CONFIRMED Manchester United and Arsenal Lineup: Plenty of changes

Silvia Morton
December 8, 2018

Diogo Dalot has warned Manchester United that Fulham's visit to Old Trafford does not represent an easy chance to get back on track but insists Jose Mourinho is the man to guide his struggling team back into the top four.

The England worldwide made headlines recently after scoring the crucial equaliser in his side's 2-2 draw with rivals Arsenal at Old Trafford - his first goal of the season. We got a bit excited and tried to rush forward where we shouldn't have.

United now head into the thick of their festive fixtures with Fulham on Saturday, beginning a run of seven games in 26 days.

The 25-year-old established himself as a key player for club and country last season as Jose Mourinho's men finished Premier League and FA Cup runners-up, before helping England reach the World Cup semi-finals. Just three days after thrashing North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 at the Emirates, Arsenal came into the game at Old Trafford brimming with confidence.

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The Welsh worldwide will need to be assessed but it seems highly unlikely he'll be available this weekend as he was badly limping at Old Trafford so Ozil's continued absence would leave us low on options in the attacking midfield department.

And a clause in Mourinho's contract means it will cost United less to sack the Portuguese if they are not in the Champions League. "For example the last two matches against teams like us, their mind is to be in the top four, I think the team - not for 90 minutes because it's impossible to do it for 90 minutes - but more or less we control a lot of minutes in these matches". "For me, it is very good". Now we have to think game by game and try to win a lot of matches because this period is very important. Every day we are working with the movies and with tactical moments on the pitch before the matches, we are repeating that. After 15 games last season, City led by eight points from Manchester United.

It was the first United-Arsenal game since 1986 that did not have either United manager Alex Ferguson or ex-Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger in the dugout.

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