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Manu vs. Fulham night

December 3, 2007

 

United come in off the back of a last-gasp Champions League win over Sporting last week having lost their last Premier League match against Bolton, while Lawrie Sanchez’s outfit drew their last league outing with Blackburn.

The encounter promises to produce goals if previous form is anything to go on.  There have been an astonishing 20 goals in the last four encounters between these sides, with Cristiano Ronaldo netting five times in his last four starts against The Cottagers.

Old Trafford has proven to be an unhappy hunting ground for visiting strikers this season, with United only having conceded once in their last seven league games on home soil.

Fulham are likely to have a fit-again Wayne Rooney to contend with as the England striker is set for a return from a three-and-a-half week injury lay-off, and he is set to partner Carlos Tevez up front, thus denying former Fulham striker Louis Saha an opportunity to start against his former club.

The Frenchman has scored five times in this fixture; twice for Fulham and three times for United.

Ryan Giggs, Owen Hargreaves, Edwin van der Sar and Wes Brown could all be set for returns to the starting line up after being benched for the Sporting game, while Sanchez has a lengthy missing list.

Until Sunday, Fulham had dropped 17 points from winning positions this season, more than any other team in the league.  However, that accolade has been taken off them by Tottenham.

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