Manchester United manager David Moyes has admitted he never expected this season to be quite as rough as it has been.
A late Daren Bent equaliser earned Rene Meulensteen a point on his return to Old Trafford as struggling Fulham coach.
The Scot also called Fulham’s equaliser ‘diabolical’ from his side’s point of view.
“How we didn’t win I have no idea,” Moyes said in his post match spin.
It looked like late strikes from Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick had given the Premier League champions a much needed three points after Steve Sidwell had given the visitors the lead against the run of play in the first-half.
But half-time substitute Bent headed in after David De Gea had saved Kieran Richardson’s shot to stun the Old Trafford faithful and a previously jubilant Moyes.
“It was a bit of carelessness at the back and we could have cleared the ball but didn’t and it cost us,” continued Moyes.
“It’s been a bit like that this season. Today was as bad as it gets. We dominated the game. Being one down was a bad enough. The amount of attempts, chances and play we had was unbelievable.
United completed 81 crosses- the most by a Premier League team since 2006- but couldn’t tuck home the goals as the Cottagers defended terrifically with debutant Johnny Heitinga and Dan Burn covered for an impressive Marten Sketelenburg in goal.
The hosts enjoyed 72% of the possession in the first-half but had nothing to show for it on the scoreline.
Moyes added: It’s goal that count. You can have as much possession as you like. We should have scored more. You’ve got to try and keep making it work. The players tried that today and eventually the goals did come and I was more disappointing we didn’t make it 3-1.”
Nine points separates United and fourth-placed Liverpool at the moment, and they will be at Arsenal on Wednesday in a must win game. Moyes says they will “do their best” to claim a Champions League slot for next season.