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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. F_Ivanovic
    • 5 Years
    6 days, 8 hours ago

    newcastle are woeful. Can't even beat relegation contenders.

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

    Pogba needs to come on at halftime, Fred is all over the gaff

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      What exactly is he gonna do? Give the ball away more and switch off more defensively

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Pogba is toilet

    3. Samwise
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      POGBA IS ESSENTIAL

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

        not quite as essential as the ALMIGHTY BAMFORD, but still essential

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

    City arsenal game bonus points due to change or remain as are?

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

      done

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

        Cheers 😉

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

          Just spotted I've hit the magical 10 here

    2. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Remain.

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

        Thanks

    3. Joey Tribbiani
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        Watch them change overnight, lost few bonus points this season because bonus changed midnight

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

          Ah Joey... shur I can only wait n see

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

      Has he been removed?

      1. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        6 days, 8 hours ago

        Yes

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

          Good stuff.

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

          Who

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 8 hours ago

        ?

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

        Who is he?

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

        It's a she

      5. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 6 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        He is firmly at the wheel

    5. FC
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      Reece James replacement? Have Robbo TAA Mitchell lamptey, no extra money itb

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

        Consider Dallas.

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

        One of the leeds fullbacks? Use funds elsewhere

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

        Konsa or Zouma

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

        Slim pickings... Saiss?

        1. Manani
          • 8 Years
          6 days, 8 hours ago

          i think he more prone to rotation compared to other wolves defender

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

        Short term Saiss, long term maybe Dallas or PVA?

      6. Hadebayor Mum
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        Ayling and Dallas very similar stats wise, one of them for me.

    6. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 8 hours ago

      My team feels really bad, what's the priority here?

      Martinez
      TAA Saiss James
      Son James Pulisic Podence
      Kane DCL Brewster

      Nyland Justin KDB Lamptey

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

        Podence and James but your bench can help you cover, nothing urgent really. You could jsut bench them if needs be and no issues.
        TAA probably drop in price but I wouldnt worry about it, could haul any week

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

        It's not bad!!!!

        Await kdb news. If he's out sell him and you're team is grand again

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

        James And Podence

      4. Whiskerz
        • 7 Years
        6 days, 8 hours ago

        James and KDB for players playing.

      5. Third Eye Vision
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 8 hours ago

        Try to think of a team that might keep some clean sheets and swap James out.

      6. manu4life99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 days, 8 hours ago

        Definitely not bad.

        Lamptey should be in starting 11 next gw.

        KDB may be fit (if he isn't then consider Sterling, Salah or Mane).

        I dont see any other major issues beyond potentially Podence (monitor vs leeds tomorrow).

        You could have a good 11 next week with just 1 transfer.

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

        Look fine to me if KDB is back soon. R James probably to think first.

      8. sandman58
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        U need Salah

        1. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
          • 2 Years
          6 days, 7 hours ago

          Thanks all. I am tempted by James and KDB to Ayling/Dallas and Salah for a minus 4

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

            Just Salah.

            Bench James and start TAA Saiss Lamptey.

            Assess James gw after

            1. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
              • 2 Years
              6 days, 7 hours ago

              0.3 short of just KDB to Salah. May have to be Mane

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

      Was so happy with Bruno goal .... Stupid offside 😀

      Think United will win this easily. Hopefully VDB gets one and so does Bruno

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 8 hours ago

        He’ll score in second half 100%, he looks fantastic, and Mata

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

          stop jinixing bruh 🙁

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

          Yup

      2. SH@KTIMAAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 days, 8 hours ago

        you are way too optimistic my friend

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

          😀

      3. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        Do you have Bruno in your team mate? I may do KDB > Bruno 😉

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

          No I don't.
          Have them in a draft game so 😀

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

      How's Wilson looking?

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

        Not really involved, one or two scenarios with Newcastle on the break where he could have been slipped in but wasn't passed

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

      If Villa keep a CS tomorrow, Mings will be very tempting.

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

        I'm getting Konsa

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

          ok, if im honest do know much about their defence, need to do some research. Konsa is a better option then Mings then I take it? Realistically I doubt they get a CS vs Leicester but lets see the eye test anyway

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

            Konsa has more goal threat

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

              ok thanks

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

        Martinez is more than enough for me

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

          Yea Martinez is a decent call, I have Guaita currently

      3. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
        • 7 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        Why you ignore all of the previous games and putting it all on tomorrows game?

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

          no they have been good, I just havent watched them personally

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

          no they have been good, I just havent watched them personally

    10. Samwise
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      Not sure how to feel with 36 from 6 players...
      is anyone else considering Aguero in and De Bruyne. out?

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

        Better than 22 from 7...

    11. GOATMEAT
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        Reece James to whom?

        I've got 5.3 in cash

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

          maybe a Villain

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

          4.5-4.6 and invest elsewhere.

        3. Gingerman
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            Bellerin

        4. RamboRN
          • 9 Years
          6 days, 7 hours ago

          Martinez
          TAA saiss Mitchell
          Salah kdb jrod son podence
          Jiminez dcl

          Subs. Steer, dunne, Bernado, brewster.
          2ft 1.3m itb. What to do?

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

            Decent team.
            Defensively you might want to consider Dunne no longer starts & Mitchell as at risk with PVA fit again.
            Could use 1FT to improve a defender & roll the other for 2FTs next week.
            Luxury position to be in, but makes sense for future planning.
            Podence could be improved but wait & see how he plays.

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

              Would keep kdb?

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

          Doherty to Digne worth -4?

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

          With VVD out does that affect Pools clean sheet potential

          1. FPL DONKEY
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            Yes

          2. Dirty Harry
            • 5 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            Absolutely mixed with Adrian.

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

            100 % yes

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

            Mandatory United Penalty Incoming

            1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 6 Years
              6 days, 7 hours ago

              Bingo

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

            I just had some final destination type vision, Maguire is getting another goal...

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

              haha - imagine a Maguire bandwagon - truly would demonstrate the craziness of this season so far

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

                lol, I will resist! For same reasons I wouldnt get Chilwell

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

                  Yes, I just wild carded so I'll be waiting a few more GW's

            2. zzmarko
              • 3 Years
              6 days, 7 hours ago

              Yeah it bounces off his slabhead past De Gea!

          • Infected by ebolasie
            • 4 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            Who would you say are the new additions to the wildcard template this week?

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

              Aguero

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

            Bruno almost

          • insertcomedyname
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            VVD to Robertson or downgrade and put more money up front?

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              6 days, 7 hours ago

              Saiss maybe

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

              Too early to tell imo

              Decent fixtures for Pool in next 2 but without VVD and Alison, not sure they’ll expect to keep cleanies

              Currently holding TAA and Robbo until at least the Man Citu fixture

          • Dirty Harry
            • 5 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            Man can't catch a break this season. Got VvD and now he's probably gone for awhile. Poor bloke. Another forced transfer.

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

            Bruno close

          • Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            No one talking about that DDG save?!

            Incredible!

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

              Doesn't fit in the lol@de Gea narrative

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

              Everyone must own Wilson

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

              yes - very very good

            4. Atletico Junior
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              6 days, 7 hours ago

              Classic De Gea... He saves the difficult ones, while the easy ones get in.

            5. ReindeerHotdog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              6 days, 7 hours ago

              Most football fans tend to focus on highlighting a goalkeeper's mistakes and holding that against them rather than admitting they've done something we'll.

              Quite depressing.

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

            pen?

          • Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            BRUNO PEN SOOONNN

          • Zim0
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            Eh i don't think that's a penalty

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

              Oh wow it is lol

          • jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            Time to switch to Robbo from Trent?

            Or -- gasp! -- no more Pool defenders if VVD is not there to anchor them?

          • Patio Kev
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            Are all the folks selling TAA now the same ones that sold Timo Werner just before the International Break ?

            #youdontbecomeabadplayerovernight

            1. Giggs Boson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              6 days, 7 hours ago

              Reviewing after the Champion's League games.

          • Andre W
            • 6 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            That’s a dive?

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

            Literally 0 contact, that is a dive if anything. Absolute joke refereeing I'd they give a penalty

          • tiger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            6 days, 7 hours ago

            Surprise surpise