Fulham 2-2 Manchester Utd: Chalkboards paint a picture
Fulham 2-2 Manchester Utd: Chalkboard Analysis
It was by far a convincing performance from Manchester United, but credit is due to the way Fulham fought back and earned a deserved point. Of course, there is no shame in the result; Fulham are a tough proposition away from home and the Red Devils have now failed to win there in their last three attempts. Below, we analyse individuals and their impact on the game.
Is there a point in analysing Paul Scholes? His name has been on the lips on nearly everyone associated with the sport, and he displayed just why. Not only did he score a belter, but he once again passed the opposition to death. Below, we have included two chalkboards, Sunday’s performance and a carbon-copy against Newcastle the week previous. Another display worthy of Man of the Match. Is there no stopping him?!
Defensive-minded Etuhu with passing masterclass
Dickson Etuhu is a fine example of a defensive midfielder. Criminally underrated, he can do more than just hold. His passing was excellent on Sunday, not putting a foot wrong throughout. 33 passes, 33 successful. Also, he, and Fulham’s five man midfield, perfectly stifled Manchester United, meaning that Fulham could soon get into the game after a slow start where the Red Devils had dominated proceedings.
Nemanja Vidic: Interceptions not his Forté
Statistically, United’s defending has been the best in the country. That’s hardly surprising, but against Fulham it was disappointing lacklustre. It wasn’t disastrous, but it definitely could have been better. What we can learn from this game is that Nemanja Vidic is the typical,’hard-man’, aggressive sort whose strengths lie in clearances, heading and strong tackling. Intercepting certainly isn’t his forte, evident from the diagrams below. Whilst Jonny Evans managed seven interception, Vidic could only muster…none. Nought, nada. Big fat 0.