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Fulham vs Manchester United match preview
Manchester United continue to be a club in complete crisis, so they appear perfectly ripe for an upset in this Saturday lunchtime kick off.
On Wednesday night, the holders crashed out of the Carabao Cup, hammered 3-0 by a second-string Newcastle United on a truly humiliating night at Old Trafford.
Having been beaten by the same scoreline in Sunday’s derby, the Red Devils have now lost back-to-back home games by 3+ goals for only the third time ever, previously doing so in September 1930 and October 1962.
Across all competitions, Man United have lost eight of their first 15 matches this season, representing their worst start to a campaign since 1972/73.
Back then, Frank O’Farrell was sacked in mid-December, just 81 matches into his tenure, as the club went onto finish 18th.
In the here and now, this will be Erik ten Hag’s 78th game at the helm, so could a similar fate bestow the under pressure Dutchman?
Given all of that, Fulham will believe a victory is more than possible and, should they prevail, they could leapfrog their visitors in the table.
The Cottagers battled to a credible 1-1 draw at Brighton last weekend, with João Palhinha firing home a late equaliser in Sussex, which was controversial given that he should’ve been sent of earlier in the afternoon.
At home, Marco Silva’s side have won two of their last three, so are ticking along nicely, seeking to stay well clear of the relegation dog-fight.
Unlike Man United, the Whites are still interested in the League Cup, following their 3-1 victory over Ipswich this mid-week, in which Harry Wilson, Rodrigo Muniz and Tom Cairney were on target at Portman Road.
Fulham will now travel to Everton next month, knowing victory at Goodison, a venue at which they’ve already won this season, would see them reach the EFL Cup semi-finals for the first time in their entire history.
Ahead of this one, the Cottagers are winless in 17 meetings with Manchester United, losing 14 of them, but could this streak, that dates back 14 years, be about to come to an end?
Fulham team news
Marco Silva rotated his team for Wednesday’s win in Suffolk, with Marek Rodák, Luc de Fougerolles, Fodé Ballo-Touré, Saša Lukić and scorer Rodrigo Muniz all given rare starts.
Bernd Leno will be back in goal, while Fulham’s star player, and it isn’t even close, João Palhinha will return to midfield.
Given that both Issa Diop and Tosin Adarabioyo are sidelined, we’ll see the unusual sight of two left-footed centre-backs starting together, with Calvin Bassey partnering Tim Ream.
Andreas Pereira will face his former club, while Alex Iwobi, Willian and Raúl Jiménez have all scored against Manchester United for previous employers.
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Leno; Castagne, Bassey, Ream, Robinson; Reed, Palhinha, Decordova-Reid, Pereira, Iwobi; Jiménez.
Manchester United team news
Lisandro Martínez, Tyrell Malacia and Luke Shaw all remain out while, despite being fit again, Raphaël Varane hasn’t featured in either match this week, left out of the derby because of ‘tactics’, which is weird.
Limited defensive options have been boosted by the returns of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Sergio Reguilón, allowing Victor Lindelöf to move over to centre-back, set to partner Jonny Evans, chosen over Harry Maguire.
Casemiro made his return from injury in the Carabao Cup, but then hobbled off again, meaning Sofyan Amrabat and Christian Eriksen will be at the base of midfield, with Scott McTominay further forward.
Captain Bruno Fernandes would sit out next Saturday’s meeting with Luton if booked at Craven Cottage.
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Dalot; Amrabat, Eriksen, McTominay, Fernandes, Rashford; Højlund.