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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. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    105% top 10k EO for Bruno + Cavani

  2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    No pen

  3. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    That looked on the line...

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      It was, absolute joke

      1. Pariße
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        part of his foot was on the line, but the contact was outside.

      2. Pariße
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        The initial one contact*. Their feet were still in contact when they traveled past the line. The rules aren't written for that amount of precision, updates are needed

  4. Pariße
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    There was only one right decision here. Advantage: Greenwood goal.

  5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Bruno is finished

    Can’t even get lucky pens

  6. Spirit of 1999
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    VAR hates United

    1. Pumpkinhead -
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Everyone with morales hates UTD

      1. grumpyman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        People who can spell don’t though.

        1. Pumpkinhead -
          • 13 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Sorry professor. I'll check every post i write from now. So important i get it right on a ff site ya nugget 😆

  7. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Bruno points dodging tonight.

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Definitely... oh well, loads of ownership ...

  8. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    VAR having mercy on Saints

  9. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Peter Walton strikes again 😆

  10. Ibralicious
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Absolute favoritism here because we get a bad rep for penalties. Challenge was on the line, that's a penalty by the rulebook.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Outside. BBC called it straight away too.

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        "Kayne Ramsay brings down Edinson Cavani just inside the box and referee Mike Dean points to the spots.

        Looks outside to me.

        VAR having a look. . .

        I think this will be overturned and given as a free-kick."

    2. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      You’re winning 4-0...

  11. Bushwhacker
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Even Stockley Park isn't needed tonight.

  12. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Bruno with a terrible free kick

  13. Old Bull
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    If one of my two City defenders doesn’t catch Pep’s wink then it’s Bednarek to the rescue

  14. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    I mean what’s the point of us getting marginal decisions when 4-0 down.

    I’d much rather ref makes right decision in close games

  15. mad_beer ✅
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Can't catch a break. 🙁

  16. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Great free kick from Bruno.

  17. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Bruno lost the plot

  18. Al Green Arrows
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    I got Rashford for dgw19 and gw20, he scored 3 and 2 points... So I rage transfered him out to get Gundo... If only were more patient...

  19. Milkman Bruno
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Looked on the line. For all the “united get every decision” talk they have had some go against them lately. Luckily that one won’t effect today’s result.

    1. david31058
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Exactly, they can get away with not giving this cos the game is out of sight already

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Not a penalty. Outside. Jeepers people need glasses around here.

      1. Milkman Bruno
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 5 months ago

        I have perfect vision. They only have to be touching the edge of the line for it to be considered the penalty area it doesn’t have to be inside the line

    3. The Senate
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      The Burnley game and ShU game were farces. That decision is similarly ridiculous

  20. SH1M1
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Who got booked lmao

  21. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Rough one for Bruno cappers with Shaw.

    1. gogs67
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I got both but Cup opponent has Bruno captain and Cavani, close one so far!

  22. BeWater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Chances of Bruno coming out for the second half?

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      If I were ogs I wouldn’t play him 2nd half ...... I’m an owner so I hope he comes out

  23. jason_ni
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    So obvious I should have benched bruno over awb... ffs.

    1. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      How does either player end up on the bench??

  24. Zilla
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    That was a penalty wtf var

    1. DycheDycheBaby
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Haha get off.
      They will have one soon anyways

      1. Zilla
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        You must be blind.

        1. DycheDycheBaby
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Clearly you are? VAR got it right.
          But don't worry, they will give you the customary penalty or two in the 2nd half.

  25. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    I mean... should we sell Bruno? Really?

    Rashford?

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      I don't fall again to Rash trap

  26. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    4 goals and no Bruno (C) involvement...I think I go to sleep....

  27. ajay_kl +42
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    So not worth having Bruno if United don't get pens?

    Where are we supposed to spend our budget then?

    1. Cruyff Turn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Strong defence.

      1. ajay_kl +42
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Triple up on City defence. Got Stones and Dias. Add cancelo?! Get TAA back?!

        1. Cruyff Turn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          Get TAA or Robertson for sure. I got Maguire in.

      2. Cowboy John
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 5 months ago

        Chilwell, Cancelo, Stones didn't exactly work last week!

        1. Cruyff Turn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 5 months ago

          My Cancelo, Dias pairing is 80% Pep-roulette proof.

    2. FPL_Crisis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Just keep 15m itb for a rainy day

    3. SH1M1
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Upgrade the whole team

    4. gogs67
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Wait for Augero!

    5. Dthinger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      That whole narrative is BS. He still has 9 assists and something like 6 non-penalty goals

  28. Cruyff Turn
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Need a Maguire goal and cleanie. Make it happen, FPL gods!

  29. Stoic
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Bruno off at HT ?

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Cavani and Rashford

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      On?

    3. david31058
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 5 months ago

      Probably not half time, but it won't be long after. No need for him to be on the pitch if they aren't getting penalties

  30. SH1M1
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 5 months ago

    Ralph needs to park the bus or this could be 9 again