Manchester United will look to extend their lead at the top of the table to 9 points when they visit Craven Cottage to meet Fulham.
Chelsea play Arsenal in the Carling Cup final on Sunday, and victory at Craven Cottage could see United move further ahead of the Blues in the league table. Sir Alex’s side have shown some remarkable form this season, and conjured a goal out of nowhere to beat Lille 1-0 in midweek. Wingers Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo suffered knocks in that game, but they have been declared fit and are expected to play. United also have a FA cup replay against Reading to come, and Ferguson will have one eye on that. The Red Devils demolished Fulham 5-1 in the opening game of the season, with Wayne Rooney scoring a brace. Fulham were guilty of being too defensive minded in that game, and Coleman will want to ensure that his side don’t give the Red Devils too much respect.
The Cottagers are 14th in the table and suffered a 4-0 mauling against London rivals Tottenham in the FA Cup. Fulham have not beaten United at home since 1964, and they do have a depleted side for this game. Franck Quedrue picked up an ankle injury in training, so Liam Rosenior will deputise at left back. Vincenzo the ”Aeroplane” Montella is suspended for this game. Anti Niemi and Ian Pearce are also unavailable. Skipper Michael Brown returns after serving his suspension and he is a very influential player for them.. Most of Fulham’s wins have been by a one goal margin. They depend too much on McBride and Helguson upfront.
I don’t see United being stopped, and Fulham have kept only one clean sheet in their last 8 games. 3-0 to United, with Rooney, Ronaldo and Saha on the scoresheet. Fulham might sneak in a goal, but I don’t see them getting any points from this one..