United hold off Fulham

2012-03-26 23:05

Manchester - Wayne Rooney's 21st Premier League goal of the season secured a 1-0 victory for Manchester United over Fulham on Monday to put them three points clear of Manchester City in the title race.

Rooney's close-range strike after 41 minutes proved enough to see off Fulham and take the champions to 73 points with eight games remaining.

City moved top on goal difference with a 1-1 draw at Stoke City on Saturday but United responded with a ninth victory from their last 10 league matches and are now firm favourites to retain the title.

United struggled for fluency in the first half as Fulham initially posed some threat with Clint Dempsey forcing one fine save from home keeper David de Gea.

The breakthrough came with half-time approaching as Fulham failed to deal with a cross into the area and when the ball broke kindly for Jonny Evans his calm pull back to Rooney allowed the England striker to crash the ball past visiting keeper Mark Schwarzer.

United should have spared themselves anxious late moments in the second half but Ryan Giggs and Antonio Valencia squandered chances and Schwarzer made superb saves to twice deny Ashley Young.

Martin Jol's mid-table Fulham applied some late pressure and there were anxious faces in the home crowd as they had strong appeals for a late penalty waved away.


  • Jono - 2012-03-27 08:02

    Ya another penalty turned down for the opposition! lol YNWA

      Deon - 2012-03-27 10:14

      Possibliy, but that Danny Murphy's own fault, why didn't he just take the touch and look to shoot. Instead he slowed down and played for the foul, wasn't enough contact for his reaction.

      BJ - 2012-03-27 14:22

      YNWA? Don't you mean YAWN?

      Bob - 2012-03-27 16:48

      Yeh Jono, they buy the referee every game, and listen to the mancs cry on the extremely rare occasion they don't get the decision, what was it now, 10 years without a penalty awarded against them at the manure heap, that tells the whole story, correct YNWA.

  • Tokollo - 2012-03-27 08:21

    In Man United we Trust. Glory Glory Man United.

      Dhirshan - 2012-03-27 08:25

      in basel and bilbao we trust!

      Jono - 2012-03-27 09:15

      And Liverpool!

  • mrmogoswane - 2012-03-27 09:45

    Ohhh well...

  • Sharmilen - 2012-03-27 10:13

    Penalty turned what, even a draw would have taken Utd back to the top...which is where you lot haven't been!!! You lot have become the self elected whiners. Just can't take it when Utd are on song. Easy to say in Basel and Bilbao we trust hey about in QPR and Wigan we trust. What's the excuses for those defeats? KD says fatigue....what fatigue..picking the ball out of the back of your net. GGMU.

      Deon - 2012-03-27 10:57

      KD also blamed too much "beautiful" football. Bwahhhhaaaaa

      Dhirshan - 2012-03-27 12:10

      lol i am a barca fan not liverpool mate! i was being sarcastic as mufc got embarrassed by basel and bilbao in europe!

      Shivaskar - 2012-03-27 12:48

      King Kenny is out of ideas, except for excuses now. Next thing he'll say is 'that 4th place is mathematically possible' (actually, someone should remind him that 12th place is also mathematically possible, and that we are heading in the wrong direction). Don't worry, Liverpool is the only team who perpetually need to 'rebuild' come the end of the season. YNWA needs to change to 'You're Not Wanted Anymore'. And that's my message to Kenny (Fuk da 'King' title).

      Bob - 2012-03-27 16:54

      Shivaskar, and what pray tell me did old blue nose win his 1st year at the manure heap, or his second or his 3rd or his 4th or his 5th, exactly diddly squatt, nothing, zilch, 1st season KK already 1 cup bagged, still in another, your lot are an embarrassment as representative in Europe for the EPL winning side, can't wait for the true reds to be back as the rep for the EPL, they will bring back pride.

      Shivaskar - 2012-03-28 19:17

      Bob. I might be in the afterlife when Liverpool win the EPL.

  • Cyrus - 2012-03-27 13:22

    Whether u like it or not, UTD has an uncanny ability to do what needs to be done at the business end of the league. City choked and I highly doubt Utd is going to stumble moving forward. Im one the biggest anti Utd supporters but one must acknowledge the character of true champions.

  • Sharmilen - 2012-03-27 14:35

    So you don't support EPL then Dhirshan? Shivaskar, you starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel....and yes it is an oncoming train!!!! Wow give KD some slack's not all his fault...what about that bunch of 11 no-gooders he puts out every week, what about the owners...what are they doing. The problem with the club and this is my opinion is that they want to hold onto players until they are in dentures. Sell players and get better ones in . Sir Alex did it...with Beckham, RVN, Ronaldo, Jaap Stam and this is to get his team all fired up again!!! CYRUS, nice to get those positive comments from the neutrals that KNOW and UNDERSTAND Football.

      Bob - 2012-03-27 16:59

      Your knowledge or I should say lack of, never ceases to amaze me, so Ronaldo and Stam were good intelligent sales cos they were getting old, Giggs and Scholes are in their prime eh, and don't even mention Carrick, wouldn't get a job cleaning boots at Anfield. Why don't you think before you post.

  • Sharmilen - 2012-03-27 21:00

    No you twat...learn to read and understand or is the level of English too high for you. Ronaldo and Stam were players MU got good money for and MU were not afraid to let them leave even when they left....MU still bred a successful team. Giggs and Scholes are the only players at the club for years. When I talk about your wonderful players I refer to Stevie much does he do over a season and has he inspired the club to the EPL...NO!! LFC should have sold him when the time was right and got good money for him and then bought better players into the team - perhaps you lot could challenge us then. You lot keep him at the club and guard him like a old hag - he ain't going to bring you the EPL. Jamie Carragher, Craig Bellemay, Martin Skrtel, Dirk Kuyt a few more...who are like a lost farts in a haunted craphouse. Don't worry about Carrick cleaning boots cos at Anfield they don't need cleaning..full of crap like their supporters. If my comments are too much for you DON'T bother reading them cos you should be last one talking about being knowledgeable since all that comes out of you is manure, manure. See you at Number 20 in May!!!!

      Byron - 2012-03-29 16:05

      Give this man a bells! Well said!

      Sagren - 2012-03-31 08:37

      dude ...i am reading this late - but you are the MAN.

  • Sharmilen - 2012-04-01 22:02

    Byron, Sagren .....keep that on ice!!!

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