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Rashford benched as Solskjaer makes six changes to the United XI

Gameweek 26 kicks off at 12:30 GMT as Fulham entertain Manchester United at Craven Cottage.

The headline team news concerns the benching of Marcus Rashford, who fails to start a Manchester United league match for the first time since Gameweek 13.

Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata are recalled up front as Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard make way, while Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Diogo Dalot replace Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Ashley Young at the back.

The United boss said of his team selection:

There’s a couple of niggles. Rashy got a dead leg against Leicester that he struggled with all week so we don’t want to risk him. Victor’s out, there’s not really a concern, I think he’ll be OK for Tuesday.

The visitors are still unbeaten under Solskjaer and have won all four of their away Premier League fixtures since the Norwegian took charge, keeping clean sheets in each of their last three matches on the road.

Despite their excellent defensive record on their travels since Solskjaer took the reigns, only two clubs have allowed more shots on target than United in their last four away days.

Pogba has only blanked in one of eight Premier League matches under the interim head coach.

Rashford had scored in every away league fixture since Solskjaer took over coming into this weekend.

Claudio Ranieri has made two changes to his side and has switched from a wing-back system to a back four.

Andre Schurrle and Luciano Vietto replace Cyrus Christie and Tom Cairney  in the hosts’ starting XI.

Ranieri had appeared to steady the ship at Fulham after his appointment but the Cottagers have conceded more goals and big chances in 2019 than any other side in the division.

The Cottagers are the only Premier League club without a clean sheet his calendar year.

Fulham XI (4-2-3-1): Rico, Odoi, Le Marchand, Ream, Bryan, Seri, Chambers, Schürrle, Babel, Vietto, Mitrovic.

Manchester United XI (4-3-3): De Gea, Dalot, Jones, Smalling, Shaw, Herrera, Matic, Pogba, Mata, Lukaku, Martial.

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  1. Giggs Boson.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 12 days ago

    I think Martial just earned a start against PSG.

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      what about Kaku ?

    2. RN - Laca 1-1 Liverpool 03/…
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Doesn't matter, PSG are roasting them either way

    3. HamezMace
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Fair play to you GB, calling the United changes.

      1. Giggs Boson.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        It's just the way Solskjaer thinks. He wants to win everything. Surprised Herrera stayed on so long tbh.

        1. HamezMace
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 12 days ago

          He’s a warrior though that boy, will play through brick walls for United. Underrated I think.

    4. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Can’t play vs his parents club.

      1. FDMS All Starz
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        Future parent club you mean

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 12 days ago

          Nah, his parents are PSG fans....

          1. Pras United
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 12 days ago

            Hahaha

    5. The Tinkerman
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 12 days ago

      Lingard, Rashford and Martial id guess.

      1. Pishpott
          5 months, 12 days ago

          Martial Rashford deffo, possibly Lukaku on the right.

          1. Pras United
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 12 days ago

            Jlingz on right - same as Spurs/Ars basically

            1. Giggs Boson.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 12 days ago

              Could be Lingz as a false 9 with Rash on the right. That worked well against Arsenal.

        • Giggs Boson.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 12 days ago

          Yep! 🙂

    6. Niho992
        5 months, 12 days ago

        Assist this season :
        Jones 1
        Jorginho aka Italian Henderson 0

        1. Hy liverpool
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 12 days ago

          Alexis maradona Sanchez 1 goal
          Mytip 1 goal

      • Garfield1001
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        Those with AWB and Digne - who have you played and benched?

        1. RN - Laca 1-1 Liverpool 03/…
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 12 days ago

          and binned?

        2. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 12 days ago

          Played both and now even got Bennett coming on.

          Solid gold.

        3. LǝgleSs e|even
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 12 days ago

          Played AWB, Digne coming on for Rashy

        4. F_Ivanovic
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 12 days ago

          Played Digne but AWB coming on anyway since Rashford didn't play (or TAA for that matter)

      • Bam Bam Bigelow
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        Eddie Howe doesn't believe in buses

      • Forza Papac
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        Ville Ronka did Pogba > Siggy last week

        1. The Tinkerman
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 12 days ago

          For a hit, I think

        2. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 12 days ago

          Siggy hatty incoming....

        3. Limbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 12 days ago

          DGW's can be utterly deadly. I did Sterling in for Hazard.

      • Hy liverpool
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        Pva masterclass needed ..

        1. AuFeld
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 12 days ago

          Praying for a double digit haul.

      • Legend of Rosický
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 12 days ago

        Which budget defender up to 4.6m is best to bring in for Kiko? currently considering Schar, Lascelles, Bamba and ecuele manga

        1. Legend of Rosický
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 12 days ago

          also Jonny

        2. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 months, 12 days ago

          Look at Clyne if he can be benched. Cook is another Bournemouth option but unlikely to get attacking returns.

          Next week is ok then they have a horror run. They’ll come into their own from 30 on with good games in blanks 31/3. A decent long term investment and you don’t really want to swap budget defenders.

      • Rash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        Leeds upto dirty tricks again?

      • Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        https://i.imgur.com/Cz2EfmR.png

        Just in case you hadn't clocked it.

        Schmeichel and Periera is tempting for the run in (Ederson + Digne)

      • LǝgleSs e|even
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        Cmon Captain Salah!

        1. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 12 days ago

          This

        2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 12 days ago

          This

      • Doge
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 12 days ago

        Bit gutted that Batshuayi is on the bench. Thought he would've started this one.

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 months, 12 days ago

          Tbf that was at best 50:50. Roy is very conservative in bringing in new players. Guaita had to wait an age.

          Also Benteke Zaha Bat and Townsend is almost 4:2:4 - not his style at all really. He’ll get game time but starts will depend on how Benteke goes in the short term anyway.

      • TAT
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 12 days ago

        Laporte and Puncheon on for Rash and Auba. Wonder how massive the red arrow will be this GW…

        1. RN - Laca 1-1 Liverpool 03/…
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 12 days ago

          Even bigger after Lacazette's haul

          1. TAT
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 12 days ago

            Wouldn't mind a Lacazette haul!

      • Bubz
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        Put Bednarek in front of Digne on my bench. Have a feeling I am going to regret that

      • JohnRoss
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        I wonder how Fergie and Pogba would have got on...? Probably wouldn't have signed him so a bit academic really

        1. BigRedDog
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 12 days ago

          They had a bad relationship he sold him to Juventus

        2. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 12 days ago

          Is this a joke? SAF was manager when Pogba was sold to Juve. SAF wanted to ease Pogba into the first team slowly, despite his talent. Mina "twa t" Raiola convinced him that was too slow and that he deserved a first team wage quicker, so he ended up leaving.

      • mo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        afternoon all. where are people watching the 3pm games nowadays. firstrow and reddit down for me 🙁

      • Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        Salah, my capitan. Score a hatty or more 🙂

      • Sedemuda
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        3.5k already brought Aguero in since the deadline for a blank GW.

      • JJO
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 12 days ago

        TAA will surely be subbed on
        To get some get time before CL game
        Or fully protected and saved for that next game ?

      • elchilangles
          5 months, 12 days ago

          the soccer streams sub-reddit has been deleted! Any ideas where else to find the matches online????

          1. F_Ivanovic
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 12 days ago

            Yeah. Search for a certain bald streamer on twitter.

        • Nightf0x
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 12 days ago

          Which?

          A) button to boruc, play with 11
          B) sane out, play with 10
          C) lovren to periera, play with 10

        • Says
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 12 days ago

          I love that Kyle Martino's hair has its own twitter account https://twitter.com/kylemartinohair