Manchester United FC were forced to settle for a 2-2 home draw with Fulham FC after their stirring comeback was undermined by an equaliser four minutes into added time, while Tottenham Hotspur FC edged Everton FC 1-0.
Pinned in their own half for long stretches, Fulham took a surprise lead on 19 minutes at Old Trafford courtesy of Steve Sidwell, who expertly steered in from close range. The one-way traffic continued after the restart and David Moyes's side eventually broke through with 12 minutes remaining as Robin van Persie turned in Juan Mata's centre at the back post.
The second arrived just two minutes later when Michael Carrick's effort from the edge of the box took a deflection and swept past Maarten Stekelenburg. More drama was to come, however, with Darren Bent heading in just before the whistle after a Kieran Richardson shot had been parried. The result leaves United nine points shy of fourth spot, while the Cottagers remain bottom.
Earlier on Sunday, Emmanuel Adebayor scored for the fourth time in six Premier League outings as Tottenham leapfrogged Everton into fifth place. In a game of few chances at White Hart Lane, the 29-year-old forward broke the deadlock shortly after the hour by taking receipt of Kyle Walker's free-kick and firing past Tim Howard.
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