Manchester Utd 3 Fulham 0

Dimitar Berbatov

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 Ful­ham 0, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, Mar­ch 14, 2010. Marksmen Way­ne Roo­ney and Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov clin­ched the day as Man­chester Uni­ted trashed Ful­ham 3-0 at ho­me. And even tho­ugh Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s lads squan­dered a hor­ri­fy­ing num­ber of chances in the fir­st frame, Roy Hodg­son could on­ly watch in awe as his si­de were out­classed by the hosts af­ter the break.

Man­chester Uni­ted star­ted the fir­st ha­lf of the en­counter well enough, but the men in red shirts failed to cap­it­al­ise on their goal scor­ing op­por­tun­it­ies. The con­test be­came far more even as the fir­st pe­riod pro­gressed and the te­ams turned ar­ound at ha­lf-time wi­th the score 0-0. Whi­le The Cot­tagers re­fused Uni­ted to open up their de­fence be­fore the in­ter­val, it took the ho­me si­de just thirty sec­onds of the sec­ond ha­lf to score their fir­st goal when a head­er down from Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov fell to Way­ne Roo­ney who then spread the ball out wide to Por­tuguese in­ter­na­tion­al Lu­is Nani be­fore get­ting in­to pos­ses­sion and find­ing the back of the net. The Man­chester Uni­ted goal poach­er then went on to net his sec­ond goal in the 84th min­ute of the battle be­fore the al­ways dan­ger­ous Ber­batov made it 3-0 to the Old Traf­ford club in stop­page time wi­th a fly­ing head­er to com­plete the score. Wi­th key play­ers Rio Fer­dinand and Ne­manja Vid­ic back, Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s se­lec­tion prob­lems at the heart of de­fence seemed at long last to be at an end. And as for Roo­ney, the free flow­ing front­man ap­peared to be cap­able of tak­ing on most de­fences single han­ded and he was now a mere ten goals be­hind Cris­ti­ano Ron­al­do’s total. Fam­ous French philo­soph­er Jean Paul Sartre once said that in foot­ball every­thing is com­plic­ated by the pres­ence of the op­pos­ite te­am. How­ever, beat­ing Roy Hodgson´s men at Old Traf­ford did­n’t seem all that dif­fi­cult. Man­chester Uni­ted: Ed­win van der Sar, Ga­ry Ne­ville, Rio Fer­dinand, Ne­manja Vid­ic, Pat­rice Ev­ra, An­tonio Va­lencia, Dar­ren Fletch­er, Mi­chael Car­rick, Lu­is Nani, Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov, Way­ne Roo­ney. Sub­stitutes: Fa­bio da Silva, Gab­riel Ober­tan, Oliv­er Gill, Corry Evans, Ji-Sung Park, Mame Biram Di­ouf, To­masz Kusz­czak. Ful­ham: Ma­rk Schwar­zer, Aar­on Hug­hes, Brede Hange­land, Steph­en Kel­ly, Chris Baird, Nicky Shor­ey, Si­mon Dav­ies, Zoltan Gera, Dan­ny Murphy, Clint De­mp­sey, Bob­by Zamora. Sub­stitutes: Fre­drik Stoor, Dami­en Duff, Jon­athan Green­ing, Kagisho Dik­gacoi, Er­ik Nev­land, Stefano Okaka, Pas­cal Zuberbuhler.

 

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Af­ter de­feat­ing Ful­ham 4-0 at Craven Cot­tage just three days earli­er, Man­chester Uni­ted be­at The Whi­tes by an al­most identic­al score in the re­turn meet­ing at Old Traf­ford on the 15th of April 1968. Wor­ld Cup win­ner Bob­by Charl­ton re­gistered the open­er for Uni­ted be­fore North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tion­al Ge­orge Best and John As­ton net­ted a goal apiece to hand the hosts a 3-0 tri­umph ag­ainst the West Londoners.

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