Preview: Manchester United - Fulham

Red Devils fight to solidify spot in first place without suspended Wayne Rooney as Cottagers manager Mark Hughes looks forward to Old Trafford return


Manchester United: Kuszczak; O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Nani; Hernandez, Berbatov.

Fulham: Schwarzer; Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Salcido; Dempsey, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff; Zamora, Dembele.


  • In 71 meetings in all competitions, Manchester United have won 42 to Fulham's meager 13, with 16 draws also registered.
  • The aggregate scores between the teams in the last 10 meetings in all competitions is United 24-9 Fulham.
  • Manchester United have dropped just two points at Old Trafford in the Premier League this season from 15 games.
  • Fulham have not gained a point at Old Trafford since their 3-1 Premier League victory on October 25, 2003.
  • Fulham sit in 10th place in the Premier League table but would sink to 15th if just away results were considered.
  • Fulham sit top of the Premier League disciplinary table and are the only team in the division not to have a player sent off this season.
  • While Wayne Rooney is suspended, 20-goal stand-in Dimitar Berbatov is the Premier League's top scorer this season.
  • United have won 70 per cent of their Premier League games with Wayne Rooney in the starting line-up, compared to just 45 per cent when he has been missing or on the substitute's bench.
  • Clint Dempsey's 10 Premier League strikes for Fulham has put him in behind only Newcastle United's Kevin Nolan in the race to be the Premier League's top scoring midfielder this season.
  • Fulham's 38 points from 31 games has given them the same tally as last season.


August 22, 2010: Fulham 2-2 Manchester United

Fulham defender Brede Hangeland scored for both teams as Nani's late missed penalty was punished to see the spoils shared at Craven Cottage.

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