Scout Notes

Man United defence contains Vardy as Rashford scores penalty

Manchester United 1-0 Leicester

Goals: Marcus Rashford (£8.5m)

Assists: None

Bonus Points: Rashford x3, Victor Lindelöf x2 (£5.4m), David de Gea x2 (£5.6m)

Marcus Rashford (£8.5m) was the key man for Manchester United as they recorded a much-needed win over Leicester City on Saturday.

The Red Devils had come into this meeting with tough opposition having taken two points from their last three and several absences.

Paul Pogba (£8.5m), Luke Shaw (£5.4m), Diogo Dalot (£4.9m) and Jesse Lingard (£6.4m) were among those out with injuries, while Anthony Martial (£7.6m) missed a second successive Premier League match.

That allowed Rashford to lead the line once again, having been pushed out wide by the Frenchman in the early part of the season, although his best threat proved to be from set-pieces.

Rashford won the game from the penalty spot in the first half

With Pogba not on the pitch, the England international scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot, after Çaglar Söyüncü (£4.6m) brought him down.

Amid much debate over Manchester United’s penalties in recent weeks, both Pogba and Rashford each missing one, the centre-forward was happy to step up against Leicester, although the absence of his French colleague did make the decision that little bit easier.

After missing against Crystal Palace, Rashford went with placement as he rolled the ball into the bottom-right corner after sending Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0m) the wrong way.

“He’s been practising penalties and he can go both ways. He can go through the middle, he was calm and we’re going to get more of them, no doubt about it, because we’ve got players in the box with quick feet and, with VAR now, there’s no chance you’re not going to get them, even though we haven’t got every penalty we should have. Going forward, I think we’ll see him slot in a few more. Every striker misses a penalty. I’ve seen [Diego] Maradona and [Lionel] Messi do it. I’ve seen Platini against Brazil and Zico – my favourite player of all time – missed in the same game. You’ve just got to be confident enough to step up next time. What’s the worst that can happen?” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Rashford also had the chance to make it 2-0 in the second half as he curled a fantastic free-kick over the wall only to see it cannon back off the intersection of the crossbar and post.

However, there was not too much threat offered outside of Rashford and his set-piece capabilities in a game that featured very few chances at either end.

Harry Maguire (£5.5m) was the only other player who came close to scoring, but his header was aimed straight at former colleague Schmeichel.

Against Leicester, Daniel James did not offer as much threat as previous outings

Daniel James (£6.2m) had come into Gameweek 5 joint-top for shots inside the box among his colleagues but was not so effective against Leicester.

Across the 90 minutes, he was restricted to two efforts from range, neither of which were on target.

It feels harsh to hold it against James given that Manchester United were missing some key personnel from their midfield.

“It wasn’t our best performance by a long way. We were sloppy on the ball at times and we didn’t keep the ball in their half long enough.” – Harry Maguire

”We were a little bit sloppy on the ball, but we had to defend and today is probably the first time this season, apart from some parts of the first half against Chelsea, that we’ve had to defend deep against a team that was pushing us, but I never felt under any real, real pressure. They didn’t create too many big chances in that second half, even though they had the ball.“ – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Gameweek 6 pitches Manchester United against West Ham who may have kept back-to-back clean sheets for the first time this season after a Monday night trip to Aston Villa, but who have yet to impress too much defensively.

If the Red Devils’ key players can return in time for that encounter, then we could see James back to his best. Meanwhile, a return for Martial could push Rashford back onto the flanks of attacking midfield.

Man United were boosted by Wan-Bissaka passing his fitness test to play

Despite not offering a huge deal going forward, Manchester United were praised for their defensive work against a Leicester side that had averaged 1.5 goals per game ahead of Gameweek 5.

They were handed a boost when the team news dropped at 2pm on Saturday as Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.5m), who had been considered an injury doubt, started the game at right-back.

However, the most impressive performers were Victor Lindelöf (£5.4m) and Scott McTominay (£5.0m) who did a great job of breaking up Leicester’s attacking play and limiting service to Jamie Vardy (£8.9m), the former earning two bonus points for his efforts.

“I thought McTominay was excellent. He lost the ball a few times, but you expect that because he’s still learning his role. He goes into tackles and he’s a leader. I wouldn’t want to go into a 50-50 with him! I thought he did excellent all day.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

There also appears to have been some progress for Maguire and Lindelöf as they continue to forge a central defensive partnership. The Englishman was credited for keeping Vardy under wraps while his Swedish counterpart was the man making the clearances and recoveries.

“You have to realise partnerships are built on playing games and we have only had five games. We will get better. I will understand him more and he will understand me more. There probably will be times when we can do better but we will continue to work hard on the training pitch and that is really important to build relationships around the pitch – not just me and Victor.” – Harry Maguire

That progress might be of interest to those still in possession of Manchester United defenders, or thinking about them. Many expected Leicester to find a breakthrough at Old Trafford but they were largely kept quiet.

There are certainly opportunities for further clean sheets in the next four Gameweeks, with next weekend’s trip to West Ham and the Gameweek 8 trip to Newcastle. However, managers should be aware that Manchester United do have to host Arsenal and Liverpool between now and Gameweek 9.

“We will improve and we will work hard to improve. It was important that we were solid defensively. They are a good team, and they move the ball around well, but I think we deserved the points in regards to chances created. It is really important, as a defence, to keep a clean sheet. At Old Trafford, we need to keep clean sheets to win games, like in the first game of the season [against Chelsea], if we keep a clean sheet, we win. We have enough talent in attacking areas to score goals. So, as a back four, as a team, we are really pleased with that.” – Harry Maguire

Leicester have struggled in the early part of matches this season

Meanwhile, this was a somewhat discouraging afternoon for those invested in Leicester assets.

The Foxes were plagued by a poor start to the game, in which Söyüncü gave away a penalty and, even though they grew into the game in the second half, it was hard for them to bounce back.

That was something that worried Jonny Evans (£5.0m) as conceding early on was something that caused big problems for former manager Claude Puel.

Last season, Leicester conceded 12 goals in the opening 15 minutes of Premier League matches, more than any other side, although this occurred less often once Brendan Rodgers came in and steadied the ship.

However, in the first five matches of the current campaign, the Foxes have let a goal in before the 15-minute mark three times. That is certainly discouraging for owners of their defensive assets, Söyüncü, who had a bad game, Ricardo Pereira (£6.0m) and Schmeichel the most popular.

With Tottenham and Liverpool two of the next four opponents for Leicester, it probably seems best to avoid their defensive assets for now.

“We’ve got to start games better. It was similar against Chelsea and we came away and had a good second half and it was maybe a bit similar to Saturday without getting the equaliser. It’s something we need to address and have a bit more belief coming into the game and a bit more determination to start the game well.” – Jonny Evans

“We didn’t start the game well from the very first kick, from kick-off. Then, we gave away the cheap penalty and that sets you back. When you’re away from home in these big games, it’s not the ideal start, but we worked our way into it.” – Brendan Rodgers

Maddison was Leicester’s chief goal threat although Rodgers may have to tweak his position for Gameweek 6

James Maddison (£7.1m) was probably Leicester’s best chance of finding the net at Old Trafford as he fired off three efforts, only one landing on target.

However, his positioning could prove a problem that needs solving for Rodgers between now and Gameweek 6.

He has been deployed on the left flank of a 4-1-4-1 often this season, and we saw the same on Saturday. However, given that he has more used to a central role, Maddison often drifted inside and onto the right, leaving Ben Chilwell (£5.4m) alone on the left.

Maguire largely kept Vardy under wraps at Old Trafford

In situations where both players have pushed forward, Maddison into the middle/right and Chilwell up the left, they were exposed down that side of the pitch. In fact, it was in this area that Rashford was able to get one-on-one with Söyüncü and win the penalty. It will, therefore, be interesting to see if Maddison is pulled back into a central role against Spurs.

Meanwhile, the Foxes’ key man Vardy did not register a single shot on Saturday afternoon, largely kept under wraps by Maguire.

“No. It was full focus on the game. Obviously, playing against [Jamie Vardy], he is a top player and he has done it in the Premier League for numerous years. I know, on his day, he can terrorise defences. I have seen it playing for Leicester for the past few years. It was really important we got hold of him and vital to nullify him because he is a top player.” – Harry Maguire

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Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Young, Maguire, Lindelöf, Wan-Bissaka; Matić (Fred 67′), McTominay; D James (Tuanzebe 90+1′), Mata (Chong 70′), A Pereira; Rashford.

Leicester City XI (4-1-4-1): Schmeichel; Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, R Pereira; Ndidi; Maddison, Choudhury (A Pérez 57′), Tielemans, D Gray (H Barnes 68′); Vardy.

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 5

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

    2 quick questions

    1) Who would you ditch first out of AWB and Zinchenko?

    2) Would you bring in Lowton (enough to do Dendo > Cantwell next week) or Rico (more itb to go for either 3-5-2 or 3-4-3 next week)?

    Thanks

    1. Nuno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      A. Zinchenko - AWB is pretty much nailed whereas Zinchenko is not, plus their defence is facing a lot of injuries.

      B. I'm looking at Rico myself but worried that he's not nailed

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

        Cheers

        MCI defence looks like a warzone atm to be honest so I leaning towards Zinch out but AWB plays for MUN and they are just pants

        If I went for Rico then for this week only I would need to start him or Lundstram but after that he would be a bench player

        1. Markus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          The last warzone defence kept the best attack in the Premier league at relative bay - in this counter intuitive defensive season, I think that means jump on in!

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

            You'll have to explain this - I'm confused!

            1. Legend of Rosický
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 4 days ago

              He means Norwich

          2. The Overthinker - I blame R…
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Well said

          3. donlobatto
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            So you'd hold on Zinch and dump AWB?

            Not an easy one imo

    2. teneighty
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      1, AWB

      2, Is the player in your starting XI? If yes, I would go for Cantwell who seems to be a certain starter.

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

        Thanks

        If I went for Lowton then I would hold off on the Cantwell move until next week as it isnt worth -4

        If I go for Rico then I would have to start either him or Lunds this week but he would then move to be a bench player as I would go to 3-4-3 or 3-5-2

    3. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Awb is the best 5.5 in the game rn

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

        Just a shame he plays for MUN now who are unpredictable and mostly dire....

        I would be straight on him otherwise, although RMT tool doesn't make him look appealing at all!

    4. LangerznMash
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      1) Ditch Zinchenko
      2) Rico

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

        Cheers - these would appear to be the favoured choices around here especially

  2. Nuno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    Pope
    Robertson VVD AWB Zinchenko (Lundstram)
    Salah Sterling KDB Mount (Dendoncker)
    Abraham Pukki (Greenwood)

    1FT, 0.0 ITB

    Not too happy this week with the defence and half the team being involved in a single fixture.

    A. Save the transfer
    B. VVD to Rico (Prepare for 3-4-3/3-5-2)
    C. VVD to Rico, Greenwood to Barnes (-4)

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

      In your case I think I'd save

    2. Traction Engine Foot
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Probably A, don't think Rico and Barnes are worth a hit.

  3. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
      1 month, 4 days ago

      guys how bad is Hanley if they didnt use him when they had like no players? Why hasnt he started the last 2 was he injured or something? He doesnt have a flag

      1. Nuno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Injured at the end of August, flag removed on the 14th September

        1. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
            1 month, 4 days ago

            sweet thanks Nuno

      2. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Wouldn't surprise me if Watf score vs City.

        1. Berbinho's Forehead
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Got an eye on Hughes if I WC.

          1. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
              1 month, 4 days ago

              the autopick robot has tried to shove Hughes in my team 100 times!

              1. Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                5.5m is to exp for him

          2. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Not sure they will score, they played their little hearts out last week but that finishing quality just wasnt there. And they wont get anywhere near that amount of opportunities vs City.

              I do think they will give City a tight game tho, so low scoreline. 2 goals max for City

            • Legend of Rosický
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 4 days ago

              City 433 and they score, 352 and they dont imo

          3. AleksanderOjari
              1 month, 4 days ago

              i have an injured martial on the bench, for who should I replace him ( lanzini? james? cantwell?)

              1. dmkp
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                Cantwell

              2. BabyB
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                no one. Wait for presser then play when fit.

            • Tmel
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Pope
              LAPORTE Robbo TAA Digne
              TROSSARD Sterling Salah Mount
              Pukki Haller
              (4.0 Greenwood Dendoncker Rico)

              a) Laporte, Robbo & Trossard > Aurier, Otamendi & KDB (-4)
              b) Laporte, Robbo & Trossard > Otamendi, Lowton & KDB (leaves enough in the bank for Dendoncker > Cantwell next week) (-4)

            • Super Swans
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Heaton
              Lundstram - lowton - dunk
              Son - Mane - Sterling - KDB - Mount
              Auba - Pukki

              Subs: rico - greenwood - kelly
              Hows my team looking?

              1. Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                if its a wc then get TAA in there
                and Tammy
                Lose KdB or Son

              2. Legend of Rosický
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 4 days ago

                I would get TAA and Tammy and sacrifice Sterling

                Sterling > Cantwell
                Kelly, Gwood > TAA, Tammy

              3. Freddiebell
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                Not a bad team. Like the midfield but you're defence is awful.

              4. Freddiebell
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                I'd downgrade Aub to Abraham and upgrade Lowton or Kells to TAA. Also I'd rather pope over Heaton.

            • Nigel Knows
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Can Claudio Bravo play centre half?

              1. Make Arrows Green Again
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                Ederson claims he can play outfield. Let's see him!

                1. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    lol I saw this stupid video a while ago about Ederson playing as an extra defender/midfielder and they decided it could be viable due to the fact City will still score more even with no keeper. It was like a 20 minute long video 😀

              2. RossoneriHammer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                Good day to thees,

                Any champions league leagues I can join?

                1. Cpt Crunch Team Nirvana
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Look in community article for code to the ffs league

              3. shirtless
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                Crikey might lay off Otamendi now.. They seem cursed.

                1. Traction Engine Foot
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  With Man City now officially in crisis I'm expecting a run of clean sheets, or at least that's how I'm justifying Otamendi being in my team.

              4. FortunesAlwaysHiding
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                Is Ismaila Sarr worth a look? Could be deployed through the middle for Watford according to Flores.

                1. LangerznMash
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  He's is mint on Fifa so naturally will be amazing on FPL.

                2. Traction Engine Foot
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  He looked ok against us (Arsenal), but then again we made Cleverley look amazing.

                3. Legend of Rosický
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Right winger being played out of position. Wait and see for me...Deulo looked fantastic vs arsenal

              5. LangerznMash
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                Unpopular opinion.
                Pepe will outscore Son in the next 6 GWs.
                Agree or disagree?

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Disagree

                2. Hy liverpool
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Pepe is overrated on here and all i see when i watch him playing is a chicken headless.

                3. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    No chance, Son will bag more points in the next 2 then Pepe in all 6

                    1. LangerznMash
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      Very unpopular opinion. I've put my money where my mouth is an put in Pepe over Son and I have ever captained him!

                      1. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 4 days ago

                        So you're the sole person who's voted for him in the captain poll 😀

                        1. LangerznMash
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 4 days ago

                          guilty lol

                  • Legend of Rosický
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    And pigs will fly

                  • Freddiebell
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    Haha pepe imo is the overpriced by at least 1 Mill maybe 1 1/2 Mill. I'd rather son even if he was 2 mill more.

                  • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    If Son played in league 1 for a year, and had penalties and DFK's... I wonder how his stats would compare to Pepe's...

                    Something tells me he'd be a bit of a record breaker

                    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      *Ligue 1

                    2. Rhodes your boat
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      I’d like to see son in League 1!

                4. dmkp
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Currently on my wc, which do you prefer:

                  A. Aurier, Rico
                  B. Diop, Guilbert (or Yoshida, not sure why he hasn't played much this season)
                  C. Diop, Rico + 0.4

                  I've also got TAA, Soyuncu & Lundstram, which might mean B is the safest when it comes to rotation

                  1. Rhodes your boat
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    I’ve got same 3 on wc and currently I’ve got mings + rico

                5. Pinky and De Bruyne
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Kane --> Tammy
                  James --> Son
                  -4 ?

                  1. Freddiebell
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    Kane to Abraham.

                  2. LangerznMash
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    Too close to take a points hit on. You could be paying to shoot yourself in the foot.

                6. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    more people have voted Che Adams as captain than Son? WTF guys

                  • Lukaku91
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    join my UEFA Champions League Fantasy league. 30 mins to go

                    1. Lukaku91
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      League Code: 4114FJ9DJM

                  • Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
                      1 month, 4 days ago

                      anyone else keeping VVD on wc over geting in TAA? Or am I alone?

                      1. Rhodes your boat
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 4 days ago

                        I just have taa in my wc

                        1. Mike Bassett Fantasy Manage…
                            1 month, 4 days ago

                            lol

                            1. Rhodes your boat
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 4 days ago

                              What?

                      2. Rhodes your boat
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 4 days ago

                        Worth the weak defence for this mid and forward line on wc?!

                        Pope
                        Taa lundstram rico
                        Salah sterling kdb son Cantwell
                        Abraham Pukki

                        Button soyuncu mings Connolly

                        0.1itb

                      3. Lukaku91
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 4 days ago

                        join my UEFA Champions League Fantasy league. 10 mins to go

                      4. proczell
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 4 days ago

                        Have 2FTs, 0.0 ITB. My team does not feel right, but I don’t want to use my WC when I have 2 transfers available. Any advice?

                        Pope-Button
                        TAA-Coleman-Montoya-Rico-Zinch
                        Sterling-Salah-KdB-Ceballos-Dend
                        Vardy-Haller-Greenwood

                        1. TB303
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 4 days ago

                          Mmhmm think you need a big striker
                          Aub or Kun ?

                      5. TB303
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 4 days ago

                        1.6m itb
                        1FT

                        Thinking Kane -> Kun ?

                        Pope, Button
                        VW, Otamendi, Montoya, Rico, Digne
                        Salah, Sterling, Ndombele, dendonk, mount
                        Kane, Greenwood, Pukki