After this past weekend’s 2-2 draw against Manchester United, Fulham defender Dan Burn compared defending United’s crosses to playing in the non-league conference:
“I’ve never headed that many balls since the Conference. We knew that was going to happen and I was happy for them to play like that.
“I’m six foot seven. It helps when dealing with those sort of balls.
“When we started dropping further back we wanted to get more compact and make them play around us because we had the strength in numbers.
“Manchester United still have amazing players – on another day they could have scored more often but we defended really well.”
Meanwhile, to make matters worse for David Moyes, Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen says that Manchester United’s gameplan was easy to combat and very straightforward. Ouch.
Here are today’s world soccer news headlines:
- ‘It was like being back in the Conference’ – Fulham defender Dan Burn on Manchester United’s barrage of 81 crosses — Evening Standard
- Man Utd’s ‘straightforward’ gameplan was ‘easy’ to combat, says Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen — Off The Post
- Manchester City do deal for first refusal on Brazilian talent — The Independent
- Ronald Koeman agent contacts Swansea City over manager’s job – reports — Wales Online
- Garry Monk shows why midfield width is king at Swansea City — The Swansea Way
- West Ham sell Upton Park to London developer Galliard Group — West Ham United
- Garry Cook interview on making a superpower out of a club that was on its knees — The Mirror
- Yaya Sanogo gave Per Mertesacker a black eye in an Arsenal training ground bust-up — 101GG
- Manchester United’s David Moyes admits ‘it’s worse than I thought’ — The Guardian
- David Moyes will take Manchester United to Dubai for week of training in the sun — The Telegraph
- NBC posts most-watched non-live Winter Olympics opening ceremony in two decades — TV By The Numbers
- Michael Laudrup sacked after snubbing January loan deals for Nacer Chadli, Lewis Holtby and Tom Ince — The Mail
- West Brom’s Bifouma sets Premier League goal record — Premier League
- Craig Bellamy charged with violent conduct by FA — The Guardian
- Liverpool fan in Kenya reportedly stabbed to death after Arsenal match — Pro Soccer Talk
- Yaya Toure escapes punishment for apparent kick on Ricky van Wolfswinkel — Telegraph
- Man Utd’s Javier Hernandez frustrated under David Moyes, says Mexico boss — Off The Post
- In Jozy’s defence: ‘man on a mission to man on an island’ — Salut Sunderland
- Ashley Williams reveals a Swansea City history lesson inspired derby day triumph — Wales Online
- Jermain Defoe leaves White Hart Lane for final time on shoulders of teammates — SB Nation
- West Ham boss Sam Allardyce calls for reform at the FA — Sky Sports
- Timothy Chandler injured in Nurnberg’s loss to Bayern Munich — Pro Soccer Talk
UEFA Champions League
- Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery to miss Champions League clash with Arsenal after surgery — The Mirror
- Nearly 50,000 fans evacuated from 2014 Champions League final venue after roof breaks up during storm — The Mail
- Argentina won’t win ‘even if hell freezes over’, says Chelsea and Brazil star Oscar — Evening Standard
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