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

    Slahbead

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

    Thought I would post down here as a paradox is forming at the top of the page.

    1. Gnu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      Ok, previous page then.......

  3. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 7 hours ago

    Mata TC here

    1. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      in your 5th team?

      1. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        in my dreams

  4. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    6 days, 7 hours ago

    Maguire>>>>>Van Dijk.

    1. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      Top 5 CB in the league, finally proving it

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        Becuase he scored a goal?

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

        hope this is a joke

      3. Ron_Swanson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        He’s not top 5 CB at Man You

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      I’d rather Virgil. With an ACL tear.

    3. kopite65
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      80 mill player gets a goal!
      Vvd
      Champs league 2 finals
      Prem league, world club cup, super cup, league an europa finals in just couple seasons
      No comparison

    4. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      Luiz >>>>>>>>>>> Maguire

    5. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      Ruben Dias is the best CB in the league atm

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        He was immense today.

  5. Right In The Stanchion
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      Man Utd win the “we have the most fans in Asia” trophy

      Congrats

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        Are u a teenage pool fan with friends who support utd

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

          Arsenal fan

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

        how is this relevant to anything?

        1. Right In The Stanchion
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            Sick of hearing deluded plums saying Man Utd are the biggest club in the world.

            1. Nomar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              6 days, 7 hours ago

              Not necessarily an incorrect statement, though.

        2. Athletic Dildao
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 days, 7 hours ago

          Who hurt you?

        3. Limbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 days, 7 hours ago

          Go to bed

      3. Carefree Crew
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        Martinez, (Forster)
        TAA, Saiss, Coady, Lamptey, Dunne,
        Sterling, Son, Havertz, James, Foden,
        Jimenez, Mitrovic, Brewster,

        £3.6m ITB

        Mitrovic to DCL before tonight's price rise?

        Other priorities to address?

        Thanks.

        1. kopite65
          • 5 Years
          6 days, 7 hours ago

          Sounds like a plan
          Mitro to dcl, go for it

        2. Carefree Crew
          • 2 Years
          6 days, 7 hours ago

          Cheers mate.

      4. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        Who to replace kdb with ?

        A fernandes
        B sterling ( have foden)
        C son ( have kane)

        Thank you

        1. Deth
          • 1 Year
          6 days, 7 hours ago

          Sonny

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            Cheers

        2. Vazza
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            KDB is going to play next week so keep him

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              6 days, 7 hours ago

              That would be nice . Thanks

          • Pratik
            • 11 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            Why ask today when you will ask this again tmrw?

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              6 days, 7 hours ago

              Because I can

          • Carefree Crew
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            Son.
            Form, fixtures, price / value.

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              6 days, 7 hours ago

              Thanks a lot

          • KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            A

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              6 days, 7 hours ago

              Cheers

        3. The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 days, 7 hours ago

          Maguire scores a goal, VVD gets injured for 8 months ruining it for his whole team =

          Maguire > VVD

          1. Forza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            This is probably one of the more sensible FFS comments from tonight.

        4. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 7 hours ago

          This could be a big score for Bruno here, wow

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

            ?

          2. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            You mean mata?

          3. Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            how though?

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 3 Years
              6 days, 7 hours ago

              Penalty which I’ve already accrued in my head + Disallowed goal and general eye test

          4. Deth
            • 1 Year
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            ?

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 3 Years
              6 days, 7 hours ago

              Eye test

          5. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            Salah had a mega haul today... in my head

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 3 Years
              6 days, 7 hours ago

              It’s that kind of belief which resulted in him scoring 🙂

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

          Walsall fc forever! Fanx

        6. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 7 Years
          6 days, 7 hours ago

          Hard to believe that Martial Rashford and Greenwood salvaged my ML win last year with their points hauls

          1. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            Not getting ManUtd players after restart ruined my season, so did the smart thing and started with two this season.

            1. Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              6 days, 7 hours ago

              *Greenwood from start and got Martial in gw3

        7. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 days, 7 hours ago

          gutting that Bruno goal ruled out, went to the shop came back to see people shouting Bruno, refresh page no goal :l

        8. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 days, 7 hours ago

          Almost St Max

        9. threeputt
          • 11 Years
          6 days, 7 hours ago

          will KdB actually go down in price tonight, will that red flag make a difference ?

          1. Carefree Crew
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            No idea. Price fluctuations have been inconsistent. TAA should have gone down for example & he's still at original price, although predicted to drop tonight.

        10. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          6 days, 7 hours ago

          time for Hendo

        11. Warby84
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 days, 7 hours ago

          De Gea down, hit the post..

        12. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          6 days, 7 hours ago

          Hendotime?

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

          De Gea could have been killed

          1. Ashante'Kotoko
            • 8 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            Haha

        14. Bennyboy1907
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            James to Robbo??

            Don’t have a liv defence atm

            Or is it too risky without adrian and VVD out?

            Will bring in Chillwell next week regardless after the Man Utd game

            Thank you people

          • liverpool01
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            Mccarthy
            Taa, Saiss, Justin
            Salah, Zaha, Kdb, Bissouma, Mahrez
            Ings, Jimenez

            1FT

            A)KDB>Son
            B)- 4 Jimenez> DCL, Mahrez> Son

            A or B guys?

            Thanks

            1. Vazza
                6 days, 7 hours ago

                B

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

              Bruno really getting annoyed with AWBs brainlessness in attack

              1. Fudgy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                6 days, 7 hours ago

                I noticed that. AWB football IQ is extremely low.

                1. Steve The Spud
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  6 days, 7 hours ago

                  Yep, a good athlete, not got a lot of ability or vision

            3. Revival
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              6 days, 7 hours ago

              Henderson trying his best not to smirk when seeing DDG getting treatment

              1. Vazza
                  6 days, 7 hours ago

                  Haha

              2. Gobigorgohome
                • 9 Years
                6 days, 7 hours ago

                THAT AWB CROSS QUALITY LOL

                1. Crouching Tiger
                  • 7 Years
                  6 days, 7 hours ago

                  Fake cross, laser shot

              3. Wolves Ay We
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                6 days, 7 hours ago

                How nailed are these 4.0 defenders?

                A) Mitchell
                B) Dunne

                1. Vazza
                    6 days, 7 hours ago

                    0%
                    0%

                  • Manani
                    • 8 Years
                    6 days, 7 hours ago

                    neither, unless PVA or a burnely CB got injured again for some reason

                  • Lindelol
                    • 2 Years
                    6 days, 7 hours ago

                    -100
                    -100

                  • Gobigorgohome
                    • 9 Years
                    6 days, 7 hours ago

                    0% and 0%

                  • Pukki Party
                    • 3 Years
                    6 days, 7 hours ago

                    Not nailed

                  • Ashante'Kotoko
                    • 8 Years
                    6 days, 7 hours ago

                    1%
                    0%

                  • rnrd
                    • 6 Years
                    6 days, 7 hours ago

                    it's yet to be seen about Mitchell. Hodgon has praised his performances and PVA can actually play left Mid

                2. Gobigorgohome
                  • 9 Years
                  6 days, 7 hours ago

                  Rashford injury

                  1. Crouching Tiger
                    • 7 Years
                    6 days, 7 hours ago

                    Cavani bandwagon

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

                    Fake injury*

                3. RED_ARMY
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  6 days, 7 hours ago

                  TAA to Robbo? No other pressing issues bar maybe Justin, is Perreira back?

                  1. Pukki Party
                    • 3 Years
                    6 days, 7 hours ago

                    Pereira back soon according to fpl flag.

                  2. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 6 Years
                    6 days, 7 hours ago

                    If no other issues I would do it

                  3. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 3 Years
                    6 days, 7 hours ago

                    You know the risks, personally I would have both

                  4. Steve The Spud
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    6 days, 7 hours ago

                    I’d probably hold, who knows what horrible gremlins will appear during the week

                  5. Gobigorgohome
                    • 9 Years
                    6 days, 7 hours ago

                    end of Oct

                  6. Good Times
                    • 7 Years
                    6 days, 7 hours ago

                    Wait till Friday

                4. manu4life99
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  6 days, 7 hours ago

                  Save FT?

                  Martinez
                  Robbo Saiss Lamptey
                  Salah Son Grealish Jrod
                  Kane DCL Maupay

                  steer soucek chilwell mitchell

                  1. Hulk Smash
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    6 days, 7 hours ago

                    Yeah

                  2. Good Times
                    • 7 Years
                    6 days, 7 hours ago

                    Reassess Friday

                5. Good Times
                  • 7 Years
                  6 days, 7 hours ago

                  Won't lie was on a - 16 looking at Kdb injury, the freehit has gone well so far 24 from 4 with captain Kane to go feeling alright =)

                  1. DA Minnion
                    • 8 Years
                    6 days, 7 hours ago

                    Good times.

                    1. Good Times
                      • 7 Years
                      6 days, 7 hours ago

                      Yeet!

                6. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 3 Years
                  6 days, 7 hours ago

                  Bruno penalty imminent

                7. The Big Fella
                  • 4 Years
                  6 days, 7 hours ago

                  Do we know how long VVD is out for yet?

                  1. GoonSquad
                    • 9 Years
                    6 days, 7 hours ago

                    8 to 12 months

                    1. Gnu
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      6 days, 7 hours ago

                      Source?

                      1. Das Boot
                        • 6 Years
                        6 days, 7 hours ago

                        I thought you would be smashed by now mate. 🙂

                        1. Gnu
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          6 days, 7 hours ago

                          Savoring the moment Bud, savoring the moment. 🙂

                      2. GoonSquad
                        • 9 Years
                        6 days, 7 hours ago

                        How would there be a source mere hours after match. If a torn ACL he is out 8-12 months. Every news bit says he has done his ACL.....hence 8-12 months.

                        1. GoonSquad
                          • 9 Years
                          6 days, 7 hours ago

                          Hopefully it's just ACL ince they get in there and not other damage that pushes it closer to 12 than 8. BS, reckless move by Pickford....clumsy oaf.

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

                          Exactly, you're just guessing so not a particulary helpful answer.
                          Why not suggest tossing a coin next time - same results.

                    2. The Big Fella
                      • 4 Years
                      6 days, 7 hours ago

                      Are you kidding? Got a source? I couldn't find an estimate on Google (hence me asking).

                    3. Das Boot
                      • 6 Years
                      6 days, 7 hours ago

                      Bollocks. he walked off the pitch

                      1. The Big Fella
                        • 4 Years
                        6 days, 7 hours ago

                        I thought that but there is no estimate online (that I can find) but maybe they did scans etc. I am trying to decide what to do with Robbo and TAA and Adrian plus no VVD is not a good combo

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

                        That doesn't mean much mate, could still be a serious injury

                      3. Old Man
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        6 days, 7 hours ago

                        You mean Pickford removed them?

                      4. Pukki Party
                        • 3 Years
                        6 days, 7 hours ago

                        I tore my ACL once and finished the game without any pain.

                        1. GoonSquad
                          • 9 Years
                          6 days, 7 hours ago

                          Were you also playing Everton?

                  2. Supertrooper
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    6 days, 7 hours ago

                    Nothing known yet that I know of but possibility of ACL injury

                  3. Silver_and_Gold
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    6 days, 7 hours ago

                    that's the only source - ACL. But not confirmed for the time being.
                    https://twitter.com/anfieldwatch/status/1317516427004420099?s=21

                    1. The Big Fella
                      • 4 Years
                      6 days, 6 hours ago

                      Cheers mate

                  4. The Mandalorian
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    6 days, 7 hours ago

                    The injury hasn't been medically confirmed has it?

                    1. The Big Fella
                      • 4 Years
                      6 days, 7 hours ago

                      Not sure mate - only thing I have seen is him having gone off and then some rumours on here. Only source is the Twitter one Silver and Gold has posted just your comment here