Manchester United v Fulham: Match Preview

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Manchester United v Fulham
Barclay Premier League
Old Trafford
January 26 2012; 20:00

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Manchester United will be without Nani and Michael Owen for their game against Fulham at Old Trafford tonight, although the pair are nearing a return to full training and coud feature for Sir Alex Ferguson's side soon.


Tom Cleverley and Phil Jones played for the reserves last week and both are expected to be available for selection.


Fulham meanwhile look to have no new worries for their trip to Old Trafford, with Orlando Sa, Steve Sidwell and Zdenek Grygera all long-term absentees.


Evans calls for Fulham focus


Jonny Evans has called on his Manchester United team-mates not to underestimate Fulham when they visit Old Trafford on Monday evening.


United have the chance to open up a three point gap at the top of the table after title rivals Manchester City could only manage a 1-1 draw with Stoke on Saturday.


With eight wins and a draw in their last nine games Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have upped the pressure on their cross-city rivals, and Evans wants to see no let up in their title charge this evening.


"Every game is tough and we have to keep our concentration levels high to see out the next nine games," he told United Review.


"We all feel in great shape fitness-wise and we know we have the ability in the team – it’s all about motivating yourself every time you step onto the pitch and being fully focused to get the three points."


United were able to secure a 5-0 win when they came up against Fulham at Craven Cottage earlier this season, however Evans maintains that Martin Jol’s side remain a dangerous proposition.


"Fulham is usually one of our hardest away games, but we managed to raise our game when we went there and have done that a few times in tough away matches this season," he commented.


"That’s been a massive help for us with our points total up to now. It’ll be a completely different game tonight although we always feel confident at home. We need to make sure we put on a good performance and get the win."


Fulham have won just two games on the road this season and go into the match on the back of successive defeats, while United have lost just twice at Old Trafford this season and haven’t tasted defeat in the league since early January.

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