Scout Notes

A rare home blank for Rashford as United struggle again against also-rans

Manchester United 1-1 Everton

  • Goals: Mason Greenwood (£4.3m) | Victor Lindelof (£5.3m) own-goal
  • Assists: Daniel James (£6.1m) | Leighton Baines (£4.9m)
  • Bonus: Greenwood x3, Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.3m) x2, Jordan Pickford (£5.4m) x1

Manchester United have one of the more appealing fixture runs over the busy festive period, with the Red Devils taking on Watford, Newcastle United, Burnley and a struggling Arsenal side between now and New Year’s Day.

Whether that’s a good or bad thing from a Fantasy perspective is up for debate.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s troops have more than held their own against the ‘bigger’ clubs this season, defeating Manchester City, Chelsea, Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur and being the only club to take points off runaway leaders Liverpool.

Against the ‘also-rans’ of the Premier League, United have won just twice.

In between those big-name scalps, there have been miserable defeats to Crystal Palace, Newcastle, Bournemouth and West Ham United, as well as unconvincing draws with Southampton, Aston Villa and Sheffield United.

Sunday’s one-all draw with Everton was the latest in a long line of unremarkable displays against clubs outside the current top five, with the repeated criticism of Solskjaer being that he doesn’t have a Plan B to break down stubborn sides with a defence-first mindset.

United are unquestionably at their best in counter-attacking situations and even their two wins against bottom-half sides came against teams (Brighton and Norwich) who opened up and played into the Red Devils’ hands.

Facing a re-energised and well-organised Everton outfit at Old Trafford, there were familiar failings.

Anthony Martial (£7.7m) was either too static or too deep up front, with his lack of movement mirrored by some surly body language.

When United’s attackers aren’t provided space with which to exploit their lightning-quick pace, they are blunted.

Daniel James (£6.1m) was given little room to operate by Leighton Baines (£4.9m) down the right, while Jesse Lingard (£6.3m), so impressive in the Manchester derby, is perhaps not the man for the number ten role when space is at a premium.

Everton even handled the in-form Marcus Rashford (£9.0m) relatively well, with the United forward blanking for the first time at Old Trafford since Gameweek 3.

The good thing about Rashford from an owner’s perspective is that, even on an off-day for himself and United, he looks the likeliest player to make things happen.

There was the usual mix of driving runs and ambitious shots, with the England international firing wide from inside the box early on and testing a nervy-looking Jordan Pickford (£5.4m) with two of his trademark dipping free-kicks.

A wild, 50th-minute effort that disappeared in the direction of the nearby cricket ground perhaps summed up his day but there would have been little to concern Rashford’s owners from an individual performance perspective, as he continues to carry much of United’s goal threat from the left flank.

The same can’t be said for Martial, who has assumed Rashford’s former ‘false nine’ role.

The Frenchman managed only one shot all game and, when bothering to move, was acting more as a link-up player than goal-getting striker.

Martial’s owners will likely have other fires to put out in Blank Gameweek 18 and perhaps over Christmas but, if it is a straight choice between the France international and Rashford, the latter unquestionably poses the bigger threat at present.

Martial could even have a challenger for his role, with substitute Mason Greenwood (£4.3m) coming off the bench to rescue a point for the hosts.

The teenage striker crept a low shot past Pickford from a James pass to spare Solskjaer’s blushes, with the United boss saying after full-time:

Mason Greenwood is different class in and around the box. You’re not surprised when he scores goals. It’s fitting that it should be an Academy player that scores in the 4,000th match [in a row in which Utd have fielded a youth product] and it makes it hard for me to leave him out.

At the other end, this was the 12th league match in a row without a clean sheet for the Red Devils.

While Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.3m) impressed defensively and evoked memories of 2018/19 by picking up two bonus points despite not registering a clean sheet or attacking return, the two centre-halves were again unconvincing and failed to inspire too much confidence ahead of United’s next three appealing fixtures.

Everton’s deadlock-breaking strike indeed came courtesy of Victor Lindelof (£5.3m), who inadvertently bundled the ball into his own goal after David de Gea (£5.5m) had been robustly challenged from a corner.

Reflecting on that goal and the game overall, Solskjaer said:

I’m disappointed in that one by the referee. I think it’s a foul, especially in this day and age. Maybe in the eighties, it would have counted. He’s got his elbow, his hand over David’s shoulder, and an elbow in the face, so it’s a foul.

We dominated the game, we put pressure on them. We couldn’t really create the openings we wanted to after they scored. Before they scored, we had two or three decent opportunities to take the lead and that was the big difference.

When you have 20-odd shots and the pressure mounts, you expect us to score. Sometimes it’s quality, sometimes it’s luck. Yes, today they got the goal and had something to hang on to. The first half against Tottenham was similar to the first half against Everton in the way they defended against us.

While Freddie Ljungberg has had limited impact at Arsenal, Duncan Ferguson has roused Everton in the last two Gameweeks.

The uncertainty over who gets the job permanently at Goodison Park might be enough to put Fantasy managers off for the time being but the Toffees are just about over their recent tricky fixture run and have some appealing matches ahead.

Certainly, the visit of Arsenal on Saturday ought to hold little fear.

Hampered by injury and illness, Ferguson stuck to his guns with a 4-4-2 and deployed Mason Holgate (£4.4m) ‘out of position’ in central midfield.

The FPL defender duly responded with an excellent performance, even testing de Gea twice in the early stages (although one, admittedly, was an overhit cross).

Ferguson lost Djibril Sidibe (£5.4m) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.4m) to illness ahead of kick-off, while Lucas Digne (£5.7m) limped off with a recurrence of his groin problem with just 25 minutes gone.

Baines and the fit-again Seamus Coleman (£5.3m) barely put a foot wrong on their first-team returns, however, with the Everton backline in general looking solid and not allowing their hosts a single big chance after Lingard’s early turn and shot in the first minute.

The two-man attack of Richarlison (£7.8m) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.7m) continues to impress, meanwhile.

Neither delivered attacking returns on Sunday but both were a handful for United’s defence, with Calvert-Lewin indeed the one who impeded de Gea for Everton’s opener.

Both he and the ‘out of position’ Richarlison were on the scoresheet in Gameweek 16 and, should Ferguson still be in charge by the time Ljungberg’s troops visit Merseyside, the current Everton strike pair look like appealing short-term punts.

Ferguson said of his front two:

Richarlison always runs himself into the ground. We have a fantastic striker [Dominic Calvert-Lewin] who will chase everything, centre-backs getting in blocks and headers.

Reflecting on the game overall, the interim Everton boss said:

I think the 4-4-2 causes other team problems, you can get pressure on the ball and it worked really, really well.

Everyone was dropping like flies, we had a lot of sickness, but I like a 4-4-2 and thought Mason would do a good job in midfield and was proven correct. I thought he was tremendous, they all were.

We were fighting fires everywhere and Leighton was incredible. He will savour these moments when he retires.

They are fighting for us, fighting for the Club and fighting for myself and I could not be prouder of them. The boys were tremendous, they were warriors out there.

This shows we can compete against the best teams in the league if we put in the work, which we are. We have the quality and good players, they keep a good shape and defend well.

As the teamsheet below shows, Ferguson substituted a substitute in the dying stages: Moise Kean (£6.4m) being hauled off less than 20 minutes after his introduction, with the temporary Everton head coach explaining that he was merely looking to “kill a bit of time”.

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; James (Mata 85′), Lingard (Greenwood 64′), Rashford; Martial.

Everton (4-4-2): Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne (Baines 24′); Iwobi, Davies, Holgate, Bernard (Kean 70′ (Niasse 88′)); Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.

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1,042 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FPL FREAK
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 4 days ago

    WC TEAM:

    Gazzaniga. Button.
    Evans. Lundstram. Rico. Kelly. Reid.
    Mane. KDB. Son. Alli. Hayden.
    Vardy. Abraham. Rashford.

    Still 0.6 short...... Should I do Evans > Cahill and after few gws Rashford > Pukki /Ings to bring in Leicester defence...??

    Kelly. Lundstram. Rico. Cahill would do good in mean time..???

    1. FPL FREAK
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Anyone...??

      1. ResultatFar
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Do you know if Cahill is safe when Sakho is back from his red card soon?

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

          Cahill is safe imo

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

      I think team looks good- would not double up Palace in defence but you do need Leicester. Possibly you need to take some money from midfield- such as Alli (as you have Son) to Richarlison or Grealish.

      Please let me have your thoughts on my updated WC below

    3. DROP IT LIKE IT'S HART
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 4 days ago

      Who did you have in your team then? I have 10 of those players without Wildcarding.

      1. camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Yeah I have 9 soon to be 10..

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

      You don't have the budget to pull this off. Drop Mane, upgrade defense.

    5. Trossard or not Trossard
        1 month, 4 days ago

        Feels good to so soemone wildcard his team into the team I basically have! Yeah, Cahill's a good shout!

      • D.Glynn
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Not sure about Tammy, Double scoring mid under Jose might change. I'd prefer Salah to Mane.

      • Woy_is_back
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 4 days ago

        United and Wolves should go through, Arsenal byebye 😀

        1. bench boost for every gamew…
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          probably all three, Olympiakos on paper most tricky but spanish teams are quite good so not a walkover for Wolves. Brugge at about same level as AZ so could cause United some problems but those belgian teams have not the same standard as they used to.

          If Inter goes for it they are clear winners, Ajax too would cause all english teams problems. Inter might be busy fighting with Juve in Serie A so question mark over that i suppose.

          1. Trossard or not Trossard
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Brugge could be annoying but like you said, our Belgian sides shouldn't be that hard to beat.

        2. Le Bluff
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Rashford and Jimenez both appealing striker options this week, but I can't justify removing any of Vardy, Abraham or Ings.

          Captaincy is going to be a lottery - Vardy, Alli and KDB all in contention for me.

          Anybody else with any early captaincy shouts, and why?

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

            Go with Alli. Can see a brace.

            1. Le Bluff
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Agreed. I don't think Alli needs 'stats' to warrant consideration - he seems to be playing so close to Kane that he'll be on the end of things even if he isn't taking as many shots as the likes of Son.

          2. Evasivo
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Abraham could possibly be justified

            1. Le Bluff
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Yeah, true. I still think a nailed on, 7.5 striker for Chelsea is excellent value though. Fixtures are still okay too.

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

          Really disrespectful article title tbh... Should be changed.

          1. au hasard Marvin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Disrespectful to whom?

          2. Skonto Rigga
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Good point - will change 'struggle' to 'battle'.

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

              How about 'disappoint' 😛

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

          ryan (pope)
          soyuncu lundstram kelly (TAA tomori )
          KDB alli son cantwell (mane)
          vardy abraham mousset

          0.2 itb 1 FT

          really don't know what to do, any suggestions

          A) tomori -> rico
          B) tomori -> targett
          C) mane and mousset -> grealish and rashford
          D) other suggestion

          1. Bossworld
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 4 days ago

            I would do A and see if that gives you enough cash to do something useful with Cantwell.

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

              will have 0.6
              could do cantwell -> 5.2 midfielder with -4
              who do u suggest?

          2. Evasivo
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            I did Tomori>Willems last week fwiw

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

              this also an option
              but do u think it deserves to get a newcastle defender?

          3. Igor-Stimac
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Downgrade trent and upgrade Mousset to Jiminez?

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

              but jimenez after norwic has very tough fixtures

        5. Bossworld
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Would it be sacrilege to only make 6 changes on a GW20 WC (and effectively, only 5 if you factor in the 1FT)?

          Can't see the mileage in W/Cing in 19, and in 20 I'm still happy with a core of my team.

        6. Evasivo
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          People's thoughts on Abraham after a few blanks, sell or hold?

          I have Abraham Jimenez Vardy and tempted to do Abraham>Rashford with my FT

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Well I'm 0.1 off him to Jesus so I think he survives.

            1. Evasivo
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Snap, I'm £0.1m of Jesus too. Could be a great option and preferable imo over Rashford

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

            aguero return is imminent
            keep abraham mate

          3. bench boost for every gamew…
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            seems utterly nailed as first choice and while Chelsea are a bit unrealiable i think going forward he will do well in next fixtures. I´m not telling people to not get Rashford but as i said before Everton game; paying 9 million for a player that plays for team that struggles vs low defending teams and when you look at next 4 (now 3) fixtures that´the common between those teams you are reliant upon pens and thunderstrikes. United get pens and he´got a wonderful strike so could happen but i rather have one million cheaper (even more if bought early) striker for a team that plays to his strength albeit a little inconsistency here and there. Everton game kind of confirmed that.

          4. Igor-Stimac
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            I'd definitely do Abraham to Rashford. Not convinced of Chelsea's form atm.

        7. hustler7
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Rico or Targett in for Tomori? Or anyone else around the 4.5 mark?

          Rest of defence: Soyuncu Robertson Kelly Lord

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

            fixtures say targett

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

          Updated WC- enough in bank to get Salah in (for Richarlison) week 20.

          But could afford Sterling over Richarlison also until then

          Comments on this WC team welcome- moves to 3-5-2 /4-4-2 but easy to switch back to 3-4-3.

          Would you take Sterling over Richarlison until week 20?

          Ryan
          Aurier Lundstram Cahill
          Son KDB Alli Richarlison Grealish
          Rashford Vardy

          Button Rico Söyüncü Greenwood

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

            Exact front 8 (and Salah plan) I'm looking at for my wildcard so I like it.

          2. Pras Scott Talent
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Good team. For me TAA+Abraham > Rico+Rashford. Great midfield!

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

            Nice team.

        9. Salt'N'Pepe
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Yes or No:

          Salah + Pulisic -> Son + Martial (2FT)

          1. BenjoBD
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 4 days ago

            yes

          2. bench boost for every gamew…
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            no just the first one and then keep money so you can get back if you need Salah (and you will)

            Pulisic on left hand side vs Aurier, if i owned i would say, yes please.

            Martial vs deep and low defenses, being a crock, no thank you. I would prefer Maddison away to City above Martial

            1. Would Ed Woodward
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 4 days ago

              You think Pulisic starts ahead of Mount?

              1. bench boost for every gamew…
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 4 days ago

                No guarantees in life so cannot say that without being lampard himself, but if he opts for a more traditional midfield trio as he has done in previous games against top sides my guts says he plays Pulisic on left to exploit the weakness of Spurs´s right hand side. Mount is not really a winger, more a number ten or eight.

          3. Igor-Stimac
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Keep Salah, find a way to upgrade Pulisic to Son.

        10. Ghost86
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Would you WC this team now or wait a few weeks?

          Pope
          Robbo Soync Rico Lund Lascelles
          Mane KDB Alli Pulisic Mount
          Vardy Jimenez Greenwood

          2FT 0.1itb

          1. au hasard Marvin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            I'll wildcard any team.

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

            wildcard mate
            now it's the time with liverpool blanking next gameweek
            take the advantage now

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

          If you could own 1 midfielder this week who would it be? Any price!

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

            Richarlison

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

              Thanks, leaning towards him, looking for a player for 1 week mané replacement before I get salah in

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

                Depends if Freddie is still at the wheel.

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

            grealish

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

              Likely to have him anyway but thanks 🙂

          3. Igor-Stimac
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Salah!

        12. Flynny
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Hi. Would really appreciate some advice on best use of 2ft and 0.7mitb here please

          Pope
          Taa lunds aurier soy rico
          Mane kdb maddison alli nakamba
          Vardy abraham jiminez.

          Thinking jiminez and TAA to rashford and Kelly/ Cahill - but open to ideas! Thanks

          1. Evasivo
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Can you do Maddison>Grealish

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

              Cheers. Not sure want to lose maddison....been excellent for me...

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

            how about mane and jimmy to Son And Rashford. Or if you need the funds for a quick Mane return... mane and Nakamba for Son, Grealish.

          3. Igor-Stimac
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Wouldn't drop Jimi.

        13. Iceball
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          The big question is, A or B?

          A) After 2ft my team could look like this, wait with WC until GW19 or 20
          Ryan Button
          TAA Lund Rico Kelly Söy
          Sterling KDB Son Pulisic Cantwell
          Vardy Abraham Ings

          B) WC now - Possible WC
          Ryan Button
          Vertongen Lund Rico Kelly Targett
          Sterling KDB Son Alli Grealish
          Vardy Rashford Ayew

        14. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Watford defence anyone?
          Yes, conceded 2 but looked a lot better against Pool and at 4.2/4.3 could be a good bench warmer over this period with odd cleanie

          1. kamdaraji
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            not for me

          2. BigBillyBass
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 4 days ago

            U okay?

          3. bench boost for every gamew…
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Janmaat out for a sustained period would make Femenia a good option. Not going to score much so i think they will set up for cs. and he is a bps monster. Cheap version of aurier, good attacking, sloppy in defending, worse team but maybe at tad more set up for cs?

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

            More clean sheets than most

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

              Same as Liverpool

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

            Looking at Kiko as a cheap, rotating defender. Do we know when Janmaat is expected back?

        15. Godfrey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 4 days ago

          For weeks now I float around rank 100k. 10k seems far away...

          1. kamdaraji
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            look at you! I'm at around 700k!

            1. kamdaraji
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              mind you I was 4.9m in rank after the end of gw5 so a jump of over 4 million places.

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

            Still a decent rank and plenty of time to go! I’m slowly climbing, up to 300k

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

            170k after this week. Its round about now when you can make the decision to play it fairly safe and float around the same level till its chip season around April. Or its boom or bust with all these christmas fixtures. I'm going for it this christmas!! Grealish captain next week!!!

          4. Igor-Stimac
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Two good gameweeks and you can make that gap.

        16. Tonyawesome69
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 4 days ago

          RP due to no reply in original post.

          Any suggestions with the second transfer?

          First transfer zaha > grealish. Plan to keep mane (had him since GW1).

          2ft 0itb
          pope
          lundy dunk willem rico
          maddi KDB son zaha*
          rash vardy

          ryan connolly* mane TAA*

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

            TAA to Aurier + Zaha to Alli

          2. lindeg
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 4 days ago

            maddi to lucas/alli/richarli

        17. lindeg
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 4 days ago

          play one:

          A: Tomori (if hes fit)
          B: Saka

          1. BigBillyBass
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Dumb & Dumber

            1. lindeg
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 4 days ago

              i know

        18. Eric Banternaaa
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          7 Green arrows in a row!

          Henderson Button
          TAA Soyuncu Lund Rico Kelly
          KDB Mane Maddison Son Dendoncer
          Vardy Jimi Abraham

          2FT 0.0ITB.

          Happy with team, thinking of doing Button to Martin. Any other suggestions?

          1. BigBillyBass
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 4 days ago

            You’re 0.1 short for that

        19. DA Minnion
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          What did yous think of Duncan Ferguson's antics yesterday. Jacket off all business like.
          Mossy on, mossy off, and then ignoring him whilst letting himself be interviewed on the pitch after the game. Liking the limelight a bit too much I think.

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            No opinion just yet.

          2. bench boost for every gamew…
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Had a bit of a rant on that after i´ve seen it, in my view he broke two unspoken rules or gentlemanship agreement that is crucial to the game; you are not subbing a sub, that´s unheard of even if your are displeased with him (and whilst it being so, then you at least should be man enough to say that and nit just pretend it was a time killer). If you are a coach and displeased with someone then you take that face to face in a a conversation after the game. And it broke in my view the idea of football as a sport that celebrates togetherness and respect. When doing that he he left him totally alone in front or among somewhat 50k audience and some million tele-audience. I crumbled inside when i watched him. Hope his team mates saw that and reacts with a Southampton like performance vs Arsenal so he can feel that gruelling feeling of standing alone among thousands of people. Plain idiot as he also was when on the field

        20. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Would you upgrade Henderson to Guaita if no other issues?

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

            You have other issues. It's a blank GW.

            1. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 4 days ago

              Thinking of benching Mane/TAA as I want them back:

              Henderson
              Rico, Aurier, Lundstram
              Cantwell, Maddison, Alli, Son (c)
              Vardy, Abraham, Rashford (VC)

              Subs: Button, Soyuncu, Mane, TAA

              1 FT, 0.6 in the bank

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

                Lose TAA.

                1. RamaJama
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Find it hard to see any really exciting options short term, and I have a def, Soy, on the bench

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

                Could also do Maddison to Richarlison, he's scored 4 in his last 6, 3 away and 1 home though. Is it maby Everton's setup that makes him more likely to score away, or is it just a coinsidence?

                1. Would Ed Woodward
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  Setup shouldn't matter vs Arsenal's non-existent defence, easiest attacking fixture in the league at the moment imo.

                  1. RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 4 days ago

                    Looks great as long as he continues to play as a striker

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

            for sure. Guita will be my only transfer next week. It makes it so much easier when your questioning whether to start Kelly or not. I've benched 14 points from Kelly recently but Guita would just be a set and forget option.

          3. Igor-Stimac
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Yes, Sheff about to hit some poor fixtures.

        21. larryofiah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 4 days ago

          zaha and greenwood out for (grealish & rashford), (traore & rashford) or (cantwell and jesus)

          1. lindeg
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 4 days ago

            greeny might get a run in the team, wouldnt get rash (striker that plays lm) or jesus (aguero coming back) atm

        22. fgdu
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Maddison + Robbo -> De Bruyne + Kelly (-4)

          should i do it?!

        23. The Mighty Whites
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Thoughts? 2FT, 1.8 ITB -

          Henderson, Button

          TAA, Pereira, Lundstram, Cahill, Rico

          Mane, KDB, Alli, Maddison, Nakamba

          Vardy, Jimenez, Ings

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

          Best 2 week punt for Mane? Plan to get Salah anyway

          1. BenjoBD
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Spurs assets

        25. unitednations
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Couple of quick questions:

          1) Is there a chance that either Lundy / Rico / Kelly don't play this gw? My other defenders are TAA and Lascelles (who i plan to remove on my WC in gw20). So yeah if there is a very good chance all 3 will play, then i don't have to waste an FT

          2) Best combo for next two gw's? Already have Kdb and Alli fyi.
          A) Sterling + Grealish + 2m to upgrade Ings > Tammy in gw19
          B) Sterling + Pulisic + 2FTs next gw to make some 1 week punts
          C) Son + Martial/Richarlison + 2m to upgrade Ings > Tammy in gw19

        26. LM00091
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 4 days ago

          G2G for GW18?

          (3-4-3)
          Ryan / (Button)
          Baldock, Lundtsram, Kelly (Rico, Söyüncü)
          KDB, Son, Grealish, Maddison (Mane)
          Rashford(c), Vardy, Abraham

          What do you think about the defence? Is it a mistake leaving Rico out of the squad when he's playing at home?

        27. Cruz88
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          I swapped Dendonk for KDB (little upgrade there) using Trent > Rico, as I couldn't decide who to lose from my attacking options:

          Henderson
          Soy Lund Kelly Rico (4.4 TBD)
          Mane Son Alli KDB Maddison
          Vardy Jimi Abraham

          I'm ok with rotation over the next few weeks (as there's a few that have tricky fixtures in there), but who would you be looking to move on when the time comes, so I can invest a little more in defence (and save myself the benching headache)?

        28. danishdynamite
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Had this week’s moves lined up for a while: TAA & Ings to Aurier & Rashford

          However: the reemergence of Salah has me looking at another option; (18) TAA > Kelly (19) Zaha & Ings > Salah & cheap-forward-fodder. So, a cheap at the back 352

          Prices look to be on the move this evening, and I’m tight on dosh, so – tonight’s the night: A or B.

          (Current team FWIW)
          Pope/Button
          TAA / Soy / Lund / Rico / Lowton
          Mane / Son / KDB / Grealish / Zaha
          Vardy / Tammy / Ings

        29. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 4 days ago

          Martial only touching the ball once in the penalty area against Everton is a pretty poor stat. Not convinced on him but can't afford Rashford.

          1. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 4 days ago

            Plenty of alternatives, don't have to get a Utd player.