Fulham still a tricky trip

Another sub-par effort…

United looked poor again today, and 2-2 was probably a fair result. Scholes had a wonderful first half and notched an absolute beauty, but ran out of steam in the second. Berbatov wasn’t as influential as last week, but still put some good pressure on the Fulham defence; his finishing was a bit lacking here. Evra was on much better form – perhaps the resolution of the French World Cup debacle has lifted a weight from his mind. Chicharito ran and ran but didn’t get much to play with – with both Fletcher and Park in midfield, creativity was likely to be lacking, and so it proved. Park was very quiet, tucked out on the wing but without the pace or inclination to make diagonal runs towards the area.

Nani was a lively sub but his final ball was poor; his missed penalty was hopeless. (Why Nani is even taking a penalty with Berbatov, Owen and Scholes on the pitch is beyond me.) The defence was generally weak and badly-organised. Evans and Vidic continue to struggle to contain physical opposition strikers. Evans let Zamora drift away from him at a key moment, but the angle was too tight. Vidic had a second consecutive dreadful game, and was partly at fault for both Fulham goals. I don’t think Rio will ever come back as a top first-choice centre-back, but they really miss his marshalling of the defence. Someone needs to step up and replace his vocal leadership (even if I’m glad to see the back of his hopeless defensive miscues and frequent gaffes).

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