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Match Preview: Manchester United vs Fulham

Manchester United vs Fulham | Premier League | Old Trafford | KO 18:00 GMT | Sky Sports

Since cementing their place in next season’s Champions League, all has not been rosy at the theatre of dreams. The fixture congestion certainly didn’t help, but Manchester United have lost two consecutive games at Old Trafford. So United take on Fulham looking to get back to winning ways.

How do Manchester United look?

United needed a rest. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men not appearing on the pitch this weekend has come as a blessing for a team that was on its knees, some would say footballing-wise against Liverpool but definitely mentally.

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The lack of real training between games to maintain some sort of fitness was always likely to take its toll on performances. The team has been granted a much-needed boost with both Daniel James and Anthony Martial returning to training. The two forwards are now back in contention for selection.

Harry Maguire’s physical fitness is still cause for much concern at Old Trafford, the captain will miss Fulham’s visit. The centre-back is definitely in a race against time to be fit and raring to go for the Europa League final which is just days away.

Opposition: Fulham

It is actually quite the rarity in recent seasons to have the relegated sides confirmed. Fulham along with Sheffield United and West Brom have been damned to the Championship next season.

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Fulham’s relegation has been a tough one to take for the football purists. Scott Parker’s obvious charisma translated to his side as they played a good brand of football, however, they just lacked the quality in forward areas to get the goals and see out games.

In the reverse fixture, Ademola Lookman stole an early lead before Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba took the game from the Cottagers. Tom Cairney and Terence Kongolo remain unavailable for selection.

Key Stats

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Manchester United’s fixtures this season have seen the most goals of any other side in the league this season, scoring 70 and conceding 42.

In stark contrast, Fulham’s games have seen the least, scoring 26 and shipping 50 goals.

Paul Pogba’s winner in the reverse fixture brought his total up to three against Fulham in two games.

Prediction

Manchester United 2-0 Fulham

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