UK time is: 07:38:02
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Fulham vs. Manchester United

Craven Cottage

19/12/09

15:00

Fulham v United!

After our glorious victory over in Basel, a victory that ensured qualification for the knockout stages of the Europa League, it`s back to Premier League action this weekend with a 15:00 kick off, this Saturday, against the reigning Premier League Champions, Manchester United, in the first of three fixtures that sees us take on those riding high in the Premier League table.

Vital Quotes:

Following on from United`s last opposition bottling it and fielding a reserve side, Roy Hodgson has commented on how he perceives things, remarking,

'I'll be putting the team out that I think is the strongest and the best team.'

'Of course I can understand his decision. He has obviously prioritised one game over another game."

'Every manager has the right to do what he thinks is right for his team. I know Mick's major concern, like that of ourselves, is 'can I survive in this league?'"

'He made a decision, he's stuck by it, and I believe they played okay up there.
He might gain from it in the longer run, just as we have. Playing in the Europa League competition, we've used five or six players who've not played regularly in the League. But they've shown they're good enough and, as a result, we've gained in strength.'


Here at Vital Fulham though we feel it was still morally wrong!

Fulham Team News:

Roy Hodgson rested many of our regular starters in Basel and still got the result he wanted. Here at Vital Fulham we expect the likes of Brede Hangeland, Clint Dempsey, Paul Konchesky and Damien Duff to start. Although any possibility of Andrew Johnson returning has been ruled out.

Plucking eleven names out of the air with our usual precision, we expect the starting eleven to look something like this:-

Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Duff, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey, Zamora, Nevland

Player to watch: Danny Murphy

Our club captain used to love playing against Manchester United when he was at Liverpool scoring winning goals with regularity. Here`s hoping that Danny can still be a thorn in the side of Manchester United but this time wearing the familiar white of Fulham Football Club.

Manchester United Team News:

Sir Alex Ferguson brings his squad to Craven Cottage without the injured Brown, Macheda, Evans, Ferdinand, Hargreaves, Rafael, Nani, Neville, O`Shea and Van der Sar. Also rated doubtful are Giggs and Vidic.

Has there ever been a better time to turn them over?

Player to watch: Ryan Giggs

Giggs is the current PFA Player of the Year and the recently crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year, if he plays see if you can see what all the fuss is about. Personally, I think those two aforementioned awards relate to his longevity in a United shirt and not his recent form over the last twelve months. (Now watch him prove me wrong!)

Match Facts & Stats

Last March, the 2-0 victory over Manchester was our first victory over them for forty-five years. Fulham are also on a four game unbeaten run, not that statistics mean anything once that first whistle blows.

Ref Watch:

Howard Webb will be the man in charge.

Match Prediction:

Confidence, after that victory on Wednesday evening, is high in the Fulham camp. Playing against Manchester United is something most professionals dream of, a point that Mick McCarthy should perhaps take not of. It`s also a fact that most professionals when faced with playing Manchester United up their game just that little bit extra. I`m confident about tomorrow, United are not the familiar fearsome machine they were since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlo Tevez and they can be beaten. Earlier this season Burnley showed the way and the astute Roy Hodgson will have noted what was needed to rattle them, therefore expect a performance from Fulham that could produce a result we`ll remember for a few years to come, can we send Manchester United back north with the same result we inflicted on Liverpool? Maybe not but we could possibly squeeze a 2-1 win out of this one!

Next Fixtures:

The festive action kicks into life with a home fixture, on Boxing Day, against high-flying Tottenham Hotspur followed by a trip to Stamford Bridge, two days later to face near-neighbours Chelsea.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 18 2009

Time: 3:55PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Come on Fellas! You can beat them (Please?) lol
JT_daniel
Report Abuse
18/12/2009 16:17:00

Coward Webb is in Charge? Make a LOT of noise, and the coward will give all the decisions to you!
JT_daniel
Report Abuse
18/12/2009 16:20:00

Couldn't ask for better circumstances. Just wish Rooney would've picked up his 5th yellow card against Wolves. That would've been the icing on the cake.
Teddy_KGB
Report Abuse
18/12/2009 17:26:00

give the granny shagger a few nasty kicks and he'll soon be red carded!
Al Billy
Report Abuse
18/12/2009 20:34:00

fulham win win win well it worked last time for all the fulham fanatics
truth sayer ffc
Report Abuse
18/12/2009 20:42:00

Even though I'm very bitter and sad right now,I have gathered all the courage I have to just say that u guys put in a fantastic performance,deserve all the praise and all the best for your future games.
Antriksh (abmtd)
Report Abuse
19/12/2009 17:05:00

thanks ant its nice to get some credit in stead of saying how good the other side is
truth sayer ffc
Report Abuse
19/12/2009 21:51:00

what a game... another classic at the cottage...
woodysweats
Report Abuse
21/12/2009 18:33:00

one to watch in years to come me rhinks
truth sayer ffc
Report Abuse
22/12/2009 13:36:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Fulham Articles

Fulham in Top 50 Clubs? (Thursday April 2 2015)

Big Brother Strikes Again! (Wednesday April 1 2015)

Last Chance Saloon! (Wednesday April 1 2015)

Passley in Trouble at Portsmouth (Monday March 30 2015)

Fulham to Get Shot of Stekelenburg (Monday March 30 2015)

A Ray of Sunshine on the Horizon! (Friday March 27 2015)

Fulham Fined 20,000 (Friday March 27 2015)

Fulham Tried for Blackett (Wednesday March 25 2015)

Archived Fulham Articles

List All Vital Fulham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Donahue6 11
2. kraziman2015 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Huddersfield 0 - 2 Fulham
Fulham 0 - 3 Leeds Utd
Sheff Wed 1 - 1 Fulham
Fulham 1 - 5 Bournemouth
Watford 1 - 0 Fulham
Fulham 2 - 0 Derby County

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
17. Bolton 39 12 9 18 -11 45
18. Huddersfield 39 11 11 17 -19 44
19. Reading 38 12 8 18 -19 44
20. Fulham 39 12 7 20 -18 43
21. Rotherham 39 9 13 17 -20 40
22. Wigan 39 8 11 20 -17 35
23. Millwall 39 7 12 20 -31 33

Breaking League News

LUFC On This Day - April 2nd
Leeds Utd : 02/04/2015 07:07:00
Brighton The 44th Biggest Club?
Brighton : 02/04/2015 07:00:01
Blackpool 40th In Top 50 Biggest Clubs
Blackpool : 02/04/2015 07:00:00
Fulham in Top 50 Clubs?
Fulham : 02/04/2015 06:00:01
BWFC: Top 20?
Bolton : 02/04/2015 06:00:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Fulham v Brentford?
Suggested By:  putney
Fulham to Win! 25%
Brentford to Win! 50%
A Draw! 25%