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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. Ownership Tactician
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    11 months, 11 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. Ownership Tactician
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      11 months, 11 days ago

      Shocking sentence structure, but you get my point

    2. diesel001
        11 months, 11 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
          11 months, 11 days ago

          spot on

      • FULHAM 4 LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        11 months, 11 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
      11 months, 11 days ago

      I love you Valencia!

    4. TaiwanHC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      11 months, 11 days ago

      Baines --> Valencia now or wait?

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        11 months, 11 days ago

        Whats the benefit of doing it now?

      2. Super Saints
          11 months, 11 days ago

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

      3. Captain Choice - Ag imirt &…
          11 months, 11 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
            11 months, 11 days ago

            Enjoy it whilst it lasts

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          11 months, 11 days ago

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

          1. FULHAM 4 LIFE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            11 months, 11 days ago

            sobby little git. He is a colossal pr*ck

        • ANISH_T28
            11 months, 11 days ago

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

            1. Holmes
                11 months, 11 days ago

                60 plus

              • Numb
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                11 months, 11 days ago

                Will be high this week. 70 something?

            2. Ownership Tactician
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              11 months, 11 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
                11 months, 11 days ago

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

              2. Scholes Balls
                  11 months, 11 days ago

                  dude chill

                • diesel001
                    11 months, 11 days ago

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

                  • Granville
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    11 months, 11 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
                        11 months, 11 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
                          11 months, 11 days ago

                          Not from just outside his own box

                          1. Grounderz
                              11 months, 11 days ago

                              🙄

                      • Garlana
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        11 months, 11 days ago

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

                        1. Garlana
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          11 months, 11 days ago

                          Or atleast draw*

                    2. Scholes Balls
                        11 months, 11 days ago

                        Why is walker still flagged ?!?

                        1. luke the elneny enthusiast
                            11 months, 11 days ago

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

                        2. Bazzalona
                            11 months, 11 days ago

                            Jose's alphabets a bit astray.

                          • HVT
                              11 months, 11 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
                                  11 months, 11 days ago

                                  Valencia is a strong guy.

                                • Carpe Diem
                                    11 months, 11 days ago

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

                                    1. HVT
                                        11 months, 11 days ago

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

                                    2. FULHAM 4 LIFE
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      11 months, 11 days ago

                                      can see them being knocked out to Anderlecht

                                      1. Numb
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        11 months, 11 days ago

                                        Nah, that's a great draw

                                      2. HVT
                                          11 months, 11 days ago

                                          Have you seen Belgian football of late?
                                          Poor mate

                                      3. Lawrø ⭐
                                          11 months, 11 days ago

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

                                          1. Numb
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            11 months, 11 days ago

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

                                            1. HVT
                                                11 months, 11 days ago

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

                                              • Lawrø ⭐
                                                  11 months, 11 days ago

                                                  A man can dream, never trust Jose 😉

                                          2. Netley Lucas
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            11 months, 11 days ago

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

                                            1. Shifty
                                                11 months, 11 days ago

                                                had him for every one of them 🙂

                                            2. Doggenham
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              11 months, 11 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
                                                11 months, 11 days ago

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

                                            3. HuttonDressedasLahm
                                                11 months, 11 days ago

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

                                              • Egyptian Giza
                                                  11 months, 11 days ago

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

                                                • JJJ
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  11 months, 11 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. U wot m8
                                                      11 months, 11 days ago

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

                                                  2. tm245
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    11 months, 11 days ago

                                                    Is Ibra back in 30 or suspended until 31?

                                                    1. MTPockets
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      11 months, 11 days ago

                                                      31

                                                      1. tm245
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        11 months, 11 days ago

                                                        Cheers.

                                                  3. v_keithe
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    11 months, 11 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. Polka Wakey O'Dot
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      11 months, 11 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
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        11 months, 11 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

                                                  4. luke the elneny enthusiast
                                                      11 months, 11 days ago

                                                      SONALDO to get 2 goals and an assist

                                                    • ZeBestee
                                                        11 months, 11 days ago

                                                        first time made 100% right calls on big hits

                                                        Brought in Vardy, Sanchez, King and Valencia

                                                      • EDEN THE MAN
                                                          11 months, 11 days ago

                                                          62 with Mane, Coutinho and Walker to go.

                                                          Will I make the cup qualification?

                                                        • El cafetero
                                                            11 months, 11 days ago

                                                            why doesn't Valencia have baps

                                                          • DoubleC
                                                              11 months, 11 days ago

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

                                                            • Bartowski
                                                                11 months, 11 days ago

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

                                                              • EDEN THE MAN
                                                                  11 months, 11 days ago

                                                                  ALLI or ERIKSEN.

                                                                  Eriksen means I can definitely get Kane when he returns