In Saturday’s early Premier League kickoff, a crisis-stricken Manchester United team will face Fulham at Craven Cottage, hoping to recover from a disastrous few days.
Manchester United’s EFL Cup defense ended with a 3-0 home loss to Newcastle United, while Fulham secured their spot in the quarter-finals with a 3-1 victory over Ipswich Town.
Fulham’s recent performance against Ipswich Town in the EFL Cup served as a reality check.
Despite Ipswich’s attacking prowess, Fulham took advantage of their defensive vulnerabilities and emerged victorious with goals from Harry Wilson, Rodrigo Muniz, and Tom Cairney.
On the other hand, Manchester United suffered back-to-back defeats, first against Manchester City and then against Newcastle United in the EFL Cup.
Fulham’s Premier League form has been a mixed bag, with three wins, three draws, and four losses so far.
Although they have secured victories at Craven Cottage against Luton Town and Sheffield United, they are aiming to regain consistency in the top-flight under the guidance of Marco Silva.
Manchester United’s recent performances have raised concerns, especially after their consecutive home defeats by at least three goals.
They lost to Manchester City and Newcastle United, surrendering their grip on the EFL Cup crown.
With eight defeats in their opening 15 games, Manchester United find themselves in eighth place, far from their desired position.
Fulham’s injury list remains relatively unchanged, with Issa Diop, Tosin Adarabioyo, Adama Traore, and Kenny Tete still unavailable.
However, Traore and Tete are making progress in their recovery and may be included in the squad.
Marco Silva faces a selection dilemma in the number nine role, with Rodrigo Muniz impressing with his goal against Ipswich Town.
Manchester United, on the other hand, has had their fair share of injury concerns.
Casemiro, who returned from an ankle issue, suffered a new unspecified problem and is expected to be on the bench at best.
Luke Shaw, Amad Diallo, Jadon Sancho, Tyrell Malacia, and Lisandro Martinez will all be absent.
Raphael Varane missed the EFL Cup due to illness, and his availability will be assessed.
- Castagne, Ream, Bassey, Robinson;
- Reed, Palhinha;
- Willian, Pereira, Iwobi;
- Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Reguilon;
- McTominay, Eriksen;
- Antony, Fernandes, Rashford;
While Fulham has struggled defensively, Manchester United has shown resilience in their recent away games against Burnley and Sheffield United.
With several well-rested players eager to prove themselves, Manchester United is expected to bounce back and secure a win against Fulham.
- We predict a 2-1 victory for Manchester United in this fixture.