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Rashford and Pogba deliver FPL points again as United grind out win

Manchester United’s unbeaten run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued on Sunday as they edged past Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba delivered their eighth and 12th attacking returns respectively since the Norwegian manager took charge in Gameweek 18, while David de Gea led the United defence to a third straight clean sheet away from home.

We round up the main Fantasy talking points, key manager quotes and headline injury news from today’s first Premier League match.

Leicester City 0-1 Manchester United

  • Goal: Marcus Rashford (£7.7m)
  • Assist: Paul Pogba (£8.6m)

Owners of Marcus Rashford (£7.7m) and Paul Pogba (£8.6m) were indebted to Leicester City’s now customary slow start as the widely owned pair combined to score the game’s only goal after nine minutes of Manchester United’s meeting with the Foxes on Sunday.

Rashford’s strike from a superb Pogba pass was the fifth goal that the Foxes have conceded in the opening 15 minutes in the last four Gameweeks alone and had been coming – Rashford wasting a glorious headed opportunity from a Luke Shaw (£5.0m) cross on four minutes and then testing Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0m) from a short corner soon after.

Leicester will again be ruing their sluggish start because, as they proved at Anfield in midweek, the Foxes have come to be a real force to be reckoned with when facing “big six” sides.

The Foxes were again possibly deserving of a point against the Red Devils, recording more attempts on goal and shots in the box than their visitors and forcing David de Gea (£5.7m) into six saves.

While this wasn’t quite the siege that United faced at Wembley, there were similarities between this latest victory and their 1-0 success against Spurs in Gameweek 22.

De Gea tipped a Rachid Ghezzal (£5.0m) free-kick round the post and twice denied Jamie Vardy (£8.8m), once from a bicycle kick that he clawed back from the goal-line at the second attempt.

Jonny Evans (£4.8m) also produced an air-kick from a Harry Maguire (£5.4m) knock-down and James Maddison (£6.6m) was denied by a superb Shaw block as Leicester exerted pressure on the United goal, with Solskjaer’s troops not really carving out another clear-cut chance after Rashford’s match-winning strike.

Rashford was again United’s most threatening attacker in a restrained offensive display, being deployed in a more central role and racking up more shots on goal (five) than any other player on show.

Owners of the fit-again Anthony Martial (£7.2m) would have been disappointed to see the French midfielder only among the substitutes but his long-term first-team prospects look brighter after an ineffective showing from Alexis Sanchez (£10.0m) on the Chilean’s first league start since Gameweek 11.

Rashford struggled on the left flank against Burnley on Wednesday, too, so Martial and his owners will be quietly confident of a recall when his side visit Fulham next weekend.

Nevertheless, Solskjaer said of Sanchez’s performance:

I thought he did well but we had to change the game [when he was substituted]. He was sharp when we could get him in. He worked really well defensively. We never created chances for him but he’s coming, he’s improving all the time.

The assist and one barnstorming second-half surge through the Leicester spine aside, this was perhaps as ineffective as Pogba has been since Solskjaer took charge and he occasionally looked sloppy both with and without possession.

His owners will care little, of course, as he has now racked up 76 FPL points in the last eight Gameweeks at an average of 9.5 points per match.

Pogba’s manager unsurprisingly saw the positives in his performance:

I think he can look back on these games and say that he is on his way. Paul is a fantastic midfielder and he can always improve and he’s one of those lads who wants to improve and he wants to see this game and wants to see what he could have done better. He’s playing more or less every minute, so of course, now the recovery in between games will be important for him.

Both Pogba and Rashford required treatment from the United physio during the game but appeared to run off their respective knocks, with Pogba completing the full 90 minutes and Rashford moving freely when substituted in the final quarter of an hour.

Solskjaer confirmed in his post-match press conference that Rashford had only been suffering from a “dead leg” early on but was able to carry on.

Shaw impressed in attack and in defence as United recorded their third clean sheet in the last five Gameweeks: no other Premier League side has as many in 2019.

Solskjaer said of his side’s defensive efforts:

We know we can play better but you can’t play fantasy football every time and today we could have controlled the game more. But when we didn’t, we fought for the next ball, we fought for our mates next to us, we put our heads on the line, we put our bodies on the line and it was a great defensive performance from inside the box I have to say.

There were a couple of bruised noses and knees, and dead legs. They fought for their three points today. I think we deserved it in that respect. In the second half when we could have controlled it more, we could have slowed it down. But we defended really well. Eric [Bailly] and Victor [Lindelof] were fantastic and David [de Gea] again of course.

If you have the foundation of a clean sheet you’ll always be in with a chance to win a game and we’ve got a keeper that saves us, we’ve got a back four that sacrifices everything in the box, a couple of midfielders who made a couple of great blocks, that was absolutely amazing to watch and the attitude has been spot on ever since I came.

Youngster Harvey Barnes (£5.5m), who was brought into the Leicester starting XI for the injured Marc Albrighton (£5.1m) in Claude Puel’s only change, performed admirably on the left flank without reward, with Maddison another to catch the eye in the number ten role.

Ricardo Pereira (£5.3m) will no doubt be a popular buy when Leicester’s fixtures turn for the better in Gameweek 27 but Ben Chilwell (£5.0m) was just as much of an attacking threat from full-back on Sunday, registering more touches in the final third than any other player on show.

Puel said of his side’s display:

A lot of frustration again because we had a poor performance at the beginning of the game. We have had the first good ball and first good recovery but all the time we didn’t take our responsibility to play forward and take the space and put them under pressure.

At the same time, we played laterally or behind but yes, it was poor about our intention, I don’t know why. When we played forward, we gave good support with good attack.

In the second half, it was interesting, better, with a lot of pressure, good impact, good quality in the play with a lot of chances.

I think at the end it’s not a fair result because we deserved a draw, perhaps more.

The Leicester boss also gave an update on Albrighton before kick-off:

It’s bad news with Marc. He had an injury yesterday with his hamstring so he cannot play this game.

Finally, Puel confirmed that new signing Youri Tielemans (£6.0m) may be able to feature next weekend:

He made one training session with us. He knows the team, he knows how we can play.

He has a full week [of training] next week and I hope we can use him in the next game.

Leicester City XI (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Ricardo, Maguire, Evans, Chilwell; Ndidi, Mendy (Iheanacho 84′); Barnes, Maddison (Ghezzal 62′), Gray (Okazaki 74′); Vardy. 

Manchester United XI (4-3-3): De Gea; Young, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw; Herrera, Matic, Pogba; Lingard (Jones 89′), Rashford (Lukaku 77′), Sanchez (Martial 67′).

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  1. Going Home
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Thoughts on Willian and Digne to Trippier and Moutinho for free, with Trippier to become Mendy after city’s BGW?

    Shipping Richarlison and maybe Kun for the BGW only other pressing issues

    1. Amey
      6 months, 14 days ago

      I'd go for a cheap Defender & Jota.

      1. Going Home
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 14 days ago

        Could actually still afford Trippier (and then Mendy). It’s just that I’d be limited on the Richarlison upgrade. Possibly not the worst tho, some decent options in the

        1. Ambrosiana Inter
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 14 days ago

          Martial looks good as Rich upgrade from now on

          1. Kiwivillan
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 14 days ago

            Based on what?

            1. Ambrosiana Inter
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 14 days ago

              On gut

        2. Amey
          6 months, 14 days ago

          Good cheap options in defense available so I'd go cheap and upgrade the midfield.
          Cheers

  2. Amey
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Morning guys
    After a blunder of a gw, i need to move on to next gw i think. Don't care about any of the remaining matches of this gw.

    Is this team G2G for gw26 ??

    Fabs
    Robbo, Doherty, Digne
    Salah,Pogba,Son,Sane,Jota
    Auba,Rash
    Hamer,awb,kiko,kamara
    0ft,1.3itb

    For gw27 I'll move on
    Digne to Pereira FT & bench Sane,kamara,kiko.

    Good plan ??
    Or anything else you would suggest ??

    Thank you !!

    1. Dammed Utd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Blank game week need to think ahead save your snaps folks

      1. Amey
        6 months, 14 days ago

        Thank you.

    2. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Very good IMO. As a lot did, Jota came in. I had Jimi, Doherty and Pat so I never got him.
      I will be doing Digne Perreira in GW27 too.
      Not a fan of you bench but I understand how you got there.
      I have Lamela stinking up my side but a good place holder for Sane IMO

      1. Amey
        6 months, 14 days ago

        Have 1.3 itb to improve the bench but no FT as evey week has it's own transfer demand recently for me 😀
        Can easily upgrade Kamara/kiko as soon as i get a ft.
        Thank you Sir 🙂
        Hopefully gw26 will help forgetting this gw.

    3. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      I think your team looks good and your plan as well.

      We'll have a pretty similar starting 11 (9/11 same) after I make my transfers this week.

      Lets hope for the best after no Kun & Sterling.
      Im selling Sane though im sick of him and haven't been able to catch his points all season.
      Will get a City striker or another mid in GW28.

      1. Amey
        6 months, 14 days ago

        Thank you for kind words mate 🙂
        I'll move him on after gw28+29 & get Bobby Firmino for Kamara.

    4. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Yeh nice plan.
      Unlucky with the Sane(TC).

      I’m saving next week.
      Once you do that transfer the only difference between our teams will be my TAA to your Kiko.

      I might downgrade Sane in 27 to fund Kamara > Jimenez
      Then 28 Aubamayang > Aguero

      1. Amey
        6 months, 14 days ago

        Yeah. He may start against Everton & return something to save the gw hopefully.

        I'm looking to keep Sane till gw29 & then move on for Bobby Firmino (as Kamara transfer)
        Meanwhile can upgrade Kiko to someone if needed as have 1.3m itb.

        Thank you mate for kind words 🙂
        Cheers

        1. The 12th Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 14 days ago

          Think I’d go the other way with Kiko and get a cheap defender who is playing in the blanks.

          1. Amey
            6 months, 14 days ago

            Yep. I'll look more into it now.
            Thank you for your input mate 🙂

  3. Lord Flashheart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    kun to auba worth -4?

    1. Going Home
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Just scored a hatty against a not dissimilar side, and playing a Chelsea side who shipped four v Bournemouth less than a week ago? I’d avoid

      1. tokara
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 14 days ago

        wtf u smoking lol

    2. Dammed Utd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Keep Kun if you have sterling take out Richarlison

  4. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    What should I do?

    A. Keep Firmino
    B. Ship for Auba, Digne > Bednarek -4 to fund it

    Cheers all

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Surely keep Firmino for BOU at home.

      Could make those moves for free in GW27 when Pool face United.

  5. Ambrosiana Inter
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    What are the replays to be played in the cup, and which are the teams that could still have a blank week?

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Wolves & Brighton have replays.

    2. Amey
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Wolves & Brighton ffs.
      I hate Brighton !!

      1. Dammed Utd
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 14 days ago

        Can’t hate the mighty sea gulls

        1. FlockofSeagulls
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 14 days ago

          Damn straight!

        2. Amey
          6 months, 14 days ago

          That draw against wba cancelled Chelsea dgw.
          So ....
          No intention to hurt anyone though 🙂

    3. Ambrosiana Inter
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      mmmm is wolves i m worried about, if the go out then I ll have 8 players 🙂

  6. danishdynamite
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Morning all

    I am torn between keeping Sterling til GW31 (due to MCY fictures in 28-30) or switching him to Son ASAP

    FWIW I have an XI for 27 with Sterling on the bench

    (Also FWIW I have at least 9 probable starters in GW31, not sure that's worth using a chip on)

    1. Dammed Utd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Just go cheap mee good fixtures Jason Puncheon and Boruc touchdown

    2. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      I’m keeping Aguero after yesterday almost certainly. Son looks a must have though. I done Hazard and Rich to Pogba and Son with 2ft last night. Risky doing it early but wasn’t missing another Sonrise

      1. Dammed Utd
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 14 days ago

        Chelsea look good with proper number 9 hazard purple match

        1. Ole Trafford
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 14 days ago

          It was only Huddersfield though. City away then a blank then spurs.

    3. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Im selling my only City asset Sane for Son this week.

      City have great fixtures GW28-30 but they have 5 games in about 3 weeks before GW28.

      Im just going to wait it out and see who the best City attacker is tell then and get him in GW28.
      Mendy is coming back, KDB reaching full fitness and Pep nearly has full squad things could change in the next 2-3 weeks.

      In your case Sterling to Son does free up a lot of cash and maybe you should see if you can make any good upgrade with that money.

    4. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      I just did Sane to Son. Decision time with all Citeh assets. I am in 2 minds to ship kun to auba too and have Richa on the bench. I feel a whole lot better having 6.8 rather than 11.5 on the bench in GW27

      1. Dammed Utd
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 14 days ago

        All ready the game week has not finished yet

        1. Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 14 days ago

          I needed to do it before Sane drop and Son rise.

    5. danishdynamite
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Thanks for the replies, chaps

      I'll wait and have ta think: it's one of those '3 into 2 doesn't go' problems

      Want to do Kun > Auba / Keep a city asset for 28-30 (though good point with congestion for MCY) and get Son.....unless Pogba gets knacked, then there sno obvious route for all three

  7. FlockofSeagulls
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Kun can equal Shearer's current record of 11 premier league hat tricks if he scores another against Everton.

    Expect him to play 60 minutes minimum. 😉

    1. Dammed Utd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Good stats

    2. Amey
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Shearer said he is the Best foreign player to play PL i think in a show.
      He may be right. Great striker

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 14 days ago

        Shearer favorite player although there was an intimation that he could have scored another 100 goals if he was in the Citeh side.

        1. Amey
          6 months, 14 days ago

          He he.
          He was a BEAST though. Never watched a live match of course, but whatever highlights I've watched if him & praise of fellow legend's playing alongside/against him proves that.

          1. Kopkloppers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 14 days ago

            I would go as far to say Shearer is the best striker I have ever seen

            1. Dammed Utd
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 14 days ago

              Give your head a shake mate we taking premiership

              1. Kopkloppers
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 14 days ago

                Only an opinion and similar to many a pundit. The teams Shearer played for were nowhere near as good as Citeh

  8. KingZZ
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Is doubling up on Salah and Mane a good idea?

    1. Dammed Utd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Good do Silva Mané Salah Kun

    2. Amey
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Yes according to last Scoutcast.
      I'm also looking for salah+bobby after a few gw's.

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 14 days ago

        I prefer this. But rash and Jimmi doing me proud. If I thought for a minute Mane could get 90% of Salah points I would take him and have both Auba and Kun.

  9. Ole Trafford
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    How would you line up this defence next gw? I have it like this currently

    Guita(WHM)
    Digne(wat), Lindleof(ful), Duffy(BUR),

    Etheridge(sou), WB(WHM), Bednarek(CAR)

    1. Ambrosiana Inter
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Lindelof,awb,bendarek

      1. Ambrosiana Inter
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 14 days ago

        Sorry Lindelof,Duffy,bendarek

        1. Ole Trafford
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 14 days ago

          I’ll reasses after watching Digne v city. Lindleof and Duffy I’m pretty happy with.

    2. Dammed Utd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Get mee Burnley Doherty Wolves Boruc Wan Bissaka Palace

      1. Ole Trafford
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 14 days ago

        Not taking a hit to get Mee when I have 5 good defenders all with good fixtures.

        1. Dammed Utd
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 14 days ago

          Blank game week old bean they all play think on

          1. Ole Trafford
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 14 days ago

            I have 11 for the blank gw. Mee has Spurs too in gw27.

      2. Ole Trafford
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 14 days ago

        WanBissaka there already.

    3. Amey
      6 months, 14 days ago

      You can play BB happily with that defense 😮
      If i had that defense I'd start
      Guita
      Digne,Lindelof,Bednarek

      1. Ole Trafford
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 14 days ago

        Nearly could only for I’ve Puncheon stinking my 5th mid position 🙁

        1. Amey
          6 months, 14 days ago

          He he

  10. 404_FC
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    alisson
    kola, shaw, digne
    salah(C), pogba, richarlison, sane
    jimmy, rashford, kun

    Speroni / bednarak / bennett / punchoen

    1ft 0.4itb

    sane to son
    Y or N

    any advice?
    thanks

    1. GAMBIT
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Y

  11. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Spend the weekend following every game, have 7/8 returns, going well.. and then one game comes along and ruins the whole season. FPL giveth and FPL taketh away

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Went from 5.5k to inside 3k before the City game.

      After the City game I was 8.5k

    2. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      That’s the joys of it unfortunately! Jumped from 30k to 14k with Auba and Rich blanks myself.

    3. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 14 days ago

      Just shows if your having a bad season one gw with a lucky chip decision can turn it around.

      Of course I TC Sane. Just the way it turns out.

      1. Amey
        6 months, 14 days ago

        Hard luck mate

        1. The 12th Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 14 days ago

          Shrugs shoulders, moves on.

          The ironic thing is I’m a Toffee with Sane(TC).
          Catch 22.

    4. Amey
      6 months, 14 days ago

      I'm already looking for next gw 😀
      Can't take it anymore from this dreadful gw.

  12. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    As a Salah owner and Alisson, I’m probably hoping for a 1-0 loss tonight aren’t I?

  13. Klein
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Eriksen to son for free. Apart from games still left to play anything else to not make this move?

  14. kuzser
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Morning all, would ideally want Son and Auba in this week, but will have to lose Sane in that case. Everyone who owns him is pissed off, but he might still come good vs Eve and after the blank he has very nice fixtures.

    What is the best option here?
    2ft, 1.4itb
    1) hazard, kamara -> Auba, moutinho
    2) hazard, digne-> son, kola/taa
    4) hazard, kamara, sane -> Auba, Son, jota for-4
    5) hazard, kamara, digne, anderson -> Auba, Son, westwood, jonny for -8 (Can also do this in 2 weeks with -4)

    FAB, 4.0
    Robbo awb Pereira (schindler digne)
    Sane hazard Salah Anderson pogba
    Rashford Jimenez (kamara)

  15. Klein
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Kola or pereira the better pick?

  16. juho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Which pair scores more points from GW28 onwards?

    A) Haz + Laca
    B) Sterling + Laca
    C) Sane + Auba

  17. dee_top
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 14 days ago

    Am I G2G for GW26?

    Etheridge
    Robbo-Doherty-AWB
    Salah(c)-Pogba-Son-Ward-Prowse
    Kun-Auba-Rashford

    Subs: Speroni, Holebas, Digne, Puncheon