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Man United toothless without Rashford as Pope punishes sellers again

Man United 0-2 Burnley

Goals: Chris Wood (£6.2m), Jay Rodriguez (£5.7m)

Assists: Ben Mee (£5.0m), Wood

Bonus Points: Wood x3, Nick Pope x2 (£4.6m), Mee x1

Manchester United have now gone 180 Premier League minutes without a goal in the absence of the injured Marcus Rashford (£9.0m).

The centre-forward has missed both fo the last two outings and in neither one has Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side looked like threatening their opposition.

While that came as no real surprise against Liverpool in Gameweek 23, for it to continue at home to a relatively out-of-form Burnley side is a new low for Manchester United and their Fantasy prospects.

Coming into Double Gameweek 24, the Clarets had conceded 23 goals in seven matches against last season’s top-six, the worst of any side in the league.

But they left Old Trafford with a 2-0 win and a clean sheet, their first shut-out since Gameweek 18.

That came as particularly frustrating news to those who sold Nick Pope (£4.6m) recently.

After a period of poor form and a high number of shots in the box and big chances conceded, suffered a slew of sales between Gameweeks 22 and 24.

However, he has now recorded back-to-back double-figure hauls saving the penalty on the way to 12 points against Leicester and pulling in 10 at Manchester United, courtesy of a clean sheet, seven largely routine saves and two bonus.

“I’m just so pleased for the players because they have to stay resilient through those tough times and ups and downs. The last two games have been a brilliant reward for staying true to what we believe in.” – Sean Dyche

Have Pope’s last two matches been serious cause for bringing the goalkeeper back into a Fantasy side? That’s entirely possible.

The Clarets have made impressive improvements against Leicester and United and now go on a run of Arsenal (home), Southampton (away), Bournemouth (home) and Newcastle (away).

For those without a slot for Pope in their squad, Charlie Taylor (£4.2m) has now started the last seven in a row at left-back and offers a much cheaper price than Ben Mee (£5.0m) and James Tarkowski (£5.1m).

Meanwhile, Chris Wood (£6.2m) secured himself a 12-point haul to continue an excellent run of recent form.

He scored and assisted in the 2-0 win at Old Trafford, and now has four attacking returns since Gameweek 21, boding well ahead of those aforementioned favourable fixtures.

On the Manchester United side of the divide, Anthony Martial (£7.9m) remains the most likely to find the breakthrough in Rashford’s absence, continuing in his centre-forward position.

He had chances to score but was denied by Pope on more than one occasion.

Naturally, Martial is suffering from reduced support provided by the attacking midfield. Without Rashford drifting in from his station on the left flank, it was easier for Mee and Tarkowski to marshal Martial on Wednesday evening.

Daniel James (£6.0m) and Andreas Pereira (£4.9m) were the options either side of the Frenchman while Juan Mata (£6.2m) operated as the number 10.

That meant yet another match on the bench for Mason Greenwood (£4.4m), who continues to frustrate his 13.3% ownership.

Despite recent comments from Solskjaer that the youngster would get more game-time while Rashford recovers from a long-term injury, Greenwood featured only in the second half against Burnley.

With Wolves (home) and Chelsea (away) up next and the problems ongoing at Manchester United, their assets are increasingly looking less attractive, especially without Rashford.

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): de Gea; Williams (Shaw 69′), Maguire, P Jones, Wan-Bissaka; Matić, Fred; D James (Lingard 69′), Mata, A Pereira (Greenwood 46′); Martial.

Burnley XI (4-4-2): Pope; C Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; McNeil, Cork, Westwood, Hendrick; Rodriguez, Wood.

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760 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Young Lingard
      25 days, 29 mins ago

      Best thing about it is that the west ham game next week the muppetry will be in overdrive as that’s the ‘easier’ fixture to rest players.
      Contrary to most I want all players to stay fit and start if the best teams out the best return is possible . Good luck all

      I swear if dendocker

      1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 7 Years
        25 days, 22 mins ago

        That is the game Mane will warm the bench.

      2. DandyDon
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 20 mins ago

        You could see it that way or it could be that he rests people against Shrewsbury at the weekend and starts his best team in an away PL match. May also rest some the following home game. Seems more likely to me.

    • Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      25 days, 28 mins ago

      2-2 draw would be perfect for me.

      Mane OG and Coady goals for Wolves (Dendoncker and Jonny assist)
      Salah brace with Henderson assist and no assist

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        25 days, 27 mins ago

        Why not two OGs for Sadio?

        1. Zilla
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 26 mins ago

          Cause OG for Salah

        2. Coys96
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 26 mins ago

          I own and wanna keep slightly realistic 😉

      2. Pras Scott Talent
        • 8 Years
        25 days, 21 mins ago

        These posts are such fun to read. So what do you want in the WHam game then?

        1. Coys96
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 12 mins ago

          Same, give Leicester a slight chance too

    • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 7 Years
      25 days, 23 mins ago

      People asking what to do before the game begins? I have a plan.
      1. Name the worst captaincy experience in FPL.
      2. State the reason.

      I will start you off.

      1. Aguero and Silva Captaincy where both did not feature.
      2. Pep roulette.

      1. The_Fish
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 20 mins ago

        TC Kane 2 seasons ago. Think he was ill. 1 point I think? Others made the same mistake so can correct me if I’m wrong.

      2. lindeg
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 18 mins ago

        not a captaincy but i benched TAA for his 24 points

      3. ClothedinSun
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 7 mins ago

        Experience: TC'd Leroy Sane, think for a DGW, last season. Got 3 points in total.
        Reason: I'd read that it was a good idea on here...

        1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
          • 7 Years
          25 days, 4 mins ago

          Another reason: Pep roulette.
          I can remember just before the double he was on form.

          1. ClothedinSun
            • 1 Year
            24 days, 23 hours ago

            In fairness, you are right, Pep roulette and he was in outstanding form. Feel a bit better knowing those who brought in Mahrez just recently will have felt similar anger...

    • Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      25 days, 22 mins ago

      Wolves- Pool 1-3

      Jimmy 1 g
      Salah 3 g
      Robbo 3 a

      Letsgooooooooo!!!

    • Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      25 days, 21 mins ago

      Have Salah (c), Mane & Salah left and have dropped 3.5k this GW...

      A definite red arrow?

      1. Woy_is_back
        • 2 Years
        25 days, 19 mins ago

        Quadruple captain Salah O_O

    • Beatle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      25 days, 21 mins ago

      With Mane (TC), Salah, TAA, Jimenez & Traore I'll be disappointed with less than 100 points tonight

      1. DandyDon
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 18 mins ago

        Quite the haul expected! Starting to feel a bit left out with no wolves players currently.

    • SuperMane Returns
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      25 days, 19 mins ago

      Salah on pens, no Milly to come on and take them off him neither 🙂

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 17 mins ago

        Patricio must be smiling

      2. lindeg
        • 1 Year
        25 days, 17 mins ago

        pen saves are trending atm

      3. Free Hat
          25 days, 16 mins ago

          I would be very anxious watching Salah take a penalty as a C or TC

          1. SuperMane Returns
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            25 days, 2 mins ago

            Salah TC here

            1. Free Hat
                24 days, 23 hours ago

                GL then! Mane TC here.

            2. TOPCAT1960
              • 3 Years
              24 days, 23 hours ago

              Just a smooth hatty from open play is good enough.... no pens please the nerves wont take it

        • Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          25 days, 12 mins ago

          So nervous I feel like puking :/

          1. lindeg
            • 1 Year
            25 days, 11 mins ago

            salah straight red after 5 mins will calm you down

          2. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            25 days, 6 mins ago

            Getting married?

            Court hearing?

            Awaiting medical results?

            1. Hakim Ziyech
              • 1 Year
              25 days, 3 mins ago

              In the middle of an Ocean?

        • MoManeTaa
          • 2 Years
          25 days, 9 mins ago

          So what's the verdict on Spurs and Son from last two games?

          1. Trophé Mourinho
              25 days, 7 mins ago

              Keeping Alli, AV and Chelsea after the City game. Will see how Son does, might double up maybe. All depends their form, might not have any in 3 weeks

          2. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
            • 7 Years
            25 days, 7 mins ago

            Latest reports from Whoscored is that Mane will receive a red in the 1st minute.

            1. Skalla
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              25 days, 6 mins ago

              Well tbf there is a 50% chance, either he does or he doesn't...

          3. El Fenomeno R9
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            24 days, 23 hours ago

            Manchester United are being linked with a sensational SOS to Carlos Tevez.
            Tuttosport says 11 years after he crossed Manchester to join rivals City, Tevez has been identified as a possible January addition to cover crocked striker Marcus Rashford.

            Need Ole to come back to play too and will be ok

            1. Bushwhacker
                24 days, 21 hours ago

                Got to think he's still a better player than a manager.

            2. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              24 days, 23 hours ago

              Let the games begin

            3. Trophé Mourinho
                24 days, 23 hours ago

                even though I dont own Mane and was scared of him, gutted 4 you all honestly that would suck