Fulham has achieved quite a few things since its last promotion to the Premier League, but beating Manchester United hasn’t been one of them yet. Since last year, Silva and ten Hag have met on three occasions (two in the Premier League, one in the FA Cup), with the Dutchman always coming out on top. However, the recent disastrous performances of Manchester United, suffering heavy defeats to Newcastle (0-3) and Manchester City (0-3), could jeopardize the Dutchman’s tenure on Manchester’s bench.

However, it isn’t all that clear. Fulham sits at fourteenth place, with only twelve points. In October, the team’s ability to resist counter-attacking, higher-ranked teams was questioned, after losses against Chelsea and Tottenham. A draw against Brighton (1-1) last week brings hope, but it must be known that Manchester United stands in 8th place, and they should not lack motivation to chase European places despite the ongoing drama in the locker room, increasingly critical of Erik ten Hag. 

Fulham vs Manchester United Info

Date: Saturday, 4th of November, 2023

Kick-off time: 9:30 a.m. EDT

Location: Craven Cottage, London, England

Official: Rebecca Welch

Last match: Manchester United – Fulham 2:1 (May 28, 2023, EPL)

Fulham vs Manchester United Prediction and Odds

Manchester United might be in a dire situation, but it also fights an opponent whose only worthy midfielder is Palhinha, who saw a transfer to Bayern Munich fall through. Considering Manchester United’s vulnerability against strong midfields—a weakness Fulham does not possess—the Red Devils are likely to prevail in the counter-attacking game, a fundamental aspect of the club’s traditional identity.

But one should not take it for granted. The current discord between Erik ten Hag and ex-Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane has translated into the Frenchman being benched in the Manchester derby, first said to be for ‘tactical reasons’. The media, however, is increasingly shifting towards the narrative that it has nothing tactical, and is purely the result of a feud. 

Fulham vs Manchester United Betting Tips

The match is expected to be a close one, but Manchester United should wake up, or else the season might be outright lost. Not only would it pull the club down, but it most likely will get Erik ten Hag fired. With Rashford and Bruno finding their form again against an opponent that often fails to ensure any rest defence, this should be the beginning of the ‘remontada’ of the season before Mainoo, Shaw and the other injured players can show up to favour ten Hag’s plans, seemingly out of solutions as of late.