Preview: Manchester United vs. Fulham

Preview: Manchester United vs. Fulham
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Sports Mole previews Manchester United's clash against Fulham in the FA Cup fourth round at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Manchester United host Fulham in the fourth round of the FA Cup in Saturday's late kickoff.

United got through against West Ham United after a replay, courtesy of an early Wayne Rooney strike.

Fulham also needed a replay to get past Championship side Blackpool and reached this stage with a late Brede Hangeland goal in a 2-1 win.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson could name a similarly weakened team to the one he put out against the Hammers, but he will be without the injured Jonny Evans.

Mahamadou Diarra remains out for Fulham, who are expected to continue with the strike pair of Dimitar Berbatov and Bryan Ruiz.

Recent form

Man United: WWDWWD

Fulham: LWDDWL

Possible starting lineups

Man United: Lindegaard; Rafel, Jones, Smalling, Buttner; Valencia, Anderson, Giggs, Nani; Rooney; Hernandez

Fulham: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Richardson; Duff, Sidwell, Karagounis, Kacaniklic; Ruiz; Berbatov

Sports Mole says: 3-1

City boss Roberto Mancini in the dugout against Sunderland on Boxing Day 2012
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