Manchester United (4-4-1-1): De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Mata, Carrick, Jones, Januzaj, Rooney, Van Persie
Although already confirming his transfer out this summer, Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic will return to the heart of defence after serving his suspension last time out. The Red Devil’s 2-1 loss to Stoke was their eight in the league this year, which has made going into the top four a priority for David Moyes and his men. Robin Van Persie will lead the line, supported by Wayne Rooney, while recording signing Juan Mata should start on the right of midfield and cutting inside.
Fulham (4-3-3): Stekelenburg, Riether, Hangeland, Burn, Richardson, Kvist, Parker, Sidwell, Holtby, Duff, Mitroglou
Greek forward Kostas Mitroglou looks set to make his EPL debut after fellow new signings Lewis Holtby and William Kvist made theirs last weekend. The club, now at the bottom of the table, need a strong effort to get anything out of a trip to Old Trafford… although they can take comfort in the fact that the Red Devils themselves are not in the best of form.
If Fulham beat Man United at Old Trafford I will run the length of Fulham Palace Road butt naked singing take me home Al Fayed #FFC
— Anthony Balbaugh (@Fulhamflutter) February 6, 2014
Fulham 20/1 to win at man united on sunday. I know their shit but so are united!
— phil smith (@phil_smith91) February 6, 2014
You know times are hard when you’re not even confident that Man united will beat Fulham
— robin hunter (@RobHunter17) February 5, 2014
One of the reasons attributed to United’s poor form is the injury to Robin Van Persie. He shows why against Fulham last season.
Wayne Rooney has been the one world class talent at David Moye’s disposal during Van Persie’s layoff and must be itching to return on the score-sheet in this mini goal drought. A goal here will also bring him into his eight consecutive double digits season.
Manchester United vs. Fulham: An Alternative Preview
Manchester United have won each of their last nine Barclays Premier League home games against Fulham and 11 of 12 since the Whites reached the division in 2001.
Fulham have drawn only once this season, fewer than any other side. The record low in a Barclays Premier League season is three (by Chelsea in 1997-98).
Manchester United have gone 11 Premier League games without a draw currently (W6 L5).
United have kept five clean sheets in their last six home league games against Fulham.
Fulham have seven goals from corners this season, only Manchester City have scored more.
Wayne Rooney has scored in five of Man Utd’s last six games against Fulham (all comps).
Steve Sidwell is the only current Fulham player to have scored a Premier League goal in 2014.
Juan Mata has delivered 13 crosses (inc. corners) for Manchester United but only one of those has found a team-mate.
Fulham’s last three Premier League games have been 0-0 at half-time but they have lost all three, conceding seven goals in the process.
Robin van Persie has six goals and two assists in his last seven Premier League appearances.
Should Fulham win or lose they will have gone 21 Premier League games without a draw. Only one side (Bolton - 28 games in Mar-Dec 2011) have gone on a longer run in PL history without a draw.