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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
    13 days, 16 hours ago

    I think Martial just earned a start against PSG.

    1. Sim Simma
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      13 days, 15 hours ago

      what about Kaku ?

    2. Random Name
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 15 hours ago

      Doesn't matter, PSG are roasting them either way

    3. HamezMace
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 15 hours ago

      Fair play to you GB, calling the United changes.

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        13 days, 15 hours ago

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

        1. HamezMace
          • 4 Years
          13 days, 15 hours 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
      13 days, 15 hours ago

      Can’t play vs his parents club.

      1. FDMS All Starz
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 15 hours ago

        Future parent club you mean

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          13 days, 15 hours ago

          Nah, his parents are PSG fans....

          1. Pras United
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            13 days, 15 hours ago

            Hahaha

    5. The Tinkerman
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 15 hours ago

      Lingard, Rashford and Martial id guess.

      1. Pishpott
          13 days, 15 hours ago

          Martial Rashford deffo, possibly Lukaku on the right.

          1. Pras United
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            13 days, 15 hours ago

            Jlingz on right - same as Spurs/Ars basically

            1. Giggs Boson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              13 days, 15 hours 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
          13 days, 15 hours ago

          Yep! 🙂

    6. Niho992
        13 days, 15 hours ago

        Assist this season :
        Jones 1
        Jorginho aka Italian Henderson 0

        1. Hy liverpool
          • 5 Years
          13 days, 15 hours ago

          Alexis maradona Sanchez 1 goal
          Mytip 1 goal

      • Garfield1001
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        13 days, 15 hours ago

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

        1. Random Name
          • 3 Years
          13 days, 15 hours ago

          and binned?

        2. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          13 days, 15 hours ago

          Played both and now even got Bennett coming on.

          Solid gold.

        3. LǝgleSs e|even
          • 3 Years
          13 days, 15 hours ago

          Played AWB, Digne coming on for Rashy

        4. F_Ivanovic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          13 days, 15 hours ago

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

      • Bam Bam Bigelow
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 15 hours ago

        Eddie Howe doesn't believe in buses

      • Forza Papac
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        13 days, 15 hours ago

        Ville Ronka did Pogba > Siggy last week

        1. The Tinkerman
          • 3 Years
          13 days, 15 hours ago

          For a hit, I think

        2. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          13 days, 15 hours ago

          Siggy hatty incoming....

        3. Limbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          13 days, 15 hours ago

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

      • Hy liverpool
        • 5 Years
        13 days, 15 hours ago

        Pva masterclass needed ..

        1. AuFeld
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          13 days, 15 hours ago

          Praying for a double digit haul.

      • Legend of Rosický
          13 days, 15 hours 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
              13 days, 15 hours ago

              also Jonny

            • pingissimus
                13 days, 15 hours 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
              • 1 Year
              13 days, 15 hours ago

              Leeds upto dirty tricks again?

            • Limbo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              13 days, 15 hours 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
              13 days, 15 hours ago

              Cmon Captain Salah!

              1. the dom 1
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                13 days, 15 hours ago

                This

              2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
                • 2 Years
                13 days, 15 hours ago

                This

            • Auboomerang
              • 1 Year
              13 days, 15 hours ago

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

              1. pingissimus
                  13 days, 15 hours 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.

              2. TAT
                • 1 Year
                13 days, 15 hours ago

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

                1. Random Name
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 15 hours ago

                  Even bigger after Lacazette's haul

                  1. TAT
                    • 1 Year
                    13 days, 15 hours ago

                    Wouldn't mind a Lacazette haul!

              3. Bubz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                13 days, 15 hours ago

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

              4. JohnRoss
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                13 days, 15 hours ago

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

                1. BigRedDog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  13 days, 15 hours ago

                  They had a bad relationship he sold him to Juventus

                2. Brosstan
                  • 4 Years
                  13 days, 15 hours 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.

              5. mo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                13 days, 15 hours ago

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

              6. Top Lad Dakes.
                • 2 Years
                13 days, 15 hours ago

                Salah, my capitan. Score a hatty or more 🙂

              7. Sedemuda
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                13 days, 15 hours ago

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

              8. JJO
                • 6 Years
                13 days, 15 hours ago

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

              9. elchilangles
                  13 days, 15 hours ago

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

                  1. F_Ivanovic
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    13 days, 15 hours ago

                    Yeah. Search for a certain bald streamer on twitter.

                • Nightf0x
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 15 hours 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
                  13 days, 14 hours ago

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