The Guardian point out that Fulham are the only Premier League side not to have conceded a penalty this season. That’ll just make me more nervous when Rooney and Berbatov go down in the box this afternoon.
Sachin Nakrani’s guilty of rewriting history in his brief preview too. While Rooney was sent off at the Cottage last year, it came at the end of our 2-0 win so he didn’t go on ‘to watch his team lose 2-0’.
Cause for alarm comes courtesy of Fulham’s record after our Europa League outings this season. We’ve failed to win six of our seven league games following a European fixture – the narrow victory over Sunderland earlier this month was the exception to the rule. Hodgson’s side will have to be on their mettle against United, who will be looking to add to their convincing midweek win over Wolves.
It seems as though both Rafael and Vidic will play, thus solving some of Sir Alex Ferguson’s defensive problems. I’d still fancy Zamora and Nevland’s movement to pose Michael Carrick problems alongside the Serbian though.
Roy Hodgson won’t be able to call upon Andy Johnson, although he’s hopeful of having the striker available over the Christmas period.
Andy’s a lot better today. He trained with the physio department, he didn’t train with us, but we have high hopes that by the beginning of next week he’ll be back with the squad. If that’s the case he’s actually physically quite fit because he’s been keeping fit during the course of this injury so we might get the benefit of him over the Christmas period. I’m hoping that this time the last hurdle would have been jumped.