Fulham’s injury-time equaliser stunned Old Trafford and gave them a potentially crucial point as they battle to stay up. Here’s how we rated the Whites players in their dramatic 2-2 draw.
Maarten Stekelenburg: 8
An excellent display from the Dutch keeper, who denied Ashley Young and Michael Carrick before a producing a brilliant reaction save to keep out an effort from Wayne Rooney. A real hero for Fulham and played a massive part in securing their point.
Sascha Riether: 8
Rock-solid at right-back and tucked in to help his central defenders when needed.
Johnny Heitinga: 8
A fine debut for the pre-deadline signing, who competed superbly at the back and organised his new team-mates well.
Dan Burn: 8
Having looked raw but a decent prospect in his previous Fulham outings, the young centre-back looked like a seasoned performer in this game. He won everything in the air and his inexperience was belied by his positioning and reading of the game. Perhaps fortunate not to concede a penalty for a handball, but was also unlucky when United equalised following one of his countless blocks. Fully justified boss Rene Meulensteen’s decision to leave out Brede Hangeland.
John Arne Riise: 7
Almost scored an own goal with an attempted chest back to his keeper that went over the bar. But he was otherwise solid and was involved in the build-up to the opening goal.
Ryan Tunnicliffe: 7
Neat and tidy on the right-hand side, the recent signing from United showed plenty of promise. Not as dynamic as Ashkan Dejagah but appears to offer more than Damien Duff.
William Kvist: 8
Another recent arrival who did very well. Strong in the tackle and trustworthy on the ball, Kvist did a good job in front of the back four.
Steve Sidwell: 9
Put Fulham ahead with a well-taken goal, dominated in midfield and played a major part in the equaliser by robbing Michael Carrick. An outstanding performance.
Kieran Richardson: 7
A mixed day against his former club. A bad miss when he should have made it 2-0 and not a great clearance in the build-up to United’s second goal, but on the positive side his shot led to Fulham’s leveller and his miss came after one of several excellent bursts forward.
Lewis Holtby: 9
The on-loan Tottenham man was terrific. His passing was spot-on and he played an integral role both by breaking forward from midfield and dropping deeper to give his team an extra man in the centre when they needed it. And his ball to Sidwell for the opening goal was pure class.
Muamer Tankovic: 7
Worked hard up front and set up a chance for Richardson before being replaced at half-time.
Darren Bent: 7
Brought on to give his under-pressure team an outlet. He didn’t offer much in that sense but showed his poacher’s instincts by coming up with the equaliser.
Scott Parker: 7
Did well after being brought on midway through the second half and was unlucky when Carrick’s shot deflected off him into the net.
There was much anxiety around Old Trafford when United struggled to make their possession count, but their real shortcomings were off the ball. Time after time they failed to track runners – not least when Fulham went ahead – and in midfield they were often outsmarted by the likes of Holtby and Sidwell.
Man of the match: Holtby