After last season’s defeat at Craven Cottage, United will be well aware of the threat in-form Fulham pose on their own ground…
Ins and outs: Diomansy Kamara and Simon Davies are sidelined with knee and ankle injuries respectively, while Andy Johnson is unlikely to be in the squad as he is hampered by a groin injury. United’s injury list is still lengthy, particularly in defence. Nemanja Vidic has a chance of returning from a calf injury and Rafael could take over right-back duties from Ritchie de Laet after recovering from an ankle problem. But Edwin van der Sar (knee) will not return against his former club, and Ryan Giggs (hamstring) and Nani (ankle) are doubtful. Wes Brown, Rio Ferdinand, John O’Shea, Jonny Evans, Gary Neville and Owen Hargreaves are all still out.
Star man: Striker Bobby Zamora looks to be back to his best after scoring four goals in his last three games, including a brace in Switzerland in midweek. The former England U21 man, who has this week been tipped for a place in next summer’s World Cup squad, netted just four times last season, a tally he has surpassed already this term with nine.
Manager: Hodgson has made an impressive return to management in England, having transformed Fulham from relegation fodder to European contenders. Before his appointment at Craven Cottage in