Diogo Dalot: Manchester United hosting Fulham a 'big game' after winless run

Silvia Morton
December 7, 2018

The Red Devils came from behind twice to secure a 2-2 draw with top-four rivals Arsenal at Old Trafford on Wednesday night after goals from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.

"Step by step; you have also other players in other clubs that needed their time and you have some of them that played even less than what Fred is playing".

"When the team is defensively stronger and does not need in midfield people that are more about giving some balance to the team than being involved in creating and attacking dynamics - the day we are stronger defensively, I think the horizons for Fred change completely", said Mourinho. Mourinho again spoke about United being unbeaten in their past four matches, despite the dire results, but admitted there would be "no excuses" for not beating Fulham, even though he praised Claudio Ranieri's side and implied the table did not reflect their abilities.

"Between us [there are] no problems - between the manager and the players", he said.

'We press the ball more, put difficulties to the opponent, we were fast in our transitions, so we had that spirit, we had that mentality that brought our game to a good level, to a better level.

"We're in it as a team".

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Mourinho is expecting a hard afternoon against the Cottagers, whose boss Claudio Ranieri he described as "one of the two most important managers in the history of the Premier League" on the eve of the game.

But he has revealed he won't speak about two long-term casualties: Victor Lindelof and Alexis Sanchez.

"But players that will make themselves available for the team like Smalling did in the last match, like Jones did against Southampton, will play".

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The 20-time English champions will welcome Fulham to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon in pursuit of their first Premier League victory since a 2-1 win against Bournemouth on 3 November.

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