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.

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657 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gudjohnsen
    • 2 Years
    14 days, 3 hours ago

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

    Bench: Boruc, McTominay, Brooks, Duffy

    GTG?

    1. JHATM FC
      • 1 Year
      14 days, 3 hours ago

      Yeah decent

  2. Tsparkes10
      14 days, 3 hours 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
        14 days, 3 hours 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
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        14 days, 3 hours ago

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

        Its clearly affecting you.

        1. Tsparkes10
            14 days, 3 hours ago

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

            1. Tsparkes10
                14 days, 3 hours ago

                Wouldn't be the worst choice*

                1. MFC86
                  • 3 Years
                  14 days, 3 hours 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
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              14 days, 3 hours ago

              😆

          • ShaunGoater123
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            14 days, 3 hours 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
                14 days, 3 hours 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!

            2. Would Ed Woodward
                14 days, 3 hours ago

                It makes me hate my team even more.

              • ceejay106
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                14 days, 3 hours 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!

            3. Woy_is_back
              • 1 Year
              14 days, 3 hours ago

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

              For a -4 hit

              Yay or nay?

              1. Little Red Lacazette
                • 2 Years
                14 days, 3 hours ago

                Yay

              2. Lukakwho
                • 1 Year
                14 days, 3 hours ago

                why do you have ozil

            4. tibollom
              • 2 Years
              14 days, 3 hours 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
                14 days, 3 hours 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
                  14 days, 3 hours ago

                  And dont take a hit

                  1. tibollom
                    • 2 Years
                    14 days, 3 hours ago

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

                    1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                      • 2 Years
                      14 days, 3 hours ago

                      They both have arnie?

                      1. tibollom
                        • 2 Years
                        14 days, 3 hours ago

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

                        1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                          • 2 Years
                          14 days, 3 hours 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
                            • 2 Years
                            14 days, 3 hours 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
                              14 days, 3 hours ago

                              343 then

                              I wouldnt be devestated at playing Doh myself

                          2. tibollom
                            • 2 Years
                            14 days, 3 hours ago

                            cant afford jimi to wilson - 0.2 short 🙁

                            1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                              • 2 Years
                              14 days, 3 hours ago

                              Damn. Zaha ?

                              1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                                • 2 Years
                                14 days, 3 hours ago

                                Or rondon

                                1. tibollom
                                  • 2 Years
                                  14 days, 3 hours ago

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

              2. JHATM FC
                • 1 Year
                14 days, 3 hours ago

                Sterling brace tonight and you've got a sniff

                1. tibollom
                  • 2 Years
                  14 days, 3 hours ago

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

            5. yakirh
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              14 days, 3 hours ago

              Salah out tomorrow, concussion

              1. drughi
                • 9 Years
                14 days, 3 hours ago

                salah>sterling easy then

                1. JHATM FC
                  • 1 Year
                  14 days, 3 hours ago

                  Doesn't mean he's out on Sunday

                  1. JHATM FC
                    • 1 Year
                    14 days, 3 hours ago

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

            6. Miniboss
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              14 days, 3 hours ago

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

              TAA
              Jota
              KdB
              Pukki

              1. Gnu
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                14 days, 3 hours ago

                6
                7
                10
                6.5

              2. Woy_is_back
                • 1 Year
                14 days, 3 hours ago

                6,5
                7
                9,5
                6

              3. grumpyman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                14 days, 3 hours ago

                6, 6.5, 8.5, Whodat?

                1. Miniboss
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  14 days, 3 hours ago

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

              4. Would Ed Woodward
                  14 days, 3 hours ago

                  6
                  7.5 striker
                  9.5
                  6.5

                  1. Boberella
                    • 2 Years
                    14 days, 3 hours ago

                    This

                • yakirh
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  14 days, 3 hours ago

                  6.5
                  7.5
                  9.5
                  Who?

                • Gnu
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  14 days, 3 hours ago

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

                • JHATM FC
                  • 1 Year
                  14 days, 3 hours ago

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

                  1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                    • 2 Years
                    14 days, 3 hours ago

                    Even Colin Quaner can score in the championship

                    1. JHATM FC
                      • 1 Year
                      14 days, 3 hours ago

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

                      1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                        • 2 Years
                        14 days, 3 hours ago

                        Depends what football you follow

                    2. Gnu
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      14 days, 3 hours ago

                      29 goals?
                      Numpty post. 🙂

                      1. Ask Yourself
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        14 days, 3 hours ago

                        Don’t say that he’s yer da

                • grumpyman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  14 days, 3 hours 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
                    • 2 Years
                    14 days, 3 hours ago

                    He’ll end up in your starting team trust me

                    1. grumpyman
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      14 days, 3 hours 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
                        • 2 Years
                        14 days, 3 hours 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
                          14 days, 3 hours ago

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

                  2. Miniboss
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    14 days, 3 hours ago

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

                • Ask Yourself
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  14 days, 3 hours ago

                  6.5
                  7.6
                  10
                  6.5

              5. Atimis
                • 2 Years
                14 days, 3 hours 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
                  14 days, 3 hours 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
                    14 days, 3 hours ago

                    Cheers for the update, i had been wondering

                  2. Would Ed Woodward
                      14 days, 3 hours ago

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

                      1. Tsparkes10
                          14 days, 3 hours 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
                              14 days, 3 hours ago

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

                      2. Roysgotnoboys
                        • 4 Years
                        14 days, 3 hours ago

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

                        1. JHATM FC
                          • 1 Year
                          14 days, 3 hours ago

                          Must be better options than moura.

                          1. Roysgotnoboys
                            • 4 Years
                            14 days, 3 hours ago

                            Hazard and Long?

                            1. JHATM FC
                              • 1 Year
                              14 days, 2 hours ago

                              Prefer that

                      3. MGD
                        • 2 Years
                        14 days, 3 hours 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!

                      4. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        14 days, 3 hours ago

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

                        1. Would Ed Woodward
                            14 days, 3 hours ago

                            Not C.

                          • grumpyman
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            14 days, 3 hours ago

                            I'm seriously considering Arnie.

                            1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              14 days, 3 hours ago

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

                        2. Daghe Munegu
                          • 2 Years
                          14 days, 3 hours ago

                          Chances of Salah playing last gw ?

                          1. JHATM FC
                            • 1 Year
                            14 days, 3 hours ago

                            Klopp has said he will be fit according to the BBC

                            1. Lazaretti
                              • 1 Year
                              14 days, 3 hours ago

                              And here is the link to BBC site

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

                        3. "Marvin"
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          14 days, 3 hours ago

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

                          1. "Marvin"
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            14 days, 3 hours ago

                            This is according to sky sports by the way.

                            1. JHATM FC
                              • 1 Year
                              14 days, 3 hours ago

                              BBC are reporting that he's fit for sat

                              1. "Marvin"
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                14 days, 3 hours ago

                                Really? Didn't see this.

                              2. "Marvin"
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                14 days, 3 hours ago

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

                                1. Pat Bonner
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  14 days, 3 hours 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. "Marvin"
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 2 Years
                                    14 days, 3 hours ago

                                    Cheers.

                            2. Wild Rover
                              • 8 Years
                              14 days, 3 hours 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
                                • 8 Years
                                14 days, 3 hours ago

                                Can't see them following this though

                                1. "Marvin"
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  14 days, 3 hours ago

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

                              2. tisza
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                14 days, 3 hours ago

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

                                1. JHATM FC
                                  • 1 Year
                                  14 days, 3 hours ago

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

                        4. Miniboss
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          14 days, 3 hours 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
                            14 days, 3 hours ago

                            I am getting Fraser
                            Or possibly Tielemanns

                          2. Camzy
                            • 8 Years
                            14 days, 3 hours ago

                            Risk Pogba probably...

                            1. Miniboss
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              14 days, 2 hours ago

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

                          3. kime67
                            • 1 Year
                            14 days, 3 hours ago

                            redmond

                        5. kime67
                          • 1 Year
                          14 days, 3 hours ago

                          Salah confirmed fit for sunday.

                          1. Wild Rover
                            • 8 Years
                            14 days, 3 hours ago

                            No he isn't

                          2. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                            • 2 Years
                            14 days, 3 hours ago

                            He cant be confirmed fit for a few days yet

                        6. Viper
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          14 days, 3 hours ago

                          Salah fit for the weekend

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

                          1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
                            • 2 Years
                            14 days, 3 hours ago

                            No way he misses their biggest game in 25years

                          2. tisza
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            14 days, 3 hours 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
                          14 days, 2 hours 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
                            14 days, 2 hours ago

                            B for days.

                        8. Gudjohnsen
                          • 2 Years
                          14 days, 2 hours ago

                          Leicester to get a result tonight? Or wishful thinking?

                          1. DR0GBA
                            • 2 Years
                            14 days, 2 hours ago

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

                        9. finnish92
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          14 days, 2 hours 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...