It’s been a very disappointing season so far for United, with not much to cheer about other than a couple of late fightbacks and last minute winners. I thought we would have kicked on after Juventus away, but it hasn’t happened.
It’s hard to explain why things are not clicking. There doesn’t seem to be any continuity with team selection, although injuries always play a part in this. The defence has had so many combinations of players and of course this can lead to a lack of understanding on the pitch.
United top performers have been David De Gea, as usual, Marcus Rashford has a great attitude every time he plays, Anthony Martial when he wants can change a game, and Luke Shaw has done very well.
Yes, I’ve always loved going to the Cottage, it’s a great place to watch football. We were fortunate enough to be at the Play-Off Final at Wembley against Aston Villa and the fans were brilliant. Some of the football the team played last season was exceptional. My nephews have been fans since they were children and are regulars at the Cottage. The soft spot is so great that my wife is buying a half-and-half scarf on Saturday. I’ve never understood them… 😀
It was always going to be difficult for Fulham this season. The change in personnel, the breaking up of last season’s squad, and the standard of teams in the Premier League are all contributing factors. However, they competed very well at Liverpool and Chelsea recently and hopefully can take confidence from these performances. Home form will be crucial for Fulham.
It’s hard to say how United will set up with so many injuries at the moment, but hopefully we’re set up to attack from the first whistle and take the game to Fulham.
I think Aleksandar Mitrović is a great player; hard working, tough, skilful and clever. Tom Cairney can influence games, and I like the way Kevin McDonald plays. Ryan Sessegnon will be a star in the future.
My favourite was Ruud van Nistelrooy’s hat-trick against Fulham at Old Trafford. My worst was a 3-0 defeat at the Cottage and then being stranded at Gatwick for 26 hours.
I expect a good quality attacking game from both sides. Fulham are not the type of team to sit in and defend and United really need to do something to please the fans who, despite the performances, are giving the team great backing.
Fans could do worse than heading over to Media City for a pint. A very good selection of bars and restaurants, and a short walk to the ground and tram links to the city make it ideal.
I’m going for 3-1 United. I think Fulham will score and Mitrović will be a danger if he gets service, but I just think United will be too strong and experienced on the day.
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