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Manchester United-Fulham: a.k.a. our next chance to debate Clint Dempsey’s future

Fulham v Newcastle United - Premier League

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Clint Dempsey of Fulham in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Newcastle United at Craven Cottage on January 21, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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For Manchester United, today’s contest at fabled Old Trafford is a chance to put just a smidgen of top-of-the-table breathing room on the “noisy neighbors,” Manchester City. For Fulham, safely north of the relegation zone and unable to move up into top-six territory, it’s a chance to put a memorable bruise on the Premiership’s glamour team.

For the rest of us? Looks like another chance to contribute to the ongoing Clint Dempsey debate: Should he stay or should he go now?

Manchester United is among the teams mentioned when supporters debate Dempsey’s future, whether the Texan is better to retain local-legend status at Fulham or exploit burgeoning interest and make a major move to greener land.

Fulham manager Martin Jol stirred the pot just a little over the weekend, admitting that Dempsey and a couple of his highly sought teammates may be hard keep this summer. Sounds like Jol is already formulating “Plan B.”

Dempsey, meanwhile, sounds quite business-like about it all, preferring to watch the road in front of him and not look too far ahead. After all, Fulham did lose at home last week, and no one around Craven Cottage feels great about that.