Manchester United vs Fulham | Match Preview
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Manchester United vs Fulham | Match Preview

23/02/24 09:56

Manchester United host Fulham on Saturday in what is a massive game for both sides as they look to close the gap on the teams above them in the table.

The Red Devils’ 2024 so far has been outstanding. Unbeaten - winning 6 of their last 7 games. Although the performances on the pitch haven't been up to the standard a lot of people may expect it is undeniable that they continue to get results. Where they looked down and out United are now just three points off Tottenham in fifth and five points from Aston Villa in forth.

The man on form at the moment and the man to watch out for in this game is Rasmus Hojlund. With his two goals on Sunday against Luton Town he became the youngest player to score in six consecutive Premier League games. His tally for the season now sitting at 13 in all competitions. A number that he will be keen to improve on, on Saturday afternoon.

Fulham on the other hand need to pick up points if they want to close in on the top half of the table and avoid slipping further away from Chelsea in tenth.

It was a tough game last time out against Aston Villa, losing at the hands of an Ollie Watkins brace. However they have proven that they can take some of the bigger teams to their limits this season having taken four points from an available 6 against Arsenal, knocking Spurs out of the EFL cup, and only losing to Liverpool in the league thanks to a late 4th goal from Trent Alexander Arnold, in a 4-3 loss. They will look to do the same this weekend against a United side that are often easy to get at.

Injuries have had a massive effect on Manchester United this season. And those issues are looking like they will be continuing into this game. The hosts will be without Mason Mount, Anthony Martial, Lisandro Martinez and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. With Luke Shaw still being assessed after being pulled off at half time against Aston Villa and just before the half time whistle against Luton.

Fulham could be without three players in this game. Raul Jimenez and Kenny Tete are certain to miss the game. Armando Broja could make a return this weekend but is still considered a doubt.

These two sides have played one another around 90 times in their histories. United having a far better record winning in 56 of those meetings.

Fulham also haven't beaten United since 2009 - a 3-0 win at Craven Cottage thanks to goals from Danny Murphy, Bobby Zamora and Damien Duff.

The two sides of course met earlier on in the season. United just scraping a win in that game thanks to a 90th minute winner from Bruno Fernandes.

In this game we would expect another win for Manchester United. They have appeared to really turn a corner this season and their record in fixtures in February speaks for itself - remaining unbeaten in the month since 2018. With it being much more important for the hosts to pick up a win I see them going all out in this one and picking up another important victory. Going one step closer to those top four spots.

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