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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. Kryptonite666
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 19 days ago

    is it too soon to be talking about getting Aguero ?

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Yea

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Yes, he always takes a few games to get going.

      1. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I mean he is a great option from GW10 onwards but needs to prove his fitness first

    3. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Yeah just have Kane. Better fixtures and form

  2. Gnu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    The trolls and the wums re clearly getting worse which I didn't think possible or they're all under 10 years old.

    1. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Trolling on here is ruining it for me.

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        LOL. Says the guy who says 'season over' every GW.

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Is that really trolling tho?

          1. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 19 days ago

            He knows it's not he's just trolling me pal.

          2. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Yep.

            Just like the comments this guy makes of 'Only casuals sold xxxx'

            This week it was Werner.

            1. Fudgy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 19 days ago

              That's literally a fact tho? Only a casual because they don't have a vast footballing knowledge.

              Anyone that watches multiple leagues isn't a casual. I watch about 9 leagues regularly and studied Werner a lot.

            2. Slouch87
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              People who post the repeated casuals nonsense really need to get a life.

        2. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          You've just proven my point you troll.

          1. MSTRKRFTSMN
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            You’re the worst troll on here

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              No that honor goes to Brosstan 😆

        3. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Self deprecating comments aren't really an annoying form of trolling even if it is

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            It's fascinating how wound up people get over nothing. Some guy told me to kill myself earlier today because I made a joke about missing the deadline

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Oh damn that's excessive

            2. Fudgy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 19 days ago

              That's absolutely vile pal.

            3. Supertrooper
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Hope you reported him and the poster got banned, that has no place here as we have no clue on who is on the receiving end or their mental staye.

      2. jumpinjeffflash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Same. I barely visit any more. Someone once described it as a "cesspool", which isn't too wide of the mark at times.

        1. Gnu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Yep

        2. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          They were talking about Liverpool surely

    2. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      This place doesn’t need a members area, it needs a grown ups area :/)

      1. Gnu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        True

      2. jumpinjeffflash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Haha right on! Let's make sure someone sanitises it on a regular basis, though!!

  3. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    I think Bruno will score the winner

    1. Dash4
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Let’s hope so - net 3points

    2. Party time
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      At least no one did Kdb to Bruno

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        No one serious

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Callum is the English Zidane

      1. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        How???

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Didn't you see that Zidane turn?

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Do you have that bookmarked?... Lol

              1. bOttOmEdpOstrEpliEr.
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Haha yes I think Ndidi doesn't deserve to be there, should make the way for someone else.

                1. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  😀

    4. Bruno Commando
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      With TAA looking set to have his price fall while Robbo is going to have his price rise, how many of you are still waiting for the later matches to be played first before pulling the trigger? Would make sense to wait for UCL games as well but feel kinda pressured by the inevitable price changes..

      1. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Since I have no big problems in team I might do it. Very sideways but could come handy that extra cash since annoying pricechanges

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Owning Robbo isnt even a priority with the shambles defense they have right now

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          He has been getting an attacking return almost every game since the restart tho

      3. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Wait on the midweek games and COVID-19 situation
        Ignore the price changes
        Making a transfer on the first day of the GW is peak casual
        Like the tens of thousands who have brought in Son for next GW before he had even played for the current GW!

    5. Henning
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Have 1.9 m in the bank so TAA out for Robertson?

      1. Dash4
          1 month, 19 days ago

          You don’t need anything itb to transfer TAA to Robbo?

          1. Henning
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Sorry, should be van Dijk out for Robertson : )

        • Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Pretty sure that can’t be your most pressing need.

          1. Henning
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            My fault should be van Dijk out for Robertson.

      2. Stoic
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Ings owners? Fixtures look kind of mixed..
        Tempted to do Ings to Kane for free. If Kane looks good..
        Thoughts ?

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Considered it, but Ings is pretty consistent. Good value.

          Got Son so no great need to double up on Spurs at the moment.

          1. Stoic
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I think he was good value when he was around 6-7..
            8.5 seems premium..

            1. Carcetti
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              He's scoring pretty much everyweek..

        2. Stoic
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Have son also

        3. F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          He's scored 4 in 5 and is a proven asset season long based on year.... why on earth would you get rid?

          1. F_Ivanovic
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            to expand on that... Kane might be a better choice over the next 4 but Spurs fixtures get a little tougher after that with 4 of the top 6 in 5 mixed in with a hectic schedule of 2 games a week. It's not worth spending a transfer on someone that is already performing. Find another way to get Kane in or go without.

            1. Stoic
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Come to think of it, Ings can certainly score at home to United and away to Wolves, keeping.. James is a priority now

          2. Stoic
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Fair

        4. Carcetti
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Keep - Ings is so overlooked on here.

      3. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Can Shaw Play as RB?

        1. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Can’t be worse than LB

        2. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Don't think so.

          Brandon Williams is a RB though. Was just covering LB last season out of necessity. Right-footed.

          1. Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            thanks

        3. My Name Is Prince
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          He’s never played RB in his life, don’t think he can... Has been LB since forever

          1. Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            thanks makes sense

      4. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        This is what I mean about the new match schedules being rubbish, the lack of 3pm games sucks. So I had 2 players at 1230, then Bruno tonight. I wait all day fantasy wiseto watch Bruno miss a pen, great fun

        1. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I hate waiting for Wolves to play. I think they haven't played before Sunday this season.

        2. Sharkytect
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Accumulators are rubbish as well, now. No point if games aren't played simulataneously.

      5. My Name Is Prince
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        How did Pulisic look today? He’s cheap

        1. Rasping Drive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Decent first half. Not so decent second half.

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Bit rusty tbh but that attack is going to be potent.

        3. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Made a couple of nice dribbles, and I saw him making some dangerous runs into the box but the crosses didn't quite find him. But in general he was quite deep, with Havertz playing ahead of him much of the time.

          Hopefully that changes when Ziyech is starting and Pulisic is up to full fitness.

          1. Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            tbf I can see rotation in this Chelsea team

            esp between Pulisic Ziyech and Mount

      6. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Why does Fraser not start?

      7. Galza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Home Alone coming on...

      8. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Is Robbo still good option despite luserpool is shete ?

        1. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          yes.. he plays like a LW every game

        2. MSTRKRFTSMN
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Look at his next 2 fixtures

        3. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Liverpool were fine. Robbo looks as dangerous as ever.

        4. Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Yes, loves assisting Mane

        5. Rasping Drive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Conceded two, lucky not to get sent off and yet ended up on 6 points. Now that’s pure genius.

      9. The Big Larsbowski
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Donny van de Beek must really be regretting his move to United.

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Barca weren’t allowed to sign him, no other option.

          1. The Big Larsbowski
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 19 days ago

            When you are behind Fred, McTominay and James in the pecking order, Staying in Ajax would be a dream

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Clearly he overestimated Ole’s football brain.

      10. Wag the Drog
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        RMWCT

        McCarthy
        Chillwell-Robbo-Targett (Dallas, Mitchell)
        Salah-Son-James-Grealish-ASM
        DCL-Kane (Brewster)

        1. Wag the Drog
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Also could do
          Robbo, ASM to Saiss and Grealish

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Grealish brothers?

            1. Wag the Drog
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Haha I meant Zaha

          2. MSTRKRFTSMN
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Are you joking

            1. Wag the Drog
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              I’m having a bad year. I’m lost

      11. Cojiro
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Got 2FT

        Worth doing TAA as no other issues, to avoid price drop? I know he can easily punish, but can't see Liverpool being solid without Alison and VVD

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Sheffield Utd next.

          1. Cojiro
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Sorry, meant to say Downgrade to Robbo

            1. Sharkytect
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              I just did that move. Need the money in the bank to get KDB back

            2. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              but can't see Liverpool being solid without Alison and VVD

        2. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          why on earth will u sell TAA before SHU

          if they are to keep CS.. this is the game

          with or without VVD

          1. Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            to Robo then .. it is ok move

          2. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Brewster will be raring to go

        3. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Stupid backward looking transfer

        4. Cojiro
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Ha ha, thanks guys. Knew this would be controversial. Gotta do what you think is best at the end of the day

        5. Pied Mee Ince Silva
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          A few great saves from Pickford is the only reason he isn't a double-digit haul sitting in your team this week. 🙂

      12. Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Sickner what could have been a Bruno 13 point haul has turned into a nightmare! Hope my luck swings tomorrow!

      13. JURGENAUT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Anyone expecting Zaha & Lamptey to start tomorrow?

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Zaha should, Lamptey idk

        2. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          nah

        3. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Yes

        4. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I have them both so think neither will play

          1. JURGENAUT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 19 days ago

            As do i which is why i was hoping for some optimism! aha

      14. Sharkytect
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        A penalty miss should be worse than -2 points in my opinion. It's so rubbish. Probably 1/20 penalties missed - as close as you can get to being awarded a goal.

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          why? Bruno is on 0.... thats punishment enough

        2. Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          A player should also get points for winning a penalty even if it's missed

      15. Vazza
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Come on Wilson, where are you?

        • Party time
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Now I get why fpl priced Darlow at 5.0

        • TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          That penalty miss is brutal .

          10 points -> 0

          Or for my head to head rival, 20-> 0

          You hate to see it =D

        • Niho992
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Richarlison is perfect fit for Everton. Awful human being.

          1. Slouch87
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            LOL. I can think of plenty of pretty despicable Liverpool players over the years.

        • Tinkermania
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Why don't Newcastle sub the keeper?

          1. Revival
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Inexperienced back-up

        • Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Long term do you think it will be viable to go without any Chelsea attack because the points are shared between 4-5 players or will one or two emerge as key picks?

          1. JONALDINHO
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            This is why I didn’t get Pulisic. Possibly Werner but he only looks good against high lines

          2. TomSaints
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I have no Chelsea atm. I’m certain at some point they’re going to hit form as just too much talent.

            GW 30 to season end looks particularly good

        • HVT
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Best 4.5 replacement for James?

          1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Dallas

          2. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Defenders just seem pointless this season.

            God knows.

            1. HVT
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Yea but I still need one

          3. Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Masuaku

            I'd wait until after Champion's League though.

            I'm personally keeping James for now. I think he'll start when Ziyech starts. But just an opinion.

            1. HVT
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Why GB?

              1. HVT
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Chill well/Azpi look nailed now??

                  1. HVT
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Cheers for opinion mate

        • Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          can anyone watching please tell me how much time to united penalty?

          1. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 19 days ago

            they had it, Bruno aint getting jack this game

            1. Lindelol
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              ofcourse i mean the second penalty

          2. Kip
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I’m steering clear for now. If Werner keeps CF spot instead of playing as a winger i might get him back

            1. Lindelol
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              hard to make calculations from that

        • JONALDINHO
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Easy Save FT?

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

          1. JURGENAUT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Team looks on point, save i guess.

        • Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Bruno
          VDV
          Pogba

          all are influential players in National team