Dugout Discussion

Pogba on the bench as United and Watford name unchanged starting XIs

The first of two Premier League matches to take place on Sunday kicks off at 14:00 GMT, with Manchester United the visitors to Watford.

Both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Nigel Pearson have named unchanged starting XIs from the sides that lined up in Gameweek 17.

There is a surprise returnee among the substitutes, however, as Paul Pogba (£8.4m) makes the United matchday squad for the first time since the end of September.

Mason Greenwood (£4.3m) is also on the bench for the visitors, as Anthony Martial (£7.7m) once again leads the line in front of an attacking midfield trio of Marcus Rashford (£9.1m), Daniel James (£6.2m) and Jesse Lingard (£6.3m).

Rashford was the most-bought Fantasy Premier League forward of Gameweek 18, with just under 290,000 managers drafting the United striker into their teams.

The England international was also the second-most-popular captaincy option this weekend, having been handed the armband by over 800,000 FPL bosses.

Rashford has only blanked twice since a ‘two-pointer’ in Gameweek 8.

Both he and Martial were on target when these two sides last met in March.

Adam Masina (£4.3m) and Roberto Pereyra (£5.6m) are both fit to return for the Hornets but only make the bench.

Troy Deeney (£6.2m) gets his fourth straight start up front following his recent return from a long-term injury.

Interested is limited in Pearson’s troops from a Fantasy perspective: not one of Watford’s players is owned by more than 2% of FPL bosses.

The Hornets have only scored in one of their last five home fixtures, with that solitary strike coming from the penalty spot against Chelsea.

United are without a clean sheet in 12 Premier League matches, however.

Watford XI: Foster, Mariappa, Kabasele, Cathcart, Femenía, Hughes, Capoue, Sarr, Doucouré, Deulofeu, Deeney.

Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, James, Lingard, Rashford, Martial.


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1,381 Comments Post a Comment
  1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Quick! Let’s switch Rashford (3 blanks in his last 10, 9.1m) to Kane (6 blanks in his last 10, 10.9m). What could possibly go wrong?

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

      Look at Kanes fixtures bro

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Already maxed out on Spurs

    2. FDMS All Starz
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      You must have forgotten to see the Burnley match

    3. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Your fpl link is broken

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Cheers! Fixed it

    4. HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Spurs face (BHA nor sot wat NOR) in 5 of their next 6 fixtures. Perfect time for Kane to get back in contention for golden boot. Will be a great differential as many will be put off due to his price.

      1. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Kane has 5 goals in 6 in all competitions under Mourinho He's only going to improve given the world class forward he is.

        Fpl is all about getting ahead of the curve

  2. Woy_is_back
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Rash and Martial biggest traps lol

    1. Here Comes The Son ★
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Their delts are bigger

    2. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      United players are a trap. United fan here.

      1. The Fed
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Martial should have had 3 assists today, his teammates blew 3 100% chances. He also had several shots on goals and he is a forward classified as a midfielder.

    3. Ser Davos
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Martial yes, but not Rashford. He's been an excellent prospect for a while.

      Rash or diddly squat from OT I think

    4. Railwayman
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Rash disappointed me, have him just 2 weeks and 2 blanks from him 🙁

  3. HurriKane
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Since the start of last season, no player has made more errors leading to goals in the Premier League than David de Gea (6). Gifts.

    What happened to DDG ?

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Back to reality

      1. teneighty
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Oops there goes gravity.

    2. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Head not in right place. Needs to be dropped for a while now.

      1. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        This. Romero has done really well in the games he started

    3. FDMS All Starz
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Must be depressed after Courtois joined Madrid instead of him

    4. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      When the opposition have a hundred shots a game you get more
      Opportunities to make errors

    5. Ser Davos
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Am I vaguely correct in thinking that he was top dog until WC 2018 and he's been very inconsistent since?

      1. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Yh had a torrid world cup as well

        His confidence has gone since then

    6. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      He is average GK. Phil Jones made him looks better than he is

    7. Zlatanzo
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Playing with a bunch of duds around him has taken its toll

      • Lindelol
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Well smalling has gone to Roma

    8. Ser Davos
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Went Aurier (first time in team), but wondering if Vert would have been better for .1 more? Recent hauls from left back are somewhat reminiscent of his first season under AVB marauding forwarding (Old Trafford 12-13 for example) like Vermaelen. Curtailed as a CB under Poch

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I don't have the stats but I doubt he's marauding forward, he's preferred at LB because he can tuck in and become a back 3 with Aurier given free reign to attack because he's a defensive calamity.

        1. Kevin de Blanke
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          This is what I've seen in Mourinho games, It's basically a back 3 with Vert when attacking

    9. DMP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      C mon Sonny my Son(c). Only you and Alli left to save this Misery.

    10. JK 171
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Sold Rashford this week for Kane (c)!! I was confident Rashford would blank but never confident Kane would deliver so here goes!! G/l Harry may your fantasy points be plentiful.

      1. DMP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        WP.

        1. JK 171
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Cheers but like I say was never confident with Kane (c) hope he proves me wrong.

    11. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Only Kane haul and Son blank can save this GW. Lets go.

    12. Lebowski85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I've got 2FT and 0.7 ITB. How to solidify this squad.

      Schmeichal
      TAA Robertson Pereria Lundstram Aurier
      Mane KdB Ali Zaha Grealish
      Vardy Ings Mousset

      I'd love to get Salah in but would need to sacrifice KdB or Ali...which seems silly.

    13. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I hope the players I own do well

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I hope the players you own do well too. I also hope we own the same players.

    14. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Spurs will inflict a heavy deafeat on Chelsea. Chelsea fan here.

      1. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Both are average teams could go anyway

    15. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Harry Maguire

      lol

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

      Couple of Tammy goals & a few G&A from Son Alli combo 😉

    17. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      3 at the back for Chelsea.

      Think that helps Alli as the 3 CBs cover Son, Kane and Moura.

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

        that leaves kante to deal with alli 😉

    18. tafrère
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      36 pts and Alli (C), Son, Abraham and Aurier waiting ! So hype about this game, finally getting inside the top 1m I hope.

    19. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I've said it before and I will say it again, the picture editor who chooses the article pics is the real star of this site.

      1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Agreed.

      2. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Sadist

    20. RedWolf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Rashford and Abraham out,
      Kane and Maupay in.

      Worth doing?

      1. MoManeTaa
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Stay with Abraham

      2. Zlatanzo
          2 months, 4 days ago

          don't like it

      3. Tsparkes10
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Just woke up and a great result to see 🙂 few in my ML capt Rashford and I avoided man u. Also means we're minimum 6th for Christmas! Buzzing

      4. MoManeTaa
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Aurrier n Tammy are my differentials over my ML rival and I need 8+ plus points from these two players to move to the top

        Do I have a chance?

        1. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Yes.

      5. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Hopefully the commentators got the memo about not using the phrase " Christmas Cracker "

        1. Fred54
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Racist.....??

      6. Niho992
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Tomori and Mount going to haul this one !

        1. Ser Davos
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Just about to post exactly the same. Can feel they're about to troll us big time!

        2. Slouch87 Nirvana Scott Tale…
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Oh dear.

          1. Niho992
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 4 days ago

            As i said. Slouch proved again that he is fraud.

            1. Slouch87 Nirvana Scott Tale…
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Niho proving yet again that he is an expert in talking nonsense. Since when has the 3 points Mount got been regarded as a haul or is that a haul by your standards ?

      7. Trophé Mourinho
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Will Aurier haul? Outscore Alli?

        • Railwayman
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Need a monster haul from Son (C) and Aurier to save my gameweek.

          1. Revival
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            relax....Aurier 3 baps already locked in

          2. DF
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            me too brother.

        • joeyc_3
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Thoughts on

          Zaha (5th mid) and Maddison > Alli and 5m mid

          Was going to do Jiminez to Rashford this week but just not feeling that now.

        • Trophé Mourinho
            2 months, 4 days ago

            oh, Rashford>Pukki is abundantly clear. Pukki has Villa next..

            1. Would Ed Woodward
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 4 days ago

              That could be a goalfest.

              1. Trophé Mourinho
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Pukki could get a hatti in that alone

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    As a man who held on to Pukki for the Watford game earlier in the season.....don’t be so sure!

                    1. Trophé Mourinho
                        2 months, 4 days ago

                        idk, Villa are atrocious. How can he not score lol, altho you probably said the same 😀

                        Ah he cant do any worse than Rashford will, and his price point makes things happen for me.

              2. TheDragon
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 4 days ago

                With all the anticipation - you just know this game will end 1-1 with Kante & Dier goals

              3. The Mandalorian
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Playing a ghost team this week

                1. Trophé Mourinho
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    I have an Australian with a dead team this week in the cup, its a miracle im going to progress

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

                  As a Utd fan that sucked, as an FPL manager it couldn’t have gone better

                  Always pros and cons

                3. Here Comes The Son ★
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Sorry for the off topic question but help me out.

                  Would you buy a christmas card for a 1 year old?

                  1. _Ninja_
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    No

                  2. TheDragon
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    No...surely just send a card to the child’s parents as a card to all the family?

                  3. Eat my goal!
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    Just chop down the amazon for those that can’t read

                4. Earn your Spurs
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Who scores more today?
                  a> Kane (c)
                  b> Son and Alli

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    It had better be B

                  2. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    B as both more likely to score than Kane.

                5. El Fenomeno R9
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Anyone worse than 22,captain played