Manchester United ‘easy’ to defend against - Meulensteen

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Manchester United made Fulham’s defensive duties relatively ‘easy’ in the Sunday draw between the two sides, according to manager of the Premier League’s bottom-placed club Rene Meulensteen.

The champions set a new record with the 81 crosses they put into the Fulham penalty area in search of three points, and Meulensteen claims he expected United to employ these tactics as soon as he saw the team sheet.

Fulham were well prepared for a bombardment from the flanks, and Meulensteen taunted Moyes following the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford by branding the Manchester United boss’ game-plan ‘straightforward’.

"When I saw Manchester United today I thought the game-plan was quite straightforward - get it wide, get it in,” Meulensteen told reporters.

"If you're well organised and the goalkeeper is in good positions to come and collect the ball it can be easy [to defend against]."

"It was partly straightforward.

"We know that we had to be more compact and tight in wide areas because United would cross the ball a lot."

Steve Sidwell provided Fulham with the lead before Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick appeared to have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. However, Darren Bent levelled the scoring at 2-2 with just seconds remaining.

Manchester United are now 15 points adrift of league leaders Chelsea, while they are nine points off the coveted top four places.

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