Scout Notes

James highlights FPL appeal with goal but United flop again

Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against Southampton at St Mary’s with a wonder strike from Daniel James (£6.0m) proving to not be enough for Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s side, who have won just one of their first four Premier League matches.

We look at the key Fantasy talking points from the south coast.

Southampton 1-1 Manchester United

  • Goals: Daniel James (£6.0m) | Jannik Vestergaard (£5.0m)
  • Assists: Scott McTominay (£5.0m) | Kevin Danso (£4.5m)
  • Bonus: Vestergaard, McTominay – 3, Gunn, James – 2

After signing from Swansea City for a £15m fee in the summer window, James was expected to play a part in United’s attacking armoury, but after four games it is evident that this is a player with the ability to make a significant, impactful contribution for the Red Devils in 2019/20. 

Having cut in from the left flank, James drilled a superb strike beyond the reach of Angus Gunn (£4.5m) to assert an early level of control over the Saints, whilst also testing the Southampton goalkeeper on a number of occasions throughout the match. 

Particularly given the potential absence of Anthony Martial (£7.7m), James is showing glimpses of a player who has the potential to excel for United in the goalscoring department, and once again on Saturday the Welshman, owned by just over 5% of managers, displayed his attacking prowess with a fine finish despite the bitterly disappointing scoreline. 

It should be noted that James’ goal, as was the case against Palace last weekend, came when he was stationed on the left wing and his FPL appeal going forward perhaps partly hinges on where Solskjaer will deploy him, with a role on the right flank arguably not suited to his skill set (as evidenced against Wolves).

For United’s defensive quartet of Harry Maguire (£5.5m), Victor Lindelof (£5.5m), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.6m) and Ashley Young (£5.4m), who was recalled after an injury to Luke Shaw (£5.5m), Saturday’s game marked yet another failure to keep a clean sheet, though they did show defensive resilience.

The Red Devils were denied a shut-out when Jannik Vestergaard (£5.0m) rose highest after a chipped ball into the box from Kevin Danso (£4.5m) to draw Southampton level. 

A start didn’t materialise for budget FPL forward Mason Greenwood (£4.5m), while Marcus Rashford (£8.6m) was unable to reward his 24.7% of owners with any attacking returns despite looking dangerous at times.

The 21-year-old has now blanked in two consecutive fixtures after starting the season with successive attacking returns. 

In the context of United’s ambitions for the season, this was another blow for the club but also highlighted the fragile nature of their defence. If United’s defensive assets are to be considered long-term, viable options for Fantasy managers, then games against Crystal Palace (h) and Southampton (a) should be viewed as having considerable clean sheet potential. 

Yet two successive failures to keep out the opposition will mean ownership of United defenders comes under further scrutiny over the international break ahead of Gameweek 5, with testing games against attacking sides such as West Ham and Arsenal coming up in their next three fixtures. 

Whilst the likes of Sofiane Boufal (£5.5m) and Danny Ings (£6.0m) did test United with several incisive runs, the Saints had shown no real signs of having a goalscoring threat prior to Vestergaard’s opener, with Southampton’s fortunes in front of goal epitomised by Che Adams (£5.8m) in the 55th minute: Adams was played through on goal with just David de Gea (£5.6m) to beat but fluffed his lines to make it a fourth blank in a row for the £15m summer signing from Birmingham. 

An injury to Nathan Redmond (£6.4m) meant that an opportunity emerged in the starting line-up for Boufal, and the Moroccan did look sharp at times though lacked an end product. 

On the basis of Saturday’s game against United, despite looking promising at points, investment in Southampton’s attacking options such as Ings and Adams is a difficult decision to justify with Tottenham (a) and Chelsea (h) on the horizon in their next four fixtures. 

As Southampton appeared to be in the ascendancy, a second yellow for Danso meant that Hassenhuttl’s side were forced to play out the final 15 minutes with ten men, though the south coast side held on to build on their impressive victory over Brighton in Gameweek 3 with a valuable point against Solsjkaer’s men. 

This was a game that served as a reminder towards Southampton’s ability to defy the odds against supposedly superior opposition, but the main headline will inevitably lie with United’s inability to see off ‘lesser’ opposition who, unlike Solsjkaer’s side, are unlikely to be competing for a spot in the top six. 

On the basis of this showing at St Mary’s, it’s unlikely that United will be doing anything more than that, either. 

Members Analysis


Southampton XI (4-2-2-2): Gunn; Cedric, Danso, Vestergaard, Bednarek; Romeu, Hojbjerg, Romeu; Ward-Prowse, Boufal (Armstrong 71′); Ings (Yoshida 77′), Adams (Long 62′).

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Young, Lindelof, Maguire; McTominay (Greenwood 82′), Pogba; Periera (Lingard 68′), Mata (Matic 68′), James; Rashford.

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 4


2,545 Comments Post a Comment
  1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Guys on wc
    A) kun maitlandNiles Mount
    B) Digne Abraham Pepe/kdb/son
    Already have sterling..

    Second option will give me atleast 0.6m itb also

    Pope button
    Taa zinchenko **** Kelly lund
    Salah sterling James cantwell *****
    Haller greenwood *****
    Replies will be helpful..

    1. teddypicker
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      B) kdb is involved in everything atm

    2. Valar(Keith)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      B.. Though I'd free up cash somewhere to upgrade Kelly and greenwood since you'll soon have no bench. Not sure where you'd downgrade though lol

      1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        That what I told..0.6m itb can upgrade Kelly to a 4.5m even in the wildcard..

  2. Klein
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    How did pukki look yesterday? Looking good after mci match?

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      He didn't get a scrap, Norwich were pretty poor.

    2. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 18 days ago

      looked pooky

    3. Valar(Keith)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      I'm just hoping Norwich haven't been found out by teams and their honeymoon period isn't over.

      1. Valar(Keith)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        That being said I've got 30 points from pukki in 3 games.. So even if he blanks for 3 more games il be happy since he'd have still got me a 6 ppg lol

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 18 days ago

          + few ££ too

  3. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Did norwich look found out? Anyone see how West Ham managed to completely snuff them out or was it just a tried, poor performance from norwich?

    1. twoplustwo
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Average age of that def was below 22 I believe

      Theyll be back

  4. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Can Kane, Digne, & Ceballos rescue my game week, had my worst score & biggest ever drop in three years of playing?

    1. PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Many have had all their players in action alredy, so its possible.

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Spewing, went from 100k to 1.2M in a day 🙁

        1. thomashl
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Oh snap. Sorry mate :/ have it like that as well, only half as bad: from 101K to 695k... kane and digne to go.

    2. twoplustwo
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Kane and Digne sure 🙂 captain?

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Sterling

  5. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Is there any Chance Aguero to rise again once more before next gw?

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Wouldn’t surprise me

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Depends on NLD result.

  6. Whatever100
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    OR of 2037.

    Can only go one way from here unfortunately!

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Don’t count on it I dropped seven figures in one day!

      1. Whatever100
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Exactly. That’s what I mean.

  7. twoplustwo
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    AWB looks like a mistake

    And suggestions up to 5.7?

    No other issues with the team really. Would get Barnes if the downgrade if AWB freed up more cash.

    Pope

    Trent Zin Digne AWB

    Salah Sterling KDB Mount

    Pukki Haller

    Usual assortment of bench fodder.

    1. Monkey Pits
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Matip. Or go for a 4.5 with good fix like Lowton and upgrade the mount trap

      1. twoplustwo
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Thanks mate was thinking of Lowton or Mings

    2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 18 days ago

      I would go Matip

  8. Dare Do The Punt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    So I have triggered my WC, I just couldn’t wait any longer:

    If Eriksen stays I’m seriously considering him at 8.8m

    Thoughts?

    1. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      I love int break wildcards. Could be a massive diff, but would like to see some upturn in form this gameweek

    2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Yeah definitely. Could be a bargain

  9. PLerix
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    I know its still a couple of weeks down the road, but who would you start?
    a) Pukki (MCI)
    b) Lundstram (SOU)

    1. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Both tbh!

    2. MikeBravo
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Got a starting but edging towards b

    3. MikeBravo
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Only starting both if Martial doesn't recover, although this will be unlikely.

      1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 18 days ago

        You sure martial will be back?

        1. MikeBravo
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 18 days ago

          He's already gone orange, and OGS said the IB will give the injury the rest that it needs.

  10. Murder On Zidanesfloor
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Best AWB replacement? Upto 7.3m
    A) Matip
    B) Robbo
    C) Digne

    Others I have are TAA, Mina, Lundstram and Kelly

    1. Little fekirs
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Matip and use the cash elsewhere

  11. One Wheels Enough
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Pep being outraged on the bench at Laportes injury is hillarious - maybe he she stop teaching his players to do 'professional' fouls to stop opponents counter attacking - serves him right...

    1. One Wheels Enough
      4 months, 18 days ago

      he should

  12. rjcv177
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    2ft
    Awb and rash out?
    A) taa and barnes
    B) zinchenko and wilson
    C) other combos
    D) keep both expecting good result vs leicester

  13. dshv
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    What changes i have make?

    Heaton

    Vvd - robbo - digne - walker

    Salah - sterling - martial - mount

    Pukki - wilson

    Dendo, lund, green

    The question is about wilson, still with him and i think to trust him 3-4 weeks.
    Also who else to play lund over somebody from my starting eleven?

  14. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Any changes needed here? Hold on to WC for now?

    pope
    taa vvd digne dunk lund
    salah sterling mount
    kun pukki

    button cantwell dendo greenwood

  15. willevete
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 17 days ago

    Should i wait to after the IB-matches to sub out Pérez or do it know?
    Who should i choose?