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27/02/2008 07:32, Report by Ben Hibbs

McBride eyes Reds scalp

Fulham forward Brian McBride warns United should not be fooled by the Cottagers lowly league position, and says the Reds are in for a fight for three more points in the title race on Saturday.

Last season's visit to Craven Cottage - with Cristiano Ronaldo's last-gasp winner - proved to be one of the critical games in United's championship-winning campaign. But McBride has promised the Reds will be in for an equally keenly contested match.

But Fulham aren't exactly in top form. They've won just once since last facing United, in December - a comfortable 2-0 victory at Old Trafford - taking just six points in their last 12 games. Roy Hodgson's men are second-bottom in the Premier League and must rapidly start picking up points. But McBride suggests confidence is growing in west London.

"You can see we have a lot of belief," he told Fulham's official website. "As soon as we start taking our chances things will change for us. It's up to us as forwards.

"The manager has put us in a formation where we can pass the ball and find guys in good spots and every single person that has come into the club has gelled. Everybody has a good understanding of what the manager wants."

Injury has limited the USA international to just six appearances this season. But he played his first 90 minutes since August in the 1-0 defeat to West Ham at the weekend.

"It was nice to play the whole game," he added. "It's been a long period out where I have wanted to be helping the team. I have to do that now. We need wins right now. I’m just thinking about the next game and getting three points. It’s a big game on Saturday and one that we’ve got to win."

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