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United vs. Fulham

Old Trafford

25/08/12

15:00

United v Fulham Preview

And so the second fixture of the season is upon us. Having lost the first over at Goodison Park by the narrowest of margins, Sir Alex Ferguson will be keen to brush aside Fulham to get those first, and vital, three points on the board. But Fulham will be no pushover having shown they can put on a performance having won their first game of the new campaign emphatically beating Norwich City 5-0. It promises to be an enthralling encounter.

Vital Quotes:

Ryan Giggs, who has yet to really feature this season, although we`re only one game in to it to be fair, has spoken about the acquisition of the one player many United supporters feel could be the one to wrestle that Premier League title back from Manchester City - Robin Van Persie, commenting about the Dutch striker,

"It sends out a big message."

"I`m biased but players should want to come to United because you`re always guaranteed to be up there challenging for trophies, there`s a great team spirit, top facilities and you get to play for a great manager."


Will Van Persie get a start against Fulham? Will he get that vital first United goal? I guess all will become clear this Saturday afternoon.

United Team News:

Having lost that first game of the season, albeit with a patched up back-four, matters won`t have improved by the time Fulham arrive. Sir Alex Ferguson has already stated that the injured central defensive trio of Ferdinand, Jones, and Smalling will not have recovered from injury in time, but the latest news suggests that having trained all week, Jonny Evans will be able to return to partner Vidic at centre back.

However, we do expect changes to be made. Van Persie only appeared as a substitute on Monday evening and we expect him to start on Saturday, although who will make way remains a subject of discussion. The tabloid press is also stating that they expect Yong to come in for the disappointing Nani.

Whether our most recent acquisition, Alex Buttner, will get a start remains to be seen, we suspect it could be a few weeks before we see him feature as he gets accustomed to the way of life at Old Trafford.

Player to watch: Robin Van Persie

Should he have started at Goodison Park on Monday evening? Will he start on Saturday? I hope so because we need his goals and he needs the confidence a good start will generate.

Fulham Team News:

Martin Jol has been active in the transfer market this summer, although there seem to have been more departures than arrivals. Gone form the familiar Fulham of old are Booby Zamora, Andrew Johnson, Dickson Etuhu and Danny Murphy whilst the future of Clint Dempsey is also up in the air. However, Jol has acquired Mladen Petric up front (replacing Pavel Pogrebnyak who joined Reading once his loan deal expired). Also amongst the Fulham ranks will be the impressive Moussa Dembele, a player United, reputedly, showed interest in this summer and Bryan Ruiz who gave a decent display in the 5-0 thrashing of Norwich City.

Player to watch: Mladen Petric

Signed on a free transfer, the Croatian got off to a splendid start in his first Premier League game, bagging a brace. Our somewhat ramshackle defence will need to keep him shackled otherwise we could live to regret it.

Match Facts & Stats

Fulham are one of those teams that have the evil eye over us on their own patch but a side that, invariably, do poorly at Old Trafford. Here`s raising a glass or two to that continuing this weekend.

Ref Watch:

The officials in charge are:- Referee - K. Friend Assistants - M. Mullarky, J. Flynn Fourth Official - P.Gibbs

Match Prediction:

United need to win this fixture, United need to ensure that those who have made a good start are not allowed to open up a gap. Fulham will be tough opposition; Martin Jol will have been pleased how they started the season and will be looking to keep the momentum going. But I`m taking United to prevail and I reckon, come Saturday evening, we`ll be talking about a victory by a margin of two goals. As for the scorers, I`ll go for Rooney and a first United goal for Van Persie.

Next Fixtures:

Our third fixture of the season has us meeting newly promoted Southampton at St Mary`s next weekend.




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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 24 2012

Time: 1:05PM

Your Comments

4 - 1 home win with Carrick scoring for Fulham.
Kanchelskis
I reckon we'll lash back and Fulham will be the unfortunate ones on the receiving end. 3-0 with Rooney getting 2 goals and van Persis getting 1, but then again I've been wrong many times before :P
TheFamousNo7
negetive comments, you are loosing against fulam sat.
mikacfc
i tink you lose hope but you have revive your vital
mikacfc
i wonder how the writter will feel, wasting time to write articles and no one read or comment
mikacfc
be ware of arsenal drought it could happen here
mikacfc
iam here just to revive your ambition toward your club man u
mikacfc
You're here just to spout your usual drivel....
TheFamousNo7
5 comments from mik we graced by such input ,BTW lets get our season started with a nice cheeky 2 -0
nickster
I think manutd need to make a statement this afternoon. I'd prefer micheal kean pairing vidic to micheal carrick. That guy was good against barca in d pre-season so fergie should just give him this chance to make his mark. Fulham is a most win for united!!!
serginho
Wat ever you called it
mikacfc
Have to say, Mikacfc is taking the role of Vital Football's new court jester to heart. Well done Mika, pure comedy with every keystroke. FWIW, I reckon Fulham will cause your depleted defence some problems and they will nick the draw they so fully deserved last season (we all remember the stonewall penalty they inexplicably DIDN'T GET last season). The reds have too many new players to bed in and too many pensioners up past their bed time to be fully coherent just yet.
fifthcolumnblue
We made life more difficult than it needed to be with that silly own goal. De Gea's mistake for lack of communication and not being commanding enough however all the same he was fantastic in goal and kept us in it at times. Dembele was immense and highlighted 1 of the 2 things we lacked in midfield. We lack an enforcer like Fellaini and a controlling deep playmaker like Dembele. Personally think Rooney has the skill to fulfill both these roles and with Van Persie up top and Kagawa looking incredible just behind him I think it might be a viable option when he's back from injury. There's no doubt Rooney dropping deeper into the CM will improve our midfield ten fold and he always drops too deep out of the CF role anyway. The first time in a long time that Rooneys been injured and as a fanbase we don't have to be concerned, we have more than enough firepower to cope without him.
TheFamousNo7
truth be said you just about edged it
truth sayer ffc
truth be said you just about edged it
truth sayer ffc
congrat for the but care must be considered
mikacfc
congrat for the win but care must be considered next.
mikacfc
 

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