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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. mynameisq
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Did anyone order a Hassenhuttl special

  2. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Sold Rashford for Salah (C) lol

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I sold for Son.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Just why?!

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Same here

    3. hullcityfan
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Made sense if not for a hit

  3. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    This is just sad now.

  4. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Go away Rashford. I hate your inconsistent performance

  5. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Rashford redeeming himself big time

    1. Stoic
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Have him since GW18

    2. Pumpy Pro
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      The infamous Bubz spawn . May have known you would have benefitted 😆

  6. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Typical Rashford as soon as im ready to sell for Son....

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I did sell for Son. Did you keep?

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Only cos of Soton issues

  7. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 22 days ago

    nooo 🙁

  8. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Just as well Bednarek got on the end of it because Fred was behind him 😉

  9. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Bruno crap, Rashford haul

  10. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Not a good sign for Bruno captain owners

  11. HuthTheMagicDragon
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Stop stop there already dead

  12. Pariße
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Arsenal players should watch Southampton dealing with their situation to boost their mentality now.

  13. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Good chance Bruno gets the assist for that goal.

    1. Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      How?

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Ownership.

      2. fedolefan
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        His intention was a Rashford goal.

  14. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    People were genuinely asking if they should sell Rashford for Son :s

    Not this week! Sheesh!

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      At least we (I) warned against that move.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Likewise. Glad I warned people off that too.

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Are you serious, Rashford has been awful value if we didn't have a red card he'd be blanking again

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Man United against a depleted Saints vs. Kane-less Tottenham against a resurgent Chelsea?

  15. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Let's be honest Rashford has been an awful pick for months, he's only getting points because we had a player sent off and scored an own goal

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      It’s ruined a bit imo reclassifying players like him as midfielders. Such a lack of premium strikers now, leading to such samey teams

      1. Pumpy Pro
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Can't believe people still own him at that price. Proper lucked out here.

  16. Old Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    It all looked good a couple of weeks ago but AWB and Rashford out does not seem like an optimal decision now.

  17. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Rashy assisting Bednarek with that beaut of a finish. Love to see my fantasy players combine like that 😀

  18. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    United pens dried up. Bruno to mane?

  19. Threat Level Midnight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 22 days ago

    Seeing all of you people talk about Bruno 35 minutes in is so comical. I may not be great at this game, but nowhere as pathetic as most of you. LOL

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      I know. Everyone one of them are being serious too.

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      It’s always the same. Cry babies with big sulky faces.

      1. Threat Level Midnight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        It just never ceases to amaze me. This goes for any player not just Bruno. Sterling/Salah/KDB/Mane/Kane--whoever. Has a few bad weeks, regardless of how we know his true ability is, and people just lose their minds. It is so sad. Lol

  20. GROBARI
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Penandes cant score without penalties yet again,and someone saying he is better than KDB hahaha

      1. hullcityfan
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        KDB wasn’t exactly scoring many non-penalties either

    • SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      May as well take Bruno off now and save us another half an hour of waiting for him to do nothing before coming off

    • Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 22 days ago

      Rashford to Gundogan last week going well

    • Milkman Bruno
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Please Zaha

      • nerd_is_the_werd
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Ships out Rashford, Brewster doesn't start... and Bednarek comes off the bench.
        Great start to the gameweek.

        1. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          No way

      • S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        You ain't fooling me Rash. You'll be gone for Son.

      • Slitherene
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 22 days ago

        Everyone here suggested to sell Rashford for Salah!

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Surely no one did that.

          1. Milkman Bruno
              4 months, 22 days ago

              They did. And don’t call me Shirley

          2. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            And they were right to suggest that

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Only one player in my ML has Rashford . . and he's second from bottom.

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Haha! Same!!

        3. SomeoneKnows
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Now I really really need both Stones and Cancelo to play, otherwise Bednarek is off the bench

        4. Nimby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 22 days ago

          Bloody hell. ML rival has Leno and Bednarek. Bizarrely started him over Bamford. Perhaps even worse, his captain Bruno involved in none of the goals at least so far.

        5. Milkman Bruno
            4 months, 22 days ago

            Cavani should score