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Our run-in to the seasonís end presents a number of trips to the North West, the first of which takes us to Old Trafford, the Premier Leagueís largest venue.
Last term the ĎTheatre of Dreamsí was something of a fortress for the current league leaders, with West Bromwich Albion the only side not to leave pointless as Unitedís imperious home form helped propel them to a record 19th top-flight title.
This season it has not been quite as formidable a venue with Manchester City and Blackburn gaining maximum points and Newcastle also claiming a share of the spoils. Indeed, neighbours City claimed a remarkable 6-1 triumph in October, ending in some style an unbeaten home sequence of 25 Premier League home games since Chelseaís 2-1 win at Old Trafford in April 2010.
Be that as it may, United have spent almost all of the season in the top two, finally edging ahead of their city rivals with a recent 2-0 home win over West Brom whilst City succumbed to defeat at Swansea.
Things havenít gone quite so well in Europe however, where the Red Devils surprisingly failed to progress past the Group Stages of the UEFA Champions League, and last week suffered elimination at the Round of 16 stage at the hands of Athletic Bilbao.
Meanwhile, their domestic cup hopes were ended by Crystal Palace (Carling Cup) and Liverpool (FA Cup), meaning that Sir Alex Fergusonís side are in the rare situation of being able to focus all of their attentions on the League as the campaign reaches its climax.
Although United have generally come out on top against Fulham at Old Trafford in recent years, there have been some memorable Whites performances in the last decade or so, including a never-to-be-forgotten 3-1 win in October 2003; Lee Clark, Steed Malbranque and Junichi Inamoto the heroes that afternoon.
Two seasons earlier our first ever Premier League game took place there, and Jean Tiganaís side led twice, thanks to goals from Louis Saha, before United fought back to win 3-2. Additionally, back in 1999 as a then third tier club, we reached the Fifth Round of the FA Cup and held the treble-bound United to a single goal, and may well have forced a replay but for a late John Salako miss