Scout Notes

Rashford and Martial reward patience in big win over Newcastle

Manchester United players rewarded the patience shown by owners in Gameweek 19.

Despite losing at Watford and going behind against Newcastle, they went on to win 4-1 at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, owners of Sheffield United defenders were left disappointed by Watford getting a breakaway goal at Bramall Lane.

We’ve got all the latest Fantasy Premier League talking points from those two matches in this Scout Notes article.

Man United 4-1 Newcastle

Goals: Anthony Martial x2 (£7.7m), Mason Greenwood (£4.3m), Marcus Rashford (£9.1m) | Matthew Longstaff (£4.5m)

Assists: Andreas Pereira (£4.9m), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.3m) | Joelinton (£5.6m)

Bonus Points: Martial x3, Greenwood x2, Wan-Bissaka x1

Manchester United attacking assets went some way to disproving the theory that they can only deliver against bigger clubs as they thrashed Newcastle 4-1 on Boxing Day.

Following a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Watford, Fantasy managers were perhaps a little less trusting of Marcus Rashford (£9.1m) and Anthony Martial (£7.7m) but, despite a disappointing start to their Gameweek 19 match, the Red Devils responded ruthlessly.

Martial bagged himself a brace for a 15-point haul and arguably could have netted a hat-trick while Rashford nodded home his 11th league goal of the campaign and scored six points.

While Newcastle did gift two goals to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, seeing them take apart a side that had, to some extent, set themselves up to defend should encourage owners of Manchester United attackers.

They had been accused of not being able to break down compact sides recently but did it perfectly at Old Trafford.

Crucially, the fact that Manchester United were 4-1 up around the hour-mark provided Solskjaer with the opportunity to rest Rashford and Martial in the final 30 minutes – all but securing both starts and relatively fresh bodies for the two players ahead of their Gameweek 20 trip to Burnley.

Owners may feel considerably more positive about that match after Manchester United’s Boxing Day exploits. Not only did they punish Newcastle, Burnley have also conceded at least three times in each of their last four against last season’s top-six.

Solskjaer’s men could be further boosted at Turf Moor by a first start since returning from injury for Paul Pogba (£8.4m).

For the second league match in a row, the Frenchman featured as a second-half substitute at Old Trafford on Boxing Day but an injury to Scott McTominay (£5.1m), as well as 45 minutes against Newcastle, may see him come into the team on Saturday.

“Paul (Pogba) it’s too early to demand too much of him. He’s worked really hard but then it’s been a long lay off. We’ll have to drip feed him in and gradually play him more and more.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Having said that, Solskjaer did hand starts on Boxing Day to Andreas Pereira (£4.9m) and Mason Greenwood (£4.3m) in more attacking roles than was afforded to Pogba.

“Andreas (Pereira) and Mason (Greenwood) have done well and they’ll give us fresh legs.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Therefore, with McTominay potentially out for a prolonged period, as is possible, Pogba may well find himself deployed in a deeper role than Fantasy managers would like.

“(McTominay) has done his ligament in the knee. Don’t know how bad. Biggest heart of the lot. Played until half-time. Not sure if he will be fit for Saturday. Probably not.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): de Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Lindelöf, Wan-Bissaka; Fred, McTominay (Pogba 46′); Rashford (Lingard 63′), A Pereira, Greenwood; Martial (Mata 67′).

Newcastle United XI (3-5-2): Dúbravka; Lejeune, Fernández, Schär (Krafth 88′); Willems, Almirón (Yedlin 63′), S Longstaff, M Longstaff, Maquillo; Gayle (Atsu 59′), Joelinton.

Sheffield United 1-1 Watford

Goals: Oliver Norwood (£4.9m) | Gerard Deulofeu (£6.1m)

Assists: George Baldock (£5.0m) | Nathaniel Chalobah (£4.4m)

Bonus Points: Norwood x3, Chalobah x2, Baldock x1

Amid heavy backing for Gameweek 19, the Sheffield United defence was let down by a rare lapse of concentration against Watford.

As per usual, the Blades gave little quarter in their latest Premier League match, restricting the Hornets, typically goal-shy anyway, to just five shots, three in the box and two on target.

Despite that, and registering 12 penalty area shots of their own, Chris Wilder’s men were unable to find a way to win.

The roughly 80,000 Fantasy managers who captained John Lundstram (£5.2m) can certainly feel somewhat unfortunate not to get returns at either end of the pitch.

As already mentioned, Watford managed to make the most of their only big chance of the game, Gerard Deulofeu (£6.1m), deployed on the flanks of attacking midfield, converting at Dean Henderson‘s (£4.8m) near-post after going through on goal from a Nathaniel Chalobah (£4.4m) pass.

By comparison, John Egan (£4.5m) had four chances inside the Watford box but could not get any of them on target, while Ben Foster (£4.8m) did well to stop Oli McBurnie (£5.7m) twice.

“My players were really not at it today as well as they have been. These are precious points in the Premier League and we will take one and move on. We have a positive result even if it was not one of our best and most positive performances. We never played with our drive and energy that got us into this position. If you’re not at full tilt, you will not get the result you want.” – Chris Wilder

While Sheffield United were disappointed not to win at Bramall Lane, Nigel Pearson continues to be pleased with the progress being made at Watford since he took over.

During his short tenure, the Hornets have claimed four points from a possible nine against Liverpool, Manchester United and this season’s surprise package in the Blades.

With Gameweek 20 pitting Watford against Aston Villa who, despite a Boxing Day clean sheet at home to Norwich, have been poor at the back this year, we should keep an eye on their assets as they continue to improve.

“We were far from at our best today. But what should give us encouragement is even when we have not been playing as fluently as we can do, we get something out of it. We still have enough time and games to affect our own season, and it is as simple as that in my view.” – Nigel Pearson

Sheffield United XI (3-5-2): D Henderson; O’Connell, Egan, Basham; Stevens, Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram, Baldock; McGoldrick, McBurnie (Mousset 63′).

Watford XI (4-2-3-1): Foster; Femenía, Cathcart, Kabasele, Mariappa; Hughes, Capoue; Deulofeu, Chalobah (Dawson 89′), Sarr (Pereyra 46′); Deeney (A Gray 80′).

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2,334 Comments Post a Comment
  1. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 1 day ago

    Cant decide which combo i want on a WC. what would you chose?

    A) Rashford + Alli + Grealish or
    B) Martial + Alli + Maddison or
    C) Martial + Rashford + Maddison

    I really like A but wish it included maddison

    1. Naeems9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 1 day ago

      A

    2. umerlfc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      B

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      A is a nice balance. I’d go there. Those are their teams best players so makes sense

    4. mojoindojo
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      A

  2. luk46
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 1 day ago

    Who would you have on wc?

    A - Romeu + Ings
    B - Maupay + Cantwell

    1 - Grealish + Rashford
    2 - Maddison/Martial + Jimenez

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      A1

  3. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 1 day ago

    Had a bit of an FPL Christmas miracle yesterday in regards to the cup.

    Before the Pool game all I had was 24 points with TAA, Mane, Vardy and KDB left.
    My opponent had 15 points with Robbo, Mane, Vardy, Maddison, Ndidi and KDB captain.

    So I was only 9 in front and my only differential was TAA...

    Now im on 60 with kdb left, he is on 33 with KDB cap left, so he needs a KDB 28 pointer to beat me. So TAA + 9 points owned Robbo, Maddison, Ndidi and an extra KDB 😀

    Unreal

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 1 day ago

      sorry im on 54 not 60, my bad. He needs 26 from KDB*

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 1 day ago

        Fck my my maths failing me, he needs like 22 or something lol. It wont happen is the point 😀

    2. LC1
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Decent! Fair play!

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 1 day ago

        Cant believe it, when I saw only TAA could save me I was like 🙁 no chance, he has Robbo. Then TAA masterclass

  4. tristanabc
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 1 day ago

    I have 2 FTs and 0.0 ITB, where is best to spend?

    A) Pope -> Ramsdale
    B) Tammy -> Ings/Maupay/Wilson (punt)
    C) Tammy + Zaha -> Maupay + B.Silva
    D) Tammy + Kelly -> Maupay + Mendy

    Pope Heaton
    TAA Lund Soy Kelly Rico
    Mane KDB Alli Zaha Cantwell
    Vardy Rashford Tammy

  5. akhilrajau
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 1 day ago

    Which one u prefer to move out for 2 Ft
    A. Lundstram and Fernandez
    B. Lundstram and Grealish
    C. Lundstram and Ings
    D. Fernandez and Grealish
    E. Fernandez and Ings
    E. Fernandez and Rashford

    1. stepper1971
        9 months, 1 day ago

        E for me, cant get rid of Lund or Ings

        1. akhilrajau
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 1 day ago

          I am planning to get in walkwr. So is it worth. Which one replace rashford

    2. LC1
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Afternoon all!
      Hope everyone’s having a good GW.

      Finally seeing some green arrows!
      Any advice on what to do with my 2 FTs would be much appreciated;

      Henderson
      TAA Soy Rico Lund Kelly
      Mane KDB Alli Grealish Dendo
      Vardy Abraham Jiménez.

      2 FTs and 2.2 ITB.

      Could do Henderson to Gazzaniga and Mane to Salah?

      Or Jiménez to Firmino?

      Any comments are much appreciated

      Thank you!

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      HELP!! Haha. 1FT, 2.0itb.

      Tammy >>
      A. Rashford
      B. Deulofeu
      C. Ings
      D. Maupay
      E. Save

      Pope
      TAA • Soy • Aurier
      Mané • Richarlison • KDB • Alli • Grealish
      Vardy • Tammy
      (McGov. Rico. Greeny. Lundy)

    4. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Bottomed... appreciate any thoughts

      TAA, Aurier, Chilwell,
      Alli, Madds, KDB, Grealish,
      Kane (c), Rash, Vardy

      4.0, Kelly, Lund, Cantwell

      1 FT, 0.4 ITB

      Any moves required here or save FT?

      1. Stram Dunk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        9 months, 1 day ago

        Save.
        Really nice team!

    5. OneMan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Whats everyone doing with their Sheffield defenders given the fixtures are dire for the next few weeks ?

      1. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 1 day ago

        Paid 4.0 for the allmighty Lord. Season keeper and will just bench him.

        1. OneMan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 1 day ago

          Problem is I have 2 Sheffield defenders.

          1. St Pauli Walnuts
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 1 day ago

            Keep Lund, ditch the other.

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 1 day ago

        Keeping Lundstram. He’s basically an attacking mid though

    6. JBG
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Not sure what to do this gw:

      Henderson-Button
      TAA-Chilwell-Willems-Williams-Lundstram
      Mane-Martial-Alli-Zaha-Dendoncker
      Rashford-Vardy-Jimenez

      1.3 itb 1ft.

      Should I:

      1. Henderson to Ryan/Guaita/Ramsdale
      2. Williams to Cathcart/Rico/Kelly
      3. Mane to Salah
      4. Save the ft

      Any feedback is much appreciated.

    7. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Abraham thread. What to do with him?

      Keep or ship him out? Who is the best replacement? Not much options imo. Firmino and Deulo for short term punts, don't rate Rashford and Ings has tough fixtures.

    8. manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      A) Rashford Kiko/Webster
      B) Ings Robertson

    9. umerlfc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      How's the WC team?

      Ramsdale Button
      TAA Lund Soyuncu Aurier Kelly
      Mane KDB Alli Maddison Martial
      Vardy Ings Greenwood

      1. zon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 1 day ago

        Kelly a transfer waiting to happen, Martial a injury waiting to happen. Overall looks good.

    10. Berbakay
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Rashford -> Ings
      Ward -> TAA

      With a 4 point hit

      ?

      1. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 1 day ago

        No

    11. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 1 day ago

      benching Lunds (City away) for Rico (BHA away) is ok?
      Many doing that?

    12. Lord of Ings
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Quick captain poll guys?
      Tough one considering all the benching,so I'm going for Kane (c).

      1. Garfield1001
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 1 day ago

        No doubts that he will be too tired to start?

    13. umerlfc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      On a WC

      Soyuncu or Sidibe?

      1. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 1 day ago

        Both

    14. dopellganger
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Opinion on this?

      Schmeichel ( Pope )
      Taa Aurier Pereira ( Lundy Rico )
      Mane Alli Grealish Zaha ( Cantwell )
      Rashford Vardy Ings

      1FT , 1.2 itb.

      Any change suggest?
      Maybe downgrade Pope to Button , save 0.6m as Schmeichel got good games//

    15. llmja
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      2FT 1.8m ITB

      A.Tammy to Firmino
      B.Tammy + Soy to TAA + Ing

    16. Garfield1001
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Assuming no issues with yellows are we confident that Trent starts both games against Wolves and Sheff Utd?

    17. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Alli>Eriksen? Inspired or idiotic?

      1. Holmes
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 1 day ago

        In between

      2. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 1 day ago

        Just dont.

      3. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 1 day ago

        I probably wont, but Eriksen playing 90 and getting returns I know its coming..

        1. GloryManUnited
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 1 day ago

          Based on what? All signs point to otherwise

    18. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 1 day ago

      Repost. Need your opinion fellas.

      I think im doing those moves for a hit.

      Sterling and Jimenez to Salah and Maupay for -4.

      Salah came off early yesterday and Sterling has 1 day less of rest so he could rest vs SHU.

      Wolves have game tonight and then away at Anfield and they could rotate as well like Brighton.

      Maupay came from bench yesterday so he is certain starter.

      1. Reiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 1 day ago

        I like the move. Just brought Maupay in myself - sure to start and likely to deliver.