Starting XI Prediction: Rashford and Martial to shine against Fulham; Pogba to keep pulling the attacking strings?


Manchester United travel to London to face Fulham at Craven Cottage in the Premier League in the first match to be played on Saturday. United find themselves just two points away from Chelsea, who currently occupy fourth place in the league. Should United beat Fulham, they will put the pressure on Chelsea, who travel to the Etihad to face Manchester City on Sunday. City will need the victory to keep the pressure on Liverpool at the top of the league, especially if they beat Bournemouth at Anfield.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues his great start to live as United’s caretaker manager by beating Leicester City 1-0 at the King Power Stadium last weekend, pushing Arsenal from fifth, putting them in their favourite place in the league – sixth. Solskjaer won the Premier League Manager of the Month for January 2019, the first manager of the club to do so since Sir Alex Ferguson more than six years ago. Marcus Rashford also won the Player of the Month award, meaning player and manager win the award – first time in eight years.

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Goalkeeper: David De Gea

Many players have signed new contracts recently but David De Gea seems to be the one who may be getting away. If I was a director at the club, De Gea would be the first player to get a new contract. He is the most important player in the team right now and he will be costly to replace. Liverpool and Chelsea have spent £66 million and £71 million to get a new goalkeeper and if United want a good one, keeping De Gea is the best option. Get his contract signed now, Ed Woodward!

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Defence: Ashley Young, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw

Fresh after Phil Jones signed a new long-term contract and with rumours suggesting that United are seeking a new defender this summer, which I will believe when I see, this is an important position in the team to get right. United have not kept many clean sheets this season and currently have three in six matches. Victor Lindelof does not seem to have travelled this weekend, leaving Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling to partner in the centre with Ashley Young and Luke Shaw in the fullback roles.

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Midfield: Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic

No matter what some may think, both Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera are the two players that do the work in midfield so Paul Pogba can play further forward. Andreas Pereira has been given a chance recently but he does not seem to be doing himself any favours to become the player many supporters seem to think he will become. Given that, both Herrera and Matic will probably get the nod again, although Scott McTominay seems to have travelled with the squad, so perhaps he will get the chance?

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Attacking Midfield: Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial

This is the most important area on the pitch at this moment in time, now that United are playing the attacking football we have craved for six years or more. Having Jesse Lingard in the team is a no-brainer based on what he offers his teammates, especially going forward. Even off the ball, he is a threat. Paul Pogba is the player that gets everything ticking in the team. His pass to Marcus Rashford against Leicester won the game. Anthony Martial may need to test himself with Alexis Sanchez fit and awaiting another chance to shine.

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Striker: Marcus Rashford

The most in-form striker at the club at this stage of the season. Marcus Rashford has gone from strength to strength in his time playing for United this season. This month will mark three years since he emerged in the first team after Anthony Martial sustained an injury in the UEFA Europa League clash against FC Midtjylland back in 2016. He has achieved a lot in such a short time. Rashford bleeds United and United need him to form a decent attacking lineup against Fulham.

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