Dugout Discussion

Greenwood and Wan-Bissaka benched as Man United host Palace

Mason Greenwood (£7.5m) finds himself on the bench as Manchester United start their Premier League campaign a week late.

The 18-year-old was a fixture on the right-hand side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attacking midfield trio during Project Restart, but his place has been handed to Daniel James (£6.5m) today.

The Manchester United boss has made two surprising decisions on the right-hand side of the pitch as Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.5m) loses out to Timothy Fosu-Mensah (£4.5m) in defence.

Outside of that, the Red Devils line up mostly as we would expect. Anthony Martial (£9.0m) leads the line, supported by Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) on the left and Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m) in the number 10 role.

There will be plenty of eyes on those two players as Jan Sienkiewicz pointed out in the most recent captaincy article that Crystal Palace have shown some weakness from set pieces and down their right flank in open play.

Roy Hodgson’s men arrive at Old Trafford in their traditional 4-4-2 formation, Wilfried Zaha (£7.0m) once again deployed out of position as a centre-forward alongside Jordan Ayew (£6.0m).

Budget defender Tyrick Mitchell (£4.0m) keeps his place in the side at left-back, although the defensive injury crisis at Palace eases slightly with the return of Mamadou Sakho (£4.5m) at centre-back.

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Lindelöf, Fosu-Mensah; Pogba, McTominay; Rashford, B Fernandes, D James; Martial.

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): Guaita; Mitchell, Sakho, Kouyaté, J Ward; Schlupp, McCarthy, McArthur, Townsend; Zaha, Ayew.

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2,161 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Zen_Master
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 hours ago

    Ayew kidding me right now!

  2. jamiejoe
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 hours ago

    He hardly moved... Almost still on the goal line.

    Unlucky de Gae

  3. Berbs
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 3 hours ago

    After all those dubious penalties last season, United can't complain at all. And Gary Neville doesn't half talk nonsense.

    1. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 hours ago

      How not a united fan but joke

    2. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 hours ago

      What goes around..

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 hours ago

      You have to either be a troll or a Liverpool supporter

    4. Noah’s Ark
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 3 hours ago

      Gary Neville always talks shite but you can’t agree with that? Last season has nothing to do with the decision just made.

      1. Berbs
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 3 hours ago

        It's way too easy

        1. Noah’s Ark
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 3 hours ago

          😆 A$$hole 😉

    5. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 3 hours ago

      True, the amount of times United have got the most dodgy of decisions vs us I have lost count.

    6. Slouch87
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 hours ago

      Agree and some of the comments on here makes me wonder if the IQ of some matches their shoe size.

    7. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 3 hours ago

      Don't forget the years under Fergie when they got so many dubious penalties at Old Trafford.

  4. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 3 hours ago

    De Gea moved off the line for the second pen as well so why wasn't that one re-taken as well? Inconsistent officiating again. Morons.

    1. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 hours ago

      Only retaken if its a miss

    2. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 hours ago

      Palace scored, so why would the ref make them retake for an offense by a United player?

      1. norab
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 3 hours ago

        His left foot stayed on the line until the ball was kicked.

      2. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 3 hours ago

        Because if the keeper came off his line it's not a legitimate penalty wether it was scored or not.

    3. Says
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 hours ago

      because he didn't gain anything from it

  5. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 3 hours ago

    It’s not football, that’s a circus ffs !

  6. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 3 hours ago

    And then experts said United will fight for title. HAHAHHAHAH

  7. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 hours ago

    UTD = Turd

    1. XabiAlonso
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 hours ago

      Uniturd

  8. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 3 hours ago

    Didn't know you could change penalty taker on a retake

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 3 hours ago

      Good way of letting us know all the new rules and rule changes

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 3 hours ago

      Can change the goalkeeper too. Should have.

  9. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 3 hours ago

    Martial captain super fail 🙁

    Oh well, time for WC

    1. Danstoke82
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 hours ago

      You keeping him on your WC?

      1. KGFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 3 hours ago

        Nopes, out for Jimmy probably

    2. Powers106
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 hours ago

      I have Martial but Bruno c - won’t keep either on my WC they look terrible but might grab a Palace defender

      1. KGFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 3 hours ago

        Looking at Zaha... Let's see if I can fit him in

  10. Noah’s Ark
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 3 hours ago

    That’s scandalous. Seriously now, all the ABU’s loving it but what a joke that is.

    1. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 hours ago

      Never a pen, never a retake. Atkinson being bit*hed by VAR.

      1. ivantys
          1 month, 3 hours ago

          Pool's first one wasn't a penalty as well but they got it

    2. NULL-X-VOID
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 hours ago

      tEchNolOgy iS RuInIng tHe gAmE

    3. Danstoke82
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 hours ago

      Was expecting some return from Martial tonight but he’s been woeful. Do I stick with him on a WC draft??

      1. Ser Davos
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 hours ago

        He's no longer a 7.5 mid

        Better value in Jimenez

        1. Danstoke82
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 3 hours ago

          Thinking the same. Was all set to lose Werner after WBA but now not so sure.

    4. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 hours ago

      Opportunities to be had this season - if you don't have a shot on goal then aim for a defenders arm...

    5. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 hours ago

      VDB is like, what shitty league have I come to?

      1. Vazza
          1 month, 3 hours ago

          Haha!

      2. Andy'81
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 3 hours ago

        Zaha you beauty

      3. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 hours ago

        I own 3 Man Utd players but some of the utter pathetic stuff on the last page or so makes this place look like a kindergarten. Just grow up .

        1. All Hail K
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 3 hours ago

          The scout picks tripling up on ManU should have raised red flags. :p

          1. All Hail K
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 3 hours ago

            I agree with your assessment of the comments. Usually a bit more civil here.

      4. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 3 hours ago

        PEN

      5. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 3 hours ago

        Brought in Digne & Fernandes this week

        D:

      6. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 3 hours ago

        If this is the new pen rule I don't see many penalty saves this season.

      7. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 3 hours ago

        Lucky ayew owners

      8. Corgzzzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 hours ago

        Martial capt pic was a disaster

      9. rnrd
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 3 hours ago

        Check the records, 100% missed penalties should be retaken then

      10. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 3 hours ago

        Zaha owners rushing to the corner shop for a lotto ticket

      11. Snarftron9009
          1 month, 3 hours ago

          I got drunk and fell asleep and missed Leeds vs Fulham. Wake up to find this drizzle on TV. ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH. FFL season is worse than my pre-midday drinking habits so far.

        • Captain Vantastic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 3 hours ago

          I am hearing that Bruno had a heated discussion with Ayew about taking the pen.

        • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 3 hours ago

          Twice i've benched Mitchell. Punishing me each time

          1. Hybrid.power
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 3 hours ago

            Yep, same. 4.0 defenders are meant for the bench, they're not meant to score points!

          2. Ser Davos
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 hours ago

            He was the new AWB afterall!

        • LOLarov
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 3 hours ago

          Mane to Bruno is going to be a large fail!!

        • The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 3 hours ago

          McTominay better CB than all our CBs...

        • Clam.
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 3 hours ago

          Did Lateriser captain Martial?

        • Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 3 hours ago

          Batsman coming on as well, nice 🙂