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In a breathless finish to the afternoon, Hangeland struck twice from corners in the space of five minutes; first deflecting home Nani's centre to put United back into the lead, then powerfully heading in a 90th-minute leveller for the hosts. Irritatingly for the Reds, the Norwegian's pair bookended a crucial penalty miss by Nani.
As Wayne Rooney was left in Manchester to recover from a virus, Sir Alex Ferguson retained a 4-4-2 formation, and paired Chicharito - making his first league start - with Dimitar Berbatov. The only other change from the side which overcame Newcastle was the introduction of Ji-sung Park, who took the place of Nani on the left wing.
Even without injured goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer in goal, Fulham's line-up - also 4-4-2 - appeared capable of taking points off United for a third successive year at Craven Cottage.
The hosts were on the back foot early on as United popped passes around with conviction, but struggled to find a route through the Cottagers' well-drilled defence. Park's poke was deflected wide after nine minutes, however, signalling the onset of greater penetration. Moments later, only a fine reaction save from David Stockdale kept out Berbatov's acrobatic volley, but the stand-in stopper was helpless to prevent United taking the lead from the ensuing corner.