Scout Notes

More pre-season problems for Man United as Liverpool dominate

There were contrasting fortunes for Manchester United and Liverpool in their pre-season meeting this weekend.

While Jurgen Klopp’s side once again looked like a team worth trusting with Fantasy Premier League investment, the reasons to avoid Manchester United continue to grow.

We’ve taken a look at the big clash for Scout Notes…

Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool

  • Goals: Andreas Pereira | Sadio Mané (£9.5m), Daniel Sturridge (£6.0m), Sheyi Ojo, Xherdan Shaqiri (£7.5m)
  • Assists: None | Mohamed Salah (£13.0m), Shaqiri, Andrew Robertson (£6.0m), Ben Woodburn

Manchester United’s defensive woes worsened over the weekend as they were thrashed 4-1 by Liverpool in Michigan. Chris Smalling (£6.0m) pulled up in the warm-up and was forced out of the game, while Luke Shaw (£5.0m) sat out the match too. That meant that Eric Bailly (£5.5m) had to play in the meeting while carrying an injury himself, and Jose Mourinho also revealed that Nemanja Matic (£5.0m) would miss the start of the season.

“Smalling? I’ve no idea (about a return). Shaw? I’ve no idea. Matic had a surgery. Yes, of course (he is out for the start of the season). I don’t know (about a return). He came from the World Cup with an injury and the time he had to rest in the holiday was not enough to resolve the problem.”

Such a slew of injuries could seriously damage United’s clean sheet prospects for the beginning of the season with Antonio Valencia (£6.5m) potentially out for a month, Diogo Dalot (£5.5m) not available until September and Marcos Rojo (£5.0m) and Matteo Darmian (£5.0m) destined for exits. There hasn’t been too much interest in the Red Devil’s defenders thus far, Bailly the most popular with just 5.8 percent backing. However, David De Gea (£6.0m) has become the most fashionable shot stopper and he could be set for some sales in the coming days. Since Friday, the Spaniard has already lost 0.4 percent ownership, with Ederson (£5.5m) or Alisson Becker (£5.5m) potential alternatives to the United man.

Man United were equally poor at the opposite end of the field, mustering just three shots on goal. One of those was Andreas Pereira’s impressive first-half free-kick but forward players Alexis Sánchez (£10.5m) and Juan Mata (£6.5m) were starved of service playing in front of a second-string midfield. Anthony Martial (£7.5m) was not involved again and it looks as if the problems are mounting for Mourinho, which may put Fantasy managers off owning United assets.

“Antonio Valencia comes from holiday – I think too much holiday for him. His condition was not good when he was back, then injury and also go back. Anthony Martial has the baby and after the baby is born – beautiful baby, full of health, thank God – he should be here and he is not here. So we have Alexis (Sanchez) and (Juan) Mata who play every minute of every match and now we have Real Madrid and after that Bayern Munich and that’s our start.”

On the other hand, Liverpool demonstrated their credentials for Gameweek 1 investment with another strong performance. Of particular note was Sadio Mané dispatching his second penalty-kick of pre-season, despite the fact that Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) had won it. Also on the pitch at the time was James Milner (5.5m), long-time taker, and Fabinho (£6.0m) whose history suggested he could be in the conversation. The fact that they did not step up for this one does imply that the Senegalese forward could be set to take spot kicks in the league this season. Salah’s penalty record at Liverpool is scored one, missed one, while Roberto Firmino (£9.5m) has missed two from three he has taken.

Xherdan Shaqiri (£7.5m) put on another good display which could see him force his way into the starting line-up earlier than expected, especially with Firmino still absent. The Swiss international played in an advanced role against Manchester United providing an assist and scoring a spectacular bicycle kick in the second-half. Also pushing for first-team involvement is Daniel Sturridge (£6.0m) whose substitute appearance in this match provided his fourth goal of pre-season – no Liverpool player has more so far.

The battle between Joe Gomez (£5.0m) and Ragnar Klavan (£4.5m) to start at centre-back alongside Virgil van Dijk (£6.0m) for Gameweek 1 was not furthered by this particular match. Gomez started Liverpool’s previous encounter with Klavan replacing him at half-time, this time around it was the Estonian who got the nod from the beginning. He played 45 minutes before Nathaniel Phillips came on for him while Gomez replaced van Dijk in the 65th minute. We will definitely need to follow this situation more throughout the summer.

MANCHESTER UNITED XI (3-5-1-1): Grant (J Pereira 45’); Fosu-Mensah, Bailly, Tuanzebe (Gomes 81’); Mitchell (Fred 71’), McTominay, A Pereira, Herrera (Bohui 81’), Darmian; Mata (Chong 71’), Sánchez (Williams 81’).

LIVERPOOL XI (4-3-3): Grabara (Kelleher 45’); Moreno (Robertson 65’), Klavan (Phillips 45’), van Dijk (Gomez 65’), Camacho (Chrivella 65’); Lallana (Woodburn 45’), Fabinho (Jones 65’), Milner (Grujic 65’); Mané (Ojo 45’), Solanke (Sturridge 65’), Salah (Shaqiri 45’).

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1,342 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Kristobal
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Why all love for Robbo here? Was he even nailed on last season? Is he nailed on this season with Moreno also on left back? Points magnet?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      he s very offensive and will play most games. i d still go vvd more nailed

      1. Kristobal
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        My though also. I am a bit torn between them.

      2. Kristobal
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Sounds good!

    2. Misteak
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      When he got a run of games he was brilliant. Incredibly attacking and looks so much better than Moreno, who really only should play if Rob gets injured

      1. Kristobal
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Sounds really good!

    3. Hurry Can
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Well he gets 2 assist this pre season I think. attacking + cs potential, what not to like beside 6.0m?

      1. Kristobal
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        I agree 🙂

  2. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    does anyone have Salah AND 2 premium forwards ?? and if so, who ?

    1. GOODBYE KAPTAIN KANE
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Salah, Kane and Aguero

    2. Marmalade Forest
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 15 days ago

      My three premiums are PEA, Bobby and Sane (to KDB). Got a solid side, strong defence and a bit of a bench.

      Tried a team with Kane, Salah and Sanchez. It was poo.

    3. Hurry Can
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Salah, Kane, Lacazette... Kane, Laca could be Aguero, Auba

    4. Rust Cohle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 15 days ago

      No. Waste of funds in my opinion. Funds could be used on better value and equal or better points outside the forward line.

  3. OneMan
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Anyone fancy Schurrle to do well for Fulham. Is he a bargain @6m ?

    1. Hurry Can
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 15 days ago

      On mu watchlist but not to start with.

  4. ForEvra Young
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Eriksen or Sanchez?

    1. Misteak
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Eriksen unless Sanchez starts exploding, which, considering he plays in a Mourinho team, doesn't seem likely.

    2. Hurry Can
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Eriksen

  5. Bridge Burner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Neves or Cairney please? And, Daniels or another 4.5 starting defender.

    Cheeers

    1. GOODBYE KAPTAIN KANE
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Cairney and Doherty

    2. Hurry Can
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 15 days ago

      I have Neves atm, Costa seem more nailed on but afraid have to use my 4.5m mid every game.

  6. Hurry Can
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 15 days ago

    RMT

    Ederson (Stekelenburg)
    Bailly, D.Luiz, Robbo (Bednarek, W-B)
    Salah, Mahrez, Richarlison, Costa (Stephens)
    Aguero, Zaha, Lacazette

  7. V for viduka
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Guys, TAA or Joe Gomez?

    1. tm370
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Neither

  8. tm370
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    This is my most balanced side so far. Also considering Sane out for Mahrez depending on the injury news and an upgrade in defence.

    Begovic
    Robertson, Daniels, Holebas
    Schurlle, Sane, Mane, Richarlison, Eriksen
    Aguero, Firmino

    Fabianski, Mendy, Peltier, Kamara

  9. mpatel721
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Rate my team (1)
    Fabianski (Speroni)
    Bellerin, Cedric, Bailly, Zabaleta, (Malone)
    Salah, Sane, Mkhitaryan, Son, (Puncheon)
    Aubameyang, Firminho, (Kamara)

    Rate my team (2)
    Fabianski (Speroni)
    Bellerin, Cedric, Bailly, Zabaleta, (Malone)
    Salah, Sanchez, Mkhitaryan, Mahrez, (Puncheon)
    Lacazette, Firminho, (Kamara)

    4 Questions:
    1) Team 1 or 2
    2) Am unsure how to optimise my defence, maybe get Maguire instead of Bailly/Bellerin? Any other defensive suggestions
    3) Team 1 - Sane & Son, or Eriksen & David Silva
    4) 11M striker for team 1 - Aubameyang or Aguero or Lukaku for?

    Thanks!

  10. Glory Glory Man Utd.
    3 months, 15 days ago

    I think my squad formation below ensures I will finish in the top 1% of players on FPL. Balance throughout the squad. What do you think?

    Fabianski

    Alonso-Otamendi-Bellerin-Azpilicueta

    Gross-Eriksen-Salah-De Bruyne

    Zaha-Arnautovic

    1. william prunier
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Short term issues

    2. Fulgencio Obelmejias
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      I like your style! Obviously lacking upfront but that is the route you've chosen. I'm similar.

    3. Dthinger
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 13 days ago

      I think you've only left yourself 14 Mil for subs

      1. Glory Glory Man Utd.
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Yes, but I have the best starting 11 that money can buy. I can easily switch out KDB for Sane or Mahrez, or Gross for Mkhitaryan. So the flexibility is there.

  11. slavkob
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Guys what do you think ?

    Lloris

    Azpi, Bailly, Davies, Danilo

    Salah(c), Mahrez, Richarlison, Wijnaldum

    Auba, Arnie

    Bench: Fabianski, Neves, Lovren, Quaner

    Fabianski to 4.0
    Lovren to WB
    Auba to Laca
    And Wijnaldum to somebody at 8.5?

  12. ImBobbyLove
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 15 days ago

    RMT for GW1 - 4 please

    Begovic (Pickford)
    Bertrand - Robertson - PVA - (Sakho) - (Cedric)
    Mkhitaryan - Keita - Sane - Salah - Pedro
    King - Zaha - (Arnautovic)

    Have 0.5m left over

  13. Mike82
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Is Firmino and Jesus back for gameweek 1?

  14. sirmorbach
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Looking for some balance and flexibility. What do you say? Looking good?

    Ederson / 4.0

    Azpi / Robbo / Coleman / Doherty / Wan-B

    Salah / Mahrez / Rambo / Jota / Hughes

    Auba / Arnie / Sørloth

    The idea is to rotate Doherty, Wan-B, Hughes, and Sørloth according to fixtures, having the options of 4-4-2, 3-5-2, and 3-4-3.

    1. ImBobbyLove
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Rambo not quite nailed on for Arsenal. Would keep an eye on how much game time he gets