Manchester United vs Fulham: 6 Players Who Will Light Up Monday Night Football

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2012

Manchester United vs Fulham: 6 Players Who Will Light Up Monday Night Football

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    Manchester United is set to receive Fulham in Old Trafford in a match that will showcase players like Wayne Rooney and Clint Dempsey, whose technique and recent performance promises quite a game.

    The Red Devils are seeking to take the outright lead of the tournament, and a tie can seal the deal and put them one point clear from Manchester City.

    For Fulham, a victory will mean getting back to the winners' circle for the first time since March 4th, when the Cottagers defeated the Wolves 5-0.

    Let's take a look to the footballers that will make a difference tonight.

Mark Schwarzer

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    At age 39, Mark Schwarzer has set himself as a cornerstone for the Cottagers, where he’s playing his fourth season. Tonight’s match will be a challenge for Schwarzer, who registers 6.14 saves per match.

    Mark’s aerial game is superb and will have to bring it to Old Trafford as Fulham hasn't won once in its last six visits, which have produced an aggregate scoreline of 20-3.

Danny Murphy

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    Danny Murphy has proven himself a worthy captain since 2008. Despite being 35 years old, he’s a key player of Fulham’s midfield.

    He’s strong and tough and knows how to keep the ball and assist his teammates. Murphy also creates plays and distributes the game.

    In 28 Premier League meetings he's scored twice and made five assists.

Clint Dempsey

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    Fulham’s top scorer this season is Clint Dempsey, a player who has found the net 12 times and proven extremely important to Cottagers' line up.

    Dempsey is a natural midfielder, but his attacking abilities turned him into a fine striker, whose abilities include dribbling, passing and controlling the ball.

    The US international has never scored against United, but he could change that situation today, as he’s in his best season with Fulham.

Phil Jones

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    After Nemanja Vidic’s injury, Sir Alex Ferguson had to make some adjustments on defense, including Phil Jones.

    The 20 year-old English international has established as a strong and fast player who defends fiercely, but can also attack and assist his teammates.

    Jones’ fine touch and ability to keep the ball make him a reliable defensive player and an undisputed starter. He missed last week's match due to the flu, but he's available tonight.

Antonio Valencia

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    Manchester United’s top winger came back into style earlier this month after missing four weeks due to a hamstring injury. Antonio Valencia scored last week against the Wolves and made two assists.

    The Ecuadorian is fast as a lightning and his physical strength has helped United become one of the most feared teams when it comes to attacking from the right sideline.

    Valencia is one of the most successful Red Devils so far with 11 assists and three goals in 18 meetings.

Wayne Rooney

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    There’s no doubt that Wayne Rooney has taken over Manchester United and has become the leader of the team.

    He’s managed to adjust to his new position on the pitch without leaving behind his attacking instincts.

    Rooney teams up nicely with Javier Hernández, Danny Welbeck, Antonio Valencia and Luis Nani, giving the squad a full hand of options and variety from the midfield to the rivals' area.

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