Manchester United fans breathing more easily after their victory over Stoke may have cause to resume their hyperventilating now that they’re on the road again, with David Moyes’ boys largely unconvincing away from home.
Fulham have a history of running them close and the west London side are fancied to deliver on double chance odds of 7/5 at Craven Cottage.
The Cottagers are 17/4 for victory, with their guests 57/100 while the draw can be backed at 31/10.
The last four games of the Red Devils’ recent unbeaten run have come at Old Trafford.
It may be six games since the ignominy of West Brom’s ‘Theatre of Dreams’ triumph, but three of United’s four wins since came on home turf, with their solitary away success coming after some hairy moments at Sunderland.
That three points halted a run of three matches without a win on their travels in all competitions.
United have conceded at least once in every road game they’ve played this term.
The inability to deny the home side a goal has been the Reds’ Achilles heel when it comes to away points accumulation.
Given Fulham have notched at least once in all five games they’ve played in their quaint old stadium on the banks of old man Thames in 2013/14, the Red Devils may struggle to snap that unhelpful streak in this fixture.
Three of the sides’ last six meetings were decided by a single goal with a fourth ending all square.
With the notable exception of 0-5 Red Devils demolition job at Craven Cottage in December 2011, Fulham have proved a thorough test for their visitors over the past three campaigns and even handed them a 3-0 spanking back in 2009.
Those fixtures were contested under the watchful gaze of Sir Alex Ferguson and with United yet to match the Septuagenarian’s sky-high standards under his heir, Martin Jol’s men can cash in their past strong performances against the visitors at the Premier League points bank.