Manchester Utd 3 Fulham 0
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.
Manchester United Quickfacts
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.