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Match Preview: Fulham vs Manchester United

Fulham vs Manchester United 2021

Fulham vs Manchester United | Premier League | Craven Cottage | KO 20:15 | BT Sport

Manchester United sit top of the Premier League, two points clear of second placed Manchester City, after United sent Liverpool down to fourth place, following their 0-0 draw at Anfield last time out.

United travel to Craven Cottage on Wednesday, to face Fulham, who are without a win in seven league matches, with The Reds most likely starting the match in second place, assuming City are able to beat Aston Villa at 6pm.

It is fair to say that a point away at Anfield is a good point, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side must now push on, show a ruthless side to their game, and win against a Fulham side they are well expected to beat.

How do Manchester United Look?

Manchester United escaped the clash with Liverpool with no fresh injury concerns.

English defensive pair Phil Jones and Brandon Williams are still unavailable due to long-term concerns.

The match does, however, come just three days after the Liverpool match, so Solskjaer may be forced to play a rotated side, in order to keep his players fresh and match fit.

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When questioned on the fitness of Bruno Fernandes, the boss said “Not tired, no chance. [He] Is one of the players who covers ground in every game. Very good at recovering and recharging his batteries”, suggesting that he will be starting again at Craven Cottage on Wednesday.

Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford have both played a large number of games this season without rest, so the game against Fulham may be the perfect opportunity to give one, or both, of them the night off.

Anthony Martial could cover Rashford’s wing position, with Edinson Cavani taking the striking spot, should Solskjaer wish to rest the English winger.

If Maguire is given a rest, then a centre back partnership of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelöf would be most likely to start.

Opposition: Fulham

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The hosts look in real trouble of relegation this season, the year after they were promoted from the Championship.

Although they have drawn four of their last five Premier League matches, they have only won two league games all season, and if they want to stay up, they must turn those draws in to wins, and fast.

They will be without Antonee Robinson and Bobby Decordova-Reid, who both picked up suspensions in the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea that they faced last time out.

Terence Kongolo is the only confirmed injury absentee as he continues to nurse a hamstring issue.

Key Stats

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Manchester United have not lost away from home in the Premier League since 19th January 2020, meaning it will have been over a year since they tasted defeat on the road when they face Fulham.

Prediction

Fulham 2-0 Manchester United. Goals from Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.

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