Manchester United Vs Fulham, Sun 14 Mar 2010

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Michael Carrick returns to the Manchester United squad for Sunday's Premier League encounter with Fulham at Old Trafford.

Carrick missed Wednesday's hammering of AC Milan through suspension but is set to replace Paul Scholes, who followed up his goalscoring exploits at Wolves with an outstanding contribution in midweek.

Ryan Giggs is still a week ago from a return after breaking his arm last month, while Ritchie De Laet is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a leg injury in last night's reserve team encounter with Manchester City.

Victory at Wolves last weekend may have been scrappy, but it contained exactly the right ingredients boss Sir Alex Ferguson looks for at this stage of the season.

He has been down this road so many times before and can sense glory again.

"That match was the best indicator of our chances," he said. "We have had these kind of games over the years, where players are prepared to battle against a very determined team.

"It is not the kind of game you like to watch or enjoy because it was such a battle.

"But the players stood up to it and wanted to win because of the importance of the game.

"That is the way it is going to be to the end of the season."

Fulham forward Clint Dempsey could be in line to make his first start for two months in Sunday's match against Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United.

Dempsey came off the bench to make his comeback from a serious knee injury against Juventus on Thursday.

Captain Danny Murphy faces a fitness test on a groin injury while Nicky Shorey, who was cup tied for the Juventus match, could replace Paul Konchesky at left-back.

The Red Devils lost 3-0 at Craven Cottage in December and Konchesky thinks Fulham can shut out Rooney and co again and even come away from Old Trafford with a result.

"We have Brede (Hangeland) and Aaron (Hughes) in defence. They are strong, quick, good in the air and read the game well, so they have great ability to stop him (Rooney)," said Konchesky.

"We've beaten United at home already, and we've always got a chance."

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