into his hand and the ref points to the spot. I ask you. That's ridiculous.

  • 85'

    Manchester United relying on own goals again! Didn't they benefit from something like ten last season?

  • 84'

    GOAL Hangeland has turned it into his own net! Giggs corner falls in the box and hits the defender's knee and it rolls past Stockdale and Greening. Fortunate.

  • 84'

    Great ball in from Nani as the corner is cleared and then returned but Hughes is there to head behind.

  • 83'

    Nani does well to win a corner from Konchesky.

  • 82'

    Vidic rises to meet another corner but nods this one wide as well.

  • 81'

    Murphy goes off and Greening comes on for Fulham.

  • 80'

    What a chance! Konchesky's diagonal ball finds Zamora and his right footed volley beats VDS but trickles wide of the far post.

  • 78'

    Vidic meets Giggs' corner but his header drops two yards wide.

  • 77'

    Zamora's knock down finds Etuhu but he controls the ball with his hand before Konchesky concedes a needless corner.

  • 77'

    Nani's effort is watched over the bar by Stockdale.

  • 76'

    Murphy is whistled for handball right on the corner of the penalty area. Nani over it.

  • 75'

    Giggs finds Evra but his low cross is dealt with by Hangeland.

  • 74'

    Nani gets on the end of Valencia's cross but heads against Pantsil's back. That's the winger's last contribution, as well as Hernandez, as Owen and Giggs come on.

  • 73'

    Duff gets a booking for giving the ref some lip.

  • 72'

    Giggs is preparing to come on.

  • 71'

    Murphy tries a curler from 25 yards but Van der Sar saves low down.

  • 70'

    A very poor ball from Nani as he got the ball wide on the flank. Both sides still going for three points here.

  • 69'

    Evans is carded for hauling back Zamora. Fulham free kick.

  • 68'

    Another chance for Berbatov as Nani makes his presence felt but he shoots right at Stockdale.

  • 67'

    Evra drills in the cross and Berbatov's header flicks off Scholes before Stockdale catches.

  • 66'

    Valencia is fouled by Konchesky as Nani replaces Park.

  • 65'

    The game is nicely poised as we enter the final stage. Looks like Nani is coming on.

  • 64'

    Berbatov meets Evra's cross but it drops over the bar. It was Vidic who challenged Dembele, and it was a blatant penalty. The Serbian had a big handful of the striker's shirt.

  • 63'

    Dembele is howling for a penalty there as Etuhu's cross came in. Evans had a grip of his shirt and that is a big let off for the visitors.

  • 63'

    A good chance to break for Fulham as Davies goes clear but his eventual cross is nowhere near Dembele or Zamora.

  • 62'

    Clint Dempsey goes off and Mark Hughes' new signing Moussa Dembele is on.

  • 61'

    Hernandez with a decent chance but he blasts over with his head up.

  • 59'

    Scholes is on the edge of the box but goes down easily as he loses control of possession when presented with Hangeland. In fairness, Scholes didn't appeal.

  • 58'

    A super goal from Fulham, but Evra will be disappointed to be turned so easily by Duff. Credit to Zamora too for an excellent pull back.

  • 57'

    GOAL Davies equalises after a brilliant slice of play from Duff. He turned Evra, fed Zamora and he cut the ball back for Davies to finish off.

  • 56'

    Zamora hits the wall first time round, then the crowd with his follow up volley.

  • 55'

    Zamora is now felled by Scholes and Fulham have a good opportunity from 25 yards out.

  • 54'

    It's not quite happening for Fulham yet, but they are still well in this game.

  • 53'

    A poor ball from ZAmora means Duff is chasing Evans and not the other way round but FUlham still win the corner.

  • 52'

    Duff works space to cross from the right and Hughes has a free header but times his jump wrong.

  • 51'

    Another chance for Scholes as Valencia's cross drops in the area but Etuhu got a vital block in. Fulham head down the other end and Davies wins a corner.

  • 49'

    O'Shea returns a Konchesky clearance looking for Valencia and Hangeland concedes a needless throw in when the ball was a metre from running out of play.

  • 48'

    A good start from the visitors, as Fulham struggle to get hold of the ball.

  • 47'

    Park very nearly slots a pass into Berbatov but Hughes is alert to the situation.

  • 46'

    We begin again..

  • 45'

    HALF TIME A good 45 minutes of football and at the break it is the wily Paul Scholes who has given Manchester United the lead.

  • 45'

    Vidic nods the ball and then goes down. Maybe a neck muscle, or a trapped nerve perhaps. He looks alright to continue.

  • 44'

    Vidic gets a little lucky after presenting the ball to Etuhu, but Dempsey blasts over after working a sliver of space.

  • 43'

    That should have read Evans stays forward - it would have been some feat for Fletcher to meet his own cross....

  • 42'

    Evans stays forward after the free kick is cleared and meets Fletcher's cross but his header is right at Stockdale.

  • 41'

    Hangeland concedes a free kick after sliding in on Hernandez.

  • 40'

    Murphy clatters into Scholes as he receives a short Fletcher pass but the ref seems to think he won the ball. He got nowhere near it.

  • 39'

    Valencia crunches into Davies and gets the game's first booking.

  • 37'

    Oh dear Berbatov. That was like the Bulgarian of last season as Valencia fed him just inside the area and he totally missed his kick. Poor.

  • 36'

    Etuhu meets Konchesky's cross but nods it over the bar.

  • 35'

    Dempsey wins a corner inside the area, as Fulham look to hit back.

  • 34'

    Konchesky crosses for Zamora but his header across goal is met by Scholes, who directs the ball back to Van der Sar.

  • 33'

    It's a good, open game this, as Park's ball is met by Stockdale at his near stick.

  • 31'

    What a double save from Van der Sar! Etuhu gets into the area and the 'keeper saves his first shot low down, then sits up to tip Etuhu's second effort over the bar. Great stuff.

  • 30'

    Scholes again pulling the strings as he crosses for Berbatov, who heads over from 12 yards.

  • 28'

    Zamora takes the ball well on his chest and falls when Evra came his way but he didn't appeal for a penalty, rightly.

  • 27'

    Hernandez does well to find Berbatov but again, Stockdale is right behind his powerful drive.

  • 26'

    Murphy works a little space for a shot but gets it horribly wrong, to the delight of the away fans, given his Liverpool past.

  • 25'

    It's a case of nearly but not quite for Hernandez at the moment. His touch let him down there as he got to the box edge.

  • 23'

    Konchesky crosses from the left side and Zamora gets up but he glances his header wide when he really should have done better.

  • 22'

    Valencia pounces on a sloppy Murphy touch before Hernandez tries another shot. Hughes blocks.

  • 21'

    Hughes gives the ball away and Fletcher finds Berbatov; his strike is parried by Stockdale. Corner.

  • 20'

    A good header from Evans prevents Davies from finding Zamora in the area.

  • 19'

    Davies tries a very ambitious ball for Dempsey, who had sneaked into the area but he gets too much on it.

  • 18'

    Fletcher looks for Berbatov but overhits the pass.

  • 16'

    Dempsey gets a shot off from 30 yards but Van der Sar snaffles it comfortably.

  • 15'

    Hernandez ends a lovely passing move with a shot but his effort lacked power and dribbled wide.

  • 14'

    Hernandez backs into Hangeland and Fulham have a free kick.

  • 13'

    A warning for the visitors though as Zamora finds Davies and he fires a volley narrowly wide of the post.

  • 12'

    United get their reward for a good spell of pressure and Scholes continues his excellent form.

  • 11'

    GOAL Scholes! A brilliant Scholes strike as Berbatov laid it back to him from 30 yards out. Great hit.

  • 9'

    Superb save from Stockdale as Berbatov volleyed on goal from six yards. Before that Hernandez fluffed not one but two chances.

  • 8'

    A lovely move from United as Park and Berbatov swapped passes. Park shoots but it deflects behind for a corner.

  • 7'

    Valencia races inside and looks for a back heel to Scholes but it was a little elaborate.

  • 5'

    Hughes cuts out Fletcher's ball over the top as Hernandez made a dash.

  • 4'

    A decent opening for Davies but he chooses the wrong ball and sends Zamora wider than he wanted to go.

  • 3'

    Pantsil is clipped by Park. Just a word from the ref, nothing more.

  • 2'

    Davies gets down the right and crosses but Vidic cuts the ball out.

  • 1'

    KICK OFF We begin...


    Wayne Rooney is ill, so Javier Hernandez gets his first league start alongside the revitalised Dimitar Berbatov. Expect Scholes to have much less space here than he did on Monday night.


    Manchester United opened with a very comfortable win over Newcastle - inspired by Paul Scholes - while Fulham got a creditable draw at Bolton.


    Man Utd: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Vidic, Jonathan Evans, Evra, Valencia, Fletcher, Scholes, Park, Hernandez, Berbatov. Subs: Kuszczak, Owen, Giggs, Smalling, Carrick, Nani, Rafael Da Silva.


    Fulham: Stockdale, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Duff, Murphy, Etuhu, Davies, Dempsey, Zamora. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Kelly, Baird, Gera, Riise, Greening, Dembele.


    Afternoon everyone and welcome to live coverage of Manchester United's trip to Fulham. Newcastle has just smashed Aston Villa 6-0 - let's hope for more goals at Craven Cottage.