It appeared that Manchester City were going to continue matching United stride for stride on Sunday, with a Sergio Aguero brace helping them into a 2-0 lead at Craven Cottage.
However, Bobby Zamora pulled one goal back for Fulham and Danny Murphy’s deflected effort landed Fulham a point which hadn’t looked likely for most of the ninety minutes with the visitors dominating possession.
Roberto Mancini was left frustrated by his team’s inability to score more than two goals and the Italian hopes that this result has taught his expensively-assembled squad a lesson.
Mancini said: “This could be a lesson for us.
“Because when you dominate a game like we did today, and you score only two goals, it’s a problem.
“For 10 or 15 minutes after Fulham scored, they played very well.
“But a football match is 95 minutes and a top team like us needs to have more control of the game.
“I’m not angry. I’m just disappointed because we conceded two stupid goals.”
Strangely, Mancini lamented a lack of options within his squad despite the fact that Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli were warming the bench once again.
“If we had other players, probably we would make other changes.
“I don’t have players at the moment. I can only change the full-backs.
“I have only two midfielders, because James (Milner) and (Nigel) De Jong have injuries.”