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01/02/2013 09:19, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Preview: Fulham away

Did you know? In all competitions, Rooney has scored five goals in his last four starts against Fulham while Giggs has netted twice in three. Also, Sir Alex has signed just three players from Craven Cottage during his 26 year reign as Reds manager – Louis Saha, Edwin van der Sar and Chris Smalling.

Opposition boss: Fulham manager Martin Jol admitted his team were lucky not to suffer a humiliating loss after seeing United canter to a 4-1 cup win last weekend: “It was still 1-0 at half-time so we were still in it, but we came out and they scored two early goals and the game was finished. Luckily enough, they only scored a fourth goal because it could have been one of those days when they scored six or seven. But it's a one-off game. For us the most important thing is the league.”

Star man: On Thursday, the Cottagers signed AC Milan’s Urby Emanuelson on loan until the end of the 2012/13 season and the Dutch international could make his debut against the Reds on Saturday. The 26-year-old, a product of Ajax’s fabled academy, can play on the left of defence or midfield and previously worked under Jol at the Amsterdam Arena during the 2009/10 campaign.

Quote/unquote: "Fulham's home record is very good and has been for a few years. They're one of the few clubs that get full houses every year. I don't think the pitch is as tight as people make out - the size is good but it's the tightness around it that make it feel small. There's always a good atmosphere and that's important." - Sir Alex.

Whistle-blower: Kevin Friend, a member of the Select Group of referees since the 2009/10 season, will be the man in the middle. The Leicester-based official has taken charge of 23

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