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. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Salah -> Aubameyang bandwagon, where we at?

  2. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Is Pogba an option?

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Could be a nice differential. He's been United's best mid the last few weeks.

    2. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      No imo

    3. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      They should write an article about it

  3. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    Robbo to Dias or Stones?

    Leaning towards Dias.

    1. The Sociologist
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Dias. Bring in Stones the week after?

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Yeah might do that

  4. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 6 days ago

    What does Thiago add to this side?

    Absolutely NOTHING lmao

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Agreed

    2. GROBARI
        1 month, 6 days ago

        I dont know what happened to him. He was fantastic in Bayern,its just PL doesnt fit to him

      • F4L
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        not having Fabinho in CDM hurts, still puzzled why Liverpool haven't bought a CB. Maybe they will now, who knows.

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          You know they won’t

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

        Its catching on. Been saying it since forever. Terrible player for the tempo of the PL and doesnt suit Liverpool at all. Hes one of the main reasons for how shite they are.

      • Pulp Minion
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        He's really changed the was Liverpool play alright.

      • DARE TO BISCAN
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        He'll come good. Came into a misfiring team. Injured & caught the plague. Can't blame one player when the whole team's dogger atm

        1. Pumpy Pro
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          This guy probably never seen him play. Pointless trying to educate. He's made his opinion

      • Pumpy Pro
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        You really are an idiot. He's played an handful of games and you are saying he offers nothing. This place gets worse

      • No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Didn’t realise he was playing until he got fouled after 30mins

    3. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Ashley Barnes denied me a 100 point gameweek. I really hope he's happy that he took the penalty away from its rightful owner Chris Wood.

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Made me sick owning robbo too

        1. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Just cruel.

    4. KunDogan (B.D.)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Damn, dropped from cup with 113-8p to 109p. Salah c, thanks Mo...

    5. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Kane outscoring Salah, KDB & Bruno is classic FPL.

      1. Art Vandelay
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Yep, right next to FML in the dictionary.

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

        Season of the casual. The casual Kane perma capping Spurs supporters and dead teams are laughing again

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

          Not owning Kane is for casuals

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

            Looked a good bet on paper to remove for Vardy until after the Pool game. But I didnt factor casual jam into the equation

    6. GROBARI
        1 month, 6 days ago

        This is when same players playing 3 years together. Flopp is benching Salah in game of the season,played Ox who is not the same after the injury vs Roma in 2018. No center back bought this winter. Its not only Salah blanked,everyone in team is bad. CL spot will be good for this team this season. Good night!

      • TimoTime
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 6 days ago

        Main rival had Mane and Salah TC this week.... dodged a bullet to put it mildly

      • tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        How come Salah didn't score a hat-trick with Matip back on the team ?

        Lmao.

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Cause that clown benched him

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Henderson injury. 😉

      • Mr Frost
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 6 days ago

        We could of done with a Amazon camera in that dressing room tonight.

        1. Charlie&TheLads
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          This!!

      • NateDogsCats
          1 month, 6 days ago

          People here yesterday complaining about captaining KDB and calling it a fail (including owners) might be thinking differently today

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

            Nope, KDB (C) was a massive fail

        • Free Hat
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 6 days ago

          If you cant score I can live with a 0-0,
          But to lose as well is very harsh on Livpool imo.

          They dont play well enough and miss chances, but also luck isnt going their way. Especially tonight.

        • Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          I have Salah KDB DCL and I don't know who to sell and who to buy cause I already own Bruno Son

        • Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Oh well... on the bright side....

          123 (-12) with Martinez to play.
          Up from 121k to 56k this week.

          Desperately need our proper CBs back so we can have full strength mids and get some pace back in our game. Slow, aimless stuff. Really disappointing watching as a fan.

        • Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Which City players are better options now with KDB out?

          1. F4L
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Foden if Pep wants to keep a good level of creativity in the team.

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Gundo with pens & more responsibility?

            1. Pegboy
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Yep, pens swing it for me

          3. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Cheers both

        • AD2110
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          Any injury updates on Kevin?

        • I tried to warn you...
          Zambian FPL Addict
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 6 days ago

          i tried to warn you

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

            Legend

          2. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Hahahaha

          3. ZLNR
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Haha

          4. BenDavies
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            😀

          5. PremKraut
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

          6. Firminoooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Please tell me, have you paid our doctor to stop Son from scoring. Bloody hope so.

          7. Party time
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Legend!

          8. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Why did you have to put the curse on the whole team while doing Salah? 🙁

          9. Make Arrows Green Again
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 6 days ago

            Take a biw

            1. Make Arrows Green Again
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              AND THEN

              Take a bow

          10. GROBARI
              1 month, 6 days ago

              So bench salah next gw? 😀

            • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Damn you

            • Mr Frost
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              You sir, are the champion.

            • TimoTime
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Hope you put a bet on it....

            • Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              There he is!

              I hate the curse but you have yourself a lucky bean in that witch doctor!?

            • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Hands down best post ever in the history of FFS

              Will go down in folklore

              You sir, are a legend

            • Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              What a waste of a perfectly decent curse. Ever heard of Piers Morgan?

            • Arteta
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              😮

            • Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              You should go and read pages 1-5 on last article if you haven't been here this evening.

            • Pep Roulette
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              GOAT

            • J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Unreal lol

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

              This is the funniest thing on FFS in years

            • Ibralicious
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Legend. Please curse City next 😀

            • Pumpy Pro
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              A grand to finish Bruno ? 😉

            • Zambian FPL Addict
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              it was revenge for what Salah did to me at Palace.

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Stitched up?

              2. G-Whizz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Love your work! 😀

            • drughi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              hahaha crazy

            • G-Whizz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              I've got a tenner for you if you want to extend that drought further 😉

            • The Riders of Mohan
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Hey witch doctor, give us the magic words
              All right, you go ooh ee ooh ah ah ting tang salah salah bing bang

            • andy85wsm
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Could you let him score in the next 3? Cheers.

              1. G-Whizz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                No 😆

            • G-Whizz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Original post for those that missed it:

              https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/23058865

              1. ZLNR
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Good save G-Whizz

                1. Gnu
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  It's in the OP's posting history....sheesh 🙂

            • Cruyff's Eleven
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Are you saying that goals will be forthcoming then?

            • Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Incredible

            • Forever In Our Shadow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Pmsl

            • Valkyrie
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              You sir, a legend who will be remembered for a long long time to come.

            • Totalfootball
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              So what happens next , 5 game spell is done ...?

            • Bielsa Murderball
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Curse Son/Kane please.
                Also on a side note please get Leeds into the Champions League next year 🙂

              • Lindelol
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Craziest thing regarding witch doctors - loved it. Legend

              • Differential (c)
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                I know a lot of people who would want to get in contact with the Dr.

              • Lord.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Any thoughts on who plays the ZWD in the movie? Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are locked in for Joe an Andy, and Victor Mildew has already signed up to play Brosstan, but only after the season is over.

                1. Lindelol
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 4 days ago

                  haha

            • Going Home
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Benching headache

              Justin Mitchell Stones Coufal Dallas
              ESR Son Soucek Salah Bruno
              Bamford Kane Vardy

            • ZLNR
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Do we reckon El Ghazi plays on Saturday. I assume Barkley has the start?

              1. F4L
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                own El Ghazi as well and I think Traore will get benched/rotated. El Ghazi has to go now though anyways.

                1. ZLNR
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  Agreed. At least plenty of options Gundogan is tempting but definitely chasing

              2. POTATO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 6 days ago

                I got him in for a -4 to replace a flagged Neto - I think it's 50/50 considering Villa failed to score when he was benched (understandable given the last fixture)

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

                Barkley #10 El Ghazi or Traore or if Barkley not fit enough Grealish #10 and El Ghazi and Traore either side

            • AnfieldLad
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Wood -> Antonio tonight? Have exact funds

              1. ZLNR
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Yeah

              2. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                FA Cup

            • Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Seriously considering Kane captain next GW, who is with me?

              1. Art Vandelay
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                I quite like the look of the Son / TAA match up.

              2. bitm2007
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                The problems Pools attack not D, so no.

            • Weasel Boy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              I have Salah Robbo Podence ** and KDB in my team.

              My team totally sucks.
              But Robbo going first.

            • Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Lovely TC Mo totally battered Mane and Sane.

            • KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Nobody is mentioning it on Sky, but my opinion is they’re missing a leader, Virgil Van Dijk

              1. Qaiss
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                He’s their best player. Games like Brighton, West Brom where they dropped points don’t happen if he’s there.

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

                they're especially missing a fair application of rules.
                matchfixing isn't funny.

              3. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                That’s a bold shout.

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 6 days ago

                  He brings confidence to the team, not just defensively but attacking wise too

              4. wulfranian
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 6 days ago

                Milner is a leader.He could offer something.

            • Pedram
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Salah's one pointer was devastating

            • bitm2007
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Dreadful GW where do I go from here ? I was happy with the team a couple of GWs back so haven't used any chips yet.

              McCarthy
              Dias, AWB, Justin
              Salah, Bruno, KDB, Son, Soucek
              Bamford, Wilson

              Forster, Dier, Lamptey, Brewster

            • Mr Frost
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Let's Talk FPL is live right now BTW. bet he's saying don't sell Liverpool attackers.

            • diesel001
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              Anyone through to the fourth round of the FPL Cup?

            • ZLNR
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 6 days ago

              All the fake disappointed posts are hilarious. I know as a subset of the FPL community we do better but the Top 1000 avg is 89 on FFFIX right now and people complaining at 120 haha