Man Utd star Edinson Cavani warns dressing room ahead of Fulham Premier League clash

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Manchester United star Edinson Cavani has warned his team-mates they must be at their best to beat Fulham in their Premier League showdown on Wednesday night. The Red Devils go into the game seeking a return to winning ways after drawing with Liverpool on Sunday. And they may find themselves demoted to second in the table should Manchester City beat Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium.

United have emerged as genuine Premier League title contenders this season.

Few gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a hope at the start of the campaign, particularly after Old Trafford defeats to Crystal Palace, Tottenham and Arsenal.

But United have picked up points galore in the time since and, at the current time of writing, haven’t lost in the top flight since November.

Cavani will be hoping to start the match against Scott Parker’s side having been introduced as a second half substitute against Liverpool on Sunday.

And, speaking ahead of the game, the Uruguay international has warned his team-mates they must be at their absolute best.

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“I believe that one of the most important things that we need to be aware of, whenever we go into any game, is that we are Manchester United, and, irrespective of whether we are top of the league or in any other position, every other team that plays against Manchester United try to do their absolute best to try and beat them,” he told the club’s official website.

“It was also a similar situation for me when I was at PSG.

“Teams try to do the impossible to get a victory against one of the most legendary and best teams in the world.

“So ensuring we are focused and concentrated on this, should give us the energy to want to fight for this badge.”

Nemanja Matic thinks Fulham will pose a threat, despite Parker’s side enduring a difficult Premier League season so far.


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“I watched the last couple of games and they play good football,” said the Serbia international.

“They are improving game by game. I watched their game against Tottenham and it was very interesting to see.

“They are a very dangerous team. They are improving and it is going to be a very hard game to win there, but we are ready.

“We know what we have to do and where we want to be at the end of this season, so we are going to try to win three points. But we respect them and know it won’t be easy.”

Solskjaer, meanwhile, insists United being top of the table won’t have an impact on the match.

“Yeah and the league position isn’t something we think about either, we just go one game at a time,” said the Norwegian.  

“We know we have a strong squad.

“There will be some fresh legs in all the games; we’ve always got some fresh legs and players who want to go out there and show they want to play.

“We’ve looked stronger and stronger the more the games have gone on. We’re fitter and the belief is there in the players and the results have been okay.

“Of course we were disappointed not to get three points on Sunday. Now it’s another chance again and three points is the main focus.”

The match is at Craven Cottage, a ground Solskjaer has fond memories of.

“Yes I do, both coaching and playing there,” he said.

“I scored a goal on the swivel in an FA Cup game, just outside the box, I remember that one.

“As a coach, last time we were there I thought our performance was top and Anthony [Martial]’s goal was one of the highlights and Paul [Pogba]’s goal too.

“It’s a traditional ground and a great place to go to. Hopefully we can enjoy it.”

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