There are fourteen games and forty-two points still to play for, and although United sit some way off the hunt for a Champions League spot, it isn’t an insurmountable margin just yet. Following a shock result to Stoke last weekend, United must now put together a string of wins. Starting today.
Rene Meulensteen’s men will be boosted by their great transfer activity, including bringing in Lewis Holtby on loan and Konstantinos Mitroglou for around £12m. They also brought United duo Ryan Tunnicliffe and Larnell Cole to Craven Cottage.
KO: 16:00 BST
Venue: Old Trafford
Date: 7th February 2014
The United squad was looking in good shape up until last weekend where the injuries began to mount again. Jonny Evans and Phil Jones both left the Stoke game early on, and the former will miss out today due to a calf problem, however Phil Jones could return. Marouane Fellaini picked up a groin injury in training that’ll keep him out for a week, whereas long-term casualties include Nani and Rio Ferdinand.
Our guests have a few injuries too. Former Red Kieran Richardson is sidelined with an ankle problem. Also fellow full-backs John Arne-Riise and Sascha Riether are missing with calf and hamstring concerns respectively. Matthew Briggs is also a doubt with a knock to his groin.
Results elsewhere could go in our favour once again, as Tottenham and Everton both play in the early kick-off this morning. Hopefully those two will draw and United will win so we can begin closing that gap on our rivals.
Score prediction: United 3-0 Fulham
I can see this being the game where United finally click and play some nice football. Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are all returning to full-fitness, and hopefully they’ll gel and be at the heart of a United demolition job.
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