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Fulham coach Marco Silva expects Man Utd to be at their best

last updated Saturday 12th November 2022, 12:12 PM

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Fulham coach Marco Silva
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Fulham coach Marco Silva knows the calibre of team Fulham will be up against on Sunday, even if Manchester United have lost more matches than they would have liked this season.

Only three teams have won more games in the Premier League than the Red Devils, but they have also been on the receiving end of defeats courtesy of Brighton, Brentford, Manchester City and Aston Villa.

“You are talking about a team with a high, high quality, high individual quality,” Silva said. “They haven't been so consistent, like they would like to be, of course.

“In some moments when they are in their best level, they are a really, really, really good team with a lot of quality all over the pitch, on the bench as well.

“They had some setbacks during the season so far, but we analysed them and we know what they are capable of and the quality they have.

“If they are at their best level, of course they are a really, really tough team to play against. And of course we analyse them thinking that they will be at their best level.

“It's clear what they try to do, I think it's easy to understand what they're trying to do in every moment of the game. It's up to us to keep preparing well, like we've been doing this week.

“We know their strengths, some weaknesses as well for us to try to exploit. Of course it’s important to focus on them, but the most important thing for us is ourselves. I don't want to put all this focus on Man United.

“Of course we really respect them, great team, great squad they have as well, but the focus is on ourselves, what we are capable to do, what we should improve from the last one as well, and try to play our best level, even if we don't have all our squad ready for the match.”

Erik ten Hag took over at Old Trafford in the summer, and currently has them sitting three points off the Champions League places, with a game in hand.

“He is trying to create his own philosophy inside that big club,” Silva stated. “They moved in the market, they signed good players, they spent a good amount, which is normal in that football club to try to be stronger.

“They had a very good pre-season and, as I said before, some ups and downs during the season, but what I can tell you is that when they are at their best level they are a really good team.”

Source Geoff Pruce at Fulham FC
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