Manchester United vs Fulham - Preview
Manchester United will be eyeing another home win when they face Fulham at Old Trafford on Sunday. United are in great form at the moment and would like to continue their winning streak to stay on top of the table.
United moved to the top after seven months when City lost 1-0 away to Swansea City. Sir Alex’s men took full advantage of the slip up and went four points ahead of City last weekend by thrashing Wolves 5-0.
City are on level on points with United after they drew 1-1 against Stoke this weekend. Only goal difference separate the two teams and with United having a game in hand.
Sir Alex Ferguson in the press conference ahead of the game said, “City have done exceptionally well all season to get to where they are at the moment.
“At this time of year some of the teams at the bottom of the league know they have to start winning games too, because if they don’t they will be relegated.
“That’s a fact of life, and that’s why you never know quite what to expect when you get to the run-in. Some games might look easy on paper, but they rarely turn out that way.”
United were having a bit of off season last year when compared to the current season. Sir Alex said “Last season we went to Blackburn needing just a point to win the league and we went a goal down, but we never showed any anxiety or nerves.
“ We just kept on playing our game until we got an equaliser. We never bottled it, the energy in the team was unbelievable, and that was good to see.”
Fulham had a mixed fortune in last two months with winning three games in February and first week of March before losing their last two matches against Villa and Swansea. Martin Jol will be with almost a fully fit squad with only the likes of Steve Sidwell, Zdenek Grygera and Orlando Sa on the sidelines.
United will be looking for nothing less than a win tonight. After their win against Wolves United Defender Rio Ferdinand said, “We’re in the position at the minute that we want to be. We want to be top at this stage of the season, but more importantly we want to remain there until the end of the season. I think this is a vital period, each game is a must-win game…We’ve left ourselves in a position where we are going to be a couple of points behind or on top. Right now we are top and we have got to finish it off.”
Regarding the race to Premier League Title Ferguson added that City and United will be the favourites to win the title for next few years.
“”But I can see United and City being at the forefront for a few years yet. What supporters of both clubs have got to get used to is that there will be big games between the clubs for the next decade. I don’t just mean derby games. I mean finals, semi-finals and title deciders,” said Sir Alex.
United will be looking to get maximum points to go three points clear of City. Fulham would be looking for a win to finish at least in the top half of the table to end this season’s campaign.