United v Fulham: Preview
Michael Carrick returns to the Manchester United squad for Sunday's Premier League encounter with Fulham at Old Trafford. Carrick missed Wednesday's hammering of AC Milan through suspension but is set to replace Paul Scholes, who followed up his goalscoring exploits at Wolves with an outstanding contribution in midweek. Ryan Giggs is still a week away from a return after breaking his arm last month, while Ritchie De Laet is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a leg injury in Thursday night's reserve team encounter with Manchester City. Ahead of the game Gary Neville has said he is focusing on United despite talk of an international return. I just play for United, I have always said the same. I play for United and try to play well and where that takes me then who knows? Neville said. England is out of my hands. I am just playing for United. You would have to ask the people with England what they think about that. I have not retired. I always said I never would. I am playing for United and would play for my country. It has not happened for two to three years. I am not holding out for a call but if it happens it happens. But I'm not focusing on that. I'm really focusing on trying to win as many games with United, we've got a race on for the league, and we've got the Champions League. We have got a lot to look forward to in these next couple of months. A Champions League quarter-final, big league games, Fulham on Sunday, Liverpool the Sunday after. The league games are really important now and we have to focus on them. Fulham forward Clint Dempsey could be in line to make his first start for two months in Sunday's match. Dempsey came off the bench to make his comeback from a serious knee injury against Juventus last night. Captain Danny Murphy faces a fitness test on a groin injury while Nicky Shorey, who was cup tied for the Juventus match, could replace Paul Konchesky at left-back. Manchester United (from): Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Foster, Neville, Rafael, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Park, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Fletcher, Gibson, Obertan, Nani, Rooney, Berbatov, Diouf. Fulham (from): Schwarzer, Zuberbuhler, Baird, Kelly, Shorey, Stoor, Konchesky, Hangeland, Hughes, Smalling, Gera, Duff, Murphy, Greening, Davies, Etuhu, Riise, Nevland, Elm, Okaka, Zamora, Marsh-Brown. United league form: WDLWW Fulham league form: WDWWD Key opponent: Brede Hangeland - towering centre back is likely to be busy Prediction: United 2 Fulham 0 - Fuham are a decent side but United looked irresistable on Wednesday Agree with the prediction? Have your say. Click here for all the latest odds from Betfred.
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