Edinson Cavani knows what it is like to be part of a team leading the table as Manchester United look to regain top spot following the midweek round of Premier League matches.
The experienced Uruguay international was regularly in pole position in France with Paris Saint-Germain and appreciates how it feels when opposing sides raise their game to take on the top team.
Fulham have shown their capabilities in holding Liverpool and Tottenham, and beating Leicester City this term, and were unluckily shaded 1-0 with 10 men against Chelsea last time out, so Wednesday’s game at the Craven Cottage is almost certainly going to be a difficult one for the Reds to successfully negotiate, particularly as the top of the table will probably look very different come kick-off time.
Indeed, Leicester moved to the summit with their convincing 2-0 win over Chelsea on Tuesday night.
“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 explained in an interview.
“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.
“And, right now, that we are top of the league, to also want to fight to stay right where we are. For all that, we need to be ready and mentally prepared to compete. Like I always say, the important thing isn’t just winning a couple of games, it’s having that consistency of always competing; competing in every game and for every ball, and concentrating to the absolute maximum for every situation that comes up in the game. And that’s what in the end, allows you to achieve your ultimate goal.“