Louis Saha says he will draw on the memories from his opening day brace at Old Trafford two years ago as he prepares to lead the line for Fulham against Manchester United this afternoon.

The French forward has struggled to match the consistency he showed in the early days of his Craven Cottage career, with his progress hampered by persistent injuries, but the striker takes heart from the fact that he has already made his mark on one of English football’s biggest stages. Saha told the Daily Telegraph:

“It is good to go to Old Trafford knowing I have scored goals against a big team like Manchester United already. It is great for my confidence. I think we will have to play the ball around a bit more and try to keep our confidence as high as possible. It will be a very hard game, but we are all enjoying ourselves.

To have Alan Shearer, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Michael Owen in successive games is a test, but not a new experience. This is our third year in the Premiership. As a team we know each other well, we’ve been through a lot. It is a great, great pleasure to play together in high-pressure games.”