i think we'll see a much changed line up for this game with park nani and anderson playing as we have a tough game at spurs at the weekend...pompey have lost a lot of quality players to the ACN but they will still have a decent team out. im gonna go for a 2-0 win
MATCH FACTS Treble chasing Manchester United take on Portsmouth, looking for a fourth Premier League win in a row, a ninth in 10 and 18th in 21.
The Red Devils are defending an unbeaten home league record, having won 11 on the bounce at Old Trafford since being held by Reading in the opening league fixture at the Theatre of Dreams.
Portsmouth have not beaten a "Big Four" club in six attempts so far this season.
Harry Redknapp is one of three Premier League managers in a second spell at their current club, and looking for a 50th Premier League victory from his two stints in charge at Fratton Park.
This match once again pits the two oldest managers in the Premier League against each other; Sir Alex Ferguson is 66, Redknapp 60, just four months older than Fulham's Roy Hodgson.
If he keeps goal as usual, Portsmouth's David James will be making his 500th Premier League appearance.
Manchester United are defending a 100% home Premier League record against Portsmouth; won four of four with an aggregate of 11-1.
Portsmouth have not registered a league victory at Old Trafford for over 50 years; since a 0-3 top-flight triumph on 19 October 1957.
CLUB FORM MANCHESTER UNITED 1. Won the last five in all competitions with an aggregate of 14-1; lost one of 13.
2. Won eight of nine league games, including the last three against Birmingham (1-0 h), Newcastle (6-0 h), and Reading (0-2 a).
3. Failed to win their first three Premier League matches, but lost only two of the subsequent 20.
4. Won 74% of their Premier League programme; 17 of 23 - that's more than any other club.
5. Drawn just three league games; only Everton have finished level on so few occasions in the highest league.
6. Scored one goal every 45 minutes of football played on average (46 in 23) and conceded fewer goals than any other club; just 11 at one every 188 minutes (three hours eight minutes).
7. Opened the scoring in more Premier League matches than any other club (19), conceded the first goal in fewer (three) and kept the highest number of clean sheets (14).
8. Awarded more penalties in this Premier League season that any other club, with the exception of Tottenham (six each), of which four have been converted. One of two clubs yet to concede a spot kick; the other is Newcastle.
9. One of four clubs still holding an unbeaten home record in the Premier League. The others are Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City. Also, won the last 11 home league games, against Tottenham, Sunderland, Chelsea, Wigan, Middlesbrough, Blackburn, Fulham, Derby, Everton, Birmingham and Newcastle (6-0).
10.Away to Tottenham after this before the Manchester derby, home to City. Then two more huge games, home to Arsenal in the fifth round of the FA Cup, and away to Lyon in the Champions League.
PORTSMOUTH 1. Won two of the last seven league outings.
2. The only club holding a 100% record from Premier League matches in which they have opened the scoring (won all eight).
3. Involved in five goalless draws in this Premier League campaign; more than any other club.
4. Kept 12 clean sheets in the Premier League last season; already managed 10 this term.
5.On the longest current run in the Premier League without a score draw of 19 matches since holding Manchester United to a 1-1 stalemate at Fratton Park on 15 August.
6. Won 49, drawn 35 and lost 52 of 136 Premier League matches under Harry Redknapp (both spells).
7. Won four more matches and gained seven more points on the road, than at Fratton Park.
8. Scored 20 league goals on the road; only Aston Villa top that with 23.
9. Already returned from Blackburn, Fulham, Wigan, Newcastle, Birmingham, Aston Villa and Reading with maximum points, but lost at Sunderland in their most recent game on the road.
10. This fixture is followed by a home clash with Chelsea, an away trip to Bolton and the FA Cup fifth round tie against Championship Preston at Deepdale.
KEY PLAYER NOTES MANCHESTER UNITED Cristiano RONALDO is Manchester United's top scorer with 25 goals, including seven in his last four games.
RONALDO is also their leading Premier League marksman with 17, and leads the race for the Barclays Golden Boot.
Edwin VAN DER SAR leads the race for the Barclays Golden Glove with David JAMES of Portsmouth and Jose REINA of Liverpool. All three have kept 10 clean sheets.
If selected:- Paul SCHOLES will be making his 550th appearance in a Manchester United shirt.
If on the field from the outset:-
Chris EAGLES will be making his 50th club league start (Manchester United, Watford and Sheffield Wednesday).
Long term injury, Gary NEVILLE will be making his 350th Premier League start for Manchester United.
BENJANI MWARUWARI is Portsmouth's top scorer with 12 Premier League goals, including a hat-trick in his last league game against Derby.
Sylvain DISTIN is the only outfield player to have started every one of Portsmouth's Premier League games this season.
David JAMES has kept goal for every minute of every one of Pompey's league matches this term.
JAMES leads the race for the Barclays Golden Glove with Edwin VAN DER SAR of Manchester United and Jose REINA of Liverpool. All three have kept 10 clean sheets.
JAMES will be making his 155th consecutive Premier League appearance. This run started in goal with Manchester City on 17 January 2004.
Glen JOHNSON will be making his 100th Premier League appearance (West Ham, Chelsea and Portsmouth).
HEAD TO HEAD Three of Manchester United's four home Premier League victories over Portsmouth have been by 3-0 margins.
Pompey have not claimed any points at Old Trafford since their 0-3 triumph on 19 October 1957. The aggregate score from the seven subsequent League visits is 23-4.
Home and away League (inc PL):Man Utd 23 wins, Portsmouth 17, Draws 13 Prem:Man United 5 wins, Portsmouth 3, Draws 1
at Man Utd only League (inc PL):Man Utd 17 wins, Portsmouth 6, Draws 3 Prem:Man United 4 wins, Portsmouth 0, Draws 0
LAST SEASON'S CORRESPONDING GAME Manchester United 3-0 Portsmouth 4 November 2006 - Ref: Mike Dean Man United scorers: Saha 3 pen, Ronaldo 10, Vidic 66
THIS SEASON'S REVERSE FIXTURE Portsmouth 1-1 Manchester United 15 August 2007 - Ref: Steve Bennett Portsmouth scorer: Mwaruwari 53 Man Utd scorer: Scholes 15 Sent Off: Muntari (Portsmouth) 83, Ronaldo (Man Utd) 85
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