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February 9, 2014 4:00 PM GMT
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 74966‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 2-2 Fulham

The league's bottom side were well worth a share of the spoils after two late strikes from the hosts threatened to paper over the cracks of a very ordinary display

By Peter Staunton at Old Trafford

  • David de Gea
    0
    1
    2.00

    David de Gea Flop of the Match

    Powerless on the first Fulham goal but should have done better on the second and had some uncertain moments with the ball at his feet.

  • Rafael
    2
    2
    2.50

    Rafael

    A constant outlet for United down the right but his deliveries were hit and miss.

  • Patrice Evra
    0
    2
    3.00

    Patrice Evra

    Conducted his usual support job down the left flank to Young and put some teasing balls in himself.

  • Chris Smalling
    0
    1
    3.00

    Chris Smalling

    Asked to step into the Fulham half and pass to his midfield colleagues and did so without fuss.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    2
    1
    2.50

    Nemanja Vidic

    Should have scored with a first-half header. Clattered three Fulham players with heavy challenges.

  • Michael Carrick
    3
    0
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    What an impact his goal could have had on United's season. So often United's unsung hero but they were shouting his name from the rafters until Bent's sucker punch. Beaten in the run up to the second.

  • Ashley Young
    3
    1
    3.00

    Ashley Young

    Encouraging display with his crosses causing Fulham to be alert defensively and he ghosted in behind Riether on a number of occasions.

  • Darren Fletcher
    1
    0
    2.50

    Darren Fletcher

    On hand to thread passes through to the front lines in an efficient outing.

  • Juan Mata
    0
    1
    3.00

    Juan Mata

    Could not play his natural game after being asked to line up on the right. Delivered some tidy passes including the assist for Van Persie, however.

  • Wayne Rooney
    0
    1
    2.50

    Wayne Rooney

    Failed to take responsibility in allowing Sidwell to escape for the first Fulham goal and was denied by a special Stekelenburg save.

  • Robin van Persie
    0
    1
    3.50

    Robin van Persie

    Fluffed what he would normally consider presentable chances but popped up just in time to demolish the Fulham barriers.

Substitutions

  • Antonio Valencia
    2
    0
    2.00

    Antonio Valencia

    Slotted in for Rafael as United sought forward momentum but was caught wrong side in the build up to the equaliser.

  • Adnan Januzaj
    0
    1
    4.00

    Adnan Januzaj

    Certainly illuminated proceedings with some moments of great quality. Effective display and had a key hand in both goals.

  • Javier Hernández
    2
    0
    2.50

    Javier Hernández

    Thrown on to effect the match and tipped the numbers game in United's favour in the Fulham box.

  • Maarten Stekelenburg
    0
    0
    4.00

    Maarten Stekelenburg

    Exceptional display from the Dutch international who made some astonishing saves, not least from Rooney in the second half. Helpless on the goals.

  • John Arne Riise
    0
    0
    3.00

    John Arne Riise

    Extinguished some United attacks and also led the breakout which prompted the first Fulham goal.

  • John Heitinga
    0
    1
    3.50

    John Heitinga

    A return to form the maligned Dutchman who defended well with a series of blocks and interceptions.

  • Sascha Riether
    0
    0
    3.00

    Sascha Riether

    One brave first-half block at the feet of Van Persie epitomised the Fulham display.

  • Dan Burn
    0
    3
    4.00

    Dan Burn Top of the Match

    More encouraging signs for Roy Hodgson who would have been impressed by Burn's ability to win almost every ball in the air. A true coming-of-age performance.

  • William Kvist Jörgensen
    0
    0
    2.50

    William Kvist Jörgensen

    Intelligent breaking-up capabilities demonstrated by the Dane who patrolled the area in front of the back four.

  • Steve Sidwell
    1
    0
    4.00

    Steve Sidwell

    Scored a well-taken volley but put out a number of fires in midfield otherwise with his ability to hassle and harry and force United wide. Played a key part in the second too.

  • Lewis Holtby
    0
    0
    3.50

    Lewis Holtby

    A tireless, disciplined display from the German. His through ball for the first goal was sublime and he carried Fulham forward time and again with assuredness.

  • Kieran Richardson
    0
    1
    3.00

    Kieran Richardson

    Was prominent in both boxes with blocks and one end and could have put Fulham 2-0 up on the break at the end of the first half. Good shot in the run up to the second.

  • Ryan Tunnicliffe
    0
    2
    2.50

    Ryan Tunnicliffe

    Acquitted himself well on his Old Trafford return by patrolling the right part of midfield.

  • Muamer Tankovic
    0
    0
    2.50

    Muamer Tankovic

    Only played the first half but worked very hard and could have made a second through his brave breakaway in the lead up to Richardson's chance.

Substitutions

  • Larnell Cole
    1
    1
    2.00

    Larnell Cole

    Brought on to Januzaj's flank late on but couldn't stem the tide.

  • Scott Parker
    0
    0
    2.00

    Scott Parker

    Had an inadvertent hand in the second United goal.

  • Darren Bent
    1
    1
    3.00

    Darren Bent

    Barely had a kick and yet popped up with the equaliser. A true poacher.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2