Manchester United slipped to nine points outside of the fourth and final UEFA Champions League qualification place on Sunday with a 2-2 draw at home to last-place Fulham. The Cottagers, who grabbed an early lead through Steve Sidwell, equalized in the fourth minute of stoppage time to snatch a draw from the defending English champion after goals from Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick had put United in the lead. After the game, United coach David Moyes described the defending (read: captain Nemanja Vidic’s weak headed clearance) on Darren Bent’s last-gasp goal as “diabolical.”
When asked if he expected his first season in charge of United to be so turbulent, Moyes said, "Probably not, no." He added: "Today was as bad as it gets. How we didn't win, I have no idea. It's goals that count. You can have as much possession as you like." Indeed, United recorded 81 crosses throughout the 90 minutes, a record.
Even so, Fulham coach Rene Meulensteen, who used to be an assistant at United, indicated that Moyes’ team was relatively easy to defend against. "When I saw Manchester United today I thought the game plan was quite straightforward -- get it wide, get it in, whether it was from the fullback pushing on or the supporting wide man and midfielder.” He added: "If you're well-organized and the goalkeeper is in good positions to come and collect the ball at times, yeah, it can be easy."