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.