Manchester United vs Fulham match preview, team news, where to watch and predictions

Manchester United vs Fulham match preview || Imago

Manchester United vs Fulham match preview, team news, where to watch and predictions

Stephen Oladehinde 22:13 - 23.02.2024

Manchester United is set to face Fulham in a pivotal Premier League clash on Saturday, February 24, 2024.

 This match, scheduled for a 3 pm GMT kickoff, will take place at Old Trafford, a venue where United has shown mixed form this season. 

Despite being a powerhouse at home, they've struggled for goals, an area they'll aim to improve against a Fulham side that has found away victories hard to come by, managing just a single win on the road all season.

Both teams come into this match with contrasting recent forms and ambitions for the remainder of the campaign. United's recent string of victories has reignited their Champions League qualification hopes, while Fulham, comfortably mid-table, seeks to end the season on a high note​.

Key Players and Team News

United will be without their star summer signing Rasmus Hojlund, sidelined for two to three weeks due to a muscle injury. The team also faces multiple injury concerns, including Luke Shaw, Mason Mount, Lisandro Martinez, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and Tyrell Malacia, all expected to miss this encounter.

Fulham will miss Joao Palhinha due to suspension but will likely see Sasa Lukic step in. There's also attention on Rodrigo Muniz upfront and the potential return of Armando Broja from illness​.

Manchester United - Rasmus Hojlund and Garnacho. (Photo Credit: ManUtd/X)
Manchester United - Rasmus Hojlund and Garnacho. (Photo Credit: ManUtd/X)

Historical Context and Predictions

Historically, United has dominated this fixture, with Fulham not securing a win against the Red Devils since 2009, marking a winless streak that spans 18 games.

This dominance is reflected in the head-to-head record, where United boasts 56 wins to Fulham's 14, alongside 20 draws. Given both teams' current form and historical performances, predictions lean towards a Manchester United victory, with a possible scoreline of 2-0 in favour of the Red Devils​​​​.

Tactical Analysis

Manchester United, under Erik ten Hag, has shown a preference for possession-based football, blending aggression with tactical discipline. Fulham, managed by Marco Silva, often relies on a compact and counter-attacking style, aiming to exploit spaces left by more aggressive opponents.

Nigerian and Fulham star Alex Iwobi || Imago
Nigerian and Fulham star Alex Iwobi || Imago

This stylistic clash promises an intriguing matchup, with United likely to control possession and Fulham waiting to capitalize on any mistakes.

Betting Tips

Odds suggest strong favouritism towards Manchester United, reflecting their superior position in the league and historical advantage over Fulham.

Betting trends might lean towards a home win, with considerations for total goals given United's recent scoring form and Fulham's defensive vulnerabilities on the road​​.

How to Watch

For fans looking to catch the action, the match will be live on DSTV via the SuperSports channel