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Steve Sidwell stuns Old Trafford with opening goal

Feb 9, 2014, 11:29 AM EDT

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Fulham have been given a small glimmer of life as they’ve opened the scoring against Manchester United against the run of play.

The visitors had nearly zero touches in the attacking third before Lewis Holtby swung in a pass and a charging Sidwell latched onto it and slid the ball into the bottom corner for a 19th minute lead.

It was brilliant anticipation by Holtby to find Sidwell, who had left his mark Darren Fletcher in the dust.

The goal is Fulham’s first score in four Premier League matches, having been shut out in the previous three against Southampton, Swansea, and Arsenal.

For Sidwell, it’s his sixth goal of the season, leading Fulham. The goal comes despite Manchester United owning 65% of the possession through the opening 25 minutes, and the visitors have already been forced to weather 19 crosses and make 21 clearances.

To make matters worse, Robin van Persie missed an absolute sitter minutes later on the end of a beautiful cross by Rafael.  He shockingly blasted way over from just two yards out.

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