We might have got carried away with the 5-0 breezing past Wolves the other week, but Fulham are one of those mid-table EPL sides that 'know what they are doing'. They were never going to be on the end of a hiding from us in two straight games. However, at this point of all points in the season----squeaky bum time, a win of all sorts---comfortable, boring, scrappy, nervy, controversial. . . will do for Manchester United.
There was something in the air last night that spoke of a shock result from a fixture that every United and indeed City fans expected to be a formality. I mean when you dominate as much as we did, and fail to get off shots in the box or have them defending as obdurate as they did, after scoring a scrappy goal yourselves, then you know that something just wasn't right.
The players had eight days of rest before this one and yet we appeared tired towards the end of the game. Can do better.
As far as the penalty that was not is concerned, I thought it wasn't a penalty because Danny was looking for it all the way. Then again, I've seen them given. The manager spoke of Michael Oliver's desire to even out the fact that we should have had a penalty ourselves in the first half. When all is said and done though, Murphy will wonder if he could have taken another step and got the shot away instead of looking for a pen.
A win i a win though and boy, I'm I glad we held on. A three point lead over City with 8 games to go means that we really do now, more than ever have the destiny of the EPL in our hands.
Next up is a tricky game at Blackburn which we never seem to win these days--well we might just have to turn that jinx around.
ONWARDS AND UPWARDS!
PS...Jonny Evans is a *small legend*