In Focus: Manchester United U23s

Friday 11 January 2019 10:00

Fulham travel to Manchester United this evening as they look to try and turn draws into wins in the PL2 Division Two.

The last two games have seen both Middlesbrough and Stoke escape with a point with Fulham dominating the game for large parts.

The hosts go into the game on the back of a 5-1 thrashing by Aston Villa, uncharacteristic to the rugged defensive performances United have put in this season.

United have tasted defeat just three times this season, with the defeat to Villa last time out, a 4-1 beating by Newcastle and a narrow 2-1 defeat to league leaders Wolves. This means they currently sit in fourth.

Fulham are buoyed by the return of striking pair Stephen Humphrys and Elijah Adebayo from their loan spells at Scunthorpe and Swindon respectively, adding a potency up front.

Last Time Out:

The opening home game of the season saw the two sides exchange blows to settle for a point. Angel Gomes opened the scoring before captain Aron Davies converted from a set play. Tahith Chong restored the lead for The Red Devils before Davies’s defensive partner, Rob Atkinson, got on the end of another set play ten minutes from time.

View From the Player:

Moritz Jenz is aware of the name and status that will come with Manchester United, but doesn’t want to show them too much respect.

“Last week were a little bit unlucky because we played okay as a unit.” He told fulhamfc.com. “We made simple errors which lead to goals. Today we have to show that we are ready to start winning, starting with Man United.

“It is a good test for us, but we aren’t playing the first team of United, we are playing their youth team, so we can’t show them too much respect. We have to go there and puff out our chest to get a result. 

“I think results are coming. We’ve shown in previous seasons that once we get one or two wins in a row we can do exceptional things like last season. Hopefully we can do the same in the back end of this one.

“It’s very good to have Elijah and Stephen back because they have experience from their loans in a physical environment. Both of them are strong and powerful players, so it is nice to have a different style of play.

“They will give us another dimension. We like to play out from the back but they can hold it up as well. We can be a bit more direct if we need to be now.”

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