MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Antonio Valencia starts for Manchester United in their Barclays Premier League clash against Fulham on Monday.
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Valencia has been making a huge difference for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side since returning from injury and manager believes he will be a key factor in the Red Devils’ push to repeat as champions.
Also starting for Manchester United are Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck, who start in the attack, with Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans starting at the central defensive positions.
Ryan Giggs and Michael were amongst the starters in midfield. Dimitar Berbatov is on the bench, but there was no Paul Pogba.
Manchester United can go three-points clear at the top with a win tonight after Manchester City played to a 1-1 draw with Stoke City at the weekend. Both team’s are currently on 70 points, with City ahead on goal-difference.
Meanwhile, Martin Jol’s Fulham side heads to Old Trafford on a poor run of form, following the back of back-to-back defeats to Fulham and Swansea.
Manchester United v Fulham Teams
Manchester United: De Gea, Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Rafael, Carrick, Giggs, Valencia, Rooney, Young, Welbeck.
Subs: Amos, Jones, Berbatov, Smalling, Hernandez, Scholes, Cleverley
Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Duff, Dembele, Diarra, Frei, Pogrebnyak, Dempsey
Subs: Stockdale, Ruiz, Murphy, Senderos, Etuhu, Briggs, Trotta
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)