Scout Notes

Man United defence stunned as Rashford misses penalty

Goals: Daniel James (£6.0m) | Jordan Ayew (£5.0m) Patrick van Aanholt (£5.5m)

Assists: Anthony Martial (£7.7m) | Jeffrey Schlupp (£5.5m)

Bonus Points: Ayew x 3 Van Aanholt x 2 Schlupp x 1

Crystal Palace secured their first win of the 2019/20 Premier League season in dramatic fashion with a last-minute winner from Patrick van Aanholt (£5.0m) at Old Trafford. 

Manchester United came into the game off the back of an unbeaten start to 2019/20 with a 4-0 victory over Chelsea and a 1-1 draw on Monday with Wolves.

However, instead of playing with energy and confidence from their opening encounters, Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s side were laboured against Palace on Saturday as a missed penalty from Marcus Rashford (£8.7m) summed up the Red Devil’s afternoon. 

Last week’s draw at Wolves drew considerable debate regarding United’s penalty-takers, with Solsjkaer claiming in his post-match interview that he leaves the final decision to either Paul Pogba (£8.6m) or Rashford dependent on their own preferences. 

Manchester United had further penalty problems on Saturday afternoon

Pogba’s poorly taken spot-kick at Molineux meant it was Rashford who resumed duties from the penalty spot against Palace. It was interesting to see that Anthony Martial (£7.7m) took command of the penalty situation this time, decisively picking the ball up after Scott McTominay (£5.0m) was fouled, and thrust it into Rashford’s hands. Pogba, meanwhile, was conspicuous by his absence from the exchange.

However, Rashford was still unable to bury his spot-kick, striking the post on Saturday afternoon. That was a huge blow for Rashford’s 27.6% ownership, as he registered a Gameweek 3 score of zero points.

“Fine margins. We’re disappointed but I’m sure Marcus will look at his penalty again but he’ll definitely step up again.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Martial registered an assist for Daniel James’ (£6.0m) goal, yet the Frenchman will have been disappointed to not have added to his tally of attacking returns in 2019/20 after failing to add a clinical cutting edge on a number of occasions.

Backed by 18.6% of managers as the most-owned United midfielder, Martial certainly is passing the eye-test, and at £7.7m the French forward is certainly a value-for-money option amidst United’s attacking options. 

Martial was one of two Manchester United players to pick up an injury against Palace

However, any potential new owners may want to keep an eye on his fitness this week as Martial limped off at the end of the game.

The Manchester United website reported that he had picked up an injury in the closing stages with Solskjaer unable to provide much of an update at this early stage.

There was also some concern for Luke Shaw (£5.5m) after he was taken off in the 34th minute, but Solsjkaer confirmed the injury is not thought to be serious or long-term.

“We’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully, they won’t be too bad and maybe we can have them training during the week. We’ll do the scans tomorrow but (Shaw) felt something in his hamstring. Hopefully, it won’t be too bad and I hope he is going to be back for Southampton.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

James, a bright spark amidst an afternoon of misfortune for United, was energetic throughout the game against Palace and got a well-deserved goal in the 89th minute.

He now has attacking returns in both of his matches at Old Trafford this season and has started the last two Gameweeks in a row. That may suggest the former Swansea City midfielder can provide an alternate budget route into the Manchester United attack.

Daniel James celebrates scoring for Manchester United

Fantasy managers had also been flocking to United’s defensive assets after some impressive displays at the back in the first two Gameeeks. The arrivals of Harry Maguire (£5.5m) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.6m) looked to have stabilised the Red Devils’ backline.

However, their failure to keep a clean sheet against a team that offered little going forward might reminder to managers of how far United still have to come. There was also frustration for Wan-Bissaka owners as he picked up a yellow card in the second half.

Solskjaer’s men spent the majority of the first half camped in Palace’s final third and were caught off guard by the first counter-attack of the match.

Ayew capitalised on Manchester United’s high line in the first half

Palace had been resilient in the face of considerable pressure in the opening stages, but it was Jordan Ayew (£5.0m) who found the breakthrough for Palace to put them 1-0 up against the run of play.

The Eagles’ lack of goalscoring impetus aside from Wilfried Zaha (£6.9m) is well documented, though Ayew’s performance and goalscoring contribution could suggest he is capable of involving himself in Palace’s attacking efforts in 2019/20. 

Van Aanholt also reminded Fantasy managers what he is capable of, sending Palace’s away end into a state of euphoria with a winner in injury time. The Dutch defender has always held an attacking threat, averaging nearly five goals a season since 2015/16, and he was once again on target to secure a vital win for Palace. 

For Hodgson’s men, this was an extremely important result, yet it was also a timely reminder that the Eagles, on their day, can be a match for any of the Premier League’s elite sides if they show the resilience they displayed at times in 2018/19.

Van Aanholt celebrates scoring the winner for Crystal Palace at Old Trafford

Gary Cahill (£4.5m) was solid at the back alongside Martin Kelly (£4.0m), which is good news for the Fantasy appeal of the latter, who started ahead of Scott Dann (£4.5m).

The arrival of the ex-Chelsea man on a free transfer could potentially revitalise Palace as a defensive unit worthy of investment – a prospect that may have been discarded by managers following the departure of Wan-Bissaka to United. 

This was an afternoon that belonged to Palace and their resilient attitude in the face of extreme pressure, yet after just three Premier League games of 2019/20, a familiar line of questioning may be pointed towards United.

Defensive frailties have once again been exposed, and they were not too ruthless going forward either. That may lead to further scrutiny of their Fantasy assets in the upcoming Gameweeks.

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 3

1,595 Comments Post a Comment
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 19 days ago

    Just saw Mount is flagged.Any update on hsi injury?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 19 days ago

      He will be fine mate just a knock

  2. camarozz
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 19 days ago

    Need 60 pts from

    Zinchenko/Sterling/Kdb /Kane (c) (Wilson)

    On 16 at the moment.

    Surely I'm not gonna be disappointed?

    1. Godfrey
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 19 days ago


    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 19 days ago

      Erm check your last post

  3. Wally banter
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 19 days ago

    Have just Kane cap n Sterling tonight, will be a long night..

  4. Wally banter
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 19 days ago

    Any defender 4.7 or less have decent next three fixs? considering bring in Kun for kane, need 0.8

    1. lappingitup
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 19 days ago

      The Leicester guy?

  5. lappingitup
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 19 days ago

    Hoping Kane (C) this week can cover Kun next week

  6. lappingitup
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 19 days ago

    118 to win the Test

  7. Lukey27
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 19 days ago

    GET IN

  8. Deanamo Jammy
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 19 days ago

    Surprised no mention of Greenwood in this article - given the subpar performance of both Lingard and MU, it would seem that Greenwood is imminent.

  9. Dreaming of glory
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 19 days ago

    This -4 worth it if i need to start both?

    Mcginn > mount
    Dendonk > cantwell

    Greenwood, lund & dunk on bench

  10. migas2k7
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 19 days ago

    How did martial play?

  11. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 13 days ago

    I’ve a feeling this could be Bilva’s year - Pep loves him so he’ll always start, and all he has to do is play in that Man City attack to get loads of FPL points

    He’s just been really unlucky for the last 80 or so games

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 13 days ago

      hmm think mahrez will get good minutes this season and a chance to prove himself