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April 9, 2011 3:00 PM BST
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Premier League 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

By Matt Monaghan

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PROBABLE LINE-UPS

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.




DID YOU KNOW?

  • In 71 meetings in all competitions, Manchester United have won 42 to Fulham's meager 13, with 16 draws also registered.
  • The aggregrate 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.


LAST MEETING


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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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
29Tomasz KuszczakGoalkeeper
16John O'SheaDefender
12Chris SmallingDefender
15Nemanja VidicDefender
3Patrice EvraDefender
4Darron Gibson Midfielder
18Paul ScholesMidfielder
8AndersonMidfielder
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
17NaniMidfielder
9Dimitar BerbatovStriker
1Edwin van der Sar Goalkeeper
5Wes BrownDefender
35Fabio Da SilvaDefender
13Ji-Sung ParkMidfielder
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
10Michael OwenStriker
14Javier 'Chicharito' HernandezStriker
23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
6Chris BairdDefender
18Aaron HughesDefender
5Brede HangelandDefender
30C. SalcidoDefender
44Gäel KakutaMidfielder
13Danny MurphyMidfielder
20Dickson EtuhuMidfielder
2Clint DempseyStriker
30Mousa DembeleStriker
25B. ZamoraStriker
13David StockdaleGoalkeeper
2Stephen KellyDefender
5Rafik HallicheDefender
7Steve SidwellMidfielder
22Zoltán GeraMidfielder
27Jonathan GreeningMidfielder
7Eidur Smari Gudjohnsen Striker
Players to Watch
Dimitar Berbatov
Dimitar Berbatov
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With Rooney sat in stands, Berbatov will once again be the man manager Sir Alex Ferguson looks to pick up the goalscoring baton.

After two seasons of underachievement, the Bulgarian showed no issue with the task as he carried United through the early months of the season when Rooney was last sidelined. A repeat of his match-winning antics against Bolton Wanderers last time out at Old Trafford is just what United need to edge the Premier League finishing line ever closer.
B. Zamora
B. Zamora
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

It's not just United who have missed their star striker for much of the season. For Fulham, the recent return of Bobby Zamora has added a cutting edge to a pedestrian front-line.

After warming the bench at Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, the England international has blossomed in his current surroundings and bagged a brace against Blackpool last weekend. The big target-man plundered a depleted United defence last term and will hope to cause similar chaos even against the first choice stars.
Prediction
United have finally shown signs in recent weeks of clicking into the form expected of Premier League champions. With the euphoria from the mid-week Champions League victory against Chelsea coursing through them, expect another victory to keep them on course for domestic supremacy.
Editor's Prediction
Fulham 0
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