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Rooney puts United on top

Wayne Rooney scored his 29th goal of the season, as Manchester United beat Fulham 1-0 to move three points clear of City at the top of the Premier League.

The United number 10 was quick to convert one of United best chances of the first half, as Jonny Evans headed an Ashley Young’s cross back into Rooney’s path.

The result sees United moving three points clear of City but United were made to sweat for the result, as Fulham saw their appeals for a penalty waived away minutes from time after Danny Murphy was challenged in the box by Michael Carrick.

United looked to make the make the most of Citu’s slip up against Stoke and set out with an attacking line up that included Rooney and Welbeck up front, with Giggs, Valencia, Young and Carrick in midfield.

Rafael, Ferdinand, Evans and Evra were chosen to protect DeGea.

United started well and Fulham barely touched the ball in the first ten minutes, even though they went close to opening the score, as Dembele fired his shot wide.

DeGea was then tested by Dempsey twice, as the Spanish goalkeeper continued to show his fine form.

United, who had been largely subdued, had their first real chance as Evra’s overhead kick went narrowly wide, while Rafael saw his shot parried by Schwarzer.

United had their breakthrough when,following Ashley Young’s cross, Evans pulled the back for Rooney who hammered it back home from close range for his 17th goal in his last 17 games.

The second half saw United creating a few good chances, mainly through Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, but Schwarzwer brilliantly denied both United wingers, keeping Fulham in the game.

The Fulham keeper produced two outstanding saves as he kept out Ashley Young’s volley and follow-up, before Hangelaand cleared Ryan Giggs’s goal bound effort.

Hernandez and Smalling replaced Welbeck and Ferdinand, while Scholes came on for Rooney, but United looked happy to keep the possession instead of killing the game off.

And they almost paid the price for that, as Carrick clipped Danny Murhphy inside the box but the referee waved play on.

It wasn’t a pretty win for United, but a win nonetheless, and this kind of result could well be the difference between Fergie’s men and the noisy neighbours in May.


 Daniele (@MUFC_dan87)
8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Mike kaam

    March 27, 2012 at 7:10 am

    This performance was drab and worth missing! Both from the manager and the players! Only Valencia, Rafael Ferdinand and Evans proved a team worthy of top status! And once again, it wasn’t mostly down to the players but to the team management! Another porous combination that is always Giggs and Carrick in the middle, gave Fulham more credit than they deserved really! And after a week of being promised of Pogba, Cleverly snd Fabio’s involvements, it was flattening to see that horrible midfield combo of Carrick and Giggds! Giggs is an out and out attacker on the wing and infront but he’s no holding midfielder and neither is he a creative central midfielder! He goes forward past everyone, he doesn’t lob/ping pin-point passes! Carrick is a defemsive/holding midfielder! Sparks of creative visionary passes here and there but as long as the ball doesn’t get to the back four that often, his job is done! Individually in their proper roles they are class, but paired together in that mid, it’s a joke and a shame to watch! Can’t believe that was the same paring used in both Champions League humblings by Barcelona! The manager should dial down this squad rotation nonsense now and field teams worthy of amassing a strong enough goal difference for security purposes! United are out of every other senior competition now and have upto a week to recover, don’t see the need for the likes of Owen and Park playing anymore! Boring game, glad I didn’t pay to watch it, get serious next time Fergie and at least serve to entertain if not win the title!

  2. MichaelPapoui

    March 27, 2012 at 7:30 am

    It was fortunate that the referees view of Carricks contact made it appear as if he’d kicked the ball not Murphy’s leg. Only super slo mo showed the whole picture. Should it ever be usesd as in Cricket or Rugby? Three points come on you Reds.

    • Craig Mc

      March 27, 2012 at 11:11 am

      @MichaelPapoui: United should have had their own penalty in the first half for a deliberate handball in the box by Fulham defender – that penalty like Murphy’s was denied. So it even itself out, both teams should have been given a penalty and weren’t. Justice done I would say.

      • Stephen

        March 27, 2012 at 11:34 am

        @Craig Mc: Also lets not forget the penalty that Newcastle had at OT, these things even themselves out.

  3. Craig Mc

    March 27, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Somebody tell me please why United have to play two monday games on the trot? It means we have to play catch up again if City win their game. Oh how I long for the days again when all teams had to play at the same time on Saturdays. This is what television has done to football, because it has made clubs and footballers exceedingly rich. I didn’t see many United players on the field last night who were worth the kind of money they get for playing for Man Utd – Valencia, Ferdinand, Evans, Goal scorer when needed Rooney, and all action Rafael. The rest NO WAY. Maybe I should include De Gea although he had little to do last night. Pogba should have been on bench and brought on for Giggsy – with scholesy for 2nd half.

  4. Stephen

    March 27, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I can understand some of the frustration with a lot of you guys but we need to get some prospective. A win at this stage of the season is a the most important thing, we certainly did not play well but we are top of the league. De Gea and Young look like they re settling in well now and Valencia is simply unplayable. Giggs and Welbeck were terrible, no doubt but Evans, Rio and Rafa all had superb games which is very encouraging.
    We will need to play a lot better against Blackburn and I think we will, we looked nervous in the last 15 minutes hence the silly mistakes.
    Also why did Fergie take off Rooney? 17 goals in 17 games when we are only one nil up sets a mood, we are happy to sit on thing and we are useless at that.
    Come on we are top of the league and considering the lack of investment into the playing staff that in itself is an unbelievable achievement.

    • AndyCR7

      March 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      @Stephen: Even Evra had a good game by his standards 😛

      • Stephen

        March 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm

        @AndyCR7: Finally!! 😛

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