Manchester United 2-2 Fulham: Bent’s late show steals a point

Fulham substitute Darren Bent plunged Manchester United into further despair as he rescued the relegation candidates a point with a last-gasp equaliser.Two goals in two minutes from Robin van content_imgPersie and Michael Carrick looked to have the Premier League champions on course for victory until the Cottagers loanee popped up at the death.Earlier on Old Trafford had feared another famous defeat in David Moyes’ debut season when Steve Sidwell volleyed home.However, it was aiveros.The 21-year-old played a vital role in Malaga reaching the Segunda play-offs last season.A number of La Liga clubs have shown an interest in the Spaniard. However, Ontiveros would prefer a move to the Premier League, according toESPN.Last seas sign of the times that the Theatre of Dreams went crazy when Carrick fired United ahead against what has been a woeful Fulham side all year on 80 minutesBut there was still a late sting in the tail when Bent struck to salvage an unlikely point after the Red Devils had totally dominated.The hosts controlled the game but frequently looked devoid of ideas, instead resorting to 81 crosses over the 90 minutes, more than any other Premier League team has managed in a single game this season.Van Persie almost fired United ahead early on but was denied by Sascha Riether’s last dison wasn’t ready to manage the club.Hodgson claimed just 13 wins in a 31-match tenure at Anfield between July 2010 and January 2011.”Well Roy, no disrespect, had come from smaller clubs and I don’t think he was ready to manage Liverpool,” the former tch tackle and instead it was Fulham who took a shock lead through captain Sidwell.Nemanja Vidic, fresh from his announcement of leaving United at the end of the season, looked distracted and his wandering mind was punished when Lewis Holtby’s cute floated ball picked out the Fulham captain to sidefoot past David de Gea on 19 minutes.And so began United’s barrage to find an equaliser. Van Persie, Carrick, Vidic and Wayne Rooney all went close as chances passed them by. The England striker’s shot drew a particularly fine save from Maarten Stekelenburg, who had to be at his best to repel throughout the match.But over the course of the game United remained susceptible on the counter and former Red Devils man Kieran Richardson was guilty of squandering a glorious chance when he fired the ball into the heavens despite having just David de Gea to beat.However, such an attack was rare for the Rene Meulensteen’s side and they were lucky not to concede a penalty when Dan Burn handled.Still the goal was coming and finally van Persie got it as he stabbed in Juan Mata’s drilled pass. And just like buses, another goal came at once as Carrick fired the ball in via a fortunate deflection.Moyes furiously pumped his arms and Carrick celebrated widly with the relief palpable amongst the Old Trafford faithful.However, it wouldn’t last and, with just seconds left, Fulham burst forward and Bent polished off Richardson’s pass to leave United nine points adrift of Liverpool and the Champions League spots.

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