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. Pommie22
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Martial must have missed team brief, I'm sure Ole will be justified in using "lazy" analogy.

    • Atimis
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Thoughts on Sterling over KDB? Afraid that KDB may play deep as Bruno today.

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

        I'd wait til Monday and see

        1. Evasivo
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Likely to ride beforehand?!

      2. BrockLanders
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I like Sterling

    • BrockLanders
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Many bapulars for Mitro??

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

        all 3

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

          Really??

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

            He already got them... check your team

    • Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      rage wildcard anyone?

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

        No rage... But will have to do
        Don't want to take hits

    • sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Worth noting that clamping down on goalkeepers stepping off their line will inevitably increase success rate from penalties. Another factor to consider along the new handball rules that make penalties more likely.

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

        Yup, lot to learn from this game

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

        Yup. Just keep retaking until you score. Fill your squad with pen takers. Been established by now.

    • Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      This ‘talented’ United team according to Neville needs more signings. They’ve spent over 200m in the last 15 months.
      And their fans accuse the likes of City for buying the league 😀

      1. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Apart from Leicester, every Prem title has been bought

        1. Qaiss
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Liverpool did it within a budget only last season. But they have a proper manager and players. United haven’t sold anyone for over 200m. They just buy buy buy, ever since Fergie left, on crap.

        2. Andy'81
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Given to how Leicester blatantly cheated the FFP rules when in the championship to get promoted {although many have} I wouldn't even give them that.

    • Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Mitchell 11 points in 2 games! Glad I played him in both the games!

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Good job

      2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Benched him in both..

      3. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Benched in both 🙁

      4. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Bet you're the only one. Some of my rivals got a jammy promotion off the bench last week but I don't think any will this time.

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

        Played him first game, 2nd on bench today behind Bissouma. Got to hope Bissouma doesn’t feature tomorrow but unlikely I know.

    • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Who would be your Leeds pick? Name one only

      1. Bank$y
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Phillips

      2. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Bamford looks the best value.

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

          i second this

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

            Paddy B

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

        Klich

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

        Klich

      5. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Costa

    • Bank$y
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Bruno captain fail. Goddamn.

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

        I capped in, and had him + Martial on the bench GW1.

    • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Anyone thinking of starting Mitchell at home to Everton?

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

        Won't play United at OT every week, Everton are a class above

    • ivantys
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Roy Hodson manager of the season

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

          😀

      • Rolls-Royce
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        At least hoping we can get some signings now

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

          A manager, probably

      • DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Bruno hit fail

      • seewhyaxe
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        all the hits for Bruno and Martial...

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

          And wildcards

      • BrutalLogiC
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        38 points total, can we just restart the season please

      • Seanigula
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Bruno, Martial and Greenwood OUT
        Zaha, Townsend, Ayew IN for -8?

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

          Prefer -12

        2. Over Midwicket
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Only for a -24

        3. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Good point, maybe I’ll just wildcard

        4. nerd_is_the_werd
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 9 days ago

          For -8???
          That's more points than the three players combined!!!

        5. PDM (Top 1000) ANY Season L…
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Chuffing Priceless

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

        Going to be a lot of penalty retakes this season

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

          Going to be an insane amount of penalties

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

        wouldn't rush to bring in everton players based off how palace have looked defensively, atleast wait a week

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

          Agreed. Will be a hard game

      • Burger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Any baps for Bruno?

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

          Bacon buttie in the taxi home

      • Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Aubaaa!!!

      • Pedram
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        18 from 5, anyone doing worse?

        1. sirmorbach
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Least you've got Auba captain, right?

        2. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 9 days ago

          thats not so bad

        3. GSWC
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          1 point from 1 haha

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

          26 from 7 here

        5. PlumaPiedra
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          5 from 4.

      • sirmorbach
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Golf is coming home

      • Squib
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Martial see you later.

      • Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Deepends on next game I know, but Willian > Zaha for a -4? Its a no right, even with Willian having Pool

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

          Zaha has some amazing fixtures upcoming. Went under the radar for me until tonight. He could bag a hatful against the likes of Fulham and Leeds who play so attacking

      • FPL Kaka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Pereira scores more points than Bruno, Rashford and Martial combined

      • how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        0 united players.

        Safe to come out from behind the sofa?

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

          Massive waste of a sofa, mate

          1. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            0 everton either unfortunately

        2. Garlana
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          You were safe to watch the game, would have enjoyed it.

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

          Should have sat on the sofa & watched the game as a fellow non-utd owner it was good fun

      • @Bryan
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Brought in Zara for Pulisic and capt James. To be fair though I had no Salah last week!

        Zara playing as a striker and looks in form, him and James at that mid price point look like good picks to free up funds elsewhere.

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

          The clothing brand Zara?

          1. @Bryan
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Mmmmm yeah, defeated my point there twice. Dam autocorrect

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

              It's alright haha. Yeah you're right. They're shrewd picks right now.

        2. Over Midwicket
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Haven't seen you around here before

          1. @Bryan
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Irregular poster over 11 years.

      • jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Just saw a clip of a DCL goal. Did he score with his back on accident?!

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

          Natural top-flight finisher

      • Chucky
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Ings and VVD to Martial and Digne for -4 went well 🙁

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

        1 from 1...red arrow?

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          12 from 1 😎

        2. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          17 from 1

        3. Saïss doesn't mat…
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          39 from 3

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Nice

        4. Amey
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Don't care about FPL right now 😎

          Can someone kidnap Lindelof for a season or two please ?? 😀