By 90Min
December 06, 2018

Manchester United host Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. United's struggles have been well documented this season, as lacklustre performances on the pitch and constant drama with manager Jose Mourinho have seen the club sit in eighth place - eight points adrift of the top four. 

Fulham haven't fared much better as they sit bottom of the table, having only won two matches all season. United go into the game off of the back of a 2-2 draw at home to Arsenal midweek, whilst Fulham earned a point at home to Leicester City as Claudio Ranieri faced his former club for the first time. 

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Both sides are in desperate need of a win to boost momentum going into the hectic Christmas period. Here's 90min's preview of Saturday's game.


How to Watch

When is Kick Off? Saturday 8th December
What Time is Kick Off? 3pm (BST)
Where is it Played? Old Trafford
TV Channel/Live Stream? NBC Sports

Team News

United have been hit with a number of untimely injuries. Alexis Sanchez and Victor Lindelof are both out with hamstring injuries, whilst Luke Shaw missed the draw with Arsenal through injury. Ashley Young is available after suspension, and could replace either Diogo Dalot or Matteo Darmian in the starting lineup. Top scorer Anthony Martial is a doubt for the match after being substituted through injury midweek.

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Fulham will be without Timothy Fosu-Mensah who is ineligible to face his parent club, and Aleksandar Mitrovic is one yellow card away from suspension. 


Predicted Lineups


Manchester United De Gea; Dalot, Bailly, Smalling, Rojo, Young; Pogba, Matic, Lingard; Rashford, Lukaku
Fulham Rico; Christie, Odoi, Mawson, Le Marchand; Seri, Chambers, Camara, Cairney, Sessegnon; Mitrovic

Head to Head Record

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Historically, Man United have dominated this fixture. In the previous 79 meetings between the sides, United have won 49 games compared to Fulham's 13 victories. 

This will be the first meeting between the sides since a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford in 2014, where Moyes' United famously attempted over 80 crosses in an attempt to break down a Fulham side that would eventually be relegated.


Recent Form

After a mini resurgence after the win against Newcastle, United's form has slumped once again. The Red Devils are without a win in their last four league games, with their last three points coming away to Bournemouth in early November.

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Fulham's fortunes have improved somewhat since Ranieri's appointment. Under the Italian they have picked up four points from a possible nine, with their only defeat coming away to Chelsea. However their overall form has been less than impressive, as they have only picked up two wins all season. 

Here's how both teams have fared in their last five games: 
 
Manchester United Fulham
Manchester United 2 -2 Arsenal (05/12) Fulham 1 - 1 Leicester (05/12)
Southampton 2 - 2 Manchester United (01/12) Chelsea 2 - 0 Fulham (02/12)
Manchester United 1 - 0 Young Boys (27/11) Fulham 3 - 2 Southampton (24/11)
Manchester United 0 - 0 Crystal Palace (24/11) Huddersfield 1 - 0 Fulham (05/11)
Manchester City 3 - 1 Manchester United (11/11) Manchester City 2 - 0 Fulham (01/11)


Prediction


United did show signs of improvement against Arsenal after a series of lacklustre performances. Their forward line should be too much for Fulham's ever changing back four, so they can expect some joy from the likes of Rashford and Lingard. 

However United have shown on multiple occasions this season that they are vulnerable at the back and afford visiting teams chances. If Fulham are clinical then they could make it a very difficult afternoon for the home side. 

Prediction: Manchester United 2 - 1 Fulham

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