The Reds can go three points clear with a win against the Londoners...
United have been in outstanding form at league level, winning eight and drawing once in the last nine games. The only dropped points came when a 3-0 deficit was clawed back at Chelsea. The results in Europe have been less impressive but this is the time of year when the Reds traditionally turn up the title heat. 12th-placed Fulham are safely in mid-table and have lost their last two outings after, like United, thumping Wolves 5-0 which made it three wins on the spin. Martin Jol's side have not been good travellers this term.
Ins and outs
Nani will not be fit in time but Phil Jones returns after a bout of 'flu and Chris Smalling has shed the protective headgear after his recent injury. Michael Owen, Anderson, Nemanja Vidic and Darren Fletcher remain on the sidelines. Promising midfielder Paul Pogba is certain to be involved again. Martin Jol has ruled out Steven Sidwell, Orlanda Sa and Zdenek Grygera from his plans.
United destroyed Fulham 5-0 on their own patch just before Christmas with a ruthless display. The scoreline was harsh on the home side but there was no doubting the Reds' quality on the night with Danny Welbeck, Nani, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov all getting on the scoresheet. The hosts missed chances to restore some pride that night and the late efforts from Rooney and Berbatov did add some gloss.