With a couple of injuries to Phil Jones and Jonny Evans during the defeat to Stoke, both players look extremely doubtful for the visit of Fulham this weekend. This means that Chris Smalling will likely partner with Nemanja Vidic in the heart of the defence. Nani is still struggling with a hamstring injury, while Felaini and Rio Ferdinand are both said to be ready to return if required.
United will potentially be bringing Januzaj back into the team after a few games on the sidelines and Valencia is set to be recalled too. Mata, Rooney and Van Persie will join forces again and will have an excellent opportunity to start to click properly as an attacking trio against a Fulham side, whose fortunes this season have been even worse than those of United.
A defeat in front of nobody at Craven Cottage in the FA Cup against Sheffield United has merely served to completely destroy any semblance of confidence that Meulensteen and co. could claim to have had going into this game, and if United aren’t misfiring, there is a danger that this game could run away from Fulham.
United will line up in such a way that you would expect them to go for the jugular early on and take to the game to a beleaguered and tired looking defensive United. There could be goals in this one for sure.