Why this Fulham v Manchester United match has more significance than ever before

Fulham and Manchester United's American owners will be desperate to get a result this weekend.

It is not just in the Premier League Fulham and Manchester United's owners have problems. Both managers David Moyes and Martin Jol have found themselves criticised after disappointing starts to the season.

While you would imagine Moyes' position remains secure, owners the Glazers face tough decisions in the upcoming transfer window to back the manager effectively, after a disappointing summer.

Over at Fulham, new owner Shad Khan could end up having to make a tough decision sooner or later to axe the increasingly unpopular Martin Jol, and then get the appointment of his successor right.

This weekend the two teams face off, with United having the most to lose from defeat, needing to put a winning run together to help their stuttering title defence.

Both club's owners though will be desperate to get the win, and bragging rights back in the US, after other teams in their ownership suffered disastrous starts to the NFL season.

Shad Khan's Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Glazer family's Tampa Bay Buccaneers are officially the two worst teams in American Football.

After eight games each, they are the only of 32 franchises to have an 0-8 record, failing to win a single game between them.

With only 16 games in a season before the play-offs (which neither will make), the campaign is already a disaster, and they are now in damage limitation mode.

In fact with the worst team in the NFL receiving the number one pick in next year's NFL draft, to select the very best collegiate talent and likely quarterback of the future, the owners may find themselves writing off this season and entering the questionable scenario of actually wanting their franchise to do worse than the other to stand a better chance of rebuilding next year.

It has been a miserable time in the States for both teams, with empty seats dominating both stadiums, and tough decisions await with regard to sticking with or sacking staff over there.

So when their two Premier League teams match up this weekend, Shad Khan and the Glazers will have an opportunity to see one of their clubs get one over on an American counterpart, and actually have something to smile about.

0-8, but slightly better than the other one at soccer...

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