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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. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Bruno has been terrible

  2. UpTheCherries
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    You cant say that was a clear and obvious error from the ref to overturn it

    Ah well

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Pretty obvious. BBC called it instantly too.

      1. UpTheCherries
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Have you even seen it? It clearly continues on the line and into the box

        No way was it an obvious error

        1. jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          It was on the line, it was a pen, but its var, so noone should be surprised.

          1. UpTheCherries
            • 2 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            True say

            Bournemouth losing to Sheffield Weds tonight is yet another thing that hasn't surprised me

        2. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Yes! Watched it in real time and called it too . . .

    2. Pariße
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Good point.

    3. Milkman Bruno
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Actually, yeah. How is that clear and obvious?

    4. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Agreed with this point, even though I think the foul was outside

    5. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Peter Walton on commentary said nailed on penalty. 30 secs later VAR overrules.

      😆

      1. UpTheCherries
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Right!! He always has to agree to his little ref friends jn the PL tho else he'll lose his job

  3. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Slow mo that was a pen foot was clearly on the line!

    1. Adetro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      I think so.

    2. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Ties on the line, challenge was against his ankle which was outside the box. Fine margins but correct call

      1. Milkman Bruno
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Certainly not clear and obvious error from the referees original decision

        1. Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Yep, agree with the not clear and obvious argument completely

    3. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Toes*

      1. TyroneGAA
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        What if his entire body was in the box but his hand was outside and the defender grabbed his hand and pulled him back ??

        1. Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Hmm grey area this one

          You can't score with your hand so I presume the foul would apply to the closest body part that can - that's the upper arm so penalty.

          1. TyroneGAA
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Awk now he’s inside the box end off doesn’t matter what part of his body he’s in the box and that’s it

            1. Utopsis
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 20 days ago

              Well that's clearly not it, because that's not the rule. As evidenced 15 mins ago.

              1. TyroneGAA
                • 4 Years
                7 months, 20 days ago

                If you are in the box and you get fouled it’s a pen is that not the rule? So was he in the box are not?

                1. Milkman Bruno
                  7 months, 20 days ago

                  No it’s where the contact is made, that’s the rule

                2. Utopsis
                  • 1 Year
                  7 months, 20 days ago

                  The rule is a foul is given where the offence is made, not where the fouled player is.

                  1. TyroneGAA
                    • 4 Years
                    7 months, 20 days ago

                    It was a pen lol

  4. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Sympathy for the Saints perhaps?

    Can’t believe it was overruled.

  5. TyroneGAA
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    That was 100% a pen didn’t cap Bruno by the way

  6. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Imagine having this bench just before the Man City lineup announcement!

    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/entry/2599378/event/22/

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Yikes, good team otherwise.

  7. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Should have played lindelof I guesa

  8. jason_ni
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    VAR is utterly bizarre.

    Seriously noone has a clue, even Peter Walton is clueless.

    1. Oz
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      I long for the day when Peter Walton actually disagrees with the referee team. I won't hold my breath.

  9. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Need Bruno to get subbed and I own.

  10. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Rest Bruno, Ole you genius.

  11. lindeg
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Bruno coming off

  12. Bushwhacker
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    PENALTY TO MAN UTD
    Man Utd 4-0 Southampton

    Oh noooo!

    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.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      BBC obviously watch the footage.

      1. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Yea, saw this on the last page when you posted it, that it one person's opinion, and its wrong.
        Do you want me to quote Peter Walton, Steve mcmanan, or Peter drury? Its the opposite of what that one guy in the bbc said.

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          I called it straight off . . curious.

          1. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Indeed... I called the pen straight off.. my count has it at 4 to 2 in my favour!

  13. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Which one sounds to be the best option for next 2-3 GWs?

    1) Antonio
    2) Rashford
    3) Son
    4) Someone from Chelsea?

  14. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Never a penalty or a red card, ridiculous

    1. Threat Level Midnight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Are you referring to the red in the United game?

      1. Right In The Stanchion
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Mate you’ve got a rank of 2.3m and call football “soccer”

        Your soccer opinion is merely dust.

        1. WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Says the one without a team linked! Lol

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          We used to call it soccer and that’s why the Americans use it.

        3. Threat Level Midnight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          1. You're team isn't linked so you can't say much.
          2. You realize we call it soccer because it used to be done across the pond? You truly are a special type of stupid. Lol
          3. I get pure enjoyment when I see people torch you everytime you comment or post. You must truly hate yourself little man. 🙂

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            Yeah I don’t know how people don’t know that. And who cares what a football fan calls something?

            1. Threat Level Midnight
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              7 months, 20 days ago

              I do dislike it everytime I say it but it is just how I was raised. Cheers Rupert

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                7 months, 20 days ago

                Well I was raised to say soccer as my father was born in the 1940’s. But then it changes. It doesn’t matter. Am I going to say you don’t know anything about food because you say eggplant and zucchini instead of aubergine and courgette?

      2. STEP rOVERS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Stream catching up from the arsenal
        Game lol

        1. Threat Level Midnight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          It sure seemed like it based on the verbiage, didnt it? LOL

    2. WE GO FOR IT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Never a red? That was a red and more! Absolutely horrific tackle. Time to remove the Saints goggles, I guess!

    3. Cruyff Turn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      If that wasn't a red card... my whole life is a lie

    4. Zilla
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Penalty could be debatable but that was a textbook red card.

  15. Optimus.
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    As a Fernandez non captainer I thought it was the correct decision

  16. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Southampton taking ages to score

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      The fact that they foolishly tried to after going to 10 men and 2-0 down is either a lesson in bravery or stupidity.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Ah game over may as well try to play exciting football

  17. Crouching Tiger
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Should have been a penalty I think, albeit close, but Cavani's foot was on the line.

    1. Pariße
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      But his foot is longer than that, he hit the part that wasn't on initially. What made it bizarre is that their feet were still in collision when they crossed the line.

      1. Crouching Tiger
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        And Walton (ex-ref) commented it was a penalty and was surprised seeing VAR overturn it. Now I admit I don't know what the rule book exactly states on this.

  18. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    I think Bruno gets an hour. They will be thinking about goal difference

    1. Right In The Stanchion
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 20 days ago

      To get into Europa?

  19. Tsparkes10
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    If someone said 4-0 Man U at Ht I think everyone would have capt Fernandez

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      And wondered if Southampton actually left the coach.

  20. LǝgleSs e|even
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Everyone in the scoresheet except Bruno eh?

  21. Don Rogers FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    not watching game, is Bruno actually contributing?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      No.

    2. Adetro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      He's involved. He'll be unlucky not to get any attacking returns tonight. But Southampton are playing it tight, so it's easier for Utd to cross into the box, especially from the left.

    3. Pariße
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Could've with a pen. But Mike Dean wasn't having it.

    4. Zilla
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Yeah not his best match but not as bad as posts say.

  22. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Shaw has been a great buy. Only got him at 4 o clock.

    1. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      I went AVB over him. Just...

      1. TOLV TUMS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I thought Marseille just sacked him 😉

      2. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        I went awb.. but decided to bench him 🙁

    2. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Decided to roll my transfer instead of taking a hit for him and Barnes.

      He had soundly punished me, no doubt Barnes will too

      1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Tony you're awesome.

    3. gogs67
      7 months, 20 days ago

      I've had him and AWB but thought I'd be smart and get in Digne for AWB last week, not a great move!

  23. Right In The Stanchion
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Football and FPL is based on stupid decisions and pure luck.

    Luiz never a red card when winning.

    Jankewitz idiot gives Man Utd an easy win.

    United fans enjoy your big undeserved win. Tonight the pigs feast.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Luiz was clearly a red card. There was literally no option for the ref.

      1. Pariße
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        True. Makes you question the fairness of the rule though. Double punishment for no challenge at all.

    2. Threat Level Midnight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Must hurt when you try to type

      1. Right In The Stanchion
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Rank 2.3m unlucky Brendon

        1. Threat Level Midnight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          You're team isn't even ranked pleb. Lol

          Must be tough with a micro, eh?

        2. jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 20 days ago

          Says the anonymous man.

          1. Pariße
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 20 days ago

            We got George Best over here!

    3. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Yep, things turn greatly on such things. Utter moron making that tackle. Just why would you do that at any point during the game nevermind after only 2 minutes!!

    4. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Lmao! This guy. Hilarious! Sympathies for his brain.

      1. Threat Level Midnight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 20 days ago

        It's truly amazing. LOL

  24. Collie01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    One of the most frustrating 45mins there in a long while as a Bruno(c).

    Be lucky to get to 60mins with him now.

    1. wulfrunian
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      He will score.

  25. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Think Eze's the best Palace asset now, Zaha is totally useless

  26. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    McCarthy get the hell out of my team!!

  27. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Played Maguire ahead of AWB. Ouch.

  28. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Really upset. Awful start to the week.

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      In 24 hours you will be when DCL bags a brace and he’s on your bench heh

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 20 days ago

      Why? WBA fan?

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 20 days ago

        Just dont own any of the United haulers

  29. Esalman
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Man u scores 4 and guess who I have. Bruno and Martial.

  30. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 20 days ago

    Of course Shaw must have gotten 2 assists already. When I will learn to bring in players with great stats before they explode...