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Preview: Man Utd v Fulham

11 Mar 2010 - 11:42:43

Manchester United continue their Premier League assault on Sunday when they go head-to-head with Fulham at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men will be sky-high following their Champions League success over AC Milan in midweek but will now turn their attention to the quest of retaining their league crown.

However, Fulham, under their shrewd boss Roy Hodgson, are made of stern stuff these days and have enjoyed a positive run in Europe as well this term.

They are in the middle of a two-legged Europa League last-16 clash with Juventus and sit comfortably in tenth place in the league table.

With Bobby Zamora in fine goalscoring touch for the Cottagers lately, he will be keen to continue his exploits in the north-west.

United have lost just one of their previous 11 fixtures on the domestic front - a 3-1 reversal at Everton - and, as ever, all eyes will be on dynamic forward Wayne Rooney.

The England star has netted 23 league goals so far this term and will be looking to extend his lead in the scoring charts over Chelsea's Didier Drogba.

A win for United would pile further pressure on fellow title-contenders Chelsea and Arsenal.

Fulham's form is admirable and they have gone five games unbeaten in the league but the Red Devils will be a wounded beast after their meeting at Craven Cottage in December.

A disjointed United side limped to a 3-0 defeat and they will be wanting to set the record straight this time around.

They must do it without Anderson (knee) and Michael Owen (hamstring) though, who will be missing for the rest of the season. John O'Shea (thigh) is also a long-term absentee.

Andrew Johnson (knee) will be missing for the visitors and he is unlikely to return before the season draws to a close.

Clint Dempsey, John Paintsil and Kagisho Dikgacoi (all knee) are nearing fitness but Sunday's clash may come too soon for them.


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