The Reds hope to continue some impressive away form at Craven Cottage.
United threw down the title gauntlet to rivals Manchester City on Sunday with a 2-0 win over QPR, a result which temporarily lifted the Reds above Roberto Mancini’s men in the Barclays Premier League. Goals from Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick sealed the win at Loftus Road, the Reds’ sixth on the road this season, to provide a perfect start to the busy festive calendar. Fulham have endured some indifferent form under Martin Jol this season, picking up just 18 points from 16 top-flight games. The Cottagers did record a positive result on Saturday, though, beating lowly Bolton 2-0 at Craven Cottage.
Ins and outs
The injury crisis that has engulfed the Carrington treatment room is finally easing following an unparalleled run of knocks. Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez were surprise inclusions at QPR, while Sir Alex Ferguson has also confirmed Rafael’s return to training and it won’t be too long before his twin Fabio, Tom Cleverley and Anderson are back in contention. Fulham’s list of absentees has also been minimised by the return of club captain Danny Murphy, while talismanic striker Bobby Zamora is also close to a comeback - despite failing a late fitness test prior at the weekend. Mark Schwarzer, Steve Sidwell and Zdenek Grygera are injured.
Goals from Dimitar Berbatov and Antonio Valencia helped United open a 10-point lead at the top with an efficient display of attacking endeavour at Old Trafford. Sir Alex, serving