Match preview: Fulham vs Manchester United

Head to head

Tomorrow’s game will represent the 84th competitive meeting between the two clubs, with United recording 50 wins in comparison to just 14 victories for Fulham.

Manchester United have won eight of the last nine games between these two clubs. They won the previous tie of this season 4-1 on Old Trafford, with Young, Mata, Lukaku and Rashford on the scoresheet.

Team news

Schurrle may be available after missing the trip to Palace with a knock, while Cyrus Christie remains a huge doubt Alfie Mawson is a long-term absentee and will definitely miss the game.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah is unable to play against his parent club, but Markovic may be on the bench after a week training with his new club.

Chris Smalling is still injured for Manchester United, while Diogo Dalot and Phil Jones may be in match protocol.

United are playing PSG in the Champions League on Tuesday, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might rest some of his best players. Sanchez and Lukaku might start the game, to get a chance to prove themselves before the clash with the French Champions.

Manager’s press conference

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave team update in the press conference earlier today:

Rojo has been training for a few days, so he’s back in training. But we’ve lost Antonio and Matteo through niggles for a couple of weeks. We’re still not bad. We’ve got 20-21 players training every day, so that’s good

The manager also added:

You take one step at a time and that’s one of the goals we’ve set us. That we move into that top four and, if we do so, we want to stay there and improve on that.

Of course, it has been fantastic over the last two months now with the points we’ve got, so consistency now is a key word, that we keep on improving, keep on winning games, but winning games in a better way than say the Leicester one.

I felt we hung on. I felt that it was one of them, it was good enough, but we shouldn’t just be happy with just [being] good enough. We want to improve and games like this, Fulham now coming up, is a character revealer really.

It reveals if we have the focus on what’s important which is always the next game in football. And can we forget about PSG and all the games coming up? Because now the focus around the place has been, and in the media, about the PSG game for a long time. Chelsea, Liverpool too. But they’re not the games that will move us up the table. They’re the other games.

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