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Manchester United: Picking the Red Devils' Starting XI to Beat Fulham

Bimersha GautamCorrespondent IIIMarch 22, 2012

Manchester United: Picking the Red Devils' Starting XI to Beat Fulham

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    Manchester City, after an emphatic come-from-behind win over Chelsea, have closed the deficit at the top of the Premier League to a mere point. 

    On Monday, Manchester United entertain Fulham at Old Trafford, and they will be looking to walk away with all three points to maintain their lead over their cross-town rivals. 

    While United thrashed Fulham by five goals to nil in a fixture earlier in the season, Fulham can be a tough opposition. The Cottagers have held both Chelsea and Manchester City in the past and have defeated Arsenal and Liverpool.  

    Here's picking Manchester United's starting 11 for the game. 

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

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    Sir Alex Ferguson's goalkeeping choices remain limited with Anders Lindegaard sidelined due to injury. However, even if he were fit, I'd expect David de Gea to be given the nod. 

    De Gea has been excellent for the past several games, and it seems he has grown in stature and in confidence. 

Defenders

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    Fabio

    Patrice Evra has been deteriorating in form, and I am going to go with Fabio to start over him. 


    Rio Ferdinand

    Rio Ferdinand is another veteran who seems to be wavering in form. However, I think he will be the first choice for this game. He will also captain the side in Evra's absence. 

     

    Jonny Evans

    Jonny Evans has been a great defender thus far, and he will be picked to partner Ferdinand.

     

    Rafael

    Rafael will surely start at right back, as he has been immense after coming back from injury. He also combines well with Antonio Valencia on the right flank. 

Midfielders

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    Ashley Young

    Expect Ashley Young to operate on the left flank and make incisive passes towards the center. 

     

    Paul Pogba

    Although it seems that Paul Scholes will most definitely enjoy another 90 minutes during this game, Paul Pogba will be picked for this game ahead of him as long as his passing stays as exceptional as it was in last week's match against Wolverhampton. 

    Pogba remains a dilemma, but more playing time for the Frenchman might be beneficial to both parties.  

     

    Michael Carrick

    One of United's best players, Michael Carrick, in all likelihood will be started. His exceptional passing and vision will come in handy against Fulham. 

     

    Antonio Valencia

    Antonio Valencia is having a tremendous season so far. He has established himself as one of the best right wingers in the league and will be a tremendous presence again in the game against Fulham. 

Strikers

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    Wayne Rooney

    Expect Wayne Rooney to put in an exceptional performance and terrorize the Fulham defense. 

     

    Javier Hernandez

    The little pea put in a superb performance last week against Wolverhampton, netting two goals. He will, in all likelihood, start over Danny Welbeck this week.

Substitutes

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    The following players will be the substitutes:

    Ben Amos

    Chris Smalling

    Patrice Evra

    Phil Jones

    Luis Nani

    Paul Scholes

    Danny Welbeck

     

    What do you think of the line up? Please leave your opinions. 

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