Jose Mourinho set to start big-game player against Liverpool

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Jose Mourino has a few tough selection decisions to make ahead of the massive clash with Liverpool on Monday.

Does he bring Wayne Rooney back into the starting line-up?

Does he replace Marcus Rashford with Anthony Martial on the left after his fine strike against Stoke?

Where does Paul Pogba play?

We’re not sure if the Portuguese boss already has the answers to those questions yet, but it seems he has already come to one conclusion about his starting-line.

According to Manchester Evening News, the Special One is set to hand Jesse Lingard a start against Liverpool with the 23-year-old regarded as his big-game player.

It certainly would be a surprise given that in United’s previous ‘big-game’ against Manchester City, Lingard was hauled off at half-time after a disappointing performance.

However, every time United have faced a tough match this season, Mourinho has called upon the midfielder to provide the side with energy.

He started the Community Shield against Leicester - scoring a magnificent individual goal - and, as mentioned, started against City last month.

He was then re-installed into the starting line-up for the league match against Leicester at Old Trafford, where the Red Devils won 4-1.

M.E.N seem to think that Mourinho will opt for Lingard once again at Anfield and pointed to the fact that he was the United player that was put forward by the club to preview the match with broadcasters this week.

But Lingard isn’t adored by United supporters just yet. His proficiency on social media and his constant ‘dabbing’ can frustrate the fans when he’s not performing on the pitch.

However, there’s no doubting that Mourinho trusts him with his ability to attack and defend - something that the manager considers very important.

While he’s got the choice of Rashford or Martial on the left, Mourinho has to decide between Lingard, Juan Mata or Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the right.

But, it seems that Lingard's work-rate could prove crucial in Mourinho’s decision-making, as he may have a lot of defending to do against Liverpool’s dangerous attackers.

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