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

    if rashford takes i cry

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

    Is the ref f***ing blind?

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

    Lol. That's never pen. VarChester United.

  4. JONALDINHO
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 7 hours ago

    The United Penalty situation is beyond ridiculous

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

    Penalty United

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

    Saved!

  7. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 7 hours ago

    That's not a pen. What a jooooke

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

    LOLLL BRUNO

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

    Never a prn

  10. JONALDINHO
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 7 hours ago

    Hahahahahahaha

  11. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 7 hours ago

    Good.

  12. Meinhoff
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 7 hours ago

    YESSS TAKE THAT

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

    Harsh pen. The contact didn't affect the play.

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

    Hell yeah. Justice !!!!

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

    Easily a penalty, illegal contact to the ankle. Would've been given to anyone, both VAR ref and on-field ref agree. No need to cry about it.

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

      No penalty ever. Absolutely ludicrous decision.

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

      You the guy who thinks maguire is better than Virgil too? Take off your tinfoil hat

    3. Slouch87
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      Rosetintedglasseslicious

  16. The Dance
    • 9 Years
    6 days, 7 hours ago

    Absolutely ridiculous, another utd pen, please miss bruno

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

    Off his line

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

    THEY SAID HE NEVER MISSSSSSSS

    1. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      Take your capitals of please

      1. JONALDINHO
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 7 hours ago

        NO. NO I WONT

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

        OKKKK

    2. Pumpy Pro
      • 11 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      WELL HE DIDDDDDDDD

    3. Slouch87
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      Who said ?

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

      Well he's not God. He still has an amazing record at it

  19. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 7 hours ago

    Bruno owners..

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

    Superb

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

    wow

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

    Justice

  23. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 days, 7 hours ago

    LMAO 10.5M AND HE MISSED IT

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

      What's the price got to do with anything?

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

        Agreed. I'm pretty sure it's not causal?

    2. lespaul
      • 11 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      can we please ban caps lock?

  24. The Dance
    • 9 Years
    6 days, 7 hours ago

    Oh get in! Bruno to Hamez hit already paid off lol

  25. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 7 hours ago

    Is he getting a retake?

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 10 Years
      6 days, 7 hours ago

      98th minute

  26. Joey Tribbiani
    6 days, 7 hours ago

    justice

  27. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 7 hours ago

    Penandes forgot his stupid little jump before the kick and he misses it

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

    Thank god , justice. That wasnt a pen in a million years. Watch which leg Rashford is clutching lol, clear simulation

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

    No retake? Lol

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

    Bruno legend