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25/01/2013 10:22, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Preview: United v Fulham

Date, time and coverage: Saturday 23 January, 17:30 GMT. The match will be shown live on ESPN. You can also follow the action live via ManUtd.com’s radio and text commentary. Fans can still purchase tickets by clicking here or calling 0161 868 8000.

Form guide: United’s impeccably high standards were exposed last Sunday when a 1-1 draw at Spurs was considered a disappointment, but in reality, a point at White Hart Lane is not a bad result and Sir Alex’s men can take solace in the fact they are unbeaten in 13 domestic matches. Nonetheless, the Reds must return to winning ways against Fulham if any hopes of lifting the FA Cup for the first time since 2004 are realistic. The Cottagers will be no pushovers at Old Trafford, though, having lost just one of their five 2013 outings – a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.

Betting: Incredibly, Robin van Persie believes he should have scored more goals this season, despite netting 22 in just 28 appearances. In light of the Dutchman’s desire to improve, you might want to back the striker to net a hat-trick with bwin at generous odds of 11.00.

Ins and outs: This week, United travelled to Qatar to train at the impressive Aspire Academy facility and have returned to M16 feeling fit and fresh, offering the boss a welcome selection headache with only Ashley Young and Jonny Evans unavailable. Fulham are without injured trio Karim Frei, Mahamadou Diarra and Simon Davies.

Last meeting: Fans at Old Trafford were offered a glimpse of the future as RvP scored on his home debut during a dramatic 3-2 comeback win after Damien Duff handed Fulham

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