Manchester United can take the top of the Premier League in the middle of the season. True, their city rival City is in a situation to be above them after the remaining duel, and as the Citizens also have a match against Aston Villa tonight, only the victory of the Red Devils away to Fulham guarantees the desired scenario.
The duel with the drowning man in his home will be the perfect test for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's players to see if last week's draw in Liverpool with the biggest rival affect the team. Fulham has been harmless countless times this season, but the outsider can "bite" when the self-confident opponent has the least hope.
It is not the first time this season that the long-awaited, and rightly awaited big game, failed to justify the enormous attention it received. Liverpool and United not only played a draw, but the match at Anfield ended without goals.
Although the result greatly affected Manchester City more than anyone else at the top, the Devils could undoubtedly be happier than the protagonists at Merseyside, as they went undefeated through what is on paper their biggest test of the season.
It is a sign of their mindset changing. The point in the house of the champion Solskjaer would gladly accept that it was offered to him before the match, but his team created the two biggest chances. However, Alison Becker was amazing that night.
Otherwise United could have become the first away team to win the league game at Anfield since April 2017. More importantly, the win was able to launch the team from Old Trafford to a six-point advantage over the champions and keep a gap of four over Manchester City.
Red Devils are in good shape
Plenty of teams took the lead before dropping out in what is evolving into one of the most competitive seasons in the Premier League ever, and the challenge for United is to stay on top now.
Playing good the whole season will be key to this. The draw at Anfield means that Solskjaer's team has been undefeated on the side in the Premier League for more than a year, and if he avoided defeat tonight, he would equal his club record of 17 consecutive games in the championship on the road without failure.
This season, the Devils are the only team that has not lost it outside its stadium and has collected the most points and scored the most goals on the road, so the match in London is waiting with a lot of confidence to continue the series of 12 games without defeat in the league.
The Red Devils have won the last four away games against Fulham with a total score of 12: 1 and are undefeated in the previous eight meetings with the newcomers in the league, scoring 25 goals.