Chris Coleman is determined that Fulham will become the latest team to inflict more damage on the Manchester United empire.

With just one win in seven Premiership games after under-achieving against Tottenham on Monday night, Coleman’s team badly need points from Saturday’s Craven Cottage encounter with Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.

The 1-0 defeat to Spurs leaves the Welshman fourth-bottom in the Premiership table and Coleman admitted: “If we could get a result against Manchester United it would be a great launching pad for us.

“Can we beat Manchester United at home now? Of course we can. We know we can beat anyone – at home or away.”

The former Wales centre back, whose proudest managerial moment came with a 3-1 win at Old Trafford two years ago when Fulham finished a best-ever ninth in the table, conceded: “We’ve only had one win in seven this season.

“So we clearly need some more points. We have to get them as quickly as possible or else you get into trouble. I’m told we haven’t beat United at home in 40 years, but it is only two years since we won at Old Trafford.

“The Premiership has taken some criticism lately but the beauty of it is, its unpredictability.”

He added: “The attacking quality let us down at Spurs but if we turn that around we can beat Manchester United and that would be a massive boost.

“They are still one of the best in the league, though, and you have to be brave to beat them. You have to have everybody ready.”