Form guide: The Reds have will have had more than a week to stew over the defeat at Stoke by the time kick off rolls around at Old Trafford, but facing the team propping up the Barclays Premier League presents an ideal opportunity to return to winning ways. Sunday's visitors have slumped to the foot of the table, and Tuesday night's defeat at home to League One strugglers Sheffield United in the FA Cup has added to their woes.
Ins and outs: United's defence had to be reshaped before half-time at Stoke last Saturday following injuries to Jonny Evans (calf) and Phil Jones (concussion) but while the former is unavailable, the latter trained on Friday and could be involved. Nemanja Vidic is available again following his suspension and could play, just over 48 hours after announcing he will be leaving the club in the summer. After a two-month layoff with wrist and back problems, Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out for a further week after injuring his groin in training. As for Fulham, Lewis Holtby and William Kvist are eligible having been cup-tied in midweek, and defender Johnny Heitinga could be in line for his first start following his arrival from Everton just before the transfer window slammed shut. However another recent arrival, striker Konstantinos Mitroglou, looks set to miss out with Fulham wanting to get the Greek international fully fit after a recent absence. The Cottagers also have former United midfielders Larnell Cole and Ryan Tunnicliffe in their ranks after their deadline day deals, but we won't see the enigma that is Dimitar