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Fernandes and Pogba both start against injury-hit Bournemouth defence

Bruno Fernandes (£8.8m) and Paul Pogba (£8.3m) both start for Manchester United as Bournemouth come to Old Trafford.

The pair were subject of an injury rumour circling around some quarters of the media on Friday evening, but it would appear they came through the most recent training session unscathed.

In fact, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named an unchanged line-up from the side that won comfortably at Brighton, much to the delight of Fantasy managers interested in their assets.

At a time when Manchester United options are in such high-demand, it is encouraging to know that the manager has found a settled selection. This is the first time since November 2006 that an unchanged XI has been named in three successive Premier League matches.

That means Mason Greenwood (£4.4m) is on the right-hand side of attacking midfield once more, joined there by Fernandes and Marcus Rashford (£9.1m).

Meanwhile, Anthony Martial (£8.2m) starts up-front hoping to replicate his most recent Old Trafford outing, which saw the Frenchman score a hat-trick against Bournemouth.

A further boost for Manchester United backers has emerged in the form of injuries to Chris Mepham (£4.3m) and Steve Cook (£5.0m), who was reprimanded by Eddie Howe this week for publicly criticising Bournemouth.

With Simon Francis (£4.4m) still on the sidelines, a dearth of options has forced the Bournemouth manager into some tough decisions with his defence.

Left-back Lloyd Kelly (£4.4m) has tucked into centre-back alongside Nathan Aké (£4.8m) with Diego Rico (£4.2m) earning his first start since Gameweek 26.

Elsewhere, Leicester host Crystal Palace, although that fixture has considerably less Fantasy interest.

Jamie Vardy (£9.7m) remains the most popular Fox, sat in 26.2% of teams, but has just two goals since Gameweek 19.

That statistic does not particularly bode well given that Roy Hodgson’s men have four clean sheets from their last six matches.

It is also frustrating news for the 15.1% still in possession of James Maddison (£7.4m), who does not make the matchday squad while Harvey Barnes (£6.0m) is among the substitutes for the third match in a row since the Premier League returned.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel; Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, Justin; Pérez, Tielemans, Ndidi, Albrighton; Iheanacho, Vardy.

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita; van Aanholt, Cahill, Sakho, J Ward; Zaha, Riedewald, Milivojevic, McArthur; Benteke, Ayew.

Manchester United XI: De Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Lindelöf, Wan-Bissaka; Pogba, Matić; Rashford, B Fernandes, Greenwood; Martial.

Bournemouth XI: Ramsdale, Rico, Aké, L Kelly, A Smith; Stanislas, L Cook, Lerma, Brooks; J King, Solanke.

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2,491 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Tinkermania
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Why is Maguire so slow?

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        He’s about 25 stone weight

    • GloryManUnited
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      De Gea is through.

    • AC Yew
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Hahahaaaaaa amazing

    • EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      How easy was that from Stanislas.

      1. jamiejoe
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Great finish, he's started well.

        Man Utd need to get it in from wide.

    • Collie01
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Roy Keane just combusted somewhere

      1. TakingTheMkhi
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Lol

    • Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Utd cleansheet wiped as expected

    • Firminoooo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Dream goal. Now Bruno, Martial and Greenwood.

    • Differentiator
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Nice Pogba dive that

    • VAR United
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Wheres keano?

    • JONALDINHO
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Bruno Top 10k EO?

      1. BNMC
          1 month, 11 days ago

          122%

        • Forza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          120%

          1. JONALDINHO
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            So I don’t want him to score even though I own him. Weird one

            1. HashAttack
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              You only lose half points ... not owning him is even worse, already 1.2 points against me

        • Rainer
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          119

      2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Lindelof just over

        1. Traction Engine Foot
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Man U's main attacking threat.

      3. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Is the goal good or bad for owners of United attackers?

        1. Rainer
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Great for triple attackers.

          1. how now brown cow
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Depends if it stays 1-0

            1. jamiejoe
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              This!

      4. Bun Rab L4D3
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        AWB taking a lie down.

      5. gers23
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Bloody maguire

      6. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Utd’s damage will be done in the last 25-30 mins when BOU tire from all the defending

        1. Berbs
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Pogba and Bruno need to get on the ball from deeper positions, shouldn't be a problem to be honest

        2. BNMC
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Hopefully...

        3. Berbs
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Harry Maguire is a Gucci Lewis Dunk

          1. Syd.
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            The type you buy in Tenerife

        4. TakingTheMkhi
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Stanislas has mugged them off there haha.
          Where is Roy Keane right now, probably fuming!!

        5. KGFC
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Damn it... Bought AWB on FH... 😡

        6. Greek Freak
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Chilwell down

        7. Feanor
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Happy I switched from WanB to Dunk last night, and went with Bruno, Martial and Rashford on my WC.

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Nice

        8. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Chilwell down

        9. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Wow every single time I captain someone it goes horribly

          1. Dreaming of glory
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Assume u captained someone in Norwich game then? As the other games all have a minimum of 70 minutes to go

        10. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Greenwood shot saved

        11. Rainer
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Chilwell rushing down the tunnel.

          Having a Jason Puncheon maybe.

          1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Not a Lineker then

        12. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Stanislas shot over

        13. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          water break

        14. Champions united
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Vd to AWB
          Failed

          1. Says
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            VVD? why?? they're playing villa

          2. Nomar
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            At least I sold Lowton for AWB last night. Nothing lost there.

        15. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Rashford has looked much better this match.

        16. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Rashford looks dangerous and very mobile

          1. Vazza
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Does he look £5m better than Greenwood?

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Not yet until he scored brace ... moving towards the right direction