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What to do with Man United’s FPL assets after laboured West Ham draw

Man United 1-1 West Ham

  • Goals: Mason Greenwood (£4.8m) | Michail Antonio (£7.1m)
  • Assists: Anthony Martial (£8.5m) | Declan Rice (£4.7m)
  • Bonus Points: Greenwood x3, Antonio x2, Rice x1, Mark Noble x1 (£4.9m)

Fantasy managers wielding the all-powerful Free Hit chip in Gameweek 38+ may have an easier time shedding their Manchester United players after Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.

The Red Devils are set for a crucial Champions League clash at Leicester on the last day of the season, where they will face an injury-hit backline. Such a fixture had largely kept a number of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men in consideration for Gameweek 38+ squads, but two below-par performances, first in the FA Cup and then against West Ham, could reduce reliance on them for Sunday’s showdown.

In light of Wednesday’s tired display, the 30% ownership of Bruno Fernandes (£9.1m) may well be eyeing up midfield options at Manchester City or the funds to sign Harry Kane (£10.9m) this weekend. The Portuguese international put on one of his most anonymous performances since arriving in Manchester and, despite coming into Gameweek 37+ as the top 10k’s most popular captain choice, never really looked like getting an attacking return.

It is clear Fernandes is starting to suffer from Manchester United’s lack of rotation over the Project Restart period, his outing against West Ham showing just how exhausted he is physically and mentally. The evening could have gone differently for the former Sporting man as Marcus Rashford (£8.9m) curled an excellent ball into the box to match his early advanced run. However, just yards away from the West Ham goal he failed to control the inch-perfect pass and, from then on, it was all down hill for him. In the end, Fernandes’ frustrations boiled over in the second half when he was booked for going forehead-to-forehead with Arthur Masuaku (£4.1m). 

Was that enough to warrant selling him for Gameweek 38+ though? Looking at his 106 points in 13 Premier League matches for Manchester United, we know Fernandes is capable of delivering, especially on the road. In away matches since the Premier League restart, Fernandes has averaged 11 points per game and let’s not forget he hit the post at Crystal Palace too, so that total could have been even higher. Either way, his owners will need significant improvement from him at Leicester if he is to hold his own in a Gameweek 38+ squad.

The same could arguably be said for owners of Anthony Martial (£8.5m), although to slightly less of an extent considering a moment of nice link-up with Mason Greenwood (£4.8m) for the equaliser. Apart from that, the Frenchman was industrious if unspectacular with his efforts on goal but never really looked like scoring. Not only could he have provided more penetrative runs, Martial certainly suffered from the lack of creativity behind him. If United were to put on a similarly fatigued performance at the King Power Stadium, that would surely affect Martial as well.

His case for Gameweek 38+ is not particularly mitigated in the same way as Fernandes, considering he has been less profitable on the road recently. Despite averaging 13.3 points per game at Old Trafford since the Premier League return, but has scored just 4.8 per match away from it.

Rashford has a similar issue ahead of travelling to Leicester on the final weekend. He may have notched a 12-point haul at Crystal Palace but the FPL forward has blanked in every other away match since Gameweek 30+. Typically more reliable at Old Trafford, Rashford was the shadow of his usual energetic self against West Ham, another asset seemingly suffering from physical and mental exhaustion.

He tested Lukasz Fabianski (£4.9m) with an excellent speculative knuckle-ball strike from distance early on, but outside of that could not trouble the goalkeeper and lacked his usual creativity in advanced areas too. Is that enough to warrant transferring him out to make room for some of the more in-demand Gameweek 38+ forward such as Kane or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m)? Perhaps.

As already mentioned, United do look as if they are limping over the Premier League line this season, but the biggest problem against West Ham was the lack of any creative spark, usually stemming from Fernandes and Paul Pogba (£8.3m). Neither one of them impressed at all on Wednesday evening, the latter especially. Not only did he have little to no impact going forward, he lost possession in the middle of the pitch often and it was his mindless lift of the hands towards Declan Rice’s (£4.7m) shot that conceded the penalty that cost United the win.

That goal afforded West Ham the confidence to press their illustrious hosts in all areas of the pitch, ask questions going forward and have the opposite impact on United’s attack. Therefore, it almost goes without saying that Fantasy managers will have a dilemma over Manchester United attacking assets over the next few days. In order for them to appeal to their owners against Leicester, they will have to make improvements in the coming days, even if the Foxes have defensive issues of their own.

Owners of Michail Antonio (£7.1m) are probably experiencing the opposite reaction to the United attackers. Aston Villa’s defensive showing against Arsenal had initially sowed seeds of doubt among the Fantasy community, but his latest display showed once again just how good his form is.

Not only did he cause Manchester United plenty of problems, helping the Hammers achieve a higher expected goals (xG) than their hosts, Antonio appears to have wrestled penalties away from Mark Noble (£4.9m) as it was the out-of-position midfielder who netted the first-half spot-kick. That goal took his total since the restart to eight, making him even harder to ditch for Aston Villa’s visit to the London Stadium.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.5m) are likely to be in two minds ahead of Gameweek 38+. While he missed out on a start for the first time since the restart, the right-back does not look particularly under threat from the man who replaced him in the XI initially. Timothy Fosu-Mensah (£4.5m) began the game in Wan-Bissaka’s place, but was ineffectual in the final third, and gave away the free-kick which led to the penalty. No wonder he went three years without playing for United and got relegated with Fulham last season.

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; B Williams, Maguire, Lindelöf, Fosu-Mensah (Wan-Bissaka 46’); Matić, Pogba; Rashford (Ighalo 85’), B Fernandes, Greenwood; Martial.

West Ham United XI (4-5-1): Fabianski; Cresswell (Masuaku 75’), Ogbonna, Diop, Johnson; Fornals, Rice, Noble, Soucek, Bowen (Yarmolenko 90+1’); Antonio (Haller 78’).

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2,921 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Sanchit
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    What's the highest for total points in a season by a defender?
    My guess would be Baines some years ago?
    Can Trent break that if he gets a decent score in GW38+?

    1. LE CHARO
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Robbo last year with 213

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

      Ederson (3.9)
      TAA Doherty Saiss (C.Taylor*, Ngakia*)
      Martial Bruno Salah Sterling Pulisic
      Greenwood Ings (Connolly)

      1 FT / 1.2m

      What move(s) would you make chasing someone with a FH & 18 pt lead?

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Captain choice is the big one.

        1. ZTF
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          V much so. Who do you think?

          1. The Units
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            No obvs standout.....Salah and hope he coverts big tiime.

      2. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Bruno to Son

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

      Mahrez dsilva ster too overkill?

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        nope - i have done the same

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

          But if i do that i wont have manutd players. But i guess doesnt matter ya?

      2. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        nope provided all 3 start

      3. Holmes
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        As long as they score points, nope

    4. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      help folks!!

      Pope
      Taa Doherty Bissaka
      Salah Kdb Bruno Martial Pulisic
      Vardy Ings

      3.9 Nketiah Saiss 3.9

      2fs 0 itb

      A)Bruno + Pulisic to David silva + Mahrez
      B)Bruno + Bissaka to David silva + Van dijk
      C)Pulisic + Bissaka to David Silva + Garcia
      D)Bruno + Vardy to Sterling + Wood

      Or any other move one can see??

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        A

      2. luk46
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        B out of those, wouldnt get rid of Pulisic - Burno + Vardy > Silva + Kane possible?

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

        I'd say it depends on who you want to captain. If you are happy with Salah/KDB, then A. If you want to captain Sterling, then D.

    5. fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      WC 38+, I'm chasing:

      XXX
      XXX Bardsley Pieters
      Salah Silva Sterling XXX
      Kane Auba Greenwood

      1. Martinez TAA Mahrez
      2. Pope Robertson Mahrez
      3. Pope Aurier KDB

      Cheers my friends

      1. luk46
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        1

      2. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        1

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

        1

    6. screamer73
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Best striker for 5 8 or under for GW38? Have Greenwood.

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Slim pickings.....Ayew or Nketiah

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

        J Rod or Nketiah

      3. screamer73
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Thanks guys. Been considering J-Rod.

    7. Pad Randa
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Welp, I’m not catching up the 39 points I am now short of our ever-changing ML leader unless I basically win the week outright. I’m also unlikely to drop lower than 6th (currently 4th), so could probably afford to spend some. Any advice? Also, am I assuming correctly that we are unlikely to see lineups before KO on Sunday?

      Pope (McCarthy)
      TAA - Doherty - Tarkowski (Fernandez, Saiss)
      Martial - Fernandes - Willian - KdB - Pulisic
      Greenwood - Vardy (Jimi)

      0.1 ITB

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

        I am not really high on Chelsea defense, so I would start Jimi in front of both Willian and Pulisic. Willian to Dilva would be my transfer.

    8. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      After much tinkering I am down to 2 options. What to you think?

      Draft 1
      Martinez
      Pieters – Long – Branthwaite*
      Salah – Sterling – Bruno – KdB* – Dilva
      Kane – Ings*
      (Martin) (Nketiah - Williams – Tanganga)

      Draft 2
      Martinez
      Pieters – Long – TAA*
      Salah – Sterling – Bruno – Mahrez* – Dilva
      Kane – Greenwood*
      (Martin) (Nketiah - Williams – Tanganga)

    9. Mr. Chimes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Wow, I’m no longer a “confirmed follower” of FPL Rockstar so his page is hidden. What’s that all about

      1. Holmes
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Private account

        1. Mr. Chimes
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 4 days ago

          I hardly use twitter but I was just on his page before Norwich v Chelsea last week and could see everything

        2. Mr. Chimes
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Or are you saying he went private ?

          1. Holmes
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            He went private

    10. luk46
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      green arrow from 60k to 30k, trying to somehow get into top 10k now!
      whats the best option on a free hit?

      A - TAA + Antonio
      B - Robbo + Pulisic

      1 - Mahrez (triple)
      2 - Martial

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        B1

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

        A1

    11. screamer73
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Need help. Which forward to start?
      A J-Rod
      B Greenwood

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        B

    12. Phil's Stamps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Chasing a sixteen point lead in my ML, pretty sure they'll all go template and feel I need to do something different to catch them.

      Is this too differential/risky?

      Pope
      TAA Aurier Bardsley
      Sterling Mane Mahrez Dilva Grealish
      Kane Vardy

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Sterling C? Looks good, just Grealish the risk as I see it. I know no Salah but you have TAA.

        1. Phil's Stamps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          I can get Salah with a few bench tweaks for exact money, but going with Mane because of the low ownership and Mane's better away record. Think all my rivals will go with Salah.

          Yeah Grealish the obvious risk, but I am a Villa fan and let's face it noone in the top 10k is going to pick him so if -in the unlikelihood- it pays off should be a rank booster.

          1. The Units
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Plus his last chance in the PL this season to show his wares to a bigger club.

            1. Phil's Stamps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Yeah, I'm resigned to losing him. For England's sake I hope he goes to City.

              Thanks for the replies.

    13. Avery78
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Who to put on the Bench ?
      And who to Captain?

      Current set up. I’m chasing.
      Thanks for any guidance guys

      Martinez
      Pieters | Robertson | Van Dijk
      Sterling©️| Dsilva | Bruno | Martial | Foden
      Jimenez | Ings

      Schmeichal | Woods | Doherty | lascelles

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

        Se have the same midfield, om tankes 70k

        Om Gonna swap either Martial ord Bruno for Pulisic

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

          And I Will captain Silva, think he Will be on fire and pens

    14. Forza Papac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Have 1ft and no idea how to use it. Any suggestions? 0.4itb

      Pope, (McCarthy)
      TAA, Azpi, Digne, (Fernandez, Boly)
      Sterling, KDB, Bruno, D.Silva, Pulisic
      Greenwood, Ings, (Rashford)

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Azpi to VVD?

    15. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Pick 1 to transfer in
      A. Mahrez
      B. Kane

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

        B

      2. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        B

    16. screamer73
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Pick one.
      A. Vardy
      B. Kane for a hi

      1. screamer73
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        *hit

    17. ZTF
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Sell Martial, Bruno or Pulisic?
      Also have Greenwood.

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        For who? Martial out.

        1. ZTF
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Mahrez probably. Son possibly

          1. The Units
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Not seeing your team........Son if no Kane otherwise Mahrez.

            1. ZTF
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              2nd on this page mate 🙂

              1. The Units
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Yeah been replying to heaps. Just had a look and would go Son as Martial away record not great.

                1. ZTF
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Trouble is I’m chasing 18pt against someone with a FH and this would leave me with Pulisic vs double Wolves DEF

    18. Bring back Rafa
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Thoughts on having Greenwood as a super-sub in a FH team just in case something unexpected happens on final day? Or is it a waste?
        Other bench options would be Braithwaite & Williams

        1. The Units
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Not a waste if you can get the playing 11 you want.

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

          If you have cash, why not...

        3. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          makes a lot of sense
          doing the same with nketiah

      • Holmes
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Looking at teams here, Aubameyang could be a differential, nice!

      • Notorious
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Hi all, I'm stuck between two options, which one would you go for:

        A) KDB, Antonio, Rashford
        B) Mahrez, Martial, Ings + 0.8 for some defensive upgrade

        1. Holmes
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          B

      • j1ves
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Salah & Ings

        Or

        Martial & Auba

        1. The Units
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Second one. Kane rather than Auba?

          1. j1ves
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            I already have Kane. I’m just unsure whether Salah will start/play

            1. The Units
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Salah then. He will back himself to score four goals for the GB lol

      • Grounderz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Dang, not satisfied with GW37+ results. This was supposed to make or break. Now left a lot of us to clinging on to GW38+ to save our butts from the mini leagues stakes.

        Captain choices are super important.

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

          Yeah, it's been frustrating couple of weeks with my main ML rival getting 9 pts off the bench twice in a row and keeping the 30pts difference. Right now I can't look past Sterling as captain choice but I will tinker more for sure.

      • Shanksthered
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Currently leading my ML by 5 points; have 2 ft

        A) Salah/Martial/Vardy to Sterling/Kane/Dilva for a hit
        B) Martial/Vardy to Sterling/Wood
        C) Salah/Vardy to Sterling/Jesus or Ings

        i have KDB as my only M.City cover;

        leaning towards A - but such a small lead in my ML; should i take the hit?

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

          Dont take a hit

        2. The Units
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          No Hit. Get Sterling in though.

        3. Shanksthered
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Cheers Gents

      • LLoris
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        What transfer should I make?
        A) Foster to Pope
        B) Saiss to Gomez/Tarkowski
        C) Doherty to Robo

        1. The Units
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          C out of those

        2. Bring back Rafa
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Double Wolves defence would be overkill for Chelsea so either B) or C)
            How about Saiss to Aurier?
            Doherty could easily get an attacking return vs Chelsea
            But I'm not a huge fan of Tarkowski or Gomez.
            For me, I'd rather a Burnley fullback. I know Tarkowski has scored more points than them but if you worked out points per minute I reckon the fullbacks would have gone just as well. Don't like Gomez because I don't think Pool are a certainty for a clean sheet and he offers nothing more (unlike Robbo or TAA)

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

          On a FH:
          What do you think about this midfield?
          Pope
          Pieters Bardsley TAA
          KdB Sterling Dilva Salah Martial
          Kane Greenwood

          1. The Units
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Good midfield

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

          3 burnley D is a bit risky but looks good

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

            ^^^

            1. The Units
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              18 points in the bag at least

        5. Legohair
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          G2G or do my team needs something?

          FH

          Pope
          Tierney-Walker-Pieters-Creswell
          Salah-KDB-Mahrez-Bruno
          Auba-Ings

          3.9,Saka,Bardsley, GWood

          1. The Units
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            I think last day will be a goal fest. Switch to a 3-5-2 formation to get Sterling in and I would go Kane over Auba imo.

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

              Auba chasing golden boot is big thing i think. What about this one?

              Martinez
              Tierney-Bardsley-Pieters
              Salah-KDB-Bruno-Mahrez-Dilva
              Auba-Ings

              3.9,Gwood,Braithwaite, Lamptey

          2. Max City
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            they say Bruno showed tiredness during CHE and WHU game, so I'm thinking to go without United this GW

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

          Morning guys,
          Who do you think will get more minutes in the last Man City encounter?
          Jesus / Kdb or Foden? Thanks

          1. The Units
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            KdB - has the assist record to go for (assuming Pep agrees).

          2. Bring back Rafa
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Jesus - 60
              KDB -. 60
              Foden-. 30

          3. The Overthinker
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Otamendi or Garcia? Who starts for city?
            Or Mendy the better pick?

          4. Chelsea91
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 4 days ago

            DCL to Kane for Hit?

            1. The Units
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Yes.

              1. Chelsea91
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 4 days ago

                thanks

            2. Bring back Rafa
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Yes, I justify a hit if I have that much coin

                1. Chelsea91
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  thanks