Updated: Friday, 5th June 2020 @ 4:07pm

Craving points at the Cottage: Manchester United must beat Fulham, insists Sir Alex Ferguson

Craving points at the Cottage: Manchester United must beat Fulham, insists Sir Alex Ferguson

By Alex Bysouth

Sir Alex Ferguson insists every point is vital when Manchester United visit Fulham today as they continue their quest for Premier League glory.

United knocked Martin Jol’s side out of the FA Cup last weekend, but Ferguson is on alert after the Cottagers bounced back to ease past West Ham United on Wednesday.

And the Scot has called for a repeat of the Red Devils’ dogged defensiveness which saw them overcome Southampton in their mid-week match up.

“Fulham got a fantastic result mid-week and we hope we can navigate this trip,” he said. “We're at the stage where every result is important.

“Wednesday was important for us and we really dug in defensively, we blocked shots and cleared headers.

“I was impressed with that but we were a bit lucky to win the game, the first half, we could have been five up at half-time, but a one-goal lead isn't enough.”

Ferguson’s only foray into the transfer market this window was to wrap up a deal for Wilfried Zaha.

Ferguson agreed to let the young England winger remain at Crystal Palace for the rest of the season, such is his confidence in the strength-in-depth of this United squad.

“We're quite healthy in terms of the players available” he explained.

“Ashley Young's the one that's still not available, hopefully Jonny [Evans] trains today, which would give us another defender – that's good news.”

However, Ferguson admits he will make at least one change to his back four, with Rio Ferdinand set to start at Craven Cottage.

Ferguson did not confirm who would make way, but Ferdinand replaced Chris Smalling on Wednesday night and the youngster may find himself on the bench against his old club.

“I'll make one or two changes tomorrow,” added Ferguson. “Rio Ferdinand will play. Definitely.”

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