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Fulham vs Manchester United: Preview and Predicted Line-ups

Manchester United will face the challenge of Fulham at Craven Cottage on Wednesday night in the last match of the first half of the Premier League season.  

After the draw against Liverpool Manchester United will want to win the game and finish the first half of the season at the top of the table since Sir Alex Ferguson time and stay in the title race.

Fulham will also be looking to find a positive result from this game to survive in the Premier League. The Cottagers have taken points from Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, they would like to do the same thing against Manchester United.

Fulham vs Manchester United Preview:

Manchester United managed to earn just a point from Anfield in their previous match after missing two very good chances to extend the lead at the top of the league. 

Paul Pogba is looking very good for Manchester United after his agent exposed that Pogba wants to leave at the end of the season. But he keeps showing professionalism and contributing to the recent success of the Red Devils.

Ole Gunner Solskjær’s boys are sitting at the top of the table with 37 points in 18 games and 2 points clear of 2nd placed Manchester City and City have one game in hand.

The Red Devils are having a great time in games away since the defeat at Anfield last season exactly one year ago. They are unbeaten in their last 15 away Premier League games. United have got 23 points in 9 away games so far with 7 victories this season.

Even though United kept a clean sheet in the last game, they have conceded the most number of goals among the teams who are at the top half of the league table 24 in 18 games.

United’s talisman Bruno Fernandes is having a dry spell in recent times in terms of contributing to goals as far as his standard’s concerned. He hasn’t had his name on the scoresheet in the last three games and he’ll be desperate to score in this match. 

Fulham struggled with the positive testing of coronavirus in the squad and they would want to beat the league leaders at their home turf. They are sitting in the relegation zone in 18th with 12 points in 17 games.

The Cottagers have only managed two wins in the league so far against Leicester City and West Brom. They haven’t been able to win in the last seven league games. 

Scott Parker’s side did well against Chelsea in the last game but lost by a late goal and similarly, they will try to cause troubles for Manchester United and earn something in the race for survival.

Fulham’s recent league form: D-D-D-D-L

Manchester United’s recent league form: D-W-W-W-D

Fulham vs Manchester United team news: 

Solskjær might go with an attacking side as he did previously against the teams who are in the relegation zone. He will go with his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. United will get a full squad for the game.

Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani should start in the front three and Fernandes will start in number 10 position. Pogba and Nemanja Matic should be two central midfielders. 

Solskjaer will choose the similar back four and the goalkeeper as it was against Liverpool. But it will be harsh for Eric Bailly to sit out after his recent heroic displays.

Fulham won’t get the service of left-back Antonee Robinson who was shown the red card in the previous game and also Bobby Decordova-Reid will be suspended as he picked up 5th bookings in the last game.

Aleksandar Mitrovic should be available again after missing out at the weekend, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is back in contention after being forced to sit out against his parent club.

Fulham Xl:

Manchester United Xl:

Prediction:

Manchester United should win the game comfortably against Fulham if they want to challenge for the title all the way and there should not be any excuse for them not to beat this Fulham side.

Fulham 0-2 Manchester United 

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