Capital punishment: 4 reasons why United slay Fulham

Wayne Rooney

Manchester United could continue their kick-start to the season with a strong victory over their hosts; the Cottagers.

Manchester United travel to Fulham on Saturday, November 2 looking to extend their unbeaten run that is now six games deep. Currently eighth in the Premier League table, United may have begun finding form but it is imperative they maintain that heading toward the congested Christmas fixture pile-up.

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Even Patrice Evra recently commented that he will not label the current United side as title contenders until they amass ten straight league wins. And, while they are currently on one thanks to a come-from-behind trumping of Stoke City recently, David Moyes' side could easily make it two due to a combination of their triumphs in the Capital, finding a winning formula and the successes of their strikers.

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  • Manchester United take on Fulham at Craven Cottage and the last time they suffered a defeat in London was May, 2011, when they lost to Arsenal. Since then, they are undefeated in 11 visits to the city.
  • United have also found a winning formula in the division and beyond. While much has been said about their notable lack of a playmaker, they have, instead, found goal-scoring success when the play is started from out wide. Of all the teams in the Premier League, it is Moyes who has overseen the most crosses as United have attempted 202. Furthermore, of their last five goals, three have come from wide.
  • Wayne Rooney: considering he was supposedly unsettled and wanted out in the summer, Rooney is performing like a player delighted to be wearing the shirt. In 655 minutes of Premier League duty, Rooney has attempted 364 passes, is an ever-present all over the pitch, has a shooting accuracy of 61%, created 14 chances (roughly two chances created per game), two assists and four goals. Rooney is also particularly dangerous away from home as he has scored or assisted 11 goals in his last 15 away games in the division.
  • Robin van Persie: even though players like Olivier Giroud, Sergio Aguero and even Loic Remy seem to attract more headlines, van Persie remains a hot striker. In 647 minutes of Premier League football he has completed 80% of his 162 passes, has a shooting accuracy of 40%, created three chances, one assist and five goals. While this may indeed be lower than his productivity last season, he remains a devastating player away from Old Trafford scoring six goals in his last seven.

United fans: how confident are you of collecting three points at Fulham's expense on Saturday? Let us know in the comment section below…

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