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The Dugout Discussion – Middlesbrough vs Manchester United

We drop by the Riverside in the first of three Sunday fixtures before yet another international break is thrust upon us.

Middlesbrough attempt to regroup after parting company with Aitor Karanka, as the Teesside team look to improve a dire run of form that has harvested two goals in their previous eight Premier League matches.

United are, of course, without the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with Marcus Rashford leading the line as the big Swede serves the second of a three-match ban.

Despite being without Paul Pogba due to a hamstring problem, Jose Mourinho has opted to bench Henrikh Mkhitaryan for today’s clash, frustrating the 17,000+ who drafted in the Armenian for this one.

Juan Mata – with two goals in his last three league appearances – potentially has the chance to play his way into Fantasy managers’ plans as United prepare to face 11 league matches in the remaining nine rounds of fixtures.

At the back, Antonio Valencia has been transferred in by over 57,000 FPL managers this week – three assists and a trio of clean sheets in United’s last six league matches highlight the Ecuadorian’s points potential at both ends of the pitch.

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  1. Conor McGregor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 8 days ago

    People saying every Valencia owner is lucky. He is an attacking player in a solid defensive team who play Boro who are one of the worst attacking teams. It's not like they got some bum who hauled. Envy and jealousy man smh

    1. Conor McGregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Shocking sentence structure, but you get my point

    2. diesel001
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Valencia first goal since the beginning of 2014 and a GK error. That is lucky

        1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 8 days ago

          spot on

      • FULHAM 4 LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 8 days ago

        well, up until the 92nd minute he was on 2. So just annoyed he got 8

    3. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 8 days ago

      I love you Valencia!

    4. TaiwanHC
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Baines --> Valencia now or wait?

        1. Rainer
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Whats the benefit of doing it now?

          • Super Saints
              2 months, 8 days ago

              I did it last night to catch the price rise, if not rising again then wait.

          • Ag imirt 'pelle' …
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Delighted Ireland beat England, in the rugby Dubs draw with Kerry, fpl team skyrocketing.... valencia jammy joke is the icing on the cake

              1. Sim Simma
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Enjoy it whilst it lasts

            • Rainer
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Wow! Jose wants to talk about the game today? Thats nice.

                1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  sobby little git. He is a colossal pr*ck

              • ANISH_T28
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  What do we think will be the threshold to make the FFS Cup

                  1. Holmes
                      2 months, 8 days ago

                      60 plus

                    • Numb
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      2 months, 8 days ago

                      Will be high this week. 70 something?

                  2. Conor McGregor
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 months, 8 days ago

                    To all saying Valencia was lucky with Lukaku (c)... was Lukaku's 2nd goal lucky?

                    1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      2 months, 8 days ago

                      not at all. He made the goal, Valdez made the Valencia goal

                    2. Scholes Balls
                        2 months, 8 days ago

                        dude chill

                      • diesel001
                          2 months, 8 days ago

                          Loads of luck in FPL. Sometimes it goes for you. Sometimes against you.

                        • Granville
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          2 months, 8 days ago

                          In the sphere of mistakes, Lukaku's second goal was a fairly common one. In all the years of watching football, I've never seen a goal like that.

                          1. Grounderz
                              2 months, 8 days ago

                              I believe Heurelho Gomes did something like that last season as well. Have you not seen it yet?

                              1. Granville
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • Has Moderation Rights
                                2 months, 8 days ago

                                Not from just outside his own box

                                1. Grounderz
                                    2 months, 8 days ago

                                    🙄

                            • Garlana
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              2 months, 8 days ago

                              Valdes obviously thought, win the game or get some fantasy points off his Valencia pick.

                              1. Garlana
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                2 months, 8 days ago

                                Or atleast draw*

                          2. Scholes Balls
                              2 months, 8 days ago

                              Why is walker still flagged ?!?

                              1. luke the elneny enthusiast
                                  2 months, 8 days ago

                                  Because poch said he was a doubt. I was about to bench him but I knew walkers a tough dude

                              2. Bazzalona
                                  2 months, 8 days ago

                                  Jose's alphabets a bit astray.

                                • HVT
                                    2 months, 8 days ago

                                    The United Schedule-screams Rotation city!

                                    Manchester United fixture list

                                    April

                                    1 - West Brom (h) - 3pm

                                    4 - Everton (h) - 8pm

                                    9 - Sunderland (a) - 1:30pm

                                    13 - Anderlecht (a)

                                    16 - Chelsea (h) 4pm

                                    20 - Anderlecht (h)

                                    23 - Burnley (a) 2:15pm

                                    27 - Manchester City (a) 7.45pm

                                    30 - Swansea (h) 12pm

                                    May

                                    4 - Europa League semi-final first-leg

                                    6 - Arsenal (a)

                                    11 - Europa League semi-final second-leg

                                    13 - Tottenham (a)

                                    16/17 - FREE - Possible Premier League fixture

                                    21 - Crystal Palace (h)

                                    24 - Europa League final

                                    1. FALCAO & MOU
                                        2 months, 8 days ago

                                        Valencia is a strong guy.

                                      • Carpe Diem
                                          2 months, 8 days ago

                                          You obviously don't know Mourinho if you think it will be rotation city.

                                          1. HVT
                                              2 months, 8 days ago

                                              Tbf he's unpredictable with United line ups this season CD.

                                          2. FULHAM 4 LIFE
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            2 months, 8 days ago

                                            can see them being knocked out to Anderlecht

                                            1. Numb
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              2 months, 8 days ago

                                              Nah, that's a great draw

                                            2. HVT
                                                2 months, 8 days ago

                                                Have you seen Belgian football of late?
                                                Poor mate

                                            3. Lawro
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              2 months, 8 days ago

                                              Fosu-Mensah and Darmian waiting in the wings...

                                              1. Numb
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                2 months, 8 days ago

                                                Don't think Valencia will bet rotated, he's a machine

                                                1. HVT
                                                    2 months, 8 days ago

                                                    I reckons he and DDG are about the only 2 in the league. (Defence)

                                                  • Lawro
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    2 months, 8 days ago

                                                    A man can dream, never trust Jose 😉

                                            4. Netley Lucas
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              2 months, 8 days ago

                                              1 goal, 3 assists, 4 c/s's in last 8... V

                                              1. Shifty
                                                  2 months, 8 days ago

                                                  had him for every one of them 🙂

                                              2. Doggenham
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                2 months, 8 days ago

                                                Does anyone know if Gabby is playing for Italy over Intl break should I wait to bring him in ? Ideally would do for Kane tonight.

                                                1. MTPockets
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  2 months, 8 days ago

                                                  He's in the squad. Don't know enough (anything) about first 11 to know about likely minutes.

                                              3. HuttonDressedasLahm
                                                  2 months, 8 days ago

                                                  Stay safe Gabbiadini
                                                  Oh, and get rid of that Walker CS too please

                                                • Egyptian Giza
                                                    2 months, 8 days ago

                                                    I reckon you need 200 points to enter the FFS cup. Incoming hatricks from Son, Alli & Eriksen

                                                  • Tenacious Toffee
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    2 months, 8 days ago

                                                    Morihno-
                                                    "We do not have A B C D E F G but we do have L M N S O P."

                                                    ????? HA 😉

                                                    1. Poveglia
                                                        2 months, 8 days ago

                                                        More drivel spewing out his gob. I'm with Roy Keane

                                                    2. tm245
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      2 months, 8 days ago

                                                      Is Ibra back in 30 or suspended until 31?

                                                      1. MTPockets
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        2 months, 8 days ago

                                                        31

                                                        1. tm245
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          2 months, 8 days ago

                                                          Cheers.

                                                    3. v_keithe
                                                        2 months, 8 days ago

                                                        Had to take a risk this week and WC because my ML leader by 86 points had virtually the same team, still has WC and BB so there was no way I catch him

                                                        Played 4 5 1 and just got to 82 thanks to Valencia with Son, Alli, Vertongen and Mane to play, looks like ill make 30 points back. Early wildcard can work but some careful management needed for doubles from here on in

                                                        1. Yes Ndidi O'Wakey
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          2 months, 8 days ago

                                                          I'm nearly 100 pts ahead in my ML and have pulled the same "cover" stunt on my rival. His turn to move now.

                                                          1. v_keithe
                                                              2 months, 8 days ago

                                                              First time I've ever had to chase, much easier sitting pretty at the top. Congrats to you, 100 points difficult to overturn without huge slices of luck at this stage. Yours to lose

                                                        2. luke the elneny enthusiast
                                                            2 months, 8 days ago

                                                            SONALDO to get 2 goals and an assist

                                                          • ZeBest
                                                              2 months, 8 days ago

                                                              first time made 100% right calls on big hits

                                                              Brought in Vardy, Sanchez, King and Valencia

                                                            • EDEN THE MAN
                                                                2 months, 8 days ago

                                                                62 with Mane, Coutinho and Walker to go.

                                                                Will I make the cup qualification?

                                                              • HAWWY RINKS
                                                                  2 months, 8 days ago

                                                                  why doesn't Valencia have baps

                                                                • DoubleC
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  2 months, 8 days ago

                                                                  Need Son and Aguero to do nothing today. Mane and Alli to rip it up

                                                                • Bartowski
                                                                    2 months, 8 days ago

                                                                    That Spurs first team is great (with Kane) but you look at their bench and its pretty slim pickings.

                                                                  • EDEN THE MAN
                                                                      2 months, 8 days ago

                                                                      ALLI or ERIKSEN.

                                                                      Eriksen means I can definitely get Kane when he returns