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. aborg
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    Lol penalty miss for Fernandes! You can’t win them all.
    We always forget the potential minus points that penalty takers can get !

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

      -2 vs +5
      No brainer

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

        Also 3 pens in 4 games plus he just had a goal ruled for offside. He will get a boatload of points this year whatever United's form is

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

          Absolutely

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

    So glad he's missed that

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

      =D

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

    Maguire so close again, almost got another goal towering above the rest. Probably the best English attacking center-half of this era.

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

      Very Tedious bloke.

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

    Yes! MU did not deserve that penalty. What is it with them always getting them for so little? Disgusting.

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

    get out my etam Bruno, rich mans Milijevic. At least Mili doesnt miss

  6. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    Bruno (C) and Rashford owner. Can this game hammer me any more this season?

    1. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      Why would you captain Bruno in this GW?

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

        Because he could have scored 2 goals? Bad luck for him today. One offside from mata and one penalty miss

        1. jimmyabs1987
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 5 hours ago

          I eat humble pie

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

        Why not?

        1. jimmyabs1987
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 6 hours ago

          I would just say better options and Utd are in diabolical form, low in confidence etc. Just seems a risk

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

        Why not? newcastle is crap and it is the week for a differential captain

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

        he has Newcastle lol, good captain candidate

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

    If he blanks, this will be the most unfortunate blank of all time by far

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

      Ikr

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

      Oops jinx

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

      Trossard says hi

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

        Didn’t he get an assist?

    4. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 6 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      What about that after-last-whistle penalty

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

        Maupay’s fault and Brighton celebrating too long

  8. dshv
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    Thats not fair my fav player and also differential.. miss penalty ...

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

    All the Bruno casuals crying

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

      Usual casuals nonsense

  10. Andre W
    • 6 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    I know it was saved but how was a penalty even given there. There was no contact at all?

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

      There will never be good refereeing as long as clueless english refs are in charge

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

        So what's with the " English" ?
        Racist .

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

          Lol

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

            Consistent with your repeated anti English tripe. - you have a long history of it. If it was directed towards certain other nations you could be perma banned from here.

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

          English isn't a race tbf

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

            Fair enough but this one has history.

  11. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 6 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    Hahahah

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

    My fault guys... was already counting my Rashford assist points.

  13. zzmarko
    • 3 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    Defence in dire straits here, possibly only 1 playing defender. What to do?
    vvd, James, Davies, Kwp, Mitchell????

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

      WC

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

    It's never pen. Thx God on that justice.

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

      Fair play for Fernandes for missing that shot.

      1. Fiqz Fariss
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 6 hours ago

        lol

  15. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    I own Bruno. That was annoying.

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

      satisfying

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

    Was hoping to see Telles but Shaw's been decent today tbf.

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

      And scored

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

        Lovely finish.

  17. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    Imagine owning Bruno and Martial

  18. UshFPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    If only they hadn't made a typo when pricing Darlow

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

    TAA to drop tonight?

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

      yes

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

      Holding, though.

      £0.1 drop isn’t going to affect considering any replacement will naturally be cheaper anyway.

      Should have a decent chance of a cleanie vs Sheffield United.

  20. circusmonkey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    I know he missed today but will Rob Holding play most times?

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

      rotate with Luiz

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

    I wonder if Rashford takes the next penalty?

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

      yes he will

      he scored with England tbf

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

      I thought he might take that one tbh

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

      or even Cavani

      or even Telles

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

        I've got a horrible feeling Ole will play Martial up front and bench Cavani...

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

          I reckon

          Cavani, Rashfiord, Martial

          Greenwood on bench

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

          Cavani will be a bit part player, Martial up front most ocassions. Cavania will be used like Giroud was for Chelsea last season

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

      No Wilson.

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

      Nope

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

    Bound to be another pen for Utd now to get that win for them

    1. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      Yeah. But hopefully Rashford gets it this time.

  23. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    hahaha he missed it. Just came to know
    Hope Rashford starts taking them onwards 😀

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

      Cavanin or Telles

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

      Will Bruno take the next one?

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

        Easily

    • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 6 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      Owners, what about that after-last-whistle penalty?

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

      How is that not another penalty for Rashford?

    • svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 10 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      Anyone else in the Mitrovic to Wilson boat with me tonight?

      90'+2 anyone?

    • Mweene
      • 6 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      Every week this season has started well and then something has gone horribly wrong. Fernandes missed pen is this week's slap in the face. Thanks FPLq

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

        ^ THIS

    • Deth
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      Beautiful penalty kick by Bruno Fernandes. Cool as ice

    • Niho992
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      NEwcastle winner incoming, i can feeling that !