Let’s take a look at the team news as Manchester United continue their triple trophy hunt when they face Fulham in the FA Cup on Sunday at Old Trafford. Last month, Manager Erik ten Hag led the Red Devils to their first piece of silverware in six years by defeating Newcastle 2-0 in the EFL Cup final at Wembley and eliminated Real Betis from the Europa League on Thursday to continue their hunt for an European trophy.
Although the Cottagers have exceeded expectations since their return to the Premier League, their recent form has dipped slightly, as evidenced by their 3-0 loss to Arsenal. While Fulham have defeated Hull City, Sunderland, and Leeds to reach the quarter-finals, it’s fair to say that Manchester United will be their most challenging opposition yet.
Fulham have lost 12 of their last 15 encounters with Manchester United in all competitions, with only one victory in their last 25 away games against the Red Devils, which dates back to 2003. The Cottagers aim to reach the semi-finals for the first time since the 2001/02 season.
Casemiro, a key player for Erik ten Hag’s side, will begin serving his four-match domestic ban starting this weekend due to his red card against Southampton. Additionally, Alejandro Garnacho is expected to be out for a few weeks due to an ankle injury sustained during the same game.
Meanwhile, Anthony Martial is gradually being reintegrated after a hip problem, and Antony is a fresh doubt due to an illness that caused him to miss the Europa League second-leg against Real Betis. Marcel Sabitzer, who recovered from a knock to play on Thursday night, could take on the Casemiro role. Additionally, long-term absentees Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek will also miss the match.
Andreas Pereira will be looking forward to returning to Old Trafford on Sunday, having exited the club after Ten Hag took charge. Palhinha should be back for Marco Silva’s side after serving his two-match suspension. Fulham have relied heavily on Aleksandar Mitrović in recent years and will be hoping their talisman is fit enough to start, although the Serbia star has not scored in 11 appearances in the FA Cup.
Cedric Soares is also back after missing the Arsenal game, but Neeskens Kebano, Tom Cairney, and Layvin Kurzawa are still injured, and Willian’s sore back will need to be evaluated before the game at Old Trafford.
Player To Watch Out For – Manor Solomon
Manor Solomon is an exciting young winger with a wide range of skills that make him a dangerous attacker on the field. His key strengths include his speed and acceleration, which allows him to get past defenders and create opportunities for himself and his teammates.
In addition to his speed, the Israeli winger also has excellent dribbling ability and is able to change direction quickly and evade defenders in tight spaces. He is also a creative player with good vision and passing ability, making him a threat in the final third of the pitch.
Solomon is also known for his technical skills, including his close control and ability to execute intricate moves and tricks with the ball. He has a strong work rate and is not afraid to track back and contribute defensively, making him a well-rounded player.
Another area where the attacking midfielder excels is his finishing ability. He has a keen eye for goal and is comfortable scoring from a variety of positions, whether from long range or close range in the box. His confidence in front of goal makes him a valuable asset to any team.
Manchester United Form:
Manchester United Probable Line-up (4-2-3-1):
David de Gea (GK); Diogo Dalot (RB), Raphael Varane (CB), Lisandro Martinez (CB), Luke Shaw(LB); Fred (CDM), Marcel Sabitzer (CM); Jadon Sancho (RW), Bruno Fernandes (CAM), Marcus Rashford (LW); Wout Weghorst (ST).
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Manchester United 2-1 Fulham
The Cottagers may take some solace from United’s recent record in the competition though. The Red Devils have lost five of their last eight FA Cup quarter-final ties, most recently against Leicester in 2020-21. With the hosts missing the very influential Casemiro through suspension, this game could be an open one.
The Red Devils look much vulnerable at the back but still carry the huge threat going forward. Both teams to score looks the way to play this game which could be an entertaining one for the neutrals.
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