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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. Whazza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    No news on Maupay and Connolly I assume?

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

      No but not having any striker in the squad is not a strategy decision

      Has to be Covid or a huge falling out

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      There is
      It's tactical.
      Ryan played lot of football over last 2/3 years too

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

        The Ryan’s played a lot of football over last 3 years so now
        Needs a rest is the stupidest reason I’ve ever heard given

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          I'm not Potter

          I'd have said, Shut up
          I benched him for not making a single save 😛

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

          So true 😀 😀

  2. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Ryan is among the top half dozen keepers in the PL. Potty Potter.

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Lowest saves percentage in league this season.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Needs a rest

  3. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Come on Arrrrrryyyyyyyyyy

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

    87 minutes, its 1-1
    Whats going on here? It appears that Potter has prepared an outifled shirt for Sanchez and he is going up front with Lamptey dropping into goal.
    FT, Spurs win 5-1

  5. Tony Martial
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    just goes from bad to worse man

    why isn’t Maupay even in the squad..?

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      How was Pogba and Bruno today?

      1. GoonSquad
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Pogba was dreadful....needs to go ala Ozil. Just doesn't fit.

        Fernandes pretty invisible.

        1. Paul Psychic Octopus
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Beyond inexplicable that van de Beek is always benched while Pogbat starts.

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

          It was sarcasm 😉

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Both awful ; but Ole’s tactics were appalling as ever

  6. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Apparently maupay was left out of the squad for tactical reasons. Read into that what you will!

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

      0% chance that is true

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

      No way!

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

    What do you think guys?

    Meslier
    TAA Coady Lamptey
    Salah Fernandes Jorginho Mahrez
    DCL Bamford Kane

    Forster Konsa Stephens Douglas

    2 FT, 0.7 itb

    1. Jorginho >> Soucek
    2. Mahrez >> Zaha
    3. Something else?

    Thanks

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

      2 over 1.

  8. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Lets go Kane (C) and Son

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Reverse for me 😀

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

        Me too!

  9. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Need Bavies to stay on the bench...

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

    If only this website had a sticky for common qn's... we need something to answer the repetitive "i have X player but not as C, do i want him to blank?"

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      I want all my players to score points. Don't care about EO/OR/Tiers etc

      Need enjoyment.
      That's what this game is for 😎

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

    Time to get behind big sofa then!!
    No kane and Son non-captainer.

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

      Probably find a bunker to hide in a
      because a sofa wouldn’t be enough

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

        🙁

  12. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    I have Kane and Son but no (c)... should I be hoping for blanks or hoping for goals ?

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

      Goals

      Because you are nice

    2. GoonSquad
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Son hat trick and Alderweireld 4 own goals...Brighton win 4-3.

  13. Sid07
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Have 2fts.
    Pulisic + saiss to ziyech + chilwell

  14. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    To be fair if Ryan is only being "rested" it is a good game to do it from owners' point of view.

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

      He would have racked up a few save points !

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

    What a stupid thing owning players and wanting them to blank....

    1. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Casuals

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

      people love to have good ranks

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

      It's strategy - this is sometimes a footie forum, but on matchdays, it's not about the beautiful game, it's the selfish individuals 😉 A forum is a forum qed

  16. Stoic
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    Ings news?

    1. GoonSquad
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Looked awful on replay. Awful.

      Guy doesn't deserve another major injury.

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

    How’s this going to go then?

    A) Spurs run riot and score 3+
    B) Boring low scoring Brighton win
    C) something in between

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

      C

  18. Amey
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    If you find a Ryan Walton owner, give them a hug.

    Spread love 😀

  19. Deulofail
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    I have no players in this game. Hoping for a sudden snowstorm.

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

      Oh wow - you are brave

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        No I just keep missing deadlines

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

      I fear a big red awaits you!

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Hopefully people will be convinced to hold onto their Spurs assets for lots of upcoming blanks

    3. Fake Prince
        2 months, 25 days ago

        I am hoping for Kane penalty save hattrick

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

          This!!!!

      • Niho992
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        You have fantastic team

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit!

      • Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        My bad, I have Lamptey. Yayyy

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Surely he's on the bench?

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            I have no bench

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

      Best 2 options?

      Watkins
      Wilson
      Adams
      DCL
      Martial
      Bamford

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

        DCL Wilson probably.

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

        Wilson
        DCL

        ... until bamford plays again

    5. AnfieldLad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Is the Brighton keeper not in FPL?

    6. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Lamptey was same height when he stand up after taking knee

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

      Potters looking round like he just realised he forgot to pick a striker

    8. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Last Kane hattie in PL?

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

      Come on Robert!!

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

      How the heck is Gabriel on 2 bonus with a yellow card? Did he win that many challenges?

      1. Noah’s Ark
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Should have been sent off

      2. QueefParkRangers
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        He was solid the whole game.

        1. circusmonkey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Man of the match imho.

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

      WC Draft and team for next week. Should I pull the trigger? Any obvious mistakes.

      Leno - McCarthy
      PVA Chilwell Bellerin (Coufal) (Kilman)
      Auba (c) Sterling Ziyech Zaha Barkley
      Vardy Wilson (Brewster)

      Old team for reference if I don't WC, FT already burned.

      Leno - McCarthy
      PVA Chilwell Digne (KWP) (Lascelles)
      Salah Son JWP Barkley (Bissouma)
      Kane(c) Jimenez Mitrovic

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Prefer your old team

      2. Vazza
          2 months, 25 days ago

          Your team needs a wildcard without a doubt. But your revised team needs a bit of work.

      3. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Kane (C) fail

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

        What’s happened to Trent this season ? Only 1 assist so far, Robertson isn’t much better.

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 25 days ago

          I've owned them both, apologies

      5. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 25 days ago

        That was inside the box