Fulham vs. Manchester United: What Fans Want to See from United on Saturday

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Fulham vs. Manchester United: What Fans Want to See from United on Saturday
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No, not this. Jonny Evans played in both the matches against Fulham last season, both of which United won, with an aggregate 6-0. Surprisingly the away match was the 5-0 drubbing we would like to see on Saturday.

That would be some reverse for Fulham, but their past appearances against United don't augur well. In fact, with Dempsey out and other players attracting interest, the biggest factor in their favour may be the manager, Martin Jol.

He is still in the process of re-engineering Fulham, part of this exercise being due to factors beyond his control. Mohammed Al Fayed would like to keep tight financial rigour, so reasonable bids for players will be listened to.

Jol may not have been averse to Danny Murphy leaving at 35, but Sir Alex will be delighted because the ex-Liverpool midfielder has been a constant thorn in United's side since his days at the Reds.

Last season's results were in keeping with recent history. United have won four of their last five, not conceding a goal; and Fulham have lost their last eight matches at Old Trafford without scoring in the last five.

Who would have thought that going into this match Fulham would be sitting on top and United near the bottom of the EPL. The season won't finish that way of course.

Norwich were frankly awful at Fulham last week, and Jol will surely guard against complacency, but their defence wasn't stretched last week in the way that United will pressure them.

The key player could be Brede Hangelandbut in the United boxalthough in 2010 he managed to score at both ends in 10 minutes. He is even taller than Marouane Fellaini.

If you were wanting to avoid two fixtures at the start of the season without a centre back, they would be against Everton and Fulham because of Fellaini and Hangeland.

Let's hope lightning doesn't strike twice...

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