Rene Meulensteen set his side up to create difficulty for his team's hosts on Sunday.
Manchester United's inability to capitalise more proficiently on their crossing frenzy on Sunday, where 81 balls from wide were flung into the opposition box, has been further highlighted by Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen, who oversaw the Cottagers' come-from-behind draw at Old Trafford.
'We set out, as anybody can see, we needed to stay in there after the results we have had in the last couple of weeks but we made it very difficult for them,' said Meulensteen to Sky Sports. 'United have got some problems of their own in that respect. They kept creating chances and crosses but I think we defended fantastically well and held out as long as we could.'
United manager David Moyes may also want to look into the reasons why Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, a partnership that should - on paper - thrive, is failing to bear inter-linking fruit. As this graphic and article shows, the two seem loathe to actually pass to one another.
United attempted 31 shots against Fulham's 6, hit nine on target against their visitors three but, ultimately, the only statistic that matters, is the final score: 2-2; as a late Darren Bent effort restored parity.
'When you get bombarded like that, you know the class that they have to score the goal, which they did and it gave them a lift. But at the end, for Darren Bent to score that equaliser felt like a winner.'
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