Preview - Fulham vs Manchester United 09 February 19

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Match Day 26
Fulham vs. Manchester United
Saturday, February 9th 2019
20:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Craven Cottage

Last five matches form: L L L W L
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 2.20
Top Scorer: Aleksandar Mitrović (10)

Manchester United:
Last five matches form: W W W D W
Average goals per match: 1.96
Average goals against per match: 1.40
Top Scorer: Paul Pogba & Marcus Rashford (9)

The weekend Match Day 26 action kicks off at Craven Cottage, as second bottom Fulham play host to a resurgent Manchester United side who have their eyes very much on breaking into those top four positions. Three points here will be good enough to do just that - at least temporarily - with Chelsea not playing until the following day.

Manchester United made short work of Fulham in the reverse of this fixture when coming out on top 4-1 at present. They weren't playing anywhere near as well as they are now back then either, but Fulham will at least be in front of their own fans for this one.

The injuries are beginning to mount up for Claudio Ranieri's side, with Alfie Mawson, Marcus Bettinelli, André-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Lazar Markovic and Håvard Nordtveit all out. Marcos Rojo is the only confirmed Manchester United absentee at present.

Fulham have won only twof their last twelve in the league as they struggle to string back to back results together. This looks a tall order on paper, but seven points adrift of safety headed into the game, they are going to need to start picking up some results from somewhere.  They have won four of twelve at home so far, but all against teams in the bottom half of the table.

Manchester United are now unbeaten in ten in all competitions since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge, winning seven of eight in the league over this period. Having picked up the points in their last three on the road and kept three clean sheets in the process, they will head to London full of confidence.

Expect plenty of fire and passion from Fulham, but they are outclassed here and certainly won't be helped by all those absentees from the squad. Away win.

Prediction: Fulham 1 - 3 Manchester United


Half time:  0 - 2
Full time: 0 - 3
Shots:  11 - 11
Shots on target: 5 - 8
Corner Kicks: 5 - 4
Possession: 47% - 53%

Joe Bryan, Calum Chambers and Aleksandar Mitrovic were all booked for Fulham in this one, with referee Paul Tierney also taking the names of Nemanja Matic and David De Gea of Manchester United.

Not really a 0-3 result purely on the stats, but in the end it was Manchester United's greater solidity at the back and quality in then final third that won the day as Ole Gunnar Soslkjaer's unbeaten run at the helm continues.

United struck first in the 14th minute. Persistent play down the left-hand side ending with Anthony Martial playing in Paul Pogba in the left of the area. The angle looked to be closing down on the Frenchman but he rifled in high at the near post from around eight yards to the left of the six yard box.

The second arrived after 23 minutes. Simply devastating stuff on the counter from Martial. Receiving the ball just inside his own half he made a bee-line for goal, holding off one challenger and skipping inside another into the left side of the area before finishing into the bottom right. 0-2 at the break.

The points were sealed in the 65th minute. Juan Mata felled in the area by Maxime Le Marchand and the referee pointing to the spot. Pogba stepping up to convert into the bottom right. 0-3 final score.

Big result for Manchester United who have now forced their way into the Champions League positions faster than even the most optimistic of Red Devils fans could have expected following the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. They sit fourth at the end of Match Day 26, one point ahead of fifth placed Arsenal. Things are now really looking bleak for Fulham who sit second bottom and are now fully eight points adrift of safety.

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