Scout Notes

Rashford hauls again while Alli’s resurgence continues

Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Goals: Marcus Rashford (£8.7m) x2 | Dele Alli (£8.5m)
  • Assists: None | Serge Aurier (£4.9m)
  • Bonus: Rashford x3, Alli x2, Aurier x1

A 13-point haul against Spurs on Wednesday night propelled Marcus Rashford (£8.7m) into third on the list of top-scoring FPL forwards this season.

It is now four scores of nine points or more in the past seven Gameweeks for the Manchester United striker and, over the Red Devils’ last three league games, Rashford has registered three goals and two assists en route to two double-figure returns.

On the striker, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Amazon Prime:

He’s played all the games more or less this season. The boy is getting fitter and fitter, more experienced and what a performance. Two goals, creates them himself, could and should’ve had two more. Free-kick is going in all the way and just at the end it curls outside. So a fantastic performance by the boy.

After this weekend’s Manchester derby, United have a run of six relatively favourable fixtures before a trip to face Liverpool in Gameweek 23. Rashford is likely to be a serious contender for Fantasy squads over the festive period then, while the same can be said for Dele Alli (£8.5m).

Despite an underwhelming performance from Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur side in Gameweek 15, the confident-looking midfielder still looks ripe for investment.

Alli made it four attacking returns in three league starts under the Portuguese boss as Spurs fell to a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford.

Mourinho said of the resurgent midfielder:

I just try to play Dele in a position where the principles of play suit him. He’s playing well and he’s scoring goals. I can’t ask for more other than to keep him going.

After a first half where Rashford scored once and had several more chances, Alli stole the spotlight with some sublime skill before the interval.

Following a scramble in the Man United area, Serge Aurier (£4.8m) saw his shot from near the byline saved by David de Gea (£5.5m).

The ball spun up into the air before Alli appeared to conjure it back down, his first touch looping over a static United defence before he volleyed past the Red Devils’ Spanish stopper.

Rashford had opened the scoring after six minutes as his drive beat Paulo Gazzaniga (£4.5m) too easily at the keeper’s near post.

But the Argentinean then made a string of saves from Man Utd’s prime FPL asset, who saw a 35-yard shot tipped onto the bar before Gazzaniga denied the England striker again moments later. Rashford had already sent a wicked free-kick just wide in the 18th minute.

Hugo Lloris’ stand-in Gazzaniga was bested by Rashford again straight after the interval as the forward converted from the penalty spot after being fouled by Moussa Sisssoko (£4.9m).

Both managers agreed on the point that the Red Devils dominated before Alli’s goal, with Mourinho recognising that the game could have been beyond his team before the first half ended:

I think for 30 minutes they were not just better than us, they were much better than us. They were better than us in aggression and intensity, winning 50-50 duels. We were lucky.

Then at the end of the first half we were us, and United were worried. In the second half we made some adjustments and we thought we were going to win it. The second goal is hard to process We have to blame ourselves and I think United must be happy with the points.

While Mourinho was less than pleased with Spurs’ first-half showing, Solskjaer was effusive in praising his troops.

I thought that (the first half) was probably the best we’ve played for a long time. I thought we dominated the game, could’ve finished the game there and then. Some great saves from their goalkeeper but when they get the goal just before half time, you think about getting in here, settling all the heads and just go again.

We’re best when we’re on the front foot, attacking quickly and when we’re aggressive. The boys followed the plan and executed their skills all night.

Despite the absence of Anthony Martial (£7.7m) – who Solskjaer has ruled out “for a little while” – Rashford stayed in his usual wide-left position as Mason Greenwood (£4.3m) earned a rare start up front.

Rashford gave Aurier a torrid time all evening long and could have completed his hat-trick but got his feet slightly mixed up in the Spurs box just before the full-time whistle.

At the other end, his England counterpart Harry Kane (£10.9m) failed to have a shot inside the box as he put in another uninspiring Fantasy performance. Son Heung-min (£9.8m) also cut a peripheral figure but did get on the end of a good opportunity early in the second half.

As for the Lilywhites’ backline, they have now conceded two goals in each of Mourinho’s four games in charge of the club. The Humble One has had a definite impact in north London but the Spurs defence remains as vulnerable as before.

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Young, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka; Fred, McTominay; Rashford, Lingard, James; Greenwood.

Tottenham Hotspur XI (4-2-3-1): Gazzaniga; Vertonghen, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Aurier; Winks, Sissoko; Son, Dele Alli, Lucas Moura; Kane.

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1,565 Comments Post a Comment
  1. wernerhedgehog
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    A) Robertson --> Palace Def, Martial --> Alli

    or

    B) Mount --> 5.5 Mid, Martial --> Alli

    1. MC Hammer
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      A

    2. wernerhedgehog
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      P.S (A) could be Son instead of Alli.

      1. MC Hammer
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 19 days ago

        get Alli and keep the change

        1. wernerhedgehog
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 19 days ago

          you are very forthright. thanks

    3. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      A) if u own TAA
      B otherwise

      1. wernerhedgehog
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 19 days ago

        if TAA comes in only in GW20, would you think A is reasonable? thanks btw

        1. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 19 days ago

          Liverpool play bou n Watford next , both teams struggling for goals so I wud want one def from liverpool

    4. zøphar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      I like B more since Mount is a rotation risk long term but there are no real options at the 5.5 mid range

  2. PogBruno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Botommed

    What's the norm for the blank gameweeks about big players sales and price drops?

    TAA, Mane in case of GW18 - can we expect price fall for TAA?

    1. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Might drop a little but I suspect many will just bench, especially with value tied up

    2. zøphar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      should not be more than a 0.1 price drop for any of the blankers, but it depends on the bandwagons at the time

    3. NATSTER
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      FPL will give them a red flag and it will increase their threshold to price fall.

      If you expect the fall, I think it could be frustrated to find them not falling like KDB, Martial, and Tammy.

  3. Mings the Merciless
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Dear Tammy,

    Here are 3 reasons why you are not Shakira:

    1) her hips don’t lie
    2) her value has been steadily declining.
    3) I don’t regret selling her last album. I regret selling you

    Thanks for listening.

    1. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      I would disagree with no. 2.

    2. MC Hammer
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      and unlike Shakira, Tammy can't do it "Whenever Wherever"

      1. Mings the Merciless
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        I’m really hoping Tammy can’t do it ‘whenever, wherever’!

    3. King Kun Ta
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Hahaha!

  4. ZeBestee
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    What happened to Salah? It feels like he is struggling atm. Doesn't even start games, is he still injured? It's a concern tbh.

    Remember the hatrick against Bou last season when many people sold him, it was sublime.

    1. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Important champs league coming up and not fully fit I think

      1. ZeBestee
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 19 days ago

        He is been like that for quite sometime now. Choudhary to blame I guess. Awful challenge.

        1. Shatner's Bassoon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 19 days ago

          Exactly that. Hatchet man nonsense has hampered him a fair bit

    2. zøphar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Liverpool have to play 3 games in 6 days (Wed Everton, Sat Bou, Tue UCL) so it makes sense that players were rested for this one. Wouldn't surprise me if Mane is benched for Bournemouth

      1. NATSTER
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 19 days ago

        I do expect him to get some rest soon too.

  5. Arteta
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    All about all captain Aubameyang once again so I desperately need him to go big today. He has 3 in 3 against them so I'm kinda confident.
    Anything less than a 9 pointer at home against BHA would be a disappoitment in my book.

    1. bigbudgie
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Matt Ryan clean sheet incoming
      Sorry Freddie

  6. as33
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Pope
    Taa, Lundstram, Aurier(Kelly)
    Mane, KDB, Sterling, Zaha
    Jimmi, Ings, Vardy
    Should i do Jimmi>Abraham for free or Zaha>Alli and Jimmi>Mousset for -4?

  7. tc93
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Quick 1 or 2 (2 FTs)

    1) Robbo + Mousset —> Kelly + Rashford
    2) Robbo + Mousset —> Kelly + Abraham

    Rest of Team:
    Pope
    Soy / TAA / Robbo* (Rico, Lund)
    Maddison / KDB / Alli / Mane (Cantwell)
    Mousset* / Vardy / Jimi

    Gogogo

  8. mynameisq
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Anyone see the Chelsea game? Tammy came off with a knee injury was it serious?

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 19 days ago

        Thanks lads

    1. zøphar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      When quizzed on a possible injury for Abraham, Lampard added: “It doesn’t seem too bad in there, so I’m presuming that he’s alright.”

      Presume is the key word there, but all the signs are positive. I'd still wait for Lampard's presser. Chelsea are the early game on Saturday too so we might get some team news

      1. Jullepuu
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 19 days ago

        If Tammy is fit there is still a decent chance that he will be rested for the CL match right?

  9. Shatner's Bassoon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 19 days ago

    Real benching headache this GW.

    Mane - Alli - Puli - Mount - Maddison
    Vardy - Abraham - Mousset.

    Surely I can’t bench Mousse against Norwich. Gamble on Pulisic being left out??

    1. zøphar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      thats a tough one, I'd bench Mount of the lot

      1. Shatner's Bassoon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 19 days ago

        Also got money to do Mount -> KDB or Son for free 😐

        Which makes it even tougher! Long two days ahead.

    2. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Madds

  10. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      9 months, 19 days ago

      A) Tomori + Jimenez -> Kelly + Rashford

      Or

      B) Maddison + Jimenez -> Grealish + Rashford

      1. zøphar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 19 days ago

        A makes more sense since Tomori is a liability now, but I wouldn't rush to sell Jimenez for Rashford given their respective opposition next gameweek

    • George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Working towards this, looks mean. No Liverpool defence, but Leicester seem to be matching them.

      Hendo,
      Pereira, Soybean, Lundy, Rico, Kelly
      Son, Alli, Mane, Kdb, Hayden
      Rashford, Tammy, Vardy

      1. PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 19 days ago

        GW18 leics away at city n double defense cud be trouble

        1. George Agdgdgwngo
          • 11 Years
          9 months, 19 days ago

          Lundy, Rico and Kelly have decent fixtures that week

        2. Shatner's Bassoon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 19 days ago

          Can just play Rico or Kelly over Soy. Like the team tbh, power midfields are BACK!

    • manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      A Pulisic,Tomori > Alli,Kelly(-4)
      B) KDB > Alli
      C) KDB > Son

    • Atimis
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Think I need some radicals moves:

      This week, KDB to Dele (c), next week Jim Auba to Tammy Rash ?
      Or maybe Son after all but seen Dele playing basically as the second striker...

      Henderson
      TAA/Lund/Soy
      Mane/KDB/Maddison/Pulisic
      Auba/Vardy/Jimenez

      Button/Tomori/Rico/Hayden

      1. Jullepuu
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 19 days ago

        No need to get rid of Jimenez imo

    • arkom
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 19 days ago

      Pope / Button
      TAA / Soy / Lund / Aurier / Rico
      Mane / KDB / Maddison / Tielemans / McGinn
      Auba / Tammy / Jimmy

      2 FT
      0,1£ ITB

      Guys, what to do with transfer(s)?

      A) Tiele --> Mount
      B) Auba & Tiele --> Vardy & XXX
      C) Jimmy --> Ings
      D) Auba, Tiele, McGinn --> Vardy, Alli, Cantwell (-4)
      E) KDB --> Alli
      F) Other?

    • Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      How about updating the captain poll mods? It's Thursday already...

      I'm on KDB atm.

    • Ynwalfc
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Pope
      Aurier,Periera,Lundstram,Söyüncü
      Alli,Mane(VC),DeBruyne
      Vardy(C),Rashford,Jimenez

      Subs Button,Mount,MCGinn,Kelly

      GTG? Looking to bring in Grealish for MCGinn next week.Thanks guys

    • strondy
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Guys, just made 3 transfers for a -4 - any feedback on this team? Feels worrying with no City cover but it's done me well so far.

      Pope - Henderson

      AA - Lund - Soy - Kelly - Rico

      Maddison - Son - Mane - Mount - Dendonker

      Tammy - Vardy - Rashford

      1m ITB

    • MadridistaRants
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Lads, do you think it's worth it to WC to make the following moves:

      Pope > Henderson, McGovern > Martin, Tomori > Kelly, Hayden > Son, Jimenez > Mousset

      Would give me the following team:

      Henderson* [Martin*]

      Robertson Soyuncu Lundstram [Kelly* Rico]

      Mane KdB Son* Maddison Pulisic

      Vardy Abraham [Mousset*]

    • froggyranger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Worth transferring Chillwell (with team mate evans) and Guendouzi (with Cantwell or Mctominay) and bank a bit of money?