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07/02/2014 15:59, Report by Tim Oscroft
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Preview: United vs Fulham

Larnell Cole and Ryan Tunnicliffe in their ranks after their deadline day deals, but we won't see the enigma that is Dimitar Berbatov – the languid Bulgarian has moved to Monaco on loan.

Last meeting: The Reds were away and clear after just 22 minutes of November's trip to Craven Cottage, with strikes from Antonio Valencia, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney handing the side a clear advantage that the hosts were unable to overcome despite Alexander Kacaniklic's deflected goal giving hope on 65 minutes.

Betting: Our official betting partners bwin make the Reds hot favourites for a win on Sunday at 1.20, a draw is 6.00 while the visitors are a distant 13.50 to claim three points. Juan Mata is yet to open his account since his record-breaking move, but the Spain international is a tempting 34.00 to start the scoring in a 3-1 win.

Sub-plot: A win for the Reds will increase the problems for former coach Rene Meulensteen, just two months after he took charge at Fulham.

The manager: Rene Meulensteen earned a glowing reputation during two stints at United, working with the academy and reserves before becoming first team coach in 2008 after returning to the club following a spell in charge of Danish outfit Brondby. The 49-year-old left the Reds last summer but was quickly recruited as assistant to Guus Hiddink at big-spending Anzhi Makhachkala. His stay in Russia was brief – he succeeded Hiddink after two games but left 16 days later when the club's owner decided to drastically slash budgets. Meulensteen joined the Craven Cottage coaching team under Martin Jol in November and replaced his fellow Dutchman a few