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Solskjaer turns to midfield diamond as Willian and Holding return for Arsenal

The penultimate Premier League match on Sunday sees Manchester United play host to Arsenal.

Kick-off at Old Trafford is at 16:30 GMT.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seemingly jettisoned natural width in favour of a midfield diamond for this clash, having used that set-up in the Champions League in midweek.

Scott McTominay (£4.9m) returns to the centre of midfield alongside Fred (£5.3m) and Paul Pogba (£7.8m), with Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m) playing just behind a front two of Marcus Rashford (£9.6m) and Mason Greenwood (£7.2m).

Anthony Martial (£8.7m) is still suspended while Edinson Cavani (£8.0m) is only among the substitutes.

Arsenal have made 10 alterations from the win over Dundalk on Thursday, with only Mohamed Elneny (£4.4m) keeping his place.

Compared to Gameweek 6, however, there are only three changes, with Dani Ceballos (£5.0m), Granit Xhaka (£5.4m) and the injured David Luiz (£5.5m) missing out.

Rob Holding (£4.4m) makes a surprise return to the starting XI despite having initially been ruled out for three weeks with a hamstring issue, with Willian (£7.8m) also back from a calf problem.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.7m) again starts out wide for Mikel Arteta’s troops.

He has now blanked four Gameweeks in a row, which represents his worst run in FPL since moving to England over two years ago.

Fernandes, the only United player who boasts a double-digit ownership in FPL, has never blanked two games in a row since joining United earlier this year.


Manchester United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, Pogba, McTominay; Fernandes, Rashford, Greenwood.

Arsenal XI: Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Elneny, Partey, Willian, Aubameyang, Saka, Lacazette.

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1,271 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Better Call Raul
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Anyone else considering a free hit before a wildcard over international break?

    Team in tatters

    1. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Based on what?

      1. Better Call Raul
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Can't fix the mess of a team with free transfers alone and don't want to use the wildcard yet

        1. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Free hit won't clean your mess

        2. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          That's what a wc is for - I doubt a 1 week reprieve will fix if it's actually that bad based on fixtures+form. Your call though, go with your gut, a plan in place and a brain in motion 😉 BOL

    2. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I am considering the feee hit, but hoping to hold the wild card a little longer. My issue is I ant to keep my pool defenders but don’t really want to play them against city.

  2. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Very, very disappointed in the Bruno blank.
    Hopefully he turns up vs Everton next week

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Needs a pen

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        This is why I’d be reluctant to sell!

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Truly the 10.5 Mili

    3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Even Ole is hopeful. That is his management style - pick an 11 and hope!

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Like City, they have more than 11 players that can damage sides. The issue is strategy, not management. more lack of management. Every mgr wants to settle on 11, that's a comfort blanket and a weakness

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          He is clueless and extremely slow in making changes!

    4. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      They have to go back to the winning formula up front with bruno playing 10 role, get rid of Pogba and VDB alongside McTominay

    5. Lovren an elevator
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Will Martial come straight back in? He loves winning penalties...might be the best way to solve your bruno problem

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Should do yes

  3. Chucky
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Great result for non owners 😀 casual picks punished finally.

    1. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      What is a casual pick?

  4. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Best move(s) here?

    A) Mitchell -> Chilwell (save FT)
    B) Mitchell & Foden -> Zouma & Zaha
    C) Foden & Jimenez -> Zaha & Werner

    McCarthy
    Trent, Lamptey, Bellerin
    Salah, Son, Foden, Barkley
    Kane, Jiménez, Antonio

    Steer, Holding, Mitchell, Bissouma
    Bank 2.0m, 2FT, WC available

    1. Quan MisTaka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      C

    2. Dexters Laboratory
        2 months, 25 days ago

        A

      • BOATIES FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        A

    3. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Think I'll postpone my plans of selling Mane for Fernandes this week then!

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Good idea

      2. potatoace
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Probably for the best.

    4. Urchin
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Bellerin owners unite

    5. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Manchester United need to appoint Pochettino. Should have been 1st choice to replace Mourinho.

      1. JIMMY764
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        this

      2. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        To do what in 6 months - promote the academy - resolve to promote younger players?

        I agree with the thought btw 🙂

        1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          To be tactically astute.

    6. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Predictions of how many mins in all the green arrows will turn deep dark red for us non-cappers of Kane/ Son?

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        I’m going for first 15mins

      2. 1zverGGadeM
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        0 mins
        maximum is a Son brace, as most captaining Kane...

    7. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Saiss ZERO.
      Maupay ZERO.
      Pulisic ZERO.
      Mitchell ZERO.
      Martinez ZERO.
      Lamptey PROBABLY ZERO.
      My interest in FPL ZERO.

      1. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Damn dude....

      2. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        What's FPL Zero?

      3. Dexters Laboratory
          2 months, 25 days ago

          You wouldn't be here if you didn't love it. It'd be boring if it was easy. This is the time when there's so much chaos to jump rank

        • chocolove
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          See you next year

        • Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          i know a guy who can delete your team if you like

      4. PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Maybe Potter will reveal more post-match but that Maupay omission is a concern.

        Was going to give him Burnley and Villa, but Antonio and Bamford on my radar too...

        TAA to Chilwell or Zouma was the initial plan, with Saiss the next issue to sort

        1FT 0.1ITB
        Martinez
        TAA Justin Struijk
        Salah Son Bruno Podence
        Kane DCL Maupay

        Steer Mitchell Saiss Reed

        Cheers!

      5. Dexters Laboratory
          2 months, 25 days ago

          A) Chilwell Coufal/Kilman
          B) Zouma Bellerin

          1. Quan MisTaka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            ooo close.. A slightly cheaper with kilman, so thats my vote

          2. 824545201
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            A

            1. 824545201
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Coufal

          3. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Chilwell & Coufal

          4. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Chilwell and Coufal for me.

        • Quan MisTaka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Who is more important to shift

          A) Saiss > Zouma/Coufal
          B) Mitchell > CoufalAyling
          C) Burke > Soucek
          D) Jimi > Bamford/Wilson

          One for free two moves for a hit...

          1. Dexters Laboratory
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Do A)
              B) Can rot on your bench
              C) see B
              D) Has two more GWs in him before transferring out

          2. LewanGOALski
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Any words why no Maupay?

            1. El Presidente
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Covid maybe?

          3. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            So Watkins is on pens for Villa? Or Grealish just gave him that one?

            1. El Presidente
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Looked like Jack gave him a candy...

              1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Hopefully Grealish takes the next one then

          4. Baines on Toast...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Auba looks interesting now. Villa conceding for fun.

            1. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              No he doesnt

              1. Baines on Toast...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Okay thanks

            2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Martinez with a point to prove against his old side.

          5. Lindelol
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            So has Potter triple captained Kane?

            1. JIMMY764
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Looks like it!

          6. HurriKane
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Case for Grealish !!

            - Incredible form- 4 goals 5 assists in 6 games

            - Only Kane Son and Salah has more points than Grealish(54 points)

            - Great fixtures- ars BHA whu NEW wol BUR wba CPL

            - Very affordable at 7.3m

            Surely Grealish is a shoo in to our teams right?

            1. Bruno BaNani
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              He’s a must! But wait until gw9.

            2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Perfect starting GW9.

            3. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Should've seen how many smug Zaha owners there were last week. Can't believe I got to say I told you so on Grealish so soon!

          7. Bruno BaNani
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Holding to chilwell
            Or
            Jimi to Vardy.
            Or
            Bissouma to soucek

            Would save a ft.

            1. Bruno BaNani
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Reply fail to jinswick

          8. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Potter is the King of Roulette.

            Showed no mercy to his keeper as well

          9. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Lamptey is gonna get like 6 yellows in this at least

          10. Nice to Finally Michu
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Trossard up top come on man

          11. Romford Pele - Don't w…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            So is Mitchell definitely out the team now?

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              He had a knock

          12. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Pulisic+Saiss/Davies >> Ziyech+Cresswell (-4)?

            McCarthy
            Chilwell, Saiss, Justin
            Salah, Pulisic*, JRod*, Son, Grealish
            Kane, DCL
            (Nyland, Davies, Mitchell, Davis)

          13. No Totti No Party
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            I love my Pickford Ryan combo....

            1. El Presidente
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Still gonna score the same points as Martinez...

            2. F_Ivanovic
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              it's ok, nobody scored more than 0 anyway with their GK this week outside of non-WC's who still have McCarthey.

              1. Big_Bear
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Leno with 7 🙂 Another low scoring week though it seems.

            3. Free Hat
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Equally good as the Martinez owners this week

          14. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            No Maupay AND no Connolly in the squad

            It’s incredibly strange. No way it can be tactical to not have a striker in the squad.

            So it’s Covid or a big falling out

            1. El Presidente
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 25 days ago

              I´ll go for covid

          15. Party time
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Potter will get spanked for the unnecessary rotation.

            Son hat trick

          16. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 25 days ago

            If u have son and kane but neither cap would u want both to blank?

            Not sure what to cheer for

            1. JIMMY764
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Seems that way. Dependant on rank I think.

            2. Party time
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              I want points

          17. JIMMY764
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Who comes in for Ings + Pulisic? Too many options this week, that utd performance makes it less obvious.

            A) Zaha + Werner
            B) Rashford + Bamford/Wilson
            C) Ziyech + Jimi/Bam/Wilson

            Martinez
            Chilwell Lamptey KWP
            Salah Son Grealish Pulisic*
            Kane DCL Ings*

            (Steer Taylor Bissouma Saiss)
            1FT 0.0ITB

          18. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Come oooon Lamptey and Kane

            1. potatoace
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 25 days ago

              Bloominghell Daniel , just how may teams have you got registered.

              1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Only one. Have Kane and Lamptey. Team in the link. I also have a team in FanTeam

                1. potatoace
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  OK lol. Fair enough
                  Its felt like you've had 2 to 4 players in every match this week.

          19. james 101
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Anyone else got Kane but still capped Son?