Fulham boss Meulensteen happy with a last-minute draw with Man Utd
Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen was a happy man after his side recorded a 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. The Cottagers picked up a valuable point which has given them hope of finding a way out of the relegation zone.
Meulensteen’s side is last on the Premier League table and according to many analysts it is destined for relegation. However, the Cottagers are now four points away from moving out of the red zone.
Steve Sidwell drew first blood in the game during the 19th minute to take Fulham into the lead. Robin van Persie came up with the equalizer for Manchester United in second half followed by a goal from Michael Carrick. Darren Bent scored in the dying moments of injury time to salvage a point for his side.
After the game Meulensteen told reporters that he was proud of his side’s performance and that he believed Fulham could drag themselves out of the relegation zone and towards safety.
“We made it difficult for them,” Meulensteen said. “United have got some problems of their own. They kept creating chances and crosses, but we defended well and held them. "We thought at the end it's going to slip away, all of the hard work that we've done, but at the end to score that it felt like a winner.
“When I saw Manchester United today I thought the gameplan was quite straightforward -- get it wide, get it in, whether it was from the full-back pushing on or the supporting wide man and midfielder. They put crosses in from wide angles from outside the box. We defended it well.”
Meulensteen further said that getting a good result out the big opponent was all about mindset and a bold approach. The Dutchman explained that Fulham weren’t the first team to get a good result at Old Trafford; West Bromwich Albion, Southampton, Swansea City, Newcastle United and Everton had caused disturbance for Manchester United as well.
Meulensteen admitted there were critics who had described Fulham as “dead and buried”, but such level of pessimism was in tolerable in the team’s camp. Meulensteen claims his men are eager to stay in the Premier League and fight till the last moment of the season.
The Craven Cottage boss also revealed that he focused towards defending against Manchester United. Meulensteen claims he knew that if his side was able to defend well they stood a good chance at acquiring a good result.