Scout Notes

Pogba making case for FPL inclusion as United face more appealing fixtures

FULHAM 1-2 MAN UNITED

  • Goals: Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) | Edinson Cavani (£7.8m), Paul Pogba (£7.7m)
  • Assists: André-Franck Zambo Anguissa (£4.5m) | Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m)
  • Bonus points: Pogba x3, Zambo Anguissa x2, Cavani x1

POG IN THE WHEEL

Paul Pogba‘s (£7.7m) latest Fantasy Premier League return has installed him on many a radar ahead of Gameweek 20.

The Frenchman netted the winner in Manchester United’s 2-1 victory at Fulham on Wednesday night and has involved himself in three goals since Gameweek 17.

No member of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad has matched Pogba’s attacking returns over the last four matches, in which he has produced an average of seven points.

By comparison, the more expensive Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m) has a goal, assist and five points per game during that period and Marcus Rashford (£9.6m) has a solitary assist to his name.

“I would like to say so (Pogba is at his fittest and most focused). He is happy, physically in good shape and we know all about his talent. Today we played him in midfield and it was worth it.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Whether Pogba can sustain this form beyond Double Gameweek 19 is certainly worth monitoring.

It must be noted, pinning down his favoured position in Manchester United’s formation remains a challenging prospect.

After starting on the left-hand side of attacking midfield against Aston Villa and Burnley, he has returned to the holding roles for the last two matches.

And some cynics might point out that his stunning out-of-the-box goal at Craven Cottage came from his only shot of the game.

DEFENSIVE POTENTIAL?

According to the Fantasy Football Scout Season Ticker, no team has better fixtures for defensive potential over the next six Gameweeks than Manchester United.

They face Sheffield United (home), Arsenal (away), Southampton (home), Everton (home), West Bromwich Albion (away) and Newcastle (home) between now and Gameweek 25 – encouraging indeed.

Their preparation for that run of matches has been relatively positive. Since Gameweek 16, only Arsenal (four) have more clean sheets than Manchester United (three).

However, their start at Fulham might have worried owners of Harry Maguire (£5.4m), Luke Shaw (£4.8m) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.4m).

With the Red Devils producing some sloppy passing and poor defending early-on, the Cottagers exposed their high line in the fifth minute when Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) ploughed through the middle to open the scoring.

And some might argue that United’s defence is not as strong without Victor Lindelöf (£4.8m) next to Maguire, the centre-back missing out at Craven Cottage.

“(Lindelof) is not bad, it’s still his back we’ve got a few issues with, I felt it was better he stayed home, trained a bit and can be ready for the weekend,” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

TAKE A LOOK

A third Premier League goal of the season for Lookman is sure to increase attention on the player for differential potential.

His Wednesday-night opener was his second attacking return of the last three matches and it is possible he could find himself deployed out-of-position from now on.

With Aleksandar Mitrović (£5.5m) still fit enough only for cameo appearances from the bench and Bobby De Cordova-Reid (£5.3m) missing out through suspension, Scott Parker used Lookman as the centre-forward in a 3-4-2-1 formation.

“(Deploying Lookman through the middle) worked to a tee in the first goal. His finishing was deadly. I thought that worked well. He’s vital, everyone has seen he is quality and he proved that tonight. For sure (Lookman will relish the pressure). He needs to relish. A young player who is thriving and getting a run he’s not had over the last couple of years. Huge player and he’s going to be a difference-maker for us.” – Scott Parker

His positioning is, of course, something to monitor in the next few matches although some Fantasy managers could benefit from jumping early.

When sorting the Season Ticker by attacking potential over the next six Gameweeks, Fulham rank second best with Brighton (away) and West Bromwich (away) their next two opponents.

Fulham XI (3-4-2-1): Areola; Adarabioyo, Andersen, Aina (Mitrović 83′); Bryan, Reed, Zambo Anguissa (Lemina 79′), Tete; Cavaleiro (Kamara 71′), Loftus-Cheek; Lookman.

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): de Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Bailly, Wan-Bissaka; Fred, Pogba; Martial (McTominay 85′), B Fernandes (Matić 90+5′), Greenwood (Rashford 85′); Cavani.

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1,587 Comments Post a Comment
  1. moz_1983
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    What a win for Burnley!

  2. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Martin Tyler jizzing himself

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Quite a feat at his age.

  3. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 14 days ago

    I'm done. I can't take this anymore.

    1. Slouch87
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Is that a promise this time or just another fib ?

    2. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      People are disappointed enough as it is.

      Don't make empty promises and get people's hopes up.

    3. Pumpy Pro
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Seek help

  4. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Hahahaha Klopp deserves it for benching Salah

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      In fairness, Salah probably wouldn’t have done jack all if he’d have started anyway.

      Whole Liverpool team looks utter garbage.

  5. Jernau M Gurgeh
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    liverlose

  6. the_duke
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Unreal from the clarets!!!

    • UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Wow, just wow, never realised how low Pool have sunken, this game just says it all, absolutely dire.

    • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      KDB to Son easy move against these jokers.

      1. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Thinking the same

    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Had Salah but don’t care. Go on Burnley. The race gets even more interesting!

      1. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 14 days ago

        What race? This is done and dusted for City....

        1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Ehh

    • xHaTr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Back to back home blanks for Liverpool. Blimey

    • Nimby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      TC Salah mega fail. Liverpool look ropey enough to captain Kane next week. Definitely going without their assets soon.

    • Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      As a United fan / non Pool owner that was prettttay prettttay pretttttttay good

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        United should be good for top 4 now!

        1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Another 30 years now!

    • Tim Canterbury
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Salah needs another rest now

    • El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Beautiful!!!!!!

    • THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Kane and Son to feast on a wounded Liverpool next gw

    • Calculated Risks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Robbo to Cancelo no brainer?
      Own kdb and stones, can afford to bench kdb for a week, got a good bench after bench boosting

      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Yes
        Or Utd/Chelsea defender imo

    • SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Robertson, Salah and KDB to Mee, Brownhill and McNeil -8?

      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        For sure

      2. Athletico Underachieving
          3 months, 14 days ago

          GTG

      3. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Hard to believe so many captained Salah and TC (surely a mis-click?).

        Himself and Liverpool in awful form without a goal for ages. Playing vs a player (Shaw) & team he’s notoriously poor against along with a Dyche team...

        A bizzare decision.

        1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          There are none so blind as those who won't see.

        2. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 14 days ago

          I believe the correct term is positive prejudice

        3. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Burnley might have looked vulnerable earlier in the season but return of the Mee + Tarkowski partnership changes everything.

        4. Buck The Trent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          I misclicked TC button KDB early in the season for 2 points 🙁

      4. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        It's a dietary thing - Jurgen and Lamps need to get on the worms

      5. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        KDB to
        A) Gundo
        B) Maddison
        C) other
        Leaning to A. Likely could do Bam/Watkins to Kane the following week.

        Martinez (Areola)
        Cancelo Stones Coufal (Dallas Pieters)
        Salah Bruno Son KDB** (Soucek)
        Antonio Bamford Watkins

        Thanks 🙂

      6. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Kane (C) anyone?

      7. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        No Henderson (including putting him at CB) No party

        Is so obvious

      8. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Pope you legend!!!

      9. Arteta
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Bittersweet DGW. Stones & Dias became unexpected legends, meanwhile almost all big hitters failed miserably and disappointed in general. The beauty of FPL, you know.

        1. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          It’s not beautiful

      10. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        61 -4
        2 to play.

        Top that

        1. Buck The Trent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Team?

        2. jackluhg
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          55 here if that makes you feel any better!

        3. The Riders of Mohan
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          107. Watkins and Martinez to play.

      11. michaelington
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        When do we ditch Salah?

        1. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Not sure if before or after Robertson

        2. Nimby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Now?

        3. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          2 GWs ago

        4. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          GW18 here

        5. El Presidente
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Yesterday. For Maddison

        6. The Knights Template
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          10 mins ago

      12. Athletic Nasherbo
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Atleast my moves went well this week.

        Meslier + Struijk > Schmeichel + Coufal -4.

      13. F4L
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        At least Vardy matched Salah

      14. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Was 75pts behind ML leader who TCed Salah. Now 12 ahead in 1st with Martinez to play. Great GW

        1. elwardio
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Wow that is ridiculous

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            I struggled big yine the first 10 game weeks and I've jumped 1 million places this week against all those who played early chips etc

      15. gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        12.5m Salah has scored 11pts in 5 games.