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Manchester United v Fulham - Preview and possible lineups

Pin Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard celebrates his equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal. AFP
Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard celebrates his equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal. AFP

Manchester United v Fulham - Preview and possible lineups

Elliot Turnbull by Elliot Turnbull @rfutbol - 0 3,866

We take a look ahead to Saturday's clash between Manchester United and Fulham live from Old Trafford.

TEAM NEWS: 

Manchester United: United's medical staff will assess the fitness of Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones, who are all nursing injuries.

Ashley Young will miss the game (suspension), whereas Victor Lindelof and Alexis Sanchez remain out.

Fulham: Kevin McDonald and Floyd Ayite are expected to return from respective hamstring and groin injuries.

On-loan defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah is ineligible to face his parent club.

WHO IS SAYING WHAT?

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho: 

"I sat here a few weeks ago speaking about December month and no defeats.

"That's a reality: good fights, good spirit, but just one victory against Young Boys and three draws and we need points. But Fulham is the same, they need points."

Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri on Jose Mourinho: 

"He was the first who sent me a message to say welcome back. He is a very friendly friend.

"I know him for a long time, when he came to Chelsea and in Italy, and he was very polite with me. He's a great man, coach, manager."

Form: 

Did you know?

Manchester United have won 21 of their 23 home matches against Fulham in all competitions.

A defeat for the 'Red Devils' would result in their lowest points tally after 16 matches of a Premier League campaign.

'The Cottagers' could set a new club record of 20 top-flight fixtures without a clean sheet.

Possible lineups: 

Manchester United: 
De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Young; Matic, Herrera; Mata, Pogba, Rashford; Lukaku

Fulham: 
Rico; Christie, Odoi, Mawson, Le Marchand; Chambers, Seri; Schurrle, Cairney, Sessegnon; Mitrovic

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