The Red Devils host Fulham in a Monday night Premier League game that is fraught with complications for the hosts if they lose.
Manchester United have fought back magnificently to take the title race down to the wire, after it seemed that fierce local rivals Manchester City were running away with the crown, even as recently as January. However, five wins in their last six games in the league and the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson's men have been unbeaten in the league since the two back-to-back reverses against Blackburn and Newcastle at the end of December and beginning of January, respectively, means that Mancini's City are definitely feeling the pressure.
United will be buoyed by the return from injury and to form of Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia, who Ferguson feels could be key in the title run-in. However, the club is still without the services of midfielders Anderson and Nani, as also star centre back Nemanja Vidic.
Fulham, meanwhile, were enjoying something of a mini-revival themselves, with three wins in three games (including a 5-0 mauling of Wolves) before setbacks against Villa and Swansea derailed their late mid-table charge. The Cottagers remain, however, in a comfortable 13th position in the league; they have staved off the threat of relegation and although a Europa League position looks to be a touch too far at the moment, the players will be looking to get back to winning ways at Old Trafford.
Where to Watch Live:
The match will be available live on FOXSoccer.tv in the US.
Manchester United, at any time, are a formidable proposition. Manchester United at home are even more so... and a Red Devils side beginning to click into "title defence" gear, under the stewardship of so canny a boss as Ferguson, are a side nobody really wants to play. The return to form of Valencia could well be the key between City and United, although the former will point to the return (and impact) of Carlos Tevez. For this game, though, there is really very little chance of Fulham coming away with anything positive. Expect it to be a case of limiting damage.
Manchester United 4 - Fulham 1