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Starting XI Prediction: Martial and Rashford lead the line, Lingard in a supporting role against Fulham?

Manchester United entertain Fulham at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. The London club sits bottom in the league table, earning just nine points in 15 matches this season. That should suggest United would be able to beat this team but when you look at Southampton, who are 18th in the league, with the same number of points, knowing that they were 2-0 up against United in twenty minutes last weekend, you will see that Fulham, despite being poor this season, will probably be a match for United.

Supporters have been criticising Jose Mourinho for suggesting that Fulham could be a team seeking to better their position, as that is exactly what they are. Gone are the days that a team can be written off because of the size of the club or the position they are currently in. The Premier League is a competitive league and United are a team that is getting worse as each and every day passes. Nothing United do now seem to make them better. The club is rotten from the very top to the bottom.

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Goalkeeper: David De Gea

The Spanish number one is starting to find his feet again after a turbulent start to the new season. Many goals have been conceded in all competitions, not that it is all his fault, but the morons who like to moan will start to point blame in his direction like some opposition supporters have been doing. He is one of the most talented goalkeepers in world football and does not get the recognition that he deserves. The first name on the teamsheet for me and likely for Jose Mourinho too.

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Defence: Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw

The defence has been problematic throughout the season and only 21 matches in all competitions have been played. Diogo Dalot has a long way to go but he has been doing well. He could well be replaced by Ashley Young in this game, but I would like to see him keep his place. Eric Bailly is a doubt but I expect him to be fit. He needs to find a way out of the injury-plagued situation he has been in for some time. Marcos Rojo should keep his place in the team and hopefully Luke Shaw will be fit to start.

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Midfield: Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba

United’s midfield has been problematic. Nemanja Matic has seemed tired recently but against Arsenal, he was one of the standout performers. BT Sport gave hims the MOTM award for the game. Mourinho has given reasons why Fred is not playing as much football as some think he should, which would suggest he’s not going to start against Fulham, or is he? Ander Herrera and Matic should keep their places. Paul Pogba could be back in the starting XI, although I am not sure he deserves that. He lacks so much effort.

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Attacking Midfield: Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard played well against Arsenal on Wednesday. Scoring United’s second equaliser seconds after Arsenal led for the second time in the game. The player scored twice for England in the last international break and clearly cares about achieving things with this club. It is never going to be easy for United, as supporters have demands on what they want the team to win, but to demand something only means that you will not get it. Patience is needed. Lingard is a class player and one that understands the club.

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Striker: Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial

Goals are what is needed to win matches. Having Romelu Lukaku in the side right now is not going to achieve that. Playing two strikers means that there is less reliance on a particular player, therefore making it easier to find the back of the net. In the last two matches, United have scored twice in each game, showing that goals are something the club can achieve with two forwards up top. If fit, Anthony Martial should be paired with Marcus Rashford again. It is a no brainer for me.

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