Friday, February 29, 2008

Fulham v United preview: Time for Reds to end capital punishment ...

IT's surprising fact that United have not won in London for twelve months, ironically the last time the Reds collected three points was February '07 at Craven Cottage. Tomorrow, United once again take on relegation threatened Fulham in what could turn out to be a very interesting day in the capital with Arsenal taking on in-form Aston Villa at the Emirates.

However, if Fergie is hoping that Martin O'Neill et all will do the Reds a favour by taking points off the Gunners, the United manager will have also noted that earlier this month Fulham managed a home win against Villa, which once again just goes to show that apart from Newcastle, there's no easy games in the Premier League...

By their standards, United have struggled with a poor run of the results so far in London this season, losing to West Ham was for many fans unforgivable, dropping points against Spurs and Arsenal less so, but there will be no acceptable excuses should the Reds fail to win against Roy Hodgson's side.

Fergie will have one eye firmly fixed on the midweek clash with Lyon and no doubt that will influence his thinking regarding selection issues, for this reason expect Louis Saha to start up front.

Who should figure in the engine room will once again be the biggest headache for the manager, does he start with: Scholes, Hargreaves, Carrick, Fletcher, Anderson, Giggs (an injury doubt - calf strain), Park or Nani? Who should be left on the bench? Don't be surprised if Ronaldo and Rooney are given the day off.

No matter what team Fergie selects against Fulham it should be good enough for the Reds to end capital punishment for our travelling fans this weekend, but with Fulham scrapping for their collective lives in the big league, it could well turn out to be another of those nerve racking days for United supporters. It was seemingly ever thus....

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