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A Fulham Win Would Be The Shock Of The Season

Fulham visit Old Trafford tonight in a game that's been postponed because of the European Super Cup which we dismally lost. Not that it matters in the slightest now...

What matters is that should United win we go five points clear on the top of the table. The press take it for granted that we have the three points in the bag; indeed, temporary Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink was talking about how they are 10 points behind United even though at the moment the difference is only seven.

But looking at the form guide and at the statistics those who take our victory for granted might have a point. Fulham, along with Stoke City, are the worst side on the road in the top flight: they haven't won a single league game away from Craven Cottage this season, scoring a meekly 3 goals in the process.

Roy Hodgson's side would have to upset the odds in England's most intimidating stadium: United haven't lost at Old Trafford this season and we've only conceded four goals - three against Hull City and one against Newcastle. The latter game is the only one that we haven't won at Old Trafford in the Premier League.

Now add to this that Andy Johnson and Paul Konchesky are struggling with injuries while United - the most prolific scorers on home turf - will have Wayne Rooney on the bench and you can see why many, myself included, think that a Fulham win would be the biggest surprise of the season and even a draw would be a resounding result for the Cottagers.

The unsettling thing, though, about these 'football miracles' is that they tend to happen from time to time. I certainly hope that miracles will stay away from Old Trafford tonight.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 18 2009

Time: 1:41PM

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I do worry about this. My mind tells me United will win, but i just have an uneasy feeling that this isn't going to be as easy as we perhaps expect
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18/02/2009 13:50:00

It could easily turn out to be something similar to the Sunderland game: we'll probably batter them from start to finish but it could all end in frustration... It's a cliché but an early goal would be a huge relief.
Zae
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18/02/2009 13:52:00

COME ON FULHAM!!
CoxintheBox
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18/02/2009 19:31:00

Well.....I guess we put that to bed....
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19/02/2009 04:02:00

Couldn't have gone better! I'm so happy to say that. I couldn't have written a better script in terms of everything going so well. Scholes gets his first league goal of the season with a brilliant strike; Berbatov scores, but then comes off when Rooney comes on, instead of Tevez (which should hopefully reassure him); and then the best news of the night: within minutes of coming on, Rooney scored with his first touch - a real striker's goal which he sometimes struggles to pull off. He didn't look too rusty and his confidence will have soared with that goal. Hopefully we can keep him fit for the rest of the season - when he said he wasn't sure he'd get back into the team he made me smile. And our clean-sheet record keeps going too. It scarcely looked like being beaten last night, but there were a few nervous moments. Now Rooney is back though, hopefully we'll be brilliant at both ends. It does indeed look like we have a fantastic chance for the title - 5 points and 9 goals clear of Liverpool (so we effectively have to lose twice); 8 points clear of Aston Villa; 10 of Chelsea and 15 of Arsenal, who, as Wenger surprisingly admitted, seem out of it. And the determination we showed too - Rooney played in the last minutes as if it were the first; Ferdinand was at one point shouting at his team-mates as if it were we, rather than Fulham who were 2-0 down. A good night all round, and may there be many more - Inter next Tuesday might be nice :)
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