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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. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 10 Years
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    Fernandez dropping tonight

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      z or s

      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 10 Years
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        Z
        😉

  2. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    Might be worth getting a United player in for WBA in GW9, but might as well wait and monitor over the Chelsea, Arsenal, and Everton games.

    1. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      I saw the last 30min

      Newcastle had an injured goalkeeper. United dont look good.

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        I thought they'd played well the last 30 minutes. Some of the build up play was lovely.

        But won't be investing over the next 3.

        1. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 days, 5 hours ago

          Again it needs saying

          Newcastle didnt have a goalkeeper for the last 30min

          1. Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            6 days, 5 hours ago

            What does that have to do with their build up play?

            They created quality chances independent of the goalkeeping.

            1. FPL_trail_runner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              6 days, 5 hours ago

              In answer to your question the Bruno goal wouldnt have happened and then Newcastle wouldnt have then went into camy cazy attack mode leaving nobody at the back for another 2 goals in the last 5min

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                6 days, 5 hours ago

                As if the goalkeeper had any chance in saving the bruno goal

                1. Zim0
                  • 2 Years
                  6 days, 5 hours ago

                  He also had a goal ruled out for offside because of mata and missed a penalty which won't happen often considering his record.

                2. Trophé Mourinho
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  6 days, 5 hours ago

                  That angle is so hard to score from, the keeper covers 90% of the goal. Thats a very hard goal to score, the odds were stacked against Bruno there.

                  1. Zim0
                    • 2 Years
                    6 days, 5 hours ago

                    Yes but thats not what he's saying. Hes saying the injury was the reason he didnt save. My point is the keeper couldn't have saved it because the shot was a quality one

                    1. FPL_trail_runner
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      6 days, 4 hours ago

                      I was saying both

                      1. Goalie is injured
                      2 The low proability of him scoring. The odds are he doesnt score than again the next time he is in that position. The goalie being injured helped also.

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

        Was NUFC out of subs?

    2. Pratik
      • 11 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      ++1. Good to see them play like that towards the end, but hold now. There are tremendous midfield options this year, across City/United/Tottenham.

      1. Pratik
        • 11 Years
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        *hold urge to kneejerk them in.

      2. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        Excited to see Bale tomorrow... :

    3. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      Man united are poor and Newcastle just let them win convincingly at the end. But they’ll probably lose 2 of the next 3 imo

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        Disagree

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      Martial will be back by then, if they can lift up the spirit the skills are there

  3. ZeBestee
    • 6 Years
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    Is this worth -8?

    Foden + Pereira + Werner 》》》Son + Hames + Brewster

    1. BooYaKasha
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      No

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

    At least wilson and ASM got nothing

  5. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    How is Fernandes on 3 BAPS after missing a penalty?

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

      Someone in the fpl tower has him (C)

    2. Granville
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      Because he won the game.

      1. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        penalty merchant bias thing and stuff

    3. BeaversWithAttitude
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      See Ings pen miss last season. Turkey shoot bonus points system.

  6. FPL_trail_runner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    Despite another green arrow currently up to 140k with 7 players to go im making a nice set of forgetable transfers out

    Rashford and Keane out last week (week 4) to now join Son out after week 1.

    Would be doing better by actually doing nothing each week but picking a captain

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

      And by not benching DCL and Hamez!

      1. FPL_trail_runner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        Only lost about 6 points on that in worst case yet. So nothing major ( could even work out well yet)

        Gained 8 points by changing to Sterling over Salah this morning for captain

        Swings and roundabouts

        1. Plant Based Footballer
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 4 hours ago

          Salah = 7
          2x Sterling = 22

          2x Salah = 14
          Sterling = 11

          Where is your 8 points gained? I don't see it.

          Benching Everton against Adrian was a mistake. If opposition has a bad goalkeeper, keep players in.

  7. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    Sold Rashford and Werner for a hit. Sold son before his four goals and ASM two weeks ago. Genuinely distraught

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

      U need to stop panick sales.

    2. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      I’ve sold son twice, mane before haul, rashford, Werner and Adams.

      Can’t do anything right

    3. BeaversWithAttitude
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      Yep, I sold Son the week before his 20 something haul, too. Argh!

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      Small score by this seasons standards

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        True, but what it could and should have been!

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

    Sounds like Darlaw played on carrying injury- if so why did Newcastle not sub with Gillespie rather than the sub they made at 88 minutes

  9. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    There are just too many options

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

      Makes the game more interesting, doesnt it?

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        Not for me, rooting against too many players

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        Not if you don't have the ones scoring points D:

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

          Yeah, but many players doing well increases the probability of owning some of them, unless you are having a stinker.

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 days, 5 hours ago

            I fall in the latter category 😀

  10. AzzaroMax99
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    VVD’s owners what are you doing with him? Sell tonight or wait few days? Get other Pool def (Gomez as cheaper or Robo maybe) or premium def from other team?

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

      Waiting until the games are played at least

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      Wait but if he’s done for season then I’ll take a hit to a 4.5 and get Kane or Kun I think

  11. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    30 from 3 so far, it could be a good week!
    DCL captain, Digne and Bruno
    Guatia, Lamptey, Saiss, Son, Trossard, Zaha, Jimi and Wood left!

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

      If that trend continues, you are in for a 110 points.

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        That would be so sick

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

          Lol, good luck.

          1. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 days, 5 hours ago

            thanks 🙂

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

      I'm down to 3m OR.... Only had 2 players played though. But feels so bad having to claw back from a red arrow for the rest of the GW after every other highly owned player hauled

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        I like being behind tbh, most weeks im ahead on saturday then Sunday wrecks me. I think I always prefer to be behind, being in front is not so nice when you are watching goals come in. So on a Saturday you are like rgeat I did good, then Sunday coems and you are bang average

        Thankfully the scary teams are out the way (Pool, Chelsea, City) its normally them which screw me

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        Just need your captain to run riots then you would be on the moon

    3. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      Nice good going

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        thanks, but I know its too early to count chickens. Been in this position before and then had all remaining players blank and some get own goals or red cards :/

  12. dansmusen
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    Sold Shaw for a hit....best hit ever 🙂

  13. thewakka
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    Panic sell VVD?

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

      Unless he is going down the price or you are chasing rises, you can wait til you get official news.

    2. Heiro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      Apparently 7/8 weeks

  14. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    Would you look at getting in any United assets, or changing anything here for next GW?

    Martinez (Steer)
    Trent - Saiss - Taylor (Lamptey & Dallas)
    Salah - Son - KDB - Podence (Burke)
    DCL - Jimmy - Maupay

    1. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      No MU assets needed for next three fixtures imo.

      1. El Lobito 10
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        Mistake

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

      I’d look at Bruno if KDB is confirmed out for next gw

  15. Mweene
    • 6 Years
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    32 from 5 with Son (c). Finally a decent looking gw.

    De bruyne and Barnes > Sterling and Grealish (-4)?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      KDB > Sterling Mane Bruno or Rashford?

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        Bruno tbh based on that game, and how leaky Chelsea are. Theres surely a pen in that game for ManU

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 days, 5 hours ago

          Unless Mendy and Thiago are back?

  16. Heiro
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    I'm thinking a double up on Salah and Mane for the SU game.

    KDB to Mane?

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

      I have both, + TAA. I will consider offloading one (TAA) after the Sheffield game.

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      I am planning Salah Mane for the next two then United mid (Bruno or Rashford) from GW8

  17. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    Wow more people capped Werner than Bruno! Both were ballsy choices tbh.

    Bruno looking great I must admit despite the pen miss. Just no room for him in my team!

  18. Vasqujg
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    Everybody quickly go Triple Up on Manchester United

    They are bound and determined now!

    The Imp Pogba is on the Bench and other Lazy French bum is suspended.

  19. Underdogs11
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    United - Chelsea score... 5-5?

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      And all of them penalties

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        Jorginho [C] done

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

    Probably had my best day since GW1 with 44 from 6 but still closer than ever to hitting WC

    McCarthy
    TAA Robbo Semedo
    Salah Son Podence Soucek
    Werner DCL Mitrovic
    (4.0 Shaw Bissouma Ferguson)

    Potentially a 0.3 swing on drops/ rises of players I’d bring in tonight - should I WC? Or wait to see Podence Mitrovic play ?

  21. El Lobito 10
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    As usual, the anti-United trolls get all psyched up after a Utd win on here. Hope those grapes aren't too sour lads! 😀 😀 😀

    1. JONALDINHO
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      Congrats on winning mate. Don’t see any comments with people getting sour

      1. El Lobito 10
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        Cheers. Oh they're here all right

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          6 days, 4 hours ago

          Well if you keep reacting they'll surely continue. Fair play. Bruno is stíl playing class too.

          1. El Lobito 10
            • 3 Years
            5 days, 4 hours ago

            Erm nope. Your point makes sense if it is to wind us up. It isn't. It's the typical rage against Utd. Pretty funny from where I'm standing 😀

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              5 days, 2 hours ago

              You're paranoid. If you know they're trolls then reacting to them is giv in my them what they want.

  22. JONALDINHO
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    Save FT?

    Martinez
    Robertson • Semedo • Dallas
    Salah • Son • James • Grealish
    Kane • DCL • Maupay
    (4.0 / KWP / Masuaku / 4.5)

  23. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    33 -4 from 5 including Salah (c)

    Anyone else doing well as me?

    1. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      36 (-4) from 4 ,

      And ive DCL and Hamez benched.

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        Wow DCL and Hamez benched?

        You must have some team

      2. Danstoke82
        • 6 Years
        6 days, 5 hours ago

        Arguably the leagues form team with one of the form strikers and you benched him in a home match??

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          6 days, 5 hours ago

          Form team after 4 games against easier opposition than they expected to face today.

        2. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 days, 5 hours ago

          He scored 6 points and Everton got rather lucky

          - VVD injury, lucky not to be down to 10 men

          Ive lost now at worse 4 points, may even make the points back as ive 7 players to go.

          You will never do well if you keep following the opinions of others on here. You have to make your own choices. I backed liverpool to dominate and keep Everton quite. The VVD injury disrupted that. However Everton and DCL were quite for the majority of the game from open play.

          This week didnt 100% to plan, but the downside was tiny. 10 points from 2 players benched is nothing to cry over.

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      Nope

    3. Mile Plankton
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      13 from 2 (DCL and Salah)
      I was hiding behind the couch all day and it all fell apart from 86th to 96th minute of the last game.

    4. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      WC. 28 from 4, Salah (C).

  24. Mile Plankton
    • 7 Years
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    Well, that was not cool.
    At all.

  25. WE GO FOR IT
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    20(-8) from 4. Big red incoming for sure

    Captain Kane, Son remaining. Hopefully I rise back up to where I was before this GW began. I'd be happy with that. My team looks in good shape for the next few games and I kept my WC intact.

  26. Danstoke82
    • 6 Years
    6 days, 5 hours ago

    Not going to make the moves yet but was thinking one of these, either a good move?

    A) KDB > Mane (double up with Salah)
    B) KDB + Foden > Bruno + James Rodriguez 2FT

    Thanks in advance

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      A

    2. WE GO FOR IT
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 5 hours ago

      A