Bent stuns Man United by giving Fulham 2-2 draw

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 9, 2014 at 2:50 pm •  Published: February 9, 2014

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — A late fight back by Manchester United against Fulham counted for little as Darren Bent scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time to claim a 2-2 draw for the Premier League's bottom team against the struggling champions on Sunday.

Fulham first stunned Old Trafford in the 19th minute when Steve Sidwell scored to leave seventh-place United facing a ninth loss of its title defense.

It took Robin van Persie until the 78th minute to level and Michael Carrick netted again for United inside two minutes, bringing Wayne Rooney to his knees in celebration and Moyes punching the air with relief.

Goalkeeper David de Gea turned away a shot from former United winger Kieran Richardson, but sent the ball straight into the path of the substitute Bent who nodded into an empty net.

Now it was the turn of Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen, United's assistant under Alex Ferguson until May, to punch the air as his side snatched a precious point.

"You could say we maybe had a mental softness in that we didn't see the game out and get the job done," United manager David Moyes said.

"It was just a case of playing out time," he added. "And we gave away a diabolical second goal."

For Moyes and United, now nine points away from a Champions League place, a miserable season just keeps getting worse. And, with a visit to Arsenal on Wednesday, there is no end to the trouble in sight.

While Fulham had the instinct to survive the United bombardment throughout, the visitors had the pace to exert pressure on their hosts when the counter-attacking opportunities came.

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