MATCH ARTICLES

01/11/2013 09:00, Report by T Oscroft, M Froggatt
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Preview: Fulham

Last meeting: Wayne Rooney struck 11 minutes from time when the two sides last met, in February, but three points were secured when Robin van Persie cleared a Philippe Senderos header off the line. It was Rooney's 10th goal in as many games at the time, and his fifth in his last five Premier League appearances against Fulham.

Did you know? During last season's trip to Fulham, the Craven Cottage floodlights failed just before half-time, plunging the stadium into darkness for several minutes. Thankfully, the match was illuminated after the break via Rooney's match-winning goal.

The manager: In his playing days, Martin Jol was a tough, combative midfielder who plied his trade in this country with West Brom and Coventry City. After hanging up his boots he turned to coaching, and Jol had spells in charge of Spurs, Ajax and Hamburg before replacing Mark Hughes at Fulham in 2013. His side's current run of form has seen the Dutchman's position come under the microscope, although he shrugged off talk of being under pressure after the Capital One Cup loss at Leicester on Tuesday.

Star man: The languid Dimitar Berbatov is the obvious one to watch, but the former United striker has yet to hit top form and scored just once in the Premier League so far this season. Darren Bent has looked in reasonable touch since arriving from Aston Villa, and United fans will be hoping that Pajtim Kasami will not repeat his incredible volleyed goal from the win over Crystal Palace.