Manchester United - Fulham Preview: Visitors haven't scored at Old Trafford since 2006
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
By Joe Doyle
Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra
Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Young
Kelly, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise
Duff, Dempsey, Dembele
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 as the Red Devils face opponents against whom they traditionally have a good record at Old Trafford.
Fulham confirmed earlier in the week that the only unavailable players for the trip to Manchester would be Orlando Sa, Zdenek Grygera and Steve Sidwell. In recent weeks they have been playing a more attacking formation, with Moussa 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 that Fulham scored at Old Trafford came in 2006, an own goal from 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.
- The England striker also has five goals in his last four games against Fulham at Old Trafford. Rooney is 15/4 with Sportingbet to score a hat-trick in this match.
- 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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Top 3 Predictions
Man Utd. 3-0 Fulham
- 24.31 %
Man Utd. 4-0 Fulham
- 13.06 %
Man Utd. 5-0 Fulham
- 11.78 %
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Feb 9, 2014||Man Utd. 2 - Fulham 2|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Nov 2, 2013||Fulham 1 - Man Utd. 3|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Feb 2, 2013||Fulham 0 - Man Utd. 1|
|England - FA Cup (FA)||Jan 26, 2013||Man Utd. 4 - Fulham 1|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Aug 25, 2012||Man Utd. 3 - Fulham 2|
|Apr 9, 2014||FC Bayern München 3 - Man Utd. 1||UCL|
|Apr 5, 2014||Newcastle 0 - Man Utd. 4||EPL|
|Apr 1, 2014||Man Utd. 1 - FC Bayern München 1||UCL|
|Mar 29, 2014||Man Utd. 4 - Aston Villa 1||EPL|
|Mar 25, 2014||Man Utd. 0 - Manchester City FC 3||EPL|
|1||David de Gea||Goalkeeper|
|14||Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez||Striker|
|3||John Arne Riise||Defender|
Fulham haven't scored at Old Trafford in the past five seasons, and while they should break that duck, they have little hope of defeating the the champions at home as momentum builds towards another title for Sir Alex Ferguson's side after Manchester City's draw against Stoke.
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