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February 2, 2013 12:30 PM EST
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 25670‎
 
 
Wayne Rooney 79′

Premier League Preview: Fulham - Manchester United

The hosts still languish in the bottom half of the league table going into the clash, while Sir Alex Ferguson's men will be hoping to maintain a seven-point lead at the top

By James McManus

Mat PROBABLE LINEUPS

FULHAM

Schwarzer
Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise
Dejagah, Sidwell, Karagounis, Kacaniklic
Ruiz
Berbatov
MANCHESTER UNITED

De Gea
Rafael, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra
Valencia, Cleverley, Carrick, Kagawa
Rooney, Van Persie

Fulham manager Martin Jol will be without Simon Davies (knee), Kerim Frei (groin) and Mahamadou Diarra (knee) for the clash with the league leades at Craven Cottage.

Kieran Richardson also remains a doubt with a calf injury and Dimitar Berbatov will require a late fitness test after picking up a slight hamstring strain during the win against West Ham.

The club's two January transfer window loan signings, Urby Emanuelson and Emmanuel Frimpong, could also be involved at some stage from the bench.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will be missing Darren Fletcher, who is out until the end of the season with illness. Ashley Young (knee) and Jonny Evans (hamstring) are also both doubtful to make the trip to Craven Cottage.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Fulham's 3-1 win against West Ham was its first in eight league outings.
  • The hosts have picked up eight points from their last five home games in the top flight, winning two, drawing two and losing just one.
  • They have failed to find the back of the net on just six occasions this term in the league.
  • The two teams met as recently as Jan. 26, with United winning 4-1 at home in an FA Cup fourth-round clash.
  • Manchester United has been ahead at both half time and full time in its last five meetings with the Cottagers.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson's side is unbeaten in its last six games against Fulham.
  • Manchester United's points tally of 62 from 25 games is the most it has ever achieved at this stage in the campaign during the Premier League era.
  • It is yet to have a player sent off this season.
  • Robin van Persie (pictured, right) is the Premier League's top goalscorer this term with 18 goals so far.
  • The eight victories the Red Devils have posted on the road this season is more than any other side in the division.


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23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
3John Arne RiiseDefender
14Philippe SenderosDefender
5Brede HangelandDefender
6Chris BairdDefender
27Sascha RietherMidfielder
14Giorgos KaragounisMidfielder
16Damien DuffMidfielder
24Ashkan DejagahStriker
11Bryan RuizStriker
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
-Neil EtheridgeGoalkeeper
18Aaron HughesDefender
35Emmanuel FrimpongMidfielder
28Urby EmanuelsonMidfielder
29Simon DaviesMidfielder
11Alexander KacaniklicMidfielder
10Mladen PetricStriker
1David de GeaGoalkeeper
2RafaelDefender
3Patrice EvraDefender
4Phil JonesDefender
5Rio FerdinandDefender
6Jonny EvansDefender
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
17NaniMidfielder
23Tom CleverleyMidfielder
10Wayne RooneyStriker
20Robin van PersieStriker
40Ben AmosGoalkeeper
12Chris SmallingDefender
8AndersonMidfielder
11Ryan GiggsMidfielder
14Javier HernándezStriker
19Danny WelbeckStriker
26Shinji KagawaMidfielder
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