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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. Party time
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Utd getting spanked here

    • Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Lindelof is a joke of a centerback. Needs to be replaced

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Looks absolutely class! @7 up top is a steal

    • shaunyjames
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Loving my Zaha punt, was tempted to switch to Hamez but I think iv got to keep him now!

      1. Andy'81
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        Aye, 3 goals in 2 games means we can't sell now.

      2. All about the galacticos
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        well played, doffs hat

    • Stupendous
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Look at Zahas fixtures! Hmmmm!

      1. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        I can only see the Man Utd fixture once on there.

      2. Danstoke82
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        I’m extremely tempted. Could swap him for Foden should the latter come good once Zaha’s fixtures turn

    • Cok3y5murf
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Man United have great fixtures, guys. Keep bringing them in

    • Pedram
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Mitchell essential?

      1. All about the galacticos
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        enjoying the run whilst it lasts

    • Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Shame Zaha will go back to being shite when the transfer window shuts

    • mgilbert86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      how kneejerk would removing martial after one gw be?
      This united side look like they are going to take a few weeks to get up to speed

      1. Paul Psychic Octopus
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        Thinking the same.

        Martial > Jesus

        1. mgilbert86
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 27 days ago

          jimenez or jesus look better options even richarlison

    • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Mitchell trolling benching owners

      1. Leonard hatred
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        3rd on bench. It would take a natural disaster to get those points this GW, but it's cool because United got dumpstered.

    • Danstoke82
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Now glancing in Zaha’s direction on my possible WC draft. Good fixtures upcoming?

      1. Begbie.
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        Fantastic fixtures.

      2. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        Not playing utd every week.

    • seewhyaxe
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      too many steals now in the 5.5m-7m bracket

      1. Brosstan
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        Werner will have to perform very well to justify owning him over a cheaper striker and upgrading midfield

    • Alisson WondHaaland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      10.5 is quite expensive for a centre back

    • Ser Davos
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Doesn't have to do a great deal to be super value as a 7m Zaha

    • Begbie.
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Zaha is a trap IMO. 4 goals in the entirety of last season. Type of player who gets hot like right now then does nothing for about 3 months.

      1. Pedram
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        Said the same thing about DCL

        1. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 27 days ago

          He scored 13 goals last season

      2. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        I said the same thing about Ings every week last season

      3. mynameisq
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        Not when he's upfront

      4. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        Hes playing to get his transfer at the moment

        1. panda07
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 27 days ago

          Good name, well done sir!

      5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        He was brilliant a few seasons ago

        Eze and bats will release him

      6. Brosstan
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        He was playing on the wing last season. Hodgson has changed his lineup since then

    • Stupendous
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      18 goals in 3 matches so far this week.

      Sod expensive back lines! There is no defending!

    • Please Answer Me
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Justice served for those that did WC in GW2 I mean what were you thinking lol...the season only just started wait to find out which players perform well!

      1. Pedram
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        Don't hate the player hate the game

      2. Leonard hatred
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        Enjoy the top 1k, I guess?

    • Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      I'll play Mitchell and he will get a red card

    • BENOIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Zaha or Podence?

    • Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Based on this display I’m sorely tempted to ship Fernandes for Rodriguez. I know they’re cold, but this is weak as.

    • Says
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      To people complaining about the decision to re-take, what do you actually want? do you want to abolish the rule that says keepers have to stay on the line or do you just want it to be enforced poorly or subectively - e.g. you can move *some* but not *too much* which brings back in ref bias?

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Has the search party been sent out for Martial yet?

    • Ser Davos
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Zaha over JRod next week given the respective defences

    • FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Donny must be thinking what he has done to move to old toilet

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Panic buys incoming for United

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        Donny already was.

    • Siva Mohan
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Zaha have good fixtures from GW5

      BHA ful wol LEE bur NEW wba TOT whu

      1. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        He is playing like he wants to find a buyer.

        Roy practically said they will sell him.

    • CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Palace deservedly ahead, nothing more sweet than United loosing 🙂

      1. Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 27 days ago

        'loosing' = brexit voter

    • Optimus.
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      I like that Zaha didn't do the "non celebrating" celebration

    • Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Literally pointless, all luck

    • Ser Davos
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 27 days ago

      Watching on the iPad app and now realise I'm several seconds behind