Fulham v Manchester United Preview

Old Trafford Manchester United v Newcastle United Premier League 16/08/2010 Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) goes off after a disappointing performance Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom
After both Arsenal and Chelsea won 6-0 yesterday, Man United will be looking to pick up all three points at Craven Cottage this afternoon.

The Red Devils will be looking for revenge after they suffered a 3-0 loss to Fulham last season at Craven Cottage. Former Man United player, now Fulham manager Mark Hughes takes charge of his first home game, he will want his side to repeat last seasons surprise win.

Manchester United  have lost their last two games at Craven Cottage and Sir Alex Ferguson will wanting to turn around United’s fortunes.

Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer missed training on Friday and is doubtful, along with defender Paul Konchesky. The home side are definitely without Andrew Johnson, Philippe Senderos and Diomansy Kamara.

United will be without long-term absentees Rio Ferdinand, Anderson and Owen Hargreaves. Patrice Evra is expected to shake off a knock he picked up against Newcastle on Monday, after an accident with an advertising hoarding.

Much has been made about Wayne Rooney’s lack of goals, he has now gone 13 games without scoring and it looks like he won’t be able to put that straight today. According to the Daily Mail, the striker has been struck down with a stomach virus and will probably miss the game.

The referee is Peter Walton, last season he took charge of United’s 1-0 win over Wolves in the League Cup at Old Trafford, also 4-0 away win at West Ham. He also refereed the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa, 1-0 win away to Wolves and the 0-0 draw away at Blackburn.

Overall he showed 91 yellow cards. He also showed 6 red cards, two of which was Fabio da Silva in the League Cup game against Wolves and Luis Nani against Villa.

This season he has refereed the Championship match between Cardiff and Sheffield United, showing 3 yellows and one red card.

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