Manchester United host Fulham in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday.
We start the weekend’s action eight points outside of the top four and winless in our last four Premier League games.
Fulham are bottom of the Premier League so anything less than a win could put Jose Mourinho’s job on the line, given our league position and form.
The boss has not been helped by a number of injuries this season. Jose may not be helped out this weekend because as many as seven first team players could be absent against the cottagers.
Defenders have been a key issue of late. Victor Lindelof has already been ruled out of this weekend’s game and could also miss the busy Christmas schedule with a muscle injury.
Jose confirmed at his pre-match press conference that fellow centre-backs Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are doubts for the game also.
Left-back Luke Shaw missed our 2-2 draw at home to Arsenal midweek after picking up a knock at former club Southampton last weekend. The England international is a doubt to face Fulham. In his place, Matteo Darmian was moved across the backline against the Gunners whilst Diogo Dlaot impressed on his full Premier League debut at right-back.
Antonio Valencia has been absent in recent weeks following his surgery and the boss has not given an update on the captain’s fitness. The Ecuadorian is unlikely to face Fulham following the performance of Dalot Wednesday and with Ashley Young available again following his suspension.
A hamstring injury is keeping Alexis Sanchez out until the New Year, whilst Anthony Martial picked up a knock midweek and was replaced just after the hour. Jose is waiting on the French international to fully recover in time for Saturday’s 15:00 GMT kickoff at Old Trafford.
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