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Greenwood only a substitute as Rashford starts up front

Southampton take on Manchester United in the Gameweek 4 curtain-raiser. Kick-off at St. Mary’s is at 12:30pm BST.

An injury to Anthony Martial (£7.7m) against Palace had dominated the build-up to this match, with speculation rife as to whether Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer could hand a start to Mason Greenwood (£4.5m).

That hasn’t transpired, with budget FPL forward Greenwood only among the substitutes.

Solskjaer has made three changes to the Manchester United side that lost 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace in GW3, with Ashley Young (£5.4m), Andreas Pereira (£5.0m) and Juan Mata (£6.4m) starting in the lunch-time kick-off.

Young replaces the injured Luke Shaw (£5.5m) at left-back, whilst Solskjaer has shuffled his pack in the absence of Martial: Mata and Pereira earning starts against the Saints as Jesse Lingard (£6.5m) drops to the bench.

The Norwegian boss has turned to the tried and tested Mata to add attacking impetus to United’s frontline, with the Red Devils aiming to prevent their sluggish Premier League start turning into something of a nightmare after a winless run of two games.

This is a game of extreme importance in the Solsjkaer era at United and the decision to opt for experience in the form of Mata as opposed to a youthful prospect such as Greenwood is telling of how pivotal this fixture could be for United’s momentum in the initial stages of the 2019/20 campaign.

Meanwhile, Southampton boss Ralph Hassenhuttl has made just two changes to his starting line-up for the game against United, with Cedric (£4.9m) and Sofiane Boufal (£5.5m) earning starts at the expense of Yan Valery (£5.0m) and Nathan Redmond (£6.4m). 

The Saints will be looking to build on their impressive away victory over Brighton in Gameweek 3.

Southampton XI: Gunn, Cedric, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Danso, Højbjerg, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, Adams, Ings.

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young, McTominay, Pogba, Andreas, Mata, James, Rashford.

 

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 3

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  1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 15 days ago

    West Ham vs Norwich will decide so many things for me:

    1. Manager of the month in about 5 cash leagues... Or not
    2. First differential captain (P)ukki, with -4 to get Haller and Cantwell
    3. 10K OR about to go big or bust. Could define my season

    If anybody here knows Hardcore Levelling Warrior comic on Webtoon, I just played my Lucky Coin 😀

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Still early doors.. near top10k is a good start. GL to you.

      1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Yup. Very early. Almost felt stupid to take the risk... But oh well

        Good luck to you as well

    2. Burger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Yes hoping for lots of goals in this game, having Pukki, Cantwell and Haller. God speed brother.

      1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thanks! I'm expecting Sterling to do well as well. Having him without the captaincy on him just feels like a couch is needed

        EO at 165.22%, ffs

        Hope (P)ukki doesn't get injured or any such freak incident

    3. Andy'81
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Far, far, far too early to be season defining, you've had a great start, I'd curb down on all the hits maybe, -16 already is a bit much.

      1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Taken my last squad-building hit until a wildcard. Any hits from now on would be due to multiple injuries and/or suspensions that can't be covered by my bench or FTs

        Needed to escape the preseason template early enough and decided to do so without a wildcard

  2. Would Ed Woodward
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Happy with that point tbh, The Dell is never an easy place to go.

    1. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      If you can't beat the likes of Southampton, then forget about top 4.

    2. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      🙂

  3. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    I hate the Ole bashing as a fan but have to say he came up short today! At least James looked sharp and AWB his beastly self but Rashford and Pogba...good lord, both were shocking! Could do with Keane and Scholes back in that midfield...one of the weakest in the league we have!
    Rant over...
    ...over to you Pu(k)ki 🙂

  4. BrutalLogiC
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    any Salah/Sterling owners with Salah capt?

  5. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Suddenly pooped up in my head.

    Wesley Sneidjer to United the greatest transfer to never happen, wasnt it?

  6. Nomar
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Foolishly started Greenwood instead of Soyuncu.

    Idiot!

    1. BrutalLogiC
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      understandable, more mins to come

    2. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I did the same. Trossard on the bench. Now see him score a screamer.

    3. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      :facepalm:

  7. Mr. Grv
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    United need to let pogba play more forward . He looks more interested in going forward and influencing the game.

    1. HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      He lost the ball on numerous times. Doesn't look bothered

  8. jimmy12
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    I must make the worse transfers ever.

    Vardy >> Rashford
    (Both crap but vardy will probably score now)

    Moura >> Ndombele
    (Gets Injured)

  9. Little Red Lacazette
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    AWB - already 3008 people have him out.

    1. Irbox ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Majority would have been before deadline surely, or is this figure determined from deadline for FPL GW?

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        1 month, 15 days ago

        From deadline I think, thousands will have transferred James in before the game was even over too.

  10. Mr. Captain Blanc
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Team A)

    Adrian
    VVD Digne Zin AWB Lund
    Mount Mane Sterling (c) Martial Cantwell
    Pukki Aub greenwood

    Team B)

    Ederson
    VVD Digne Boly AWB Lund
    Mount Mane Sterling (c) KDB Cantwell
    Pukki Haller greenwood

    Please suggest - currently have team A, is it worth shifting to team B ?

  11. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    I did try to warn Greenwood owners that he'd get 15 to 20 mins max and I was proved right unfortunately! Rashford's ass should have been hauled off on the 60 min mark.!

    1. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Most Greenwood owners didn't expect loads of minutes. Just a more exciting and inviting pick than an injured Dendoncker or Lundstram.

      1. DantheManinaPan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Yep

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I thought he had a chance to start RW, thought Mata would be too slow to start away from home, Lingard rubbish, Perreira average.

  12. Eytexi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 15 days ago

    West Ham vs. Norwich predictions?

    Two good attacks, two poor defences. 4-2.

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      6-7

    2. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Obvious 0-0 then ...... :

      1. Eytexi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Pukki blank suits me. Just need Haller to pay for his (-4).

    3. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Haller and Pukki brace.

    4. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      3-3

  13. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Set my team for next GW, bar any injuries nothing to consider.

    Looking forward to the remaining weekends games and then two weeks to forget about football & FPL entirely!

  14. Maddamotha
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Thats 1 or 2 baps for James?

  15. The Enlightener
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    I’m just a new Pukki owner here getting ready for my returns!

    1. fantasyfog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      oh dear, missed the boat

  16. seewhyaxe
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    This means Rico will not be starting in place of Daniels right

  17. fantasyfog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    who triple c'd Aguero

  18. AC Tomasso
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Sterling blocking Kuns hattrick -_-

    1. Skalla
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      My captain blocking a save for my GK, seems about right for this gameweek 🙂

  19. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Ayoze > 6.8?