United know they haven’t any room for error now on the prime of the desk, with Manchester City inside hanging distance and in a position to usurp them ought to they win their recreation in hand, whereas Parker is buoyed by his aspect’s resilience final day out.
“We have achieved remarkably effectively contemplating the place we have been initially of the season,” mentioned Parker. “We have been in all probability the laughing inventory when it comes to how individuals have been portraying us – by no means was that the case in-house. We have achieved remarkably effectively to be combating and punching away like we’re – not simply with willpower and grit, however with an actual type about us.
“It is clear you can see an actual drastic enchancment in our general recreation. There was a story round us initially of this season and that narrative was in all probability helped by the earlier time we have been on this division. We misplaced two video games by greater than two targets, that narrative was immediately in individuals’s heads, ‘Oh look, it is the identical Fulham’.
“I simply assume individuals have been blurred a bit of bit by the final time we have been right here. I can perceive why. It was actually an space we wanted to deal with.”
Right here’s every part you want to know forward of the match:
The sport takes place on Wednesday, 20 January and kicks off at 20:15 GMT.
The match shall be proven dwell on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Final. The sport can be streamed by way of the BT Sport app and desktop web site. Protection begins at 8pm GMT, following the conclusion of Man Metropolis vs Aston Villa.
Scott Parker is with out Antonee Robinson, who’s suspended following his pink card in opposition to Chelsea, with Joe Bryan more likely to deputise, whereas Bobby Decordova-Reid can also be suspended after an accumulation of yellow playing cards.
Although the returning Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who missed the defeat to Chelsea because of being ineligible, may slot in as his substitute, whereas Aleksandar Mitrovic may additionally return from harm.
Tom Cairney, Terence Kongolo and Mario Lemina are all extremely uncertain for the Cottagers via harm.
Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Bruno Fernandes are all one reserving away from a ban and could possibly be rested or substituted prematurely (importantly for fantasy soccer gamers) to keep away from lacking out in opposition to Sheffield United. Following this recreation, the suspension threshold will rise from 5 to 10 yellows.
Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Brandon Williams are nonetheless struggling and will miss out right here. Facundo Pellistri is probably going nonetheless out after contracting coronavirus.
Fulham XI: Areola; Tete, Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Bryan; Loftus-Cheek, Reed, Anguissa, Lookman; Cavaleiro
Manchester United XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Telles; Matic, Pogba; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani
Manchester United – 1 / 2
United picked up a invaluable level on the champions final day out, however that result’s solely helpful in the event that they again it up with a victory right here. Fulham’s promising run of 5 successive attracts got here to an finish in opposition to Chelsea, however Scott Parker’s aspect battled arduous there, and I count on them to take action as soon as once more, regardless of a few key losses via suspension. In the end we’ll lean in the direction of United’s match-winners grinding out the three factors for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer although, maybe with the winner coming within the last 15-20 minutes or so with loads of firepower off the bench to reap the benefits of any drained Fulham legs. Fulham 1-2 Man United.