Belfast Telegraph

Red Devils held by Fulham

Brede Hangeland struck a last-minute equaliser to deny Manchester United victory as they drew 2-2 with Fulham in a gripping Barclays Premier League clash at Craven Cottage.

United appeared to be heading for victory when Hangeland produced an unfortunate own goal with seven minutes go.

Nani missed a penalty which would have put United 3-1 up and the Norwegian defender made them pay when he atoned for his earlier blunder by powering a header past Edwin van der Sar.

A fine start from the Premier League runners-up was rewarded in the 11th minute when the influential Paul Scholes powered home a low 25-yard drive to register his 150th goal for the club.

But Fulham, who dominated lengthy spells after the interval, showed resolve to claw back the deficit with an emphatic strike from midfielder Simon Davies.

It was a thrilling way for Mark Hughes to mark his first home match as Fulham manager while Sir Alex Ferguson will know his side deserved no more than a point.

With 11 minutes to go Bobby Zamora blew a fine chance, and Fulham were left ruing the opportunity as they conceded a disastrous own goal. Nani's innocuous-looking corner fell straight to the hapless Hangeland, deflecting off his shin and into the goal.

Fulham suffered another blow in the 86th minute when Damien Duff handled the ball, but David Stockdale pulled off a fine save to deny Nani from the spot.

Yet Hangeland and Duff still had time to make amends for their errors in a breathless finish that saw Fulham get what they deserved.

Duff floated in a corner from the right and Hangeland leapt high to nod it home, via a touch from the hand of the diving van der Sar.


From Belfast Telegraph