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Confirmed Starting XI: Lukaku leads the line; Smalling, Jones, Young & Mata back in the XI; Pogba benched

Manchester United welcome Fulham to the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League. On Wednesday evening, United drew 2-2 with Arsenal, coming back twice to level the points. It was a much better match than had been seen at various points this season as United attacked from the start and only looked poor again after three substitutions were made, which included Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba, who had both been dropped from the starting XI.

United’s defence was boosted with the return of both Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo, along with Chris Smalling returning from injury, which kept him out of the draw with Southampton four days previously. The performance against Arsenal may not have changed much, other than show that some of United’s players are prepared to fight, but United manager Jose Mourinho will need to find ways to get United firing once again, starting this weekend.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Dalot, Smalling, Jones, Young;

Herrera, Matic;

Mata, Lingard, Rashford;

Lukaku

Substitutes:

Romero; Rojo, Shaw; Pogba, Fred, Fellaini, McTominay

Paul Pogba has been criticised by supporters, pundits, managers, journalists and writers alike since he made his £89 million return to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016. Graeme Souness had shown an unhealthy obsession with the French international but recently, most of what has been said about the player has been correct. Pogba himself once said that he did not give his all on the pitch, which is poor for a professional player.

Against Southampton last weekend, the Frenchman gave the ball away 25 times and just did not seem to want to be on the pitch. Some would say he does not want to be at the club. There are factions of supporters who seem to worship particular players, somewhat intolerant of anything negative being said about the player(s) they follow, despite the majority being factual. These same supporters seem to harbour anything negative about other players, even the manager, who is apparently ruining the club.

I was once excited to see Pogba back in a United shirt but recently, it is something I abhor. Unless a player is willing and able, to fight for the badge on the front of the shirt he is wearing, they are an unnecessary aspect of the football club they apparently represent. Pogba seems to play for the name on the back of his shirt, not that he is doing that much good by not performing. His hairstyles, clothes and his religion seem so much more important than anything else he stands for. Time for departure number two?

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