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  • 26 March 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: M. Oliver
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Manchester United - Fulham preview: Visitors haven't scored at Old Trafford since 2006

Manchester United - Fulham preview: Visitors haven't scored at Old Trafford since 2006

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Sir Alex Ferguson's side are on a great run of form as they look to beat their city rivals to a record 20th top flight title, and have a good home record against Martin Jol's team


PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER UNITED

De Gea
Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra
Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Young
Welbeck, Rooney

FULHAM
 
Schwarzer
Kelly, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise
Murphy, Diarra
 Duff, Dempsey, Dembele
Pogrebnyak


There are no fresh injury worries for Sir Alex Ferguson, so it should be a case of picking his strongest team available, but Paul Scholes could be due for a rest up against opponents they traditionally have a good record against at Old Trafford.

Fulham confirmed earlier in the week that the only unavailable players for the trip to Old Trafford would be Orlando Sa, Zdenek Grygera and Steve Sidwell. In recent weeks they have been playing a more attacking formation, with Dembele dropping deep and both Pavel Pogrebnyak and Andrew Johnson up front.

But up against the champions at Old Trafford, expect a more imposing central midfield of Danny Murphy and Mahamadou Diarra, with Dembele in an attacking role.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • The last goal Fulham scored at Old Trafford came in 2006, an own goal scored by Rio Ferdinand.
  • Manchester United have won nine penalties this season, the most in the Premier League.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored 16 goals in his last 16 games for United in all competitions.
  • Rooney also has five goals in his last four games against Fulham at Old Trafford.
  • Martin Jol has never beaten Manchester United in the Premier League as a manager. After drawing his first two matches against them, he has lost the last seven.
  • Pavel Pogrebnyak has scored five goals for Fulham from five shots on target.
  • Only David Silva has more assists than Antonio Valencia this season, creating 12 goals to the United winger's 11.
  • Both sides are in a select group of four teams to have scored more than five goals in a game this season - with United beating Arsenal 8-2 and Fulham beating QPR 6-0. The others to make up the group are Arsenal and Manchester City.
  • Since United's 3-3 draw against Chelsea, they have won five straight league games. However, in that same period of time they have lost three games in the all competitions, including twice at home in the Europa League.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1David de GeaGoalkeeper
3Patrice EvraDefender
5Rio FerdinandDefender
6Jonny EvansDefender
2RafaelDefender
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
18Ashley YoungMidfielder
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
10Wayne RooneyStriker
19Danny WelbeckStriker
40Ben AmosGoalkeeper
4Phil JonesDefender
12Chris SmallingDefender
22Paul ScholesMidfielder
23Tom CleverleyMidfielder
9Dimitar BerbatovStriker
14Javier HernándezStriker
23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
2Stephen KellyDefender
3John Arne RiiseDefender
5Brede HangelandDefender
18Aaron HughesDefender
16Damien DuffMidfielder
19Mahamadou DiarraMidfielder
21Kerim FreiMidfielder
30Mousa DembeleStriker
29Pavel PogrebnyakStriker
2Clint DempseyStriker
13David StockdaleGoalkeeper
14Philippe SenderosDefender
17Matthew BriggsDefender
13Danny MurphyMidfielder
20Dickson EtuhuMidfielder
11Bryan RuizStriker
42Marcello TrottaStriker
Players to Watch
Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 2
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

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