Manchester United endured a frustrating draw with struggling Fulham at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

United were first put behind in the 19th minute when Lewis Holtby's diagonal ball into the box was side-footed into the bottom corner by Steve Sidwell from 12-yards out. Only two minutes later, Robin Van Persie missed a glorious opportunity to put his side on level terms however his volley was blazed over the bar from only a few yards out.

Shortly after, Kieran Richardson missed a chance to put Fulham two goals ahead when his effort swung over the bar after a fine counter-attacking display from Fulham. Manchester United dominated the best chances of the game, provoking several magnificent saves from Fulham 'keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

However, United's persistence was repaid in the 78th minute when Juan Mata's off-target shot fell perfectly to Van Persie who easily tapped the ball in to make it 1-1.

In the 80th minute, United were rewarded with another goal after Richardson's poor clearance from a defensive corner found an awaiting Michael Carrick who in turn found the top corner from outside of the box, leaving Stekelenburg deserted in the middle of his goal.

Fulham however, led by former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen, kept looking for an equaliser and with just one minute remaining of the additional five of injury time, they found it.

Richardson was again involved in the goal when his effort was parried by United keeper David de Gea. Darren Bent was first to the rebound and headed it home from just a few yards out to give his side a vital point and keep them within four points of safety.

After the game, David Moyes spoke of United's rollercoaster of a season so far and said: "It's been a bit like that this season, but today was as bad as it gets. Being one down was bad enough. You could say that it was maybe mental softness that we didn’t see the job out. I would agree with that.

“We dominated the game. Being one down was bad enough. The amount of attempts, chances and play we had was unbelievable. How we didn’t win I have no idea."

The Red Devils have only managed to win two of their last seven Premier League fixtures and currently sit nine points off of a Champions League place.

On the contrary, Meulensteen was delighted with his side's performance. He said: "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."

With Manchester United's recent poor form, it is no wonder that some are looking back to the Sir Alex Ferguson days. Nevertheless, it seems that the United board will stick by their decision to appoint Moyes at the start of the season and no doubt hope that he can swiftly turn things around and get Manchester United back where they belong.

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