Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be hoping that the team can continue their undefeated run, and also that Chelsea drop points in their game against Manchester City. Claudio Ranieri, on the other hand, needs his team to start picking up wins if they are to avoid relegation.
Here are three things to look out for as the Cottagers host the Red Devils:
3. Testing Week for United With Champions League on the Horizon
It will be interesting to see what kind of team Solskjaer puts out for this game, considering they have to play Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday in the Champions League.
Following that, they will have to face against Chelsea and Liverpool in the next seven days, so this will be a testing time for Manchester United and how they cope with it will determine Solskjaer’s future.
The Red Devils have a chance to show that their form so far is not just the result of a favourable run of fixtures and they can start a testing run of matches with a win that helps them get some momentum.
2. Fulham’s Poor Run of Results Against United
Fulham have won only three Premier League games against Manchester United, and have lost 19 times to the Manchester club. They have not been able to beat the visitors over the last 11 home games either, so manager Claudio Ranieri has the chance to make some history today by breaking that sequence.
The Cottagers are struggling in 19th position in the league, despite having fared a little better since the Italian’s appointment and with the run of fixtures at home not getting any easier, they need to start picking up wins in order to put up a fight and stay in the division.
1. Red Devils’ Chance to Break Into Top Four
With games coming thick and fast, Manchester United can no longer coast through games. How they respond to the challenges ahead will also determine whether they can step up for the race to the top four.
Chelsea are likely to drop points against Manchester City while Arsenal‘s form is patchy at best. A win here would take the Red Devils into the top four and likely keep them there for the weekend.
With a Champions League place next season one of the targets that need to be achieved, United would approach this game with confidence they can make it.
3 things to look forward to as Fulham host Manchester United in the Premier League