Scout Notes

Man United assets disappoint ahead of Cardiff finale

Huddersfield 1-1 Manchester United

Goals: Isaac Mbenza (£5.9m) | Scott McTominay (£4.2m)

Assists: Jonas Lössl (£4.4m)

Bonus: Lössl x3, McTominay x2, Ashley Young x1 (£5.7m)

On Sunday afternoon, Manchester United players went some way to arguing the case that form trumps fixture in Fantasy Premier League. Their performance in arguably the easiest meeting they have had under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, on paper anyway, was truly uninspiring and ended in an embarrassing 1-1 draw. The result also locked them out of a top-four finish for good.

Furthermore, Sunday afternoon’s display left those who had signed Manchester United assets for the final two Gameweeks of the season cursing their luck. Paul Pogba (£8.5m) and Luke Shaw (£5.1m) were among the top five most-signed for Gameweek 37 but combined for just four points.

Of the two, the French midfielder came closest to living up to his billing with his four shots on goal. Only Marcus Rashford (£7.3m) had more than that at Huddersfield, and Pogba was unfortunate not to score when his second-half header hit the bar. With that said, he was hardly any better than his recent mediocre form and has now blanked in eight of his last nine Premier League matches.

Likewise, Rashford remains in a poor run of form and was unable to end that even against Huddersfield. The forward is now without a goal since March and never really looked like scoring in West Yorkshire. There was plenty of characteristic running from Rashford but that was as much as he was able to bring to the team, even after overcoming a yellow flag to start the match in a central striker’s role.

Deployed alongside Rashford in the front pairing of a 4-3-1-2 formation was Alexis Sánchez (£10.0m) who got his first start in just over two months. He had been considered as an extreme differential for the last two Gameweeks of the season with Romelu Lukaku (£10.8m) out injured but it was more of the same for the Chilean international. Any suggestions that facing Huddersfield would bring him back to his best now look naive in hindsight as Sánchez still looks completely burned out and in dire need of a new beginning, probably outside of the Premier League. He was also taken off with an ankle knock early-on in the second half.

“[It was an] ankle injury, if he twisted his ankle or if it was stood upon I don’t know.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ultimately, Shaw’s undoing as a Fantasy asset came in the second half when Huddersfield were able to score completely against the run of play. Manchester United switched off in the breakdown of one of their own corners, allowing Jonas Lössl (£4.4m) to pick out Isaac Mbenza (£5.9m) with his clearance. Shaw was the one at fault for the winger’s run through on goal as he missed the opportunity to clear the ball.

“We’ve done that a few times this year. There are so many things we will improve on and can improve on. You should never concede goals from your own corners, we did it against Everton, we did it against Wolves and we’ve done it again today. We need to make sure we don’t make those individual errors.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

“We became sloppy and we didn’t perform to our level, that’s true, and we gave them chances, and the goal we gave them, more or less, we’ve conceded too many times now when we’ve had a corner kick ourselves and that is something we have to improve on that next year.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Despite creating more big chances than any other defender in the four matches prior to Gameweek 37, Shaw was unable to make up for his defensive shortcomings with any attacking returns. The left-back did not do enough to contribute to Manchester United’s attacks and offered little in the way of an end product. That was of huge disappointment especially considering Huddersfield’s weakness down his flank in the previous six Gameweeks, no side allowing more chances there than the Terriers.

A less than convincing return for Phil Jones (£5.1m) inspired even less confidence in Manchester United’s clean sheet potential for the visit of Cardiff. He almost gifted Huddersfield an equaliser in the first half with a poor pass out from the back and even managed to miss a chance to make it 2-1 late on too.

The disappointment of those key assets does not bode well for Gameweek 38, even if it is Cardiff coming to Old Trafford. Given Huddersfield’s form since their relegation from the Premier League was confirmed, many had expected a better performance from Manchester United. Any confidence that they will up their game against the Bluebirds on Sunday has taken a serious knock from their Gameweek 37 exploits.

Furthermore, the fact that the Red Devils can now no longer qualify for Champions League football, there will be nothing to play for next weekend. So it is now possible that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes the opportunity of the final match of the season to rotate some of the big names out and give some youngsters a chance – also bad news for Fantasy managers.

“Well it’s not what we want, let’s see what happens next week, let’s see what happens with Arsenal and the final with City. But that’s the reality, the kids will get chances, definitely, to play games, that’s for sure.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Perhaps the only silver lining for Manchester United and Fantasy managers was the performance of budget midfield Scott McTominay (£4.2m). He was perhaps the only one of Solskjaer’s outfield players who played well and also added his second goal in the last three Gameweeks. Not surprisingly, no Manchester United player has more goals or shots in the box than him in that time.

Huddersfield Town XI (4-3-3): Lössl; Löwe, Kongolo, Schindler, Durm (T Smith 45′); Hogg, J Bacuna, Mooy; Pritchard, Grant, Mbenza (Diakhaby 90+1′).

Manchester United XI (4-3-1-2): De Gea; Shaw, Jones, Lindelöf (Dalot 83′), Young; Pogba, Matić (Herrera 53′), McTominay; Mata; A Sánchez (Chong 54′), Rashford.

657 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gudjohnsen
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Ryan
    TAA, Robertson, Shaw, Bednarek
    Eriksen, Salah, Sterling (VC)
    Aguero (C), Wilson, Zaha

    Bench: Boruc, McTominay, Brooks, Duffy

    GTG?

    1. No Professionals
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Yeah decent

  2. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 16 days ago

    As a SUFC fan I've never done FPL with my team in the prem... Does it affect any decisions or thoughts at all? Contemplating whether it's worth doing or not

    1. Miniboss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I’m already certain I’ll have Pukki in my gw1 team. And I’m not even Norwich fan, just from the same country.

    2. Ginkapo FPL
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      To quote you, I am getting in three Sheff Utd players next season.

      Its clearly affecting you.

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Hahaha, would be rude not have atleast 1 or 2. And wouldn't be worse choices

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Wouldn't be the worst choice*

          1. MFC86
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Every year we’re in the prem I have at least 2 Boro players in my team because “this is our year!”
            Then regret it, don’t do it

      2. Gnu Scott talent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        😆

    3. ShaunGoater123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      As a supporter of a league one side I’ve never really had to think about it but I think it’s bound to make you lean slightly more towards players from your own club.

      Flip side of that is you might have a better understanding of any potential gems from Sheffield united or the other promoted clubs!

      Congrats on your promotion, shame Ryan Leonard didn’t work out for you guys

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Very true, guess positives and negatives :). Yhh, never got much playing time tbh, take it you're a Southend fan? Congrats on staying up!

    4. Would Ed Woodward
        5 months, 16 days ago

        It makes me hate my team even more.

      • ceejay106
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Yeah it does have an impact. I’ve had three Wolves most of the season. Luckily Jiménez and Doherty have been great season keepers, and I’ve had Jota for his great run. Good luck next season!

    5. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Son, Jimenez, Ozil -> Sterling, Redmond, Zaha

      For a -4 hit

      Yay or nay?

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Yay

      2. Lukakwho
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        why do you have ozil

    6. tibollom
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      any hope for me in my ML? still have sterling (c), kun and laporte while 2 people above me only have Kun... Currently 58pts behind leader and 20 pts behind 2nd...

      1 FT... what should i do, take a hit to get 2 players in?

      Ryan Foster
      Doherty Laporte Robbo Duffy Bednarek
      Mane Sterling Hazard Redmond Masuaku
      Kun Jim Grey

      1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        No hope of winning.
        2nd is possible based on tonight. If you cut it to under 10 going into 38 you can get him

        1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          And dont take a hit

          1. tibollom
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            thanks man.. so maybe something like Jim to Arnie? They both have him in their teams

            1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              They both have arnie?

              1. tibollom
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                currently both their attacks are the same: Kun, Jim and Laca

                1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  Ok. Swap jimi or gray out and play 442 with your Southampton assets
                  I'd go jimi to Wilson first choice
                  Palace Bournemouth could be a goal fest

                  1. tibollom
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 16 days ago

                    good shout.. only issue is that to play 4 in defence means one of Duffy (MCI) or Doherty (LIV)

                    1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 16 days ago

                      343 then

                      I wouldnt be devestated at playing Doh myself

                  2. tibollom
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 16 days ago

                    cant afford jimi to wilson - 0.2 short 🙁

                    1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 16 days ago

                      Damn. Zaha ?

                      1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                        • 2 Years
                        5 months, 16 days ago

                        Or rondon

                        1. tibollom
                          • 3 Years
                          5 months, 16 days ago

                          yea zaha also short.. maybe rondon then.. thanks mate

      2. No Professionals
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Sterling brace tonight and you've got a sniff

        1. tibollom
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          yea praying for at least a brace from sterling and CS for Laporte

    7. yakirh
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Salah out tomorrow, concussion

      1. drughi
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        salah>sterling easy then

        1. No Professionals
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Doesn't mean he's out on Sunday

          1. No Professionals
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            In fact he's said he will be fit to face wolves

    8. Miniboss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 16 days ago

      What do you think the fpl prices will be for these guys next season?

      TAA
      Jota
      KdB
      Pukki

      1. Gnu Scott talent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        6
        7
        10
        6.5

      2. Woy_is_back
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        6,5
        7
        9,5
        6

      3. grumpyman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        6, 6.5, 8.5, Whodat?

        1. Miniboss
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Pukki: 29 goals, 9 assists, player of the year in championship

      4. Would Ed Woodward
          5 months, 16 days ago

          6
          7.5 striker
          9.5
          6.5

          1. Boberella
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            This

        • yakirh
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          6.5
          7.5
          9.5
          Who?

        • Gnu Scott talent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Kinda devalues your picks if 4th answer is who? 😉

        • No Professionals
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Score 29 goals in the championship and people still haven't heard of you

          1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Even Colin Quaner can score in the championship

            1. No Professionals
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Not really my point. Point is if you follow football surely you've heard of pukki.

              1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                Depends what football you follow

            2. Gnu Scott talent
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              29 goals?
              Numpty post. 🙂

              1. Ask Yourself
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                Don’t say that he’s yer da

        • grumpyman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          I know he's the highest Championship point scorer, but I couldn't tell you what team he plays for. I am sorry to say I pay absolutely no attention to the Championship. Every spare brain cell is spent processing FPL.

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            He’ll end up in your starting team trust me

            1. grumpyman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Nah, I'll wait and wildcard him in GW4 if he's banging. Sessegnon was similarly hyped at the start of last season.

              1. Ask Yourself
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                Sessegnon hadn’t already gained experience in the bundesliga as a 1st team striker for Schalke. He is the real deal I promise

                1. grumpyman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  OK thanks. Will be on my radar now for sure.

          2. Miniboss
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            5 months, 16 days ago

            no worries, seems a good punt for the beginning of next season depending on Norwich fixtures.

        • Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          6.5
          7.6
          10
          6.5

      5. Atimis
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Would you play Kiko and Deulofeu and do Jimenez to Zaha ??

        Lloris
        TAA/Laporte/XXX
        Sterling/Hazard/Mane/XXX
        Kun/Rash/XXX

        Gunn/Boly/Kiko/Duffy/Jota/Deulofeu/Jim

      6. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Was 5 infront of ML rival and now 26 behind. Have Kun C vs his Vardy. My 2FT vs his 1. Team linked and his can be found. Going to be v difficult. Hopefully a big Aguero haul today

        1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Cheers for the update, i had been wondering

        2. Would Ed Woodward
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Hopefully you'll be almost even going into final week, gonna be very nervy.

            1. Tsparkes10
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 16 days ago

              I'll take a 15 point one. Can just it being 3-2 City tonight but Sterling hatty and Vardy brace

              1. Would Ed Woodward
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  Don't say that, I need a Kun haul as well!

          • Roysgotnoboys
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Son & Jiminez > Moura & Zaha for free? Or downgrade Jiminez to afford Hazard?

            1. No Professionals
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Must be better options than moura.

              1. Roysgotnoboys
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                Hazard and Long?

                1. No Professionals
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  Prefer that

          • MGD
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            LLoris
            Laporte - TAA - Doherty
            Sterling - Mane - Eriksen - Son
            Aguero - Jimmy - DLC

            Ryan - JWP - Bednarek - Duffy

            2 FT 0.5 ITB.

            Need to get rid of Son and Jimmy I think.

            A) Son + Jimmy -> 11.0 + Long
            B) Son + Doherty -> Redmond + Robertson
            C) Son + Jimmy -> Redmond + Laca/Auba
            D) Other

            Maybe even Sturridge if Firm and Salah out?

            Thanks!

          • 1912 F.A Cup Winners
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Best Jiménez replacement lads????
            A- Zaha
            B- Wilson
            C- Rashford
            D- Someone else?? If so, who??

            1. Would Ed Woodward
                5 months, 16 days ago

                Not C.

              • grumpyman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                I'm seriously considering Arnie.

                1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  Oooh yeah completely forgot about him good call mate!!!

            2. Daghe Munegu
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Chances of Salah playing last gw ?

              1. No Professionals
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                Klopp has said he will be fit according to the BBC

                1. Lazaretti
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  And here is the link to BBC site

                  https://www.bbc.com/sport/live/football/48174067

            3. The One True Marvin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Looks like Salah is out for Tuesday with concussion. Makes him a big doubt for the weekend too I suppose.

              1. The One True Marvin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                This is according to sky sports by the way.

                1. No Professionals
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  BBC are reporting that he's fit for sat

                  1. The One True Marvin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    5 months, 16 days ago

                    Really? Didn't see this.

                  2. The One True Marvin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    5 months, 16 days ago

                    Where are you seeing this? Do you have a link?

                    1. Pat Bonner
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      5 months, 16 days ago

                      Paul Joyce on Twitter

                      Klopp on Salah: “It is concussion and that means he is not allowed to play. He feels ok, but it is not enough for a medical point of view.
                      “He can play at the weekend.”

                      1. The One True Marvin
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        5 months, 16 days ago

                        Cheers.

                2. Wild Rover
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  FA guidelines say that a player should have complete rest for 14 days and not return to playing until 19th day at the earliest.

                  1. Wild Rover
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    5 months, 16 days ago

                    Can't see them following this though

                    1. The One True Marvin
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 16 days ago

                      There really needs to be rules not guidelines if concussion is to be taken seriously.

                  2. tisza
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    5 months, 16 days ago

                    It's not a Klopp decision. Still down to the doctors.

                    1. No Professionals
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 16 days ago

                      Think there is a good chance he's spoken to them

            4. Miniboss
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Hi fellas

              Not a clue who to transfer in for Son.
              1ft, 0.0itb

              What would u suggest?

              Ederson
              Robbo TAA Doherty Valery
              Mane Sterling(c) Son Eriksen
              Kun Jimenez

              Ryan Llorente Doherty Hojberg

              1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                I am getting Fraser
                Or possibly Tielemanns

              2. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                Risk Pogba probably...

                1. Miniboss
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  Was thinking about it until yesterday. What a terrible display, although he did hit the bar twice.

              3. kime67
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                redmond

            5. kime67
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Salah confirmed fit for sunday.

              1. Wild Rover
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                No he isn't

              2. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                He cant be confirmed fit for a few days yet

            6. Viper
              • 9 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Salah fit for the weekend

              https://twitter.com/BenDinnery/status/1125357423814950912?s=19

              1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                No way he misses their biggest game in 25years

              2. tisza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                with the caution that he will still have to undergo further tests before being given final all clear.
                I'd wait for the final presser before doing anything with Salah

            7. Plymouth
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Having a stinker of a GW with 14pts, rank dropped from 9K to 15K. ML lead of 30pts vanished.

              Now the status against the rival is the following:

              A) Ederson+6pts
              B) Aguero+Sterling

              Who do you fancy?

              1. grumpyman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                B for days.

            8. Gudjohnsen
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Leicester to get a result tonight? Or wishful thinking?

              1. DR0GBA
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                can't see City giving Leicester the same chances as Arsenal did last week

            9. finnish92
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 15 days ago

              A) Get rid of Rashford (-4)
              B) Get rid of Shaw (-4)
              C) Keep both and believe....
              D) Get rid of both (-8), need to transfer out Son...