Last season’s league runners-up behind rivals Manchester City, suffered a surprise defeat at Goodison Park at the hands of Everton and a rampant Marouane Fellaini, whose header midway through the second half was good enough to beat the disappointing Manchester giants.
Sir Alex Ferguson was surprised with the way his side flattered to deceive in attack and defence last Monday, and it is very unusual for a Ferguson side to underperform two games on the spin.
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It looks as though their defensive injury problems haven’t sorted themselves out yet and the out of position Michael Carrick will probably continue at centre-back.
However, they should be too strong for Fulham, who, admittedly, should be full of confidence after thrashing Norwich 5-0 at Craven Cottage.
Cottagers fans must be excited by the new faces brought in by Jol, with Croatian striker Mladen Petric bagging two goals on his home debut last week.
Martin Jol’s side looked very impressive last weekend, but this will be a totally different challenge against a wounded animal.
Unsurprisingly United are strong favourites for the clash and will form the basis of many punters accumulator this weekend.
Ladbrokes have installed Ferguson’s side as the 2/9 favourites and will no doubt see some action from their big players, but in reality, for the working man, that price for United is just unbackable.
Fulham are trading at 8/1 (Ladbrokes) whilst the draw is a 4/1 (Ladbrokes) poke.
United have a very strong record over the Londoners, winning their last eight Premier League games at Old Trafford against Fulham. The Cottagers have also failed to score in the last six games against United and their only goal in the previous match was an own goal by Rio Ferdinand.
With Fulham’s terrible record in mind at Old Trafford, taking the Evens (Paddy Power) available for United to win to nil could be the way to play this match.