LONDON, Aug 22, 2010 (AFP) - Sir Alex Ferguson admitted Manchester United could have no complaints as Fulham snatched a late 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage on Sunday.
Ferguson's side were close to maintaining their 100 percent start to the season when Fulham defender Brede Hangeland rose to head an 89th minute equaliser.
United had taken the lead for the second time in the match through Hangeland's own goal and then wasted a chance to increase their advantage when Nani missed an 86th-minute penalty.
Hangeland made them pay and United manager Ferguson conceded a draw was just reward for Fulham's efforts.
|Fulham's Brede Hangeland (2nd from L) celebrates with team mates Bobby Zamora (C) and Dickinson Etuhu (R) after scoring the equalising goal against Manchester United. AFP|
"In fairness they deserved a point," Ferguson told Sky Sports 1. "They played very well in the second half.
"The first half belonged to us but they played better than us in the second half.
"When you have the lead and you have the opportunity to seal the game with a penalty you think you're home and dry, but I've got to give credit to Fulham."
Ferguson, whose side trail leaders Chelsea by two points, admitted Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale's save from Nani's spot-kick was the turning point.
"The goalkeeper reacted quickly and you've got to give him credit, but I think it was a bad height," he said.
Hangeland was a relieved man after he cancelled out his own goal with a towering header from Damien Duff's corner.
"Straight after I scored that own goal I looked at the clock and saw five minutes to do it," he told Sky Sports 1. "It was great to be able to score from that corner.
"It's a terrible feeling (to score an own goal). I don't think I could have done anything different. It looked like someone was going to head it.
"I had one chance to make up for it. We have had a great team spirit for the last two or three years. We never say die at this club and we showed it again."