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Confirmed Starting XI: Lukaku and Martial strike partners against Fulham? Smalling and Jones in defence!

Manchester United will travel to London again this weekend to face Fulham at Craven Cottage in the Premier League. In the last meeting this season, United beat Fulham 4-1 at Old Trafford, which was Jose Mourinho’s penultimate Premier League match in charge of United before he was sacked. United have a great record against Fulham, playing 73 times, winning 50, drawing 19 and losing just 14 times. The last defeat to Fulham was back in 2009, a year United lost twice at Craven Cottage (over two seasons).

Fulham currently sits 19th in the Premier League table, amassing just 17 points in 25 matches, which is poor and could only mean one thing, a likely relegation back to the Championship if they do not start playing a good brand of football which sees them winning matches. United rose to fifth in the league after their 1-0 victory over Leicester City last weekend and providing they beat Fulham in the first Premier League match this weekend, they will topple Chelsea to reach fourth.

However, Chelsea faces Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, so if they beat the Premier League leaders, they would force United back into fifth place. City will need to keep the pressure on Liverpool this weekend, which is Bournemouth beat Liverpool, or make them drop points, could see City put some daylight between them and Liverpool, meaning that goal difference is not the only factor splitting them, if they beat Chelsea, of course.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Dalot, Smalling, Jones, Shaw;

Herrera, Matic, Pogba;

Mata;

Lukaku, Martial

Substitutes:

Romero; Bailly, Young; Lingard, McTominay; Sanchez, Rashford

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Marcus Rashford have been named the manager and player of the month for January 2019 by the Premier League. It was the first time a United manager had won the award for over six years and eight years since a United manager and a player won the awards in the same month. Imagine having the likes of David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, and Jose Mourinho in the management role and not winning an award such as this, which Solskjaer has won not even two months into his career.

The confidence has risen massively since Mourinho was sacked and that is mostly to do with Solskjaer and the fact that he and coaches, Mike Phelan, Michael Carrick, and Kieran McKenna have started to rebrand United back into the attacking football team we all knew was still in there, somewhere. After ten matches, Solskjaer has won nine and drawn just once, which shows how good this team of players is. However, this month, they will be tested to see just how far they can go.

The next few weeks are going to be difficult for Solskjaer and his United team, facing Fulham away from home on Saturday, of which they have won their last four visits, the hosting Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening (12/2), then visiting Stamford Bridge for the second time this season to fight for a place in the sixth round of the Emirates FA Cup with Chelsea (18/2), before a home Premier League clash with the bitter ones, Liverpool (24/2). It won’t be easy.

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