Man United crash at Fulham

2009-03-21 19:25

London - Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes were sent off as Manchester United crashed to a 2-0 loss at Fulham on Saturday, tightening the Premier League title race by losing consecutive matches for the first time in four years.

The leaders, beaten 4-1 at home to Liverpool last week, lost Scholes in the 18th minute when he used his hands to block Bobby Zamora's shot on the goal line.

Danny Murphy dispatched the penalty into the top corner.

Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer kept Fulham in the match before Zoltan Gera added a second goal with an acrobatic volley in the 87th.

With the defending champions about to lose their first match at Craven Cottage since 1964, Rooney was shown a second yellow card for throwing the ball away in the 89th.

Peter Crouch scored twice to lead Portsmouth to a 2-1 victory over Everton and boost its prospects of avoiding relegation.

The striker's headed goals either side of halftime clinched Pompey's first win in more than a month.

The three points had looked in doubt when Leighton Baines put Everton ahead in the fourth minute with a free kick that curled in off the far post.

"It was massive we got a win today," Crouch said. "We started badly. Thankfully we showed a lot of character to come back."

Pompey, who had won just one of their last 13 league matches, leveled in the 22nd when a corner was only half cleared before reaching Glen Johnson, who headed across goal for Crouch to find the net.

The England forward pounced again with 15 minutes remaining at Fratton Park, heading past United States goalkeeper Tim Howard.


  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-21 21:28


  • mark - 2009-03-22 08:11

    Man.United - what's happening to all the arrogance now !!! I believe Liverpool whalloped the fight out of you last week ! Six goals past van der Saah in 2 games - the so called feared strike force has only managed to net once - and that being a pnalty ! Ferdinand has now been exposed as a suspect defender - since Vidic is no longer there to cover his butt ! Looney Rooney does it for the team - what a wally and overated player ! Only positive so far for Man. U is that Chelsea lost as well - now it's in Liverpool's hands to close the gap at the top of the table - and remember this you arrogant Man U supporters - Benitez acknowledged that he did not think that Liverpool could win the league - he said it was United's to loose - and you guys are doing a good job of it - at least Benitez was realistic in his observations - wonder what Fergies excuse is now - just another bad day at the office heh !!!???? Football is a great game and leveller of character - just when you thought you were better than everyone else and BIGGER THAN THE GAME ITSELF - fate steps in and humbles you - Man. U are cracking under the pressure !!!

  • sagren narain - 2009-03-22 08:57

    Chill brother, I bet you never played soccer in your life. Just sit there on your armchair like a good boy and keep watching is not over yet.

  • Jon - 2009-03-22 11:10

    I'm sure that Man U were the better team and deserved to win and that the ref was unfair. Can't wait for the excuses

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-22 22:10

    What's the difference between a ladies' underwear and ManUre? When ManUre goes down, the show is over, but when the underwear' goes down, it's showtime! Kopites is quietly creeping in there, just watch this space as the theatre of dreams become the theatre of miseries.

  • Mark - 2009-03-22 22:35

    Hey Chill Brother - Liverpool 5 Aston Villa 0 - LAST 3 GAMES LIVERPOOL NETTED 13 TIMES TO ONLY 1 AGAINST I bet you Man U, fans are praying that Chelsea end Liverpool's run in the Champions League - save you from further humiliation ! One point behind United in the league and a better goal difference - and some class finishing - and Torres did not get on the score sheet - bet Fergie would love to be able to buy Gerrard to bolster his dodgy midfield - heh bru - I will definitely be sitting in my armchair watching - only difference - Man U have got more to loose than we have !!! So who will be doing all the sweating - remember Liverpool never bragged about winning anything this season - just quitely going about the business - must be very upsetting to see how clinical we finish off teams when the time arises !! You are 100 % right - it aint over yet - keep watching !

  • Nazeem - 2009-03-23 09:58

    Hmm, its not suprising that there is so many Liverpool supporters chirping the odds here.. Kinda resembles a bunch of vultures circling a kill... Seasons not over yet boys, so save your comments and laughter for when its over.... :-) Something still tells me that the camera is all your captain will be kissing this year...

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-23 10:17

    Man Utd face the treble....of whippings that is....both in the league and from Liverpool! They better bow out of the Champions league and spare themselves the humiliation of a Liverpool vs Manure Utd final!

  • The Stretford Faithful - 2009-03-23 11:06

    Could all the scousers please stop concentrating on united or is there some kind of scouser fantasy going around that involves united, guys just admit it the only reason you talk so much sh!te about united is that you secretly want to be like us its like high school, when a women hits you its a good thing, and all im seeing is a bunch of liverfool fans punching united girls calm down, fine we lost 2 games in a row but wake up liverfool went down to the likes of tottenham, everton, middlesborough some of your most important games you bit the big one on, the seasons not over yet not even slightly so dont keep banging on about united when your useless team had the cup and lost it just like that everybody has bad days even Fergie. The scousers and their fat spanish waiter haven't won jack yet

  • Mervz - 2009-03-23 11:12

    So typical of liverpool supporters looking for some glory when they had nothing to shout about. Keep shouting guys while its good, cos the big question is consistency in the league, something that was lost for the past 20 years. You think you found it now, i guess you sit with your fingers crossed, hoping and praying United drop points so Liverpool can take advantage. Sorry my brothers but there is lot more work to be done, so dont get carried away, this could just be another flush in the pan for liverpool, cos I don't believe they are there yet! UNITED ALL THE WAY!!!

  • Alan - 2009-03-23 11:26

    All you ManU bashers out there get a little perspective, Alex F called it a couple of weeks ago, saying the league title was far from over! Man U went through a great set of results for a long time, now they lost a couple and you boys are jumping with glee. It is still Man U's to lose as apposed to Liverpool's to win. Personally I like being at the top of the table with a game in hand!

  • Shaheen - 2009-03-23 11:28

    So United lose two matches (uncharacteristically mind you) in a row. But yet we're still 1 point clear with a game in hand. Have you lot looked at the table yet? Anyways, pointless talking here since you never get through to stubborn fans (and that goes both ways). It's all about taking a cheap stab. Pity the majority of Livepool banters on this site is Anonymous. Come the end of the season I'll post here again. Win or lose. See ya then................

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-23 12:36


  • the kop (original) - 2009-03-23 13:01

    at the rate utd is going they should end up with more red cards than goals........ utd will crubble........ along with their brainless fans and not too mention their suspended players......... dont worry though yr'll wont miss scholes that much considering he cant see the ball......... I THINK MR FERGIE CHOKED ON HIS CHAPPIE AFTER THE 5TH GOAL YESTERDAY.......

  • Anonymous User - 2009-03-23 13:18

    HOW MUCH DO U WANNA BET MAN UTD WILL LOSE THE NEXT TWO GAMES IN A ROW AS WELL STRETFORD? Man Utd are exposed and Ferguson is hoping for some extra training days between league games and the champions league to devise a new playing system that works! I doubt he will be able to do so before the end of the season so I predict more whippings and no league or champions league this year! SCOUSERS RULE...u vipers!

  • Stuart Wilson - 2009-03-23 14:28

    Your in the exact same position we were in after Christmas...Mr Ferguson was right...we couldnt handle the pressure of being top for the remainder of the season and that just go's to show what the premiership is all about !Well done Rafa for signing your contract...thats exactly what we wanted and we can now see the difference in a side that has closure !Come on lads, lets not throw this away !

  • Mark - 2009-03-23 15:02

    Good Stuff Lads - All this banter makes for interesting reading and analising ! Yip Liverpool have never won the Premiership - and MAYBE we still have an outside chance to sneak in at the end - However it is still Man. U's too loose !! The major difference between the 2 teams is that United have had the same manager in charge for 20 years - this breeds consistancy - One problem you Man U fans havnt realised is once Fegie calls it a day - your days of ruling the premiership are OVER - He is the driving force behind United success - END OF STORY - Once he is gone you are going to have a hard time emulating your past success ! What goes up - must come down - nothing lasts forever - enjoy it while he is still in charge - as the future may not be so bright !! All said and done - Liverpool are definitely playing the better football at the moment and must be a worry to all their future opponents - regardless of who you support - you dont have to be a rocketscientist to figure it out. Us Liverpool and Man U supporters should stop worrying about each other and catch a wake up - the team we both need to take note of for the future is Arsenal - they have a young team that is starting to play great football - Arsene Wenger has got something special in them for the future - I doubt if either Liverpool or United are that close to producing such a talented young team. As a Liverpool supporter I hate to admit it - but beware the Gunners over the nect few seasons !!

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