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Pogba’s impact on Fernandes’ FPL credentials as Martial bags hat-trick

Manchester United 3-0 Sheffield United

  • Goals: Anthony Martial x3 (£8.0m)
  • Assists: Marcus Rashford x2 (£8.9m), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.3m)
  • Bonus Points: Martial x3, Wan-Bissaka x2, Rashford x1

Anthony Martial (£8.0m) blasted all other Manchester United attacking assets out of the water as he scored a hat-trick in Wednesday evening’s 3-0 win over Sheffield United.

There had been a wealth of interest in the Red Devils for Gameweek 31+ as the Blades were set to visit Old Trafford without Dean Henderson (£5.3m), John Egan (£4.6m) and Jack O’Connell (£4.6m) and it turned out that Fantasy managers were right to expect a one-sided affair.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men made light work of the visiting side, carving through the second-string defence with relative ease.

However, where the majority of managers were let down was the captaincy, with nearly 20% of voters in our latest poll handing the armband to Bruno Fernandes (£8.7m). 

While the Portuguese international was recording a first blank since his Gameweek 25 debut, he was a little overshadowed as a creative force in the midfield by Paul Pogba (£8.3m), who, himself was making a first league start since Gameweek 7.

The Frenchman was officially deployed in the deeper central midfield pairing with Nemanja Matic (£4.8m) but in a fluid set-up, Pogba pushed forward to sometimes step on Fernandes’ toes.

The latter was still a creative presence in the team but on this occasion, had to share those duties with the man next to him – arguably a factor in his unexpected blank.

That said, Fernandes was perhaps a little unfortunate not to come away with something, as he watched an excellent first-half free-kick from the left batted over by visiting goalkeeper Simon Moore (£4.3m).

Shortly afterwards, Harry Maguire (£5.3m) nodded in one of the midfielder’s corners, only to see it ruled out for a push on Phil Jagielka (£4.1m).

It is no surprise that the options in more advanced positions were the ones to fully capitalise on Sheffield United’s vulnerable defence, namely hat-trick hero Martial and left-forward Marcus Rashford (£8.9m).

While Pogba’s presence limited Fernandes’ monopoly on creativity, there is no doubting that the Manchester United attack is much more powerful with them playing together.

With such excellent service, the man spearheading the front-four was perhaps always destined to mop up the goals.

With favourable fixtures still on the horizon for Manchester United, there is almost certainly going to be interest in Martial, whose game-time was managed in the 79th minute. Brighton, Bournemouth and Aston Villa are the Red Devils next three opponents

Despite the two assists, Rashford owners might have hoped for slightly more from the forward. He had a rather mixed evening, linking up nicely with Martial but squandering a few chances to get on the score-sheet himself, much as he did against Spurs.

The most gilt-edged of those happened in the 12th minute when Martial squared to him from close-range, the England international uncharacteristically spooning the easy opportunity wide. Seven minutes later, Rashford spurned another opportunity, Pogba playing him through with a lovely chipped ball – but the forward could only swing an air-kick at it.

His owners are unlikely to have too many concerns going into Gameweek 32+ though, especially as it’s Brighton up next. Rashford, like Martial, Fernandes and Pogba, was hauled off as part of a quintuple substitution in the 79th minute once the game had been closed out.

That change helped Manchester United see out a clean sheet, their fourth in as many home matches. Those looking to invest at that end of the pitch for the Red Devils could do worse than Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.3m) who assisted one of Martial’s goals. The former Crystal Palace man offered very little going forward when he first joined Solskjaer’s outfit but he is becoming increasingly useful from his right-back position. Between Gameweeks 1 and 25, Wan-Bissaka had assisted only once, but he has now set up two league goals since Gameweek 26.

Sheffield United’s attack continues to offer very little, registering a third successive blank since the Premier League restart at Old Trafford.

Chris Wilder made some changes to the team for this encounter, handing rare starts to Lys Mousset (£4.5m) and David McGoldrick (£5.4m), but neither was able to get into the game. The former was replaced by Oli McBurnie (£5.7m) at half-time, who had more of a sniff in the second half but could not trouble David De Gea (£5.3m) to any great extent.

As Wilder strives to find a solution to the problems going forward, Fantasy managers will increasingly target the Blades for clean sheet fodder in the remaining Gameweeks. 

We recently documented the improvements made to Spurs’ defence, so owners of Serge Aurier (£4.9m) may be particularly encouraged to see a trip to Sheffield United next on his schedule.

Meanwhile, Burnley and Wolves have been offering defensive options for the remainder of 2019/20, namely Nick Pope (£4.9m), Matt Doherty (£6.4m) and Romain Saïss (£4.6m), who face Sheffield United in Gameweeks 33+ and 34+ respectively.

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka; Matic, Pogba (McTominay 80’); Rashford (D James 80’), B Fernandes (A Pereira 80’), Greenwood (Mata 80’); Martial (Ighalo 80’).

Sheffield United XI: Moore; Robinson, Jagielka, Basham; Stevens, Fleck, Norwood (Berge 46’), Lundstram, Baldock; McGoldrick (Zivkovic 64’), Mousset (McBurnie 46’).

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1,730 Comments Post a Comment
  1. GE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    So many things went wrong yesterday 🙁

    Salah (C) and Boly -> Sterling and Doherty (Bruno (C)) last second on WC hurts 🙁

    1. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      So true. First I moved the armband from Salah to Rashford and then got Bruno in for a hit and he got the armband

      1. GE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Ouch 🙁

        1. Hitmonlee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I chose Bruno cap over Salah too.. fortunately I’ve got Martial in my ranks to prop me up!

          On the plus side.. you only lost out on 8 points for capping Bruno over Salah.. as long as Salah is in your team

          1. Reg83
            1 month, 14 days ago

            I captained Jimmy. Didn't have martial, but had rashford. Had mane too

  2. merin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    How would you use the FT here?

    Pope Button
    TAA Doherty Fernandez Robinson Simpson
    KDB Salah Son Fernandes Hayden
    Jimenez Rashford DCL

    1FT, 0.1 ITB

    1. lilmessipran
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Save

    2. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Save

    3. scubasmithy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Save

  3. AzzaroMax99
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Mahrez to Martial or Son for free?
    I have Rash already.

    1. French Gooner
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      How’s the knee ?

  4. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    It really did seem like only Martial was getting anything last night... mad altogether.

    52 and 3 citizens to come: KdB, Mahrez, Ederson... hope to see nearer 80 by end of GW

    1. AzzaroMax99
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      40 with kdb, mahrez, pepe and pope. 🙁 I would like to be such an optimist like you 😀

  5. sergioaguero67
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Any chances of a Double Gameweek in the remainder of the season?
    Please help
    Planning to use up my free hit this week

    1. Reg83
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Unlikely. Probably not

  6. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Last transfers before I WC.
    Ready to take a hit!

    1 FT | Pope | 0.2 ITB
    Boly Saiss Lascelles
    Mane KdB Bruno Grealish*
    Auba Vardy Jimenez
    Button Taylor Egan Fodder

    What would you suggest??

  7. lilmessipran
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Pick one to start next gw out of this lot-

    A kiko
    B lascelles
    C holgate

    1. Totalfootball
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

    2. olidooley
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Flip a coin between Kiko and Lascelles

    3. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B

    4. Donnie D
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Kiko

  8. Tibbs
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Went the aggressive route to Project Restart and quite enjoyed myself, unlimited transfers, FH and now WC. How am I looking for current WC draft number 4641?

    DDG / Button
    Doherty / TAA / Aurier / Lascelles / Kiko
    KDB / Son / Salah / Bruno / Saka
    Jimi / DCL / Nketiah

    0 itb

    Any obvious omissions?

    1. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Many would want Martial or Rashford in there but you can't have everyone so it's all good

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I'll be honest, I don't like the WC this week. There's nothing to immediately capitalize on and we have no clarity on post-title Liverpool.

      1. Tibbs
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Agree to some extent, but my thinking was that I couldn't keep my GW30+ team as full of deadwood now and a fairly sensible assumption is that post-title Liverpool will see rotation so the likes of Salah/ TAA who are currently taking up quite a bit of budget can be easily moved on to flavours of the week.

    3. FALSE PROFIT
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A pretty good team but only KDB from Citeh? Maybe look at Foden. avoids 2 Arsenal too. After last night with Bruno shine dimmed with Pogba on the park. Maybe Martial instead.

  9. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Imto the top 50 in the world for June rankings

    Might take a wild captain punt next week to have shot at monthly prize if KDB blanks

  10. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Would you save the FT with this team? Also, play Saka or Ayew?

    Patricio
    TAA Doh Aurier
    KDB Mane Bruno Son Saka
    Rashford Jiminez

    Button Ayew Lascelles Robinson

    1. Hitmonlee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yeah I’d roll it

      Ayew for me. Arsenal have the FA cup game so Sakas mins could be managed. Ayew more nailed

      1. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Thanks

  11. Hitmonlee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    I’m playing Bench Boost next week and I’m looking at a cheapo defender for a hopeful clean sheet.. who would you pick?

    A) Kiko (SOU)
    B) Ward (BUR)
    C) Stacey (NEW)

    It will be for one week only so I’m not too concerned about future fixtures

    1. JabariParkersEyelid
      1 month, 14 days ago

      For 1 week only b.

  12. juanmata8
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    De Gea | Martinez
    Doherty | Van Djik | Aurier | Saiss | Lascelles
    KDB | Son | Bruno | Richarlison
    Vardy | Jimenez | Rashford

    Any changes or save FT?

    1. Hitmonlee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I’d save

    2. FALSE PROFIT
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Downgrade Vardy maybe. Use extra money for 5 man midfield.

  13. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Pope Henderson
    TAA Soyuncu Holgate Taylor Williams
    Salah Mane KdB Fernandes Dendoncker
    Jimenez DCL Ings

    1.0m.

    I'm saving my transfer this week (unless someone can suggest something that would be good)

    GW 33 plans:
    Ings + Henderson > Rashford + 3.9m
    Dendoncker + Ings + Henderson > Mahrez + Connolly + Martinez (-4)
    Dendoncker + Ings > Martial + Connolly

    So basically I'm picking a 7th attacker between Rashford, Martial and Connolly.

    1. Too Many Tacos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Not sure if you'll see this reply, but I have a very similar team and am deciding between similar options.
      What I'm thinking is the equivalent of your last option, Dendoncker + Ings > Martial + Connolly. Two gameweeks later you'd have the option of downgrading Henderson to swap to Mahrez for free, which would give you Martial vs BOU, avl then Mahrez vs bri, BOU, wat NOR.

  14. aroyalshark
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Looking at that man utd team and the 5 of all the attackers would suggest Greenwood is part of their strongest team and should start alot between now and the end of the season.

    With that in mind. Who to start?

    A) Greenwood Vs Brighton
    B) DCL Vs Leicester

    Thanks

    1. Hitmonlee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I still think he will be rotated unfortunately

  15. HurriKane
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Anyone else think Jimenez and Doherty will be rested against Aston Villa ?

    The last time wolves had only 2 days rest was in Christmas. Wolves beat Man City and rested Jimmy and Doherry against Liverpool 2 days later

    With a much easier fixture against struggling villa its probably the best match for Nuno to give his key players a rest imo

    Agree?

    1. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Maybe.

    2. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      No

      1. HurriKane
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        You have to he open to all possibilities.

        Hopefully since its the early fixture we might get some team news. Keep an eye on that

    3. Lindelol
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      That's why I have strengthen my bench.

    4. Bossworld
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      We're in a great position to grab a champions League spot, and don't have the Europa League again until August. I can see plenty of 70+ min substitutions but I'm hoping for a stable team

      1. HurriKane
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        All top teams have to rotate to keep their players fresh

        And villa is the perfect fixture to do so.
        If wolves need a goal likes of Doherty Jimenez can come on second half

    5. Albrightondknight
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      But look where they are in the table surely the want to ensure the keep up the momentum

      1. Albrightondknight
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        The to they * 2

      2. HurriKane
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        They cant keep momentum if they are burnt out playing games every 2-3 days

        You dont need fullstrenght side to beat villa anyways

    6. RubeRx
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Definitely a possibility

  16. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Morning gents.

    Would you do Mane-> Salah this week or does it seem too side ways?

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Dont see the point myself. I'm sure there's a better use for your ft.

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Ta. I am concerned about Salah haul whilst most player own him

    2. Miniboss
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Sideways imho, probs not too much difference in points for the rest of the season

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Ta. Last game was scary to watch as a Salah non-owner. Could've hauled massively

    3. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I wouldn't

  17. THEKID_88
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    What's the most green arrows you've had in a row?

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      This season 4.

      1. THEKID_88
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        I'm on 11 at the moment

        1. Rolls-Royce
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Nice. What's your rank?

          1. THEKID_88
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            17k. Wewnt from 88k to 17k over the 11 weeks.

            1. Rolls-Royce
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Did you also include the lockdown weeks?

              1. THEKID_88
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Silly me 🙂

    2. Albrightondknight
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      11 last year but I had a pretty dire rank
      Do we get to count the lockdown week this season 🙂

    3. The_Fish
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I’m all green since gw20. Unless Sterling delivers tonight it’s a red this week. 54 with Captain Sterling, KDB, Sarr and Martinez to play.

      1. THEKID_88
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Good effort

    4. Aftermath
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I've had 6 this season, not the worst I suppose

    5. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      4

  18. Hitmonlee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Bench boost pick? One week only..

    A) Kiko (SOU)
    B) Ward (BUR)
    C) Stacey (NEW)

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B

  19. ChelseaBlues223
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Play two:
    A Ings - Wat (A)
    B Pulisic - WH (A)
    C DCL - Lei (H)

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      BC

  20. Bossworld
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Would you roll the FT? Biggest concern is lack of Arsenal attack, but I'm unconvinced by Saka

    McCarthy / Martinez
    TAA - Doherty - Saiss - C. Taylor - Lascelles
    Salah - KDB - Son - Fernandes - Foden
    DCL - Jimenez - Rashford

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Lack of Arsenal attack shouldn't be the biggest concern surely

      1. Bossworld
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        If they were playing anyone but Norwich I wouldn't care. I probably still shouldn't but a couple of people chasing me have Auba and would assume they'll captain him

  21. AzzaroMax99
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    What to change here for the next gw?

    Pope
    Lascelles Doherty Targett
    Kdb Mahrez Pepe Grealish Neves
    Rash Jimmy

    Reina* McBurnie Stevens Egen*

    1FT
    6.1 IDB

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Terrible squad I would be taking a ‐8 hit if I didn't have a wildcard.

      1. AzzaroMax99
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        And do what?

  22. BNMC
    1 month, 14 days ago

    I've jumped nearly 300k places from 511k to 222k in just 2 GWs - feeling really proud of myself. No way I'll end the GW this high though, I only have Ings today and any KDB haul undoes all my points from yesterday...

    1. Albrightondknight
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Similar 503k to 182 but all out this week so will drop back a good bit.
      Bit annoyed that I changed Rashford and KDB for Vardy and Richarlison at the last minute this week but overall I certainly don’t need to complain.

  23. EWH2020
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Bench boost this week?

    Martinez
    Masina
    Saka
    Soyuncu

    1. Bossworld
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Who is in your XI?

      I would say yes, but the caveat is, it's Arsenal

      1. EWH2020
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Not that I think I have a great bench, but they all might play and seems as good a week to use.

        Rest of squad

        McCarthy
        Aurier, TAA, Doherty
        Salah, Son, KDB, Bruno
        Rash, Jimi, DCL

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Why not as Arsenal play Norwich.

  24. sergioaguero67
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Any chances of a Double Gameweek in the remainder of the season?
    Planning to use up my free hit this week

    1. Albrightondknight
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Unless something odd happens no more dgws

  25. Albrightondknight
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Anyone else getting fed up with DCL - two half decent chance that I saw today where he could have done better. But not much by the way of a straight swap.
    Any suggestions?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Deeney good fixtures and on pens

    2. Aftermath
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I'm holding,no point in switching if no clear target in mind. Maybe downgrade to go 5 mids after next week

    3. Albrightondknight
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Thanks will keep an eye on Deeney tomorrow.
      The other option is see is whoever might get the start for Che going forward - Giroud is only .1 more or find about a mil for Abraham.

  26. Aubaaaaa
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Which duo?
    A. Son Sarr
    B. Alli Martial
    C. Rashford Sarr

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      C

  27. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Would you make any changes on who to bench here?

    DDG
    TAA Soyuncu Boly Lundstram
    Salah KdB Mount
    Vardy Rashford Jimenez

    Martinez Fernandez Cantwell Foden

  28. Azathoth
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    What to do?

    a) Keep (for this GW) the team as it is (1 FT)
    Pope -Martin
    TAA - VVD - Egan - Saiss - Lascelles
    Mo - KDB - Bruno - Greal - Saka
    Jimmy - Ings - DCL

    b) WC

    Thanx

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Depends on how many changes you want to make. I wildcarded this week because the gameweeks are running out anyway, if there's a few changes better make them sooner rather than later imo.

  29. cescpistols111
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    How would you change this WC team? Want to bring in Robbo/TAA for Gomez.

    DDG Stekelenburg
    Doherty Aurier Gomez Lascelles Kilman
    Mane KDB Alli Pulisic Davis
    Rashford Jimenez DCL

    1. Azathoth
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Doh to Saiss/Boly
      Puli to Foden

  30. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Any transfers worth a 4pt hit before WC33?

    Ederson
    Doherty Fernández Lund
    KDB Bruno Grealish Mount
    Aub(C) Jimi Rash

    Leno,Egan,Elghazi,Basham

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      No, gtg