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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. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    United to jam an injury time winner here. To be fair Newcastle have been abject.

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

    Bruno 30 yard winner incoming and 3 bonus

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

      THISSSSSS

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

        OMG HAHA

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

      lies...that wasn't from 30 yards at all 😉

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

        Haha chuffed 🙂

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

    BRUNOOOOOOOO GOALLLLLL

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

      Im scared it's offside again

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

    YES!!!!

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

    RASHFORD ASSSIST

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

      Omg

  6. El Fenomeno R9
    • 5 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    Ohh yeahh Bruno

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

    Dammit

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

    Yes Bruno

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

    That was a class finish!

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

    Bruno great goal 😮

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

      Lovely build up from United.

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

    Could have been a hat trick lads, blimey

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

    GET IN 😀

    Love a last minute winner!

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

      Don't jinx it..

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

      *touch Chris Wood*

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

    That Bruno goal hurts.

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

      After what’s happened, you must be kidding. Very lucky non owners!

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

        7 undeserved points for owners

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

          Mate...lol

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

    That was a very beautiful goal, from start to finish.

  15. The Dance
    • 9 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    I absolutely effing hate you Bruno

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

    How much points Bruno?

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

      7

    2. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      Around 225 this season

    3. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      Not many, he missed a pen

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

      Over 250 probably

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

    great goal

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

    Anyone know anything about Coufal, West Ham?
    Played the last game.

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

    Bruno would not be denied!

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

    Brunoo on 7 points

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

    What a goal

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

      How could you NOT pick Juan Mata week in / week out?

  22. Londongeezaa
    • 2 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    Boy did I need that. Done KDB to Bruno

    1. Lev Yashin
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      *Did

  23. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    3 - Darlow (41)
    2 - Fernandes (34)
    1 - Maguire (25)

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

      Misses a penalty and still on fir 2 BAPS. Must have played well.

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

        Nope. Innocuous

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

      Darlow a real on for conceding 2 and still grabbing 3 bp

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

    Mata again ; absolute class

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

    Bruno>>>>KDB.

    Can't believe I have to reiterate this every week...

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

      Simmer down

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

        Ole>Lampard too as things stand haha

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

      What a joke

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

    Bruno unlucky not to haul

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

    Bruno still on 7 points after baps even with offside goal and penalty miss 🙂

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

      better than Kevid Deep Brune

  28. HVT
    • 9 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    That was all about DVDB!

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

    Disappointing, nearly got away with no United but nothing sweeter for owners than last min winner

    1. Lev Yashin
      • 7 Years
      6 days, 6 hours ago

      They're used to it by now.

  30. HVT
    • 9 Years
    6 days, 6 hours ago

    Bruno

    1 - Offsie
    1 - Peno save
    1 - Glorious finish!