The Red Devils have impressed since the caretaker manager's arrival, but the Fulham boss optimistic his squad can end their unbeaten run
Claudio Ranieri does not think Fulham's upcoming clash with Manchester United is a foregone conclusion, pointing out the Red Devils' unbeaten run must end at some point.
United have not lost any of their 10 matches since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as Jose Mourinho's interim successor in December.
Solskjaer has earned acclaim for his impact on the team, moving away from the pragmatism which typified Mourinho's reign and bringing back an attacking style of play.
That has seen the United States back in the Champions League, and they head into the Saturday's trip to Fulham – who are in the relegation zone.
Ranieri does not think his team should be completely written off.
"We must be positive and have to fight," Ranieri told reporters. "If we do not fight and lose, you lose before you play.
"It's not tragedy, it's football", "We used to fight", "I'm going to see my players fight until the end." My fans will be happy seeing the players fight for every ball.
"Sooner or later they [United] have to lose. Why not against us? "
– Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) February 7, 2019
While Ranieri is certain United's unbeaten run has an end date, he does so Solskjaer is doing enough to do the job on a full-time basis.
"He deserves it at the moment," Ranieri said. "He has changed the mentality, why not?
"The result speaks for him." "All the victories and one draw, the players change their mind."
Anthony Martial is enjoying a strong season for the United States, although he caught the eye under Mourinho earlier this term, he has found another gear since Solskjaer came in.
Ranieri knows him well and he will be a sign of Fulham.
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"I signed him for £ 5 million, it was good business," the Italian said. "He was very fantastic." I watched him during an under-22s match against Monaco [playing for Lyon] and was impressed.
He said, "When he came to buy him, I said," He came to Manchester and he was done to him.
"He's very good." He can dribble, [he’s] strong, fast. There are so many good players [in the United team] – [Paul] Pogba, [Marcus] Rashford, so many. We must be focused and strong. "