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09/02/2014 19:19, Report by Ben Hibbs
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Full of frustration

in Fulham's starting line-up, and substitute Larnell Cole also involved. Kieran Richardson also started for the Cottagers.

Opposition Bottom-of-the-table Fulham had little to lose coming to Old Trafford and their game-plan was not at all complicated. They soaked up pressure with bodies behind the ball, pushing the Reds out wide to force crosses into the box which their aerially-dominant centre-backs mopped up, and then they played on the counter-attack, twice hitting the Reds where it hurt. 

Move of the match In the second half Young moved the ball out wide to Evra, whose low cross found Mata and the Spaniard teed up a shot for Rooney, only for Stekelenburg to tip the ball over the bar. On an afternoon where cross after cross was fended off by Fulham's back four, this was one of the few occasions where United successfully played incisively through the lines.

In the stands The second supporter-initiated trial of a singing section at Old Trafford should be considered a success given the noise levels. Positioning is key inside such a large arena and in the north-east lower quadrant, 2,600 fans made themselves heard throughout. However, it was a stark contrast of emotions in the stands from Carrick's goal after 80 minutes and a quarter of an hour later when the final whistle went. 

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