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David Moyes' men have endured a miserable 2014 thus far but our tipster, William Duncan, expects the Red Devils to ease past the Cottagers at Old Trafford on Sunday

Manchester United will look to put their shambolic start to 2014 behind them when they welcome Premier League basement boys Fulham at Old Trafford on Sunday.

David Moyes’ men have won just two of their eight competitive fixtures inside 90 minutes so far this year and suffered their latest setback last weekend when they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Stoke City at Brittania Stadium.

Nevertheless, the Red Devils are red-hot favourites with the odds compilers to taste victory this weekend, with Paddy Power offering just 2/9 (1.22) for the hosts to claim all three points at Old Trafford.

Rene Meulensteen said that his side had hit “rock bottom” as they crashed out of the FA Cup in extra-time to League One side Sheffield United at Craven Cottage on Tuesday.

The Cottagers are chalked up at a massive 12/1 (13.0) with Paddy Power to heap more misery on David Moyes’ men by claiming a much-needed win here while the same firm go 11/2 (6.50) that the two sides are forced to settle for a share of the spoils this weekend.

Despite a disappointing defeat against the Potters last weekend, Manchester United should prove to be far too strong for a Fulham side shorn of confidence and the home side can be backed to record an emphatic victory here.

The 8/13 (1.62) quotes from Paddy Power for United to lead at both half-time and full-time is a solid selection while the 6/4 (2.50) on offer from the same firm for David Moyes’ men (-2) in the handicap market is sure to attract plenty of support from punters.

Manchester United fans will be hoping that new signing Juan Mata can lead the Red Devils back into the hunt for a Champions League qualification berth and the former Chelsea midfielder is decent value at 5/1 (6.0) with Paddy Power to break the deadlock here. The same firm offer a hugely tempting 6/5 (2.20) on the Spanish midfielder to open his account for United.

Fulham’s defensive deficiencies should mean that David Moyes’ side are presented with numerous opportunities to find the net here.

Therefore, punters are advised to snap up the generous 6/5 (2.20) quote from Paddy Power for Juan Mata to find the net against the Cottagers this weekend.

Juan Mata to score at any time at 6/5 (2.20) 2pts with Paddy Power

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