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Fulham vs Manchester United: Premier League preview, team news & predicted starting XI

Manchester United return to Premier League action this weekend to take on Fulham.

The Cottagers have enjoyed a positive return to the top flight, although they were beaten 2-1 by defending champions Manchester City in their last game.

United were defeated 3-1 by Aston Villa in the league last weekend but got their revenge on Thursday as they beat the Midlands side 4-2 in the Carabao Cup.

The Red Devils are undefeated in their last 14 games against Fulham – a run dating back to December 2009.

When and where will the game take place?

United will hit the road for a second straight league game to face Fulham at the Craven Cottage.

The game will be played on Sunday evening as the final Premier League match-up before the World Cup.

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The home side have enjoyed an encouraging campaign and currently sit in the top half of the league table.

Fulham were beaten 2-1 by 10-man City last time out. They looked set to come away with a point before the Cityzens were awarded a controversial penalty kick deep into additional time.

Marco Silva’s men will now hope they can find better luck against the red side of Manchester this weekend.

They will be without the services of talisman Aleksandar Mitrovic as the striker looks to regain fitness for the global tournament in Qatar.

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The Old Trafford outfit have begun to adapt to manager Erik ten Hag’s ideas.

They saw their good run of form end last weekend as they were beaten 3-1 by a hungry Villa side.

United bounced back with a 4-2 win over the Birmingham club on Thursday and will now be looking to head into the international break with a win.

Ten Hag will be unable to call on the services of Diogo Dalot due to a suspension, meaning Aaron Wan-Bissaka could get his first start of the season here.

Players to watch – Willian vs Wan-Bissaka

Both managers know the importance of Sunday’s game and will field their strongest XI despite the upcoming World Cup.

Willian joined the Cottagers on a free transfer in the summer and has been a key player for the London club, particularly due to his playmaking abilities.

With Dalot out of contention for selection, Wan-Bissaka is expected to feature in the starting XI and will be desperate to impress as he looks to prove his worth to Ten Hag.

The full-back’s performance on Sunday could ultimately determine his long-term future as a United player.

Fulham vs Manchester United Predicted XI

Fulham (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Bobby Decordova-Reid, Issa Diop, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson; Tom Cairney, Joao Palhinha; Harry Wilson, Andreas Pereira, Willian; Carlos Vinicius.

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Lisandro Martínez, Luke Shaw; Casemiro, Christian Eriksen; Anthony Elanga, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford; Cristiano Ronaldo.