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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. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    Bruno could've scored a hattrick - as a non-owner i am still pleased

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

    One of the nicest team goals of the season from United of all teams. Great stuff.

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

      They are great at counter attacking

  3. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    AWBBBBB GOAL
    RASHFORD ASSIST

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      Lol absolute joke

  4. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    I never thought awb knew how to score wow

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

    Where was this MU for 80 bloody minutes??!!!

  6. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    I hope the scoreline holds. Newcastle deserve to be punished for their boring defensive game.

    1. Slouch87
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      What rubbish. Huge difference in resources . A team can only set itself up with the players at its disposal. The Arsenal invincibless were incredibly defensive but that won them a title.

  7. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    AWB stealing Bruno points. GET INNNNN

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      Yes!

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

      He's not tho

      1. The Dance
        • 9 Years
        6 days, 6 hours ago

        Is

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          6 days, 6 hours ago

          How?

          1. The Dance
            • 9 Years
            6 days, 6 hours ago

            Just look

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              6 days, 6 hours ago

              At what? Bruno still has more bonus and still has to get winning goal bonus

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

    Bruno essential. Heart of this Man United team and was the best player in the Prem since his signing, so no brainer?

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      Lmao

    2. Tinkermania
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      ''Was'' you said. What happened to him.

  9. SoShy
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    When did awb learn to shoot?

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      Stunning finish!

      He used to be a winger at youth level, so it's in there somewhere.

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

      A broken clock is right twice a day. He just smashed it and hoped for the best

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

    Rashford assist

  11. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    Boo was looking forward to the Bruno fail.

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      It still is a fail

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 6 hours ago

        Is salah a fail too?

        1. The Dance
          • 9 Years
          6 days, 6 hours ago

          I’d certainly say so, measly 7 pts

          1. Zim0
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 6 hours ago

            Wow u really think 7 points is a fail?

            1. F_Ivanovic
              • 5 Years
              6 days, 6 hours ago

              It's par for course... definitely not a fail. 266 points a season if you get 7 every game.

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                6 days, 6 hours ago

                Exactly

              2. The Dance
                • 9 Years
                6 days, 6 hours ago

                Yes, every game, which won’t happen. I’d be disappointed with it anyways

      2. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        6 days, 6 hours ago

        same point as Salah

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

    Amazingly enough, and I know you’ll all find this hard to believe, right, but AWB never did that when I had him last season.....

  13. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    Bruno on 2 baps after penalty miss is silly. Some changes need to be made. Massive minus baps for pen miss. Also large increase in minus baps for goals conceded for defenders so we don't get defenders with bonus after conceding 2+ goals just because they had 1 assist

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      Make the rules up as they go along, always have and the bps system will always be a joke

    2. Railwayman
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      Agreed. And should be -3 in points too.

    3. BeaversWithAttitude
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      I remember end of last season when Ings missed a pen and had all 3 bonus points snatched off him even though he had the only goal in the match at that point...

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

        Cost me top 10k , I remember it well

    4. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      I agree about defenders but penalty misses are already fairly punished. A single miss shouldn't completely destroy 90 minutes of good work done.

    5. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      Why is that silly, does a pen miss mean you didn't play well?

      1. BeaversWithAttitude
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 6 hours ago

        See Ings...

    6. jumpinjeffflash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      They should just copy Bundesliga fantasy. It doesn't have a BPS (bar 1 point for being on the winning team) and instead just hands out points for stuff like shots, passes leading to shots, tackles etc. It puts way less emphasis on goals/assists/cleanies, because there's lots of other ways to build a good score.

  14. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    Bruno is just going to keep on hauling isn't he. Missed pen and offside away from +10 points

  15. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    Juan Mata baller. MOTM.

  16. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    United looking almost as dangerous as last season again, with Liverpool and City faltering could push for the title. Good on Ole

    1. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      Lmao

    2. kopite65
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

    3. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      This guy's good.

  17. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    Ffsssss

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

    that was actually a cross

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

    Was so inevitable!!

    And just like that my green arrow turns red again!

    Bruno will be up at the top of the points by end of the season.

    Rashford looking lively but I trust him less...

  20. ivantys
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    Even with 2 assists Rashford's still behind Bruno on BPS

  21. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    Love seeing DVB playing, a clever boy

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

    Bruno and Rashford back in tonight’s template then.

  23. Kip
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    Seems like ManU started to click after DVDB got subbed in. Just a coincidence?

  24. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    Rashford 2 assists is a nice bonus from this

  25. Pork Pie Sausage Roll
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    The Bruno hatred on here makes that all the sweeter

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

      This

  26. FPL_trail_runner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    Maybe should have kept Rashford 2 weeks ago, been decent returns since.

    Anyway 30k green arrow today up to 120k with 7 left to go , all while having DCL and Hamez on the bench.

  27. Pointless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    Worth the Liverpool defensive double up... Matip + Gomez?!

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

      Maybe when Alisson returns

  28. Pratik
    • 11 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    Its a really tough dance b/w Salah/Son/Fernandes/Sterling/KDB/Bruno/Mane this year. Expect all of them to do really well over the course of the season. You will get some points, and inevitably miss some.

    I'm happy with no united in the next 3 fixtures.

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      True. I honestly think Bruno could outscore them all though. Most premiums blank a fair bit but make up for it with massive hauls, whereas Bruno seems incredibly consistent and hardly ever blanks - and he hauls. If United can sustain any type of form I will consider going without City cover to have him.

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

      Bruno looked very good this game

  29. Gobigorgohome
    • 9 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    RASHFORD GOAL
    BRUNO ASAIST

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

    Rashy haul!!!