Classy combination up-front down Fulham
Manchester Utd 3-0 Fulham: Observations
Wayne Rooney is a goal-machine. Much of his good form has come down to where he’s playing on the pitch, particularly thriving with the task of being the main man upfront after the departure of Crisitano Ronaldo. His strength, bullishness and generally unpredictability makes him a difficult to task to come up against for opposing defences but this time he had a partner in crime. The Tubbs to the Crockett. The Robin to the Batman if you will. Rooney’s strike partner, Dimitar Berbatov was inspirational and put in another tireless performance that will no doubt be overshadowed by Rooney’s stature, to send Manchester United two points clear at the top.
Rooney’s brace took his impressive tally up to 32, but if you think that he alone is carrying United to their fourth successive title, then think again. The likes of Patrice Evra, Darren Fletcher and Antonio Valencia have been consistently excellent throughout the season, but there’s no doubt that Rooney has improved vastly player since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer. The forward is no longer just a scorer of great goals; he is now a great goalscorer.
His partnership with Berbatov hasn’t always been effective the most this season, but this game was proof that the duo can play together up front. The first half was far from vintage United, with both Rooney and Berbatov having great chances. The Red Devils had much more of the ball than Fulham, but no goals came of it as the half finished goalless. The Cottagers had looked decent in the first 45 and frustrated the home side – but after the interval the game was totally one-sided.
Rooney broke the deadlock minutes after the break and Fulham simply had no answers as the hosts started to dominate. Edwin van der Sar found himself with little to do, and need not occupy his mind on the game. Several chances went begging, but the game was finally put to bed later on a Rooney had made it 2-0 thanks to some fine work from Berbatov. The Bulgarian then made it three, as he headed home Park’s cross.
At half time it was hard to see Man Utd winning 3-0, but having said that, the scoreline did not flatter them in the sense that they were always in control. This was sweet revenge from when Fulham had beaten United by the same score earlier this season. A convincing victory for the hosts, one that lifts United to the top of the table and two points clear of both Chelsea and Arsenal, although the former have played a game less. Yet, with these kind of performances you’d bet that this side is good enough to win another league title. You can never have too many trophies – something that must be going through Wayne Rooney’s head all the time.