Three players that must start for Manchester United against Arsenal

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We take a look at three players David Moyes must start with at Arsenal in order to get a much needed three points.

Manchester United players, supporters and management staff were all left despondent after Fulham's Darren Bent scored with the last chance of the game to snatch a point at Old Trafford in yesterday's match.

Despite controlling the Premier League's bottom side for large periods of the game, it was all thrown away due to mistakes and lack of concentration in key areas.

The first Fulham goal came from schoolboy tracking and marking, as former Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell pealed off a ball-watching Darren Fletcher to walk through a poorly organised United defence to get a toe on to an exquisite Lewis Holtby lofted ball.

If that wasn't bad enough, the second Fulham goal conceded in the 94th minute was a real eye-opener.

A daydreaming Nemanja Vidic looked as if he already had his mind on what he was having for tea later that night, made a ridiculously poor clearance straight to the feet of an onrushing Steve Sidwell. The Man of the Match winner found Kieran Richardson who saw his saved shot fall comfortably to Darren Bent who headed the equalising goal.

One of the more staggering statistics from the game was the amount of crosses United put in against Fulham, however, the lack of accuracy behind them proved to be a major issue. Ashley Young in particular tried 15 crosses in the game but only saw one land accurately - which points to wasteful play. 

Therefore, my fall guys for the match against Arsenal would be Vidic, Fletcher and Young with Januzaj, Jones and Kagawa coming into the fray.

Nemanja Vidic has already expressed his desire to leave Manchester United and with the emphasis being set on next season now, it seems strange to keep him in the side when other players are available.

I would attempt at blooding in the Smalling-Jones partnership which has been planned for United and England for years to come. A huge test against Arsenal would give them the perfect platform to work from.

In central-midfielder another ball-watching performance from Fletcher would be subjected to more punishment, therefore given the emphasis Arsenal put on their central-midfield area, playing Wayne Rooney alongside Carrick would add a bit more bite and energy for United to prevent Arsenal attacks. After all, it was Rooney who made the most tackles for the team in the game against Fulham.

In the place of Rooney in the attacking three, I would offer Shinji Kagawa a chance to once again prove himself on the big occasion.

And finally, the more obvious one is bringing back influential 19-year-old Adnan Januzaj in to replace Ashley Young in the United starting 11. The obvious reason is his creative threat, which carries more substance than Ashley Young's and as chances are likely to be few and far between, the quality must be near perfect.  

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