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Premier League

  • December 21, 2011
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Craven Cottage, London
  • Referee: M. Halsey
  • • Attendance: 25700

Premier League Preview: Fulham - Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side will be out to record another victory on their Premier League travels this term as they aim to maintain the pressure on City at the top of the table



Baird, Senderos, Hangeland, JA Riise
Ruiz, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey
Johnson, Dembele


De Gea
Smalling, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra
Valencia, Jones, Carrick, Nani
Rooney, Hernandez

Fulham boss Martin Jol could be set to name an unchanged lineup following his team's impressive 2-0 home win against Bolton at the weekend. Bobby Zamora could well have to settle for a place on the bench once more, even if he recovers from a knee knock.

David Stockdale will again deputize for regular first-choice goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who is still five weeks away from a return, while long-term injury victim Zdenek Grygera misses out.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will again have to do without the services of long-term absentees Anderson, Nemanja Vidic and Darren Fletcher as well Tom Cleverley, Michael Owen and Fabio. Right back Rafael could well feature after an injury layoff.

The visitors are likely to keep the number of changes to a minimum but could well opt to recall Javier Hernandez in place of Danny Welbeck. Phil Jones is again likely to partner Michael Carrick in the heart of midfield.

  • Fulham has only won four of its last 16 Premier League matches so far this season, drawing six and losing the other six.
  • The club has managed to find the back of the net in each of its last seven Premier League matches.
  • The Cottagers last home win against Sir Alex's side was back in the 2009/10 season, when it shockingly defeated the Red Devils 3-0.
  • Smalling (pictured right) only made 19 appearances for Fulham before he completed his 10 million euros to Manchester United in 2010.
  • Manchester United has won its last four Premier League away matches, all without conceding a goal.
  • United has won seven of its last 22 Premier League games in London.
  • The Red Devils have only conceded three goals so far this season in their eight away league matches.
  • United’s top league goalscorer is Rooney, who took his tally to 11 Premier League goals with his goal against QPR at the weekend.
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-David StockdaleGoalkeeper
3J. RiiseDefender
-Brede HangelandDefender
6Chris BairdDefender
14Philippe SenderosDefender
13Danny MurphyMidfielder
20Dickson EtuhuMidfielder
30Mousa DembeleStriker
8Andy JohnsonStriker
11Bryan RuizStriker
2Clint DempseyStriker
38Neil EtheridgeGoalkeeper
2Stephen KellyDefender
18Aaron HughesDefender
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21Kerim FreiMidfielder
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25B. ZamoraStriker
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3Patrice EvraDefender
4Phil JonesDefender
6Jonny EvansDefender
12Chris SmallingDefender
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
10Wayne RooneyStriker
19Danny WelbeckStriker
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