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Fulham's Brede Hangeland is ready to do battle with Manchester United once more on Saturday after he tasted victory over the Reds last season.Hangeland may be a recent arrival in the Premier League, after he joined Fulham during the January transfer window, but the tall defender knows just what it takes to beat Sir Alex Ferguson's title-chasing side.

The Norwegian played in both of FC Copenhagen's Champions League ties against United last season - a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford and a 1-0 victory in Denmark.

And the 26-year-old is hopeful he can match his Copenhagen achievements with his new club.

"That was one of the biggest games I've played and if we could do it again it would be equally as big," Hangeland said.

"We played above our level and I think you have to do that to beat Man United. We'll have to do that on Saturday if we want to win.

"They're a fantastic side with world class players all over the field and we should look forward to the occasion.

"I'll do the job the manager tells me to do, if it's marking Wayne Rooney or whoever, I'll do my best."

Fulham are still second from bottom and four points adrift of safety as they look to avoid relegation after they suffered a 1-0 home defeat to West Ham.

Roy Hodgson's side narrowly lost to a fortuitous late goal from Nolberto Solano and Hangeland admitted his side will need to start putting points on the board if they are to beat the drop.

He added: "We're playing reasonably well and we can win every game. It's just that we haven't had the luck in our last few games.

"It's a tough game to swallow (the West Ham result) because you feel like you should have won it.

"I felt it was a free kick when they scored the goal and it makes you feel a bit sorry for yourself after a game like that but what can you do?

"You have to focus on the coming games and hopefully we can do some magic on Saturday."

Meanwhile American midfielder Clint Dempsey insists the mood at Craven Cottage remains upbeat ahead of the visit of United.

Being able to maintain the chemistry of the team has not been easy with three managers within the last year but Dempsey insisted the spirit in the camp is fine.

Chris Coleman was fired last April in favour of Lawrie Sanchez who was then replaced by the experienced Roy Hodgson.

Dempsey is the only Cottagers player to feature in every league game this season after Simon Davies was suspended against West Ham and he is confident Fulham will be in the top flight again next term.

"I think we'll be out of relegation and I think you'll see Fulham in the Premiership next season," Dempsey said.

"For the most part the team is together. We joke around a lot, and everyone seems to get on well with each other."

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Fulham & Copenhagen = Difference........
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