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. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Utd getting spanked here

  2. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

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

  3. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Looks absolutely class! @7 up top is a steal

  4. shaunyjames
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 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
      2 months, 9 days ago

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

    2. All about the galacticos
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      well played, doffs hat

  5. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Look at Zahas fixtures! Hmmmm!

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

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

    2. Danstoke82
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

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

  6. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

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

  7. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Mitchell essential?

    1. All about the galacticos
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      enjoying the run whilst it lasts

  8. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

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

  9. mgilbert86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 9 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
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Thinking the same.

      Martial > Jesus

      1. mgilbert86
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        jimenez or jesus look better options even richarlison

  10. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Mitchell trolling benching owners

    1. Leonard hatred
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 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.

  11. Danstoke82
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

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

    1. King Mo
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Fantastic fixtures.

    2. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Not playing utd every week.

  12. seewhyaxe
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

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

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

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

  13. Infected by ebolasie
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    10.5 is quite expensive for a centre back

  14. Ser Davos
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

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

  15. King Mo
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 9 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
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Said the same thing about DCL

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        He scored 13 goals last season

    2. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I said the same thing about Ings every week last season

    3. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Not when he's upfront

    4. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Hes playing to get his transfer at the moment

      1. panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Good name, well done sir!

    5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      He was brilliant a few seasons ago

      Eze and bats will release him

    6. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

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

  16. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    18 goals in 3 matches so far this week.

    Sod expensive back lines! There is no defending!

  17. Please Answer Me
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 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
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Don't hate the player hate the game

    2. Leonard hatred
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Enjoy the top 1k, I guess?

  18. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

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

  19. BENOIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Zaha or Podence?

  20. Limbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 9 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.

  21. Says
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 9 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?

  22. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Has the search party been sent out for Martial yet?

  23. Ser Davos
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Zaha over JRod next week given the respective defences

  24. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

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

  25. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Panic buys incoming for United

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Donny already was.

  26. Siva Mohan
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Zaha have good fixtures from GW5

    BHA ful wol LEE bur NEW wba TOT whu

    1. Fred54
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      He is playing like he wants to find a buyer.

      Roy practically said they will sell him.

  27. _sidney_will
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Palace deservedly ahead, nothing more sweet than United loosing 🙂

    1. Corned Beef Kelly Osbourne
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      'loosing' = brexit voter

  28. Optimus.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

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

  29. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Literally pointless, all luck

  30. Ser Davos
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

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