Dugout Discussion

Greenwood absent and Pogba benched as Solskjaer names surprise starting XI

The last of four Premier League matches to take place on Saturday sees Manchester United head north to face Newcastle United.

Kick-off at St James’ Park is at 20:00 BST.

We suspected there’d be changes to the visitors’ team following the 6-1 humiliation at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur a fortnight ago but not many of us would have anticipated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI.

There are five changes to the line-up that started in north London, with the suspended Anthony Martial among the players dropping out.

Marcus Rashford moves up front in the Frenchman’s absence.

That tactical alteration was much-predicted but the omission of Mason Greenwood from the matchday squad was a curveball, while Solskjaer has also sprung a surprise by changing both of his holding midfielders.

Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic drop to the bench, with Scott McTominay and Fred coming into the side.

Victor Lindelof also ousts Eric Bailly at centre-half, with the hitherto peripheral Daniel James and Juan Mata given the nod to replace Martial and Greenwood.

New signing Alex Telles is only on the bench but the under-fire Harry Maguire has recovered from injury to line up in defence.

The hosts’ team news is much more straightforward.

Steve Bruce has made only one change from the team that originally lined up in the 3-1 win over Burnley, with Jamaal Lascelles replacing the injured Fabian Schar at centre-half.


Newcastle United XI: Darlow, Krafth, Fernandez, Lascelles, Lewis, Hayden, Shelvey, Hendrick, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, Wilson.

Manchester United XI: de Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Mata, Bruno Fernandes, James, Rashford.

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1,065 Comments Post a Comment
  1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    LMS safety score currently 10

    https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

    1. Mince n Tatties
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      So Far so Good TM...

  2. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    24(-8) from 6. Crap.

    1. KICKandRUSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Depends on who's your (C) 😉

      1. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 8 hours ago

        Son

        1. KICKandRUSH
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 days, 8 hours ago

          Then you're still in the race for a decent GW5!
          I've got Kane. Good luck!

          1. Coys96
            • 3 Years
            6 days, 8 hours ago

            Cheers. Needed a big gw tho, 4.5 mil rank atm

            1. KICKandRUSH
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              6 days, 8 hours ago

              I feel ya, had a terrible start as well and bit my way back into the top 1m. Still plenty GWs to play but it defo works with -4 hits this season.

        2. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          6 days, 8 hours ago

          Still a chance for a good score.

          1. Coys96
            • 3 Years
            6 days, 8 hours ago

            Doubt it but hope so

    2. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      25 (-8) from 6, so you are not alone.

      Also got Son (c) to come and sold Werner 2 weeks ago.

    3. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Early days mate. Don’t lose faith

  3. Joey Tribbiani
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Lets go Newcastle!

    1. liverpool01
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Lascelles clean sheet please! LMAO..

  4. Galza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Let’s go Bruno(c)...! 😛

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      I'm thinking I should of done this instead of Son but we will see

      1. Galza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 8 hours ago

        I don’t own any Spurs, but I would’ve probably captained one if I did.
        Again, we’ll see, but I think you’ll be fine...

  5. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Anyone here selling Taa?

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Why would anyone sell before Sheff Utd

      1. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 8 hours ago

        True. Probably worth holding few more weeks

    2. SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      May drop in price tonight..

    3. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Tempted, but may save my transfer this week and see if TAA does next week what Werner did this week for his long suffering owners who kept their faith in him.

  6. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Brewster probably scores vs Liverpool, right?

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      If Adrian is between the sticks, it’s almost guaranteed...

    2. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      El capitan

  7. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Wc gone well till now.. Big Sunday cmng..

  8. liverpool01
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    How long is Kdb expected to be out for?

    1. liverpool01
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      might transfer Jimenez and Mahrez-4 to Dcl and Son but not worth taking the hit when I can just transfer out Kdb> Son

    2. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Best guess seems to be 2 weeks from Telegraph

    3. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Expect him back for Pool at the latest.
      Probably not needed vs Sheff Utd.

      1. liverpool01
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 8 hours ago

        Cool thanks guys

  9. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Might actually get my first decent gw this season. 28 points 5 to go inc. captain 🙂

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Only had 2 players so far and both returned! Im now hoping/expecting the other 9 to follow suit 😀

    2. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Now you jinxed it...

  10. Bennyboy1907
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    James to Robbo??

    Don’t have a liv defence atm

    Or is it too risky without adrian and VVD out?

    Can go to chillwell or someone else other wise

    Thank you people

    1. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Get Chillwell

      1. Bennyboy1907
        6 days, 8 hours ago

        Gettin him next week after the Man Utd game

    2. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Reports are VvD may be very dead but Robbo still looks good. Not many cs about anywhere but Robbo is putting in high bps performances. Depends what you'd do with the extra cash but Robbo certainly valid for his attacking/bps potential although same can be said of Chilwell.

      1. Bram
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        6 days, 8 hours ago

        (I have both)

  11. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Come on Newcastle

  12. BHA_Seagull
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Thinking I need to get ride of Pickford and Coleman this week.
    10.2 available and can't see where the clean sheets are going to come from!?
    Who do you go for?
    TIA

    1. Johnny 8
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Villa have great fixtures until gw16 so Martinez in goal looks a great option. That leaves you enough for Semedo or Reguilon.

    2. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      cs look a rarity atm so my logic says even more important than usual to go for high attack/bps potential options - Robbo/Taa prob out of you budget but Chilwell Castagne Samedo Lamptey types

  13. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    I sold Wilson on my WC. Guess he will be getting a brace now.

    1. BHA_Seagull
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      I've got him so here's hoping !

    2. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      Only if they get 2 pens

  14. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Rashford will brace tonight probably

  15. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    I went for Pulisic over Rodriguez in the end on WC. Puli's heat map was all over the place today. Hoping it’s just that he’s not back to his best yet but it typically coincides with Werner and Havertz finally hitting form!

    Hopefully my choice won’t haunt me too much!

  16. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Newcastle ahead already...not even 2 minutes gone

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Burger boy og

  17. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Is there no word anywhere why Greenwood is missing?

  18. Tinkermania
    • 1 Year
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Mata, McTominay, James? Why is UTD playing their league cup team?

  19. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Classic united

  20. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    1-0 Newcastle

  21. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Shaw scores!!!
    In the wrong net 🙁

  22. Silecro
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Callum gonna haul here, wont he?

  23. Galza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Shaw goal (og) 😆

  24. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 6 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Ole at the wheel

  25. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Shaw OG?

  26. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Got to be OG, right?

  27. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 6 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Ass?

    1. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Shaw? Yeah a bit

  28. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Newcastle don't even celebrate after scoring against us. That's how shambolic we are now. Ridiculous.

  29. Crouching Tiger
    • 7 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Lol at ManU

  30. Deth
    • 1 Year
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    Manchester Utd 😆