It’s been three in a row for David Moyes and his boys, but Manchester United will be looking for more as they travel to Craven Cottage to take on struggling Fulham (11 am ET, watch live on NBCSN and online via NBC Sports Live Extra).
Fulham must’ve thought they were back on track after beating first Stoke City and then Crystal Palace, but the Cottagers followed that up with a loss to Southampton before Championship side Leicester City knocked them out of the Capital One Cup. Fulham did manage to go out in a blaze of glory, however, coming back from 3-1 down only to have the Foxes score in the final minute.
But now Fulham are without the option of using Hugo Rodallega, who scored a brace on Tuesday night, and will also miss defender Brede Hangeland. It’s Dimitar Berbatov alone up front today, with Bryan Ruiz sitting behind and Darren Bent on the bench. Martin Jol will be counting on his players learning from their mistakes, and keeps both keeper Maarten Stekelenburg and defender Philippe Senderos, both who botched things up against Leicester, in the starting XI.
Manchester United travel to London buoyed by their recent performances, yet still aware that they’re sitting eight points out of first. Last years’ champions are going to need to keep racking up the points, particularly against the Fulhams of the league, if they want to assure themselves of a Champions League place next season. Yet Moyes is also aware that this season’s tournament is crucial, and will have the upcoming match against Real Sociedad in the back of his mind.
Still, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are on from the start as the visitors look for their fourth in a row. Plenty of attention will also be on Adnan Januzaj, as the youngster looks to prove why he’s worth his recent long-term contract — and all the buzz going around.
Fulham starting XI: Stekelenburg; Riether, Senderos, Amorebieta, Richardson; Dejagah, Sidwell, Parker, Kasami; Ruiz; Berbatov
Subs: Stockdale, Hughes, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Boateng, Taarabt, Bent
Manchester United starting XI: De Gea; Rafael, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Valencia, Jones, Cleverley, Januzaj; Rooney, Van Persie
Subs: Lindegaard, Smalling, Fellaini, Kagawa, Nani, Young, Hernandez.