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Fulham visit Man Utd ~ Match Preview Prem MD16

last updated Friday 07th December 2018, 12:36 PM

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Manchester United vrs Fulham

Premier League Match Day 16 1819 at Old Trafford

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

Claudio Ranieri
Fulham Coach
Claudio Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri
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Man Utd Manager Maurizio Sarri
Man Utd Manager
Maurizio Sarri
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Fulham will be aiming to continue their improvement when they meet Man Utd on Saturday.

The Cottagers drew against Leicester in midweek to make it four points from three matches under new manager Claudio Ranieri.

"We've played three good matches," said Ranieri. "We are a work in progress. I am very confident with my players.

"If you observe the three matches, we improved every match a little more, a little more. I know there is a lot of work to do but we are in a good way."

Manchester United could be without Anthony Martial.

United have failed to win in their last four Premier League matches following a 2-2 midweek draw with Arsenal.

Martial scored against the Gunners but went off in the second half and will be assessed ahead of the weekend.

Reflecting on United's recent form, manager Jose Mourinho said: "The statistics, that are not fundamental, sometimes support our feelings and ideas, but sometimes contradict them. In this case confirmation was the numbers.

"My team of 10 players ran more with higher intensity to press the ball more to give difficulty to the opposition. We were fast in our transitions had that spirit, that mentality that brought our game to a good level."


  • Manchester United have won 21 of their 23 home matches against Fulham in all competitions.

  • Fulham's only victory at Old Trafford was by 3-1 in the Premier League in October 2003.

  • The Cottagers have suffered 18 Premier League defeats against United - only Arsenal, with 19 wins, have beaten them more often.

  • Manchester United and Fulham last met in February 2014 in the Premier League - a 2-2 draw in which the Cottagers equalised in the 90th minute via Darren Bent.

  • In their last meeting in February 2014, Manchester United produced a tally of 81 crosses against Fulham - the most in a Premier League match since the 2003-04 campaign.


  • They are winless in 10 Premier League away games, losing their last six in a row - their worst run for 12 years.

  • Fulham's tally of nine points after 15 league games is their joint-worst at this stage of a league season, level with 1993-94 in the third tier.

  • They have conceded 36 goals in 15 Premier League games this season - only Barnsley, with 40 in 1997-98, have conceded more at this stage.

  • The Cottagers could set a new club record of 20 top-flight fixtures without a clean sheet.

  • They have lost 19 of their last 20 matches against last season's top six, drawing the other.

  • Claudio Ranieri could become only the third manager to win a Premier League away game at Old Trafford with two different clubs, emulating Martin O'Neill and Rafael Benitez.

Man Utd

  • A defeat for the Red Devils would result in their lowest points tally after 16 matches of a Premier League campaign.

  • They could draw four straight Premier League matches for the first time since 1992.

  • United could also equal the club's longest winless run versus promoted opposition of four games.

  • They have made a league-high 46 changes to their starting line-up this season.

  • Jose Mourinho is aiming for a 50th Premier League win as United manager in his 92nd game. It took him 63 matches to earn 50 wins in his first spell at Chelsea, and 73 in his second spell.

  • United have conceded 10 Premier League goals at Old Trafford this season, already surpassing their total goals against at home in 2017-18.

  • Manchester United have made 46 changes to their starting XI overall this season; including seven in their midweek draw with Arsenal. No side have made as many as the Red Devils this season in the Premier League.

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