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United vs. Fulham

Old Trafford

18/02/09

20:00

United (a) Preview!

Fulham travel to Old Trafford desperate to end their current poor away record (to put it politely) but to do so would be a monumental achievement, but isn`t that what football is all about? Let`s hope we can frustrate Fergie just as we frustrated Benitez earlier this season!

Vital Quotes:

"It`s not the winning or losing that counts but the taking part!"

Well something like that, let`s hope Sir Alex Ferguson takes heed tomorrow (Wednesday) evening!

United Team News:

Sir Alex Ferguson openly admitted that he`d rested several players at the weekend, for the visit to Derby, ahead of the clash with us, therefore we can`t help jest that he old-boy must be a little worried about Roy`s army!

It`s difficult to predict which of Fergie`s plethora of stars he`ll choose to confront us with but the latest rumour suggests that Shrek, aka Wayne Rooney, will be on the bench. On Sunday, at Pride Park, Cristiano Ronaldo played a central attacking role but we suspect he`ll revert to the wing against us.

Elsewhere, Edwin van der Sar will be between the sticks keen to extend his clean sheet record to make it a world record instead of a British record, could the best we hope for be to end his hopes?

Player to watch: Carlos Tevez

Seems to have jumped at the chance to replace Wayne Rooney whilst the far-from-loveable Wayne Rooney has been injured. Let`s hope that with Rooney on the verge of a comeback that Tevez doesn`t sign out with a moment of glory.

Fulham Team News:

Roy Hodgson takes his squad up to the north-west trying to put an end to eight successive Premier League victories for Manchester United, it`s a tall ask. For the trip it looks as if Dickson Etuhu will not be fit enough for consideration, however, Roy may ask a former United player, Erik Nevland, to lead the line against a side he was once with albeit briefly.

Rumours persist that both Paul Konchesky and Andrew Johnson will have to shrug off knocks to play.

Here at Vital Fulham we reckon there`ll not be many changes in Roy`s starting eleven and we reckon he`ll go for:-

Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Gera, Murphy, Dacourt, Davies, Johnson and Zamora.

Player to watch: Danny Murphy

Did our current club captain not score a winner against Manchester United whilst playing for Liverpool? Another on Wednesday would be a fantastic achievement

Match Facts & Stats

If you look through the record books they make sorry reading for a Fulham fan. Manchester United have beaten us on the last eight occasions they`ve played us, often emphatically and if we look at the statistics for Premier League clashes between the two sides at Old Trafford they stand at - United 6 wins, Fulham 1 win and Draws 3.

Going further back into the history books and looking at all games played at Old Trafford between the two sides, its even worse, United 23 wins, Fulham 2 wins and 3 draws.

Last year two goals from an in form Ronaldo were enough to send us back to London deflated.

Ref Watch:

The man in charge on Wednesday night is Andre Marriner.

Match Prediction:

We`re a team that has yet to win away from home in the Premier League this season, we`re travelling to play a side that hasn`t even conceded a goal in 1212 minutes of Premier League action, let alone lose a fixture. On the surface you`d have to be mad to predict a Fulham win but haven`t we always been supreme optimists? Would this not be the perfect place to bring such a run to an end? It may well be, it may well be another 2003 occasion but my head says no! The best we can hope for is a draw, possibly to grind out one of famous 0-0 draws we`ve been so fond of this season!

Next Fixtures:

Next up, after the trip to Old Trafford is a home fixture against West Bromwich Albion, a fixture we should be favourites to win.




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Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 17 2009

Time: 4:57PM

Your Comments

Not to ***** on anyones fish'n'chips, but I really doubt, we'll get anything from this match... But there is always hope, right?:)
Zimmer2002
Under the circumstances, 0-0 would be fabulous. I'd have to imagine that's exactly what Roy's going for, particularly if AJ can't play. You always hope for the huge upset, so maybe we can grab a goal on the counter attack or a set piece, but I'm afraid it's not likely. Still, I think we can hold them if everyone puts in their best. My biggest concern is how Hughes copes with the one-v-one situations against Ronaldo and the rest.
Samboney
odd as it may be, we haven't lost to the big 4 yet this year, and i think this will hold true tomorrow. i bet we get an odd goal to ruin the world record, then they tie the game in the dying seconds when we think we have it all wrapped up.
woodysweats
Uhh.. No dempsey?
mcjoness
No I think we should have enough to win especially with Rooney and Evra back.
ForeverUnited
Vidic and Ferdinand have been known to concede the odd own-goal. That might be our ticket.
Samboney
1-0 fulham!! COYW!!
KBFulham
hope you will be thrashed!!
Leonax
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hZkbZevmiqqCjOmnQ_9bfKU7nvcQ "Bobby Zamora, Clint Dempsey and John Pantsil will be restored to the starting line-up at United. "
mcjoness
Prediction, I am going to need a calculator to add up the final score and a big fat 0 to put next to Fulham.
TeddyLyon
bin waitin on this fixture for along time now,,hope its worth the wait and the only thing they will need a calculator for is to count their toes
whiteaussie
EY u never no we bbet Arsenal, drew against liver pool and chelsea so u never no wat gonna happen .
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