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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. wormface
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Did Shaw look attacking at all ?

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Not really. Had a few crosses, but they were poor.

    2. QUEN
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Not really

    3. 4-4-who?
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Not much.

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Nope!

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

      Rarely does. In this system it's the right back that gets forward. Shaw must cover that left flank when Pogba and Martial push on the left.

      1. wormface
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Thanks lads . Mrs cancelled sky sports

        1. Vinyl78LP
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 7 days ago

          ...grounds for divorce?

      2. Son is Rising
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        good spot

  2. Vinyl78LP
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    TAA on bench 🙁 - I start him because he either starts or is out of the squad.

    1. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      I reckon he'll get just a few minutes. 🙁

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      I think he will get a cameo 🙁

    3. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      I thought there will be a cameo so benched but coming on anyway for rashford loll

  3. 4-4-who?
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    No Rashford. Get in Paul Pogba!

  4. Super Saints
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Will Rashford come on?

    1. QUEN
      1 month, 7 days ago

      No all subs used

    2. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Next week

    3. MTPockets
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      subs used up

  5. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Auba should have his flag till Wed/Thurs so maybe a drop or two.

    They could also hold his price though like they did with TAA.

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Depends if Mark has him.

  6. Top Lad Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    That is a weak, weak Arsenal side. Auba out and he doesn’t even put Ozil or Ramsey in the squad? Emery is a fraud lol.

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Ramsey must have a knock / illness as he was training yesterday. Ozil has been sidelined by Emery.

    2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Bring Arsene back lol

    3. teneighty
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Must not like winning. Poor trait as a coach.

  7. No Salah
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

    LOL, it’s a massacre out there:

    Auba, Rashford not playing
    Jota and TAA doubt

    Most probably won’t be able to field 11 players. Only positive is Pogba (vc)

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Trent will give you a point.

  8. sunzip14
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Schindler might get a Goal+CS against this Arsenal team 😛

    1. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Hope so, he's my first sub for Tomkins 🙂

  9. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Great, Mitro coming on for Rashford and he's about to get a yellow,

    1. Adam West - Team Serbia for…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      He is impossible to get rid of . It's a case of every week I am going to sell Mitro and he either has a decent fixture , I have bigger priorities or an injury . I might just resign myself to keeping him

  10. JHATM FC
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

    My money is on mitrovic

  11. teriyaki 69
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    looks like everyone has pogba

    1. The Tinkerman
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      I don’t 🙁

    2. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Bacially everyone

  12. The Tinkerman
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    No Rashford or Auba means I’m playing a 5-4-1 formation this week with Jiminez up top.

    1. JHATM FC
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Keep us in the loop

    2. Monkey Hanger
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      No Jimi would mean 3-4-0

  13. Ambrosiana Inter
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Nice Auba out

  14. Dazzrb
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Who’s gets captaincy if captain and vice captain both don’t play?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Nobody.

    2. TOPCAT1960
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      er ...no-one

    3. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Noone

    4. The Big Fella
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Nobody - you don't get double points for a player that week

    5. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Oh dear ......

    6. The Tinkerman
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Nobody

    7. The Tinkerman
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Auba C Rashford VC by any chance?

    8. BigRedDog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Highest scoring player

    9. Giggs-Tosun Particle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Rivals

    10. FDMS All Starz
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Auba and Rashford right lol

  15. The Big Fella
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Shite GW for me again. Rashford, Auba, TAA and Camarasa all benched or not in the squad meaning I am playing with 10 players again.

    1. Amey
      1 month, 7 days ago

      +1
      Also have Jota so it could be 9 😀

      1. 4-4-who?
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Yes, reckon Jota will be on the bench unfortunately. Would like him to be starting tbh

      2. The Big Fella
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Forgot to mention I have Ings too

  16. _sidney_will
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Come on Laca, punish all those who spent the extra 2m on Auba!

    1. Schafsalat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Those extre 2m and a -4 really don't seem worth it at the moment...

  17. Pierce34
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Aguero with 2348 transfers in this gameweek.

  18. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Mitro YC
    De Gea YC

  19. Top Lad Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Son needs a big haul this week man.

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      This

  20. Capoue Propper Mings
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Morata starts.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Athletico Madrid loss nailed on.

  21. evilfish
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    With the number of times I see 'Casuals win again.' posted, I'm thinking playing more casually is the way forward.

    1. Pierce34
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Casuals win most of the time according to this website 😀

      1. Pierce34
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Basically everyone doing better than you = casual.

    2. Goodish
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Casuals always win because they’re not wasting their lives on a fantasy football site.

  22. Giggs-Tosun Particle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    AWB and Fraser coming off the bench. Could be worse (famous last words)

    1. Son is Rising
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Puncheon and Bennett for me!

      1. Giggs-Tosun Particle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Puncheon Judy

  23. L'Aeroplanino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Looking at Utd's fixtures, there maybe rotations in one of GW28 or GW29:

    GW27 24/2 LIV
    GW28 27/2 cry
    GW29 2/3 SOU
    UCL 6/3 psg
    GW30 10/3 ars
    GW31 16/3 MCI (likely to be blank)

  24. Grounderz
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Two captains clashed.

  25. Misteak
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    It's a pretty damning indictment on Lukaku as a striker that he can't get on the scoresheet in a rout against Fulham. The best he can hope for is a return to Everton.

    1. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      If he leaves he'll go to a bigger club than Everton

      1. Misteak
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Any club bigger than Everton that buys him is foolish. He's West Ham quality.

    2. Adam West - Team Serbia for…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      He will probably struggle to get a move anywhere without taking a big pay cut

      1. Nose for baps
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Ole will keep him as a sub and change his position to right were he is good.

  26. seewhyaxe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    DDG looks like a very nice differential

  27. FDMS All Starz
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Is this worth a -4 hit?

    A) Start TAA, bench Richa (free)

    B) Richarlison & Kamara—> Puncheon & Auba (start Auba, bench TAA) (-4)

  28. BigRedDog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Bennett and AWB for Rash and Auba.. shet

  29. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Damn, choosing Sterling over Pogba for the armband hurts a little bit but theres always hope 😉

    1. Pierce34
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      I told you to captain Rashford 😛

      As for me, I have a feeling Lacazette will score double digits this week, and I'm going to look like a sheep buying him for next, when it was the plan all along!

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Haha, could haul alright but how bad at least Auba is out, one less big hitter to worry about. Would love a Salah blank this week 😉

  30. Capoue Propper Mings
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Reus at left back.