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August 22, 2010 11:00 AM EDT
Craven Cottage
Referee:‬ Peter Walton‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Fulham 2-2 Manchester United

  • David Stockdale
    64
    3
    0.00

    David Stockdale

    Fine tip over from Berbatov volley early on showed he is not out of place at Premier League level. Produced a series of fine stops that was capped with a magnificent save from Nani's penalty.

  • John Paintsil
    23
    15
    0.00

    John Paintsil

    Guilty of occasional sloppiness but bombed forward well down the right flank and made some important interventions.

  • Aaron Hughes
    22
    4
    0.00

    Aaron Hughes

    Rarely gets the plaudits but Fulham's Mr. Consistency delivered another of the solid displays that has made him a mainstay of the team.

  • Brede Hangeland
    61
    11
    0.00

    Brede Hangeland

    The Dolph Lundgren look-a-like was in full action hero mode as his team kept the red tide at bay. He was unfortunate that his own goal produced United's second but made up for it with a barnstorming header for the last-minute equaliser.

  • Paul Konchesky
    12
    12
    0.00

    Paul Konchesky

    No signs of a dilution in his commitment with his Fulham future in doubt. Kept Valencia in check and overlapped well on the left flank.

  • Damien Duff
    29
    10
    0.00

    Damien Duff

    Superbly worked the Fulham equaliser by combining expertly with Zamora on the right flank and his clever wide play was a big threat to United. Cruelly penalised for handball that led to United penalty.

  • Danny Murphy
    20
    13
    0.00

    Danny Murphy

    Pulled the strings expertly for Fulham as they recovered well from United's early goal. Some slide-rule passes and energy before he ran out of steam and was replaced with 10 minutes to go.

  • Dickson Etuhu
    18
    8
    0.00

    Dickson Etuhu

    All-action display from central midfield but should have done better with the two opportunities that came his way within seconds of one another.

  • Simon Davies
    18
    7
    0.00

    Simon Davies

    His sharp movement often resulted in a mediocre end product but, after wasting a good opportunity to pull his team level, belted in the equaliser with great conviction.

  • Clint Dempsey
    28
    81
    0.00

    Clint Dempsey Flop of the Match

    Seemed off the pace in his support striker role. His radar was off beam in the final third and was substituted in the 61st minute.

  • B. Zamora
    63
    15
    0.00

    B. Zamora Top of the Match

    Fluffed a good heading opportunity when the home side were a goal down but his ability to lead the line, hold the ball up and win headers offered the biggest threat to United's hegemony. Excellent display of his top-level credentials.

Substitutions

  • Jonathan Greening
    13
    7
    0.00

    Jonathan Greening

    Offered energy and intelligence.

  • Mousa Dembele
    20
    1
    0.00

    Mousa Dembele

    Unlucky not to be awarded a penalty after Vidic almost tugged his shirt off and his directness was a vibrant alternative to Dempsey's impotence on debut.

  • Zoltán Gera
    9
    10
    0.00

    Zoltán Gera

    Some clever touches.

  • Edwin van der Sar
    48
    14
    0.00

    Edwin van der Sar

    Superb double-save from Etuhu showed his powers of agility have not diminished and could not be faulted for either Fulham goal.

  • John O'Shea
    16
    51
    0.00

    John O'Shea

    Always looks a reluctant right-back and was treading water at times.

  • Nemanja Vidic
    37
    15
    0.00

    Nemanja Vidic

    With the ink barely dry on his new contract, showed why he is so important to United with a bulldozing performance in both boxes. Just about held his own in the alpha male battle with Zamora but fortunate not to be penalised for fouling Dembele.

  • Jonny Evans
    23
    44
    0.00

    Jonny Evans

    Will be glad that he does not come up against a player of Zamora's all-round ability every week. Looked out of his depth at times.

  • Patrice Evra
    37
    16
    0.00

    Patrice Evra

    Covered every blade of the left flank but his A-list abilities were well tested by Duff. Just about held his own in a compelling contest.

  • Antonio Valencia
    27
    31
    0.00

    Antonio Valencia

    Unable to exert enough influence from his right-wing station. Neat and tidy without offering much cutting edge.

  • Darren Fletcher
    29
    16
    0.00

    Darren Fletcher

    Got beyond the strikers in the ghost-like manner that has become his trademark and threw himself into the fixture with typical fervour.

  • Paul Scholes
    86
    15
    0.00

    Paul Scholes

    Does indeed have a 'darker' side for opponents - he keeps scoring against them. His 150th goal for United puts him level with Ruud van Nistelrooy in the club's all-time scorers list, although he did not have it all his own way against vibrant opponents.

  • Ji-Sung Park
    23
    40
    0.00

    Ji-Sung Park

    His selection ahead of the more ingenious Nani was United's one concession to the habitual trickiness of this fixture but did little of note in the final third and was substituted.

  • Javier Hernández
    67
    62
    0.00

    Javier Hernández

    The performance did not live up to the hype on his first United Premier League start. Got in to some good positions but was a little selfish - and wasteful - in search of first meaningful goal for his new club.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    78
    23
    0.00

    Dimitar Berbatov

    Asked to lead the line in Rooney's absence, he was all neat lay-offs, judicious movement and sumptuous technique. Is he the same player who slept-walked through last season?

Substitutions

  • Ryan Giggs
    24
    16
    0.00

    Ryan Giggs

    Made little impact.

  • Nani
    35
    56
    0.00

    Nani

    Offered greater potency to United's left flank when he came off the bench but will rue his failure to put his penalty beyond Stockdale's grasp.

  • Michael Owen
    18
    31
    0.00

    Michael Owen

    Got in some good positions but did not get the opportunity he thrives on.

Results
 
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