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Rupert Wyman 21st Aug 2010 - 11:50

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The former Man Utd player Mark Hughes is making his home bow as Fulham manager against his former club. He will have his work cut out against United because Hodgson is a difficult act to follow.

Not only did the new Liverpool manager lead Fulham to the Europa League final but he managed to conjure a 3-0 home win against United last season.

United have lost in each of their last two visits to Craven Cottage but they have started the season in fantastic form. They were the better side in the Community Shield final and they took Newcastle apart last weekend.

They have scored exactly three in their last two games and you can back total Man Utd goals to be three at 9/2.

Their best player against the Toon was easily Paul Scholes, Capello must regret not making a personal call to the former England midfield player pre-World Cup. He has been man of the match in United's past two matches and he seems to be getting better with age.

Fulham may start with the want-away goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and the Liverpool target Paul Konchesky. Man United are without the injured Rio Ferdinand, Anderson and the never present Owen Hargreaves.

The home win is 5/1 and for me that is a little short. Although little has changed since Mark Hughes has taken charge, they are still in a period of transition.

Fulham will have a capacity crowd cheering them on but Mark Hughes will have different ideas to Hodgson and the likelihood that Fulham will repeat their 3-0 (80/1) win is unlikely. I think it will be a monumental task for Fulham to beat Man United and I fancy the draw at 13/5.

The Man Utd win is 8/13 and although they have been poor at Craven Cottage of late, should they score early, they will go on to win the clash.

Sunday's William Hill weekend Match Winner special is Rooney to score first and Man United to win at an enhanced price of 9/2.

Revised Opta stats show that Rooney's current goal drought stands at 1,081 minutes. It can only be a matter of time before Rooney starts finding the back of the net again and he will be frustrated at his lack of goals.

He had a dismal World Cup but he could be in for a great year with Manchester United. Rooney's lack of goals may be due to his lack of game time since returning to training on July 28th.

Many of the United players did not return to training until late July, so they will be getting stronger every match.



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