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Pogba on Man United bench as Mitchell named a Palace substitute again

Paul Pogba (£7.7m) finds himself on the Manchester United bench for the first time since Gameweek 15 tonight.

The French midfielder has become a key player for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men during that time and has been handed a well-earned rest for the visit of Southampton.

That could be good news for owners of Bruno Fernandes (£11.4m) or Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) though.

Pogba has often been known to limit what the Portuguese international can contribute in his number 10 role given his own propensity to take up an advanced central role and pull strings too.

Meanwhile, Solskjaer has also used him on the left-flank of attacking midfield, where Rashford produces his best game – so it will be interesting to see what impact there is tonight.

That said, Southampton are hardly in a solid state right now, especially when it comes to injuries.

Following the loan departures of Jake Vokins and Yan Valery has left them particularly short in the full-back areas.

Ryan Bertrand (£5.0m) retains his berth as the first-choice on the left of defence while Kayne Ramsay (£4.0m) fills in on the right tonight considering Kyle Walker-Peters‘ (£4.7m) most recent stand-in Ibrahima Diallo (£4.5m) is out with a muscle problem.

The combination of Oriol Romeu (£4.5m) and Diallo missing out means a first Premier League start for Alexandre Jankewitz (£4.5m) in central midfield alongside James Ward-Prowse (£6.0m).

Ralph Hasenhüttl can call on his first-choice forwards though with Danny Ings (£8.4m) and Che Adams (£5.9m) both up-front while new loan signing Takumi Minamino (£6.0m) is not involved yet.

Newcastle are forced into just the one change for their Gameweek 22 meeting with Crystal Palace.

Jamaal Lascelles (£4.2m) sustained a muscle injury in the recent 2-0 win at Everton, which sees Ciaran Clark (£4.5m) come back into the side.

Ryan Fraser (£5.6m) and Miguel Almirón (£5.6m) provide the width in a 4-5-1 formation aimed at Callum Wilson (£6.7m) while Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.1m) lies in waiting on the bench.

For the second match in a row, Crystal Palace are in 4-2-3-1, an interesting development considering how long Roy Hodgson has favoured 4-4-2.

Patrick van Aanholt (£5.4m) earns back-to-back starts at the expense of Tyrick Mitchell (£3.9m) for the first time since Gameweek 15, suggesting the Eagles’ manager prefers the Dutch international when playing 4-2-3-1.

Wilfried Zaha (£7.2m) is back in the attacking midfield trio again, joined there by Eberechi Eze (£5.8m) and Jordan Ayew (£5.6m) in support of Michy Batshuayi (£5.7m).

And joining Mitchell on the bench is Jean-Philippe Mateta (£6.0m) still waiting for his first Premier League start.

Gameweek 22 Starting Line-ups

Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Shaw, Maguire, Lindelöf, Wan-Bissaka; McTominay, Fred; Rashford, B Fernandes, Greenwood; Cavani.

Southampton XI (4-4-2): A McCarthy; Bertrand, J Stephens, Bednarek, Ramsay; Djenepo, Jankewitz, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong; Adams, Ings.

Newcastle United XI (4-5-1): Darlow; Lewis, Clark, Schär, Manquillo; Fraser, Hendrick, Shelvey, Hayden, Almirón; Wilson.

Crystal Palace XI (4-2-3-1): Guaita; van Aanholt, Dann, Cahill, Clyne; Milivojevic, Riedewald; Zaha, Eze, Ayew; Batshuayi.

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2,289 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Londongeezaa
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Minute silence for the 12.1% Bednarek owners

    1. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      over half of those benched.

      1. Londongeezaa
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        The way this season is playing out they may well have him coming on

      2. F_Ivanovic
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        yes... guy top of my ML benched him. But he also played his bench boost chip!! (also had McCarthey in goal)

        1. JayKay1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          11 months, 28 days ago

          Just imagine his face when he finally checks his team score while sipping his morning coffee, LOL ;o)

          1. Lord.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            11 months, 28 days ago

            Maybe he learned from Bamford and remembered to captain himself.

    2. JayKay1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      -7, has to be a record?

      One of my ML rivals has him 1st (DEF) bench, so he's hoping Pep doesn't finally hand a rest to Dias, LOL ;o)

      1. Londongeezaa
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        Lol. He’s not going to sleep well tonight

    3. Flynniesta
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Guy in my works league played him. At least Zaha is making his gameweek score a respectable -6 at present

  2. Tcheco
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Bottomed

    did AWB get 2 assists?

    1. MOZIL
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      thats what i thought

  3. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Went with Salah(c) and Bruno(vc). A Salah rest probably not in the cards, huh?

    1. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      If mane is fit then I think 50:50

  4. Paulie Walnuts
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Bednarek replacement??? :/

    1. Tcheco
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      hard liquor

  5. REDMOND IN SANDALS
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 28 days ago

    united fan but how was that a red for Bednarek? shocking

    1. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Hopefully a turning point for VAR.

      Saints been in 3-4 awful decisions in 4 days

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        Mike Dean both times

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Mike Dean needs to go. Ralph deserves a medal for "not wanting to talk about him"

  6. Peskey
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Bruno (c) here, but mixed feelings as a Saka (should have hauled) and Leno owner

  7. beso
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Bednarek -7 is a fantasy record or it did happen before ?

    1. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Can't think of any other condition that can merit a lower score.
      Own goal, red card, and 9 goals all in one game.
      Of course it's a record!!

      1. nerd_is_the_werd
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        You could get sent off before 60 minutes, but that's stretching it.

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Jon Walters did something spectacular once but don’t believe it exceeded -7, was something like 2 pen misses and a red card

      1. No Need
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        Alright alright lets remember the good times shall we... lol...

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 28 days ago

          Haha I was thinking of you whilst typing that thinking I wonder if he’ll see it

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        It was 2 own goals and a missed penalty

        1. No Need
          • 8 Years
          11 months, 28 days ago

          Look if i can finish it i will, just point me in the right direction

  8. MIDIMAN2010
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Forget Fernandez.
    McCarthy 0 is biggest win tonight

  9. MIDIMAN2010
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Victor Lindelöf was the only Man Utd player who’s average position wasn’t in Southampton’s half...

  10. The Mandalorian
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Here come the Bednarek owners in one tweet, enjoy.

    https://twitter.com/FPL_Heisenberg/status/1356730937145520129?s=19

    1. JayKay1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      The 1st reply must be Bednarek's FPL team, LOL ;o)

  11. Dynamic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Test

    1. Dynamic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 27 days ago

      icles

  12. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Help me feel better! It was the right call to bench AWB here right?!?

    Areola
    Maguire Stones Cancelo
    Salah Bruno Grealish Gundogan
    Bamford Antonio DCL

    McCarthy Son AWB Creswell

    1. hullcityfan
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Yep I think so. Unlucky.

    2. Totalfootball
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      OUCH

    3. Seven Season Wonder
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      would have gone 4-4-2 and benched Bammers

    4. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      My Leeds friend thinks Bamford won’t play and Gundo might get a rest. Live in hope!

  13. SM001
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    4 out of 5 of the teams in one of my ML's has Bednarek! Yikes.

    1. No Need
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      One thing to have him another to have played him

  14. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    DCL to Wilson for next GW - a no brainer?

    1. Seven Season Wonder
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Saints will be super defensive after that drubbing

  15. Seven Season Wonder
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Is it a good idea to ditch one of my MCY defs for Shaw (Cancelo or Dias)? or will this affect me further down the line with DGWs?

    1. jia you
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      likely dgw for City in 26

      1. Seven Season Wonder
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        I currently have triple MCY (Cancelo, Dias, Sterling) looking to take out one def to free up an attacking spot... so makes sense.

        which def would you ditch?

        1. jia you
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 28 days ago

          Probably Cancelo as more prone to getting a rest but I'd hold both

    2. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      hard to say
      pep roulette could get out of control with so many games in quick succession

  16. Litts
    • 12 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Hate to be that guy but despite having McCarthy, I also had Bruno captain, Rashford and Martial so I'm sitting on 56.

    No Salah though.