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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. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Of flip right off. That is not offside.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Penalty decision right. This... Wrong.

  2. MoSalad
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Thank you VAR

  3. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Not sure the VAR clowns chose the right point there for the United defenders.

  4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    How is that offside

  5. Mr. O'Connell
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    That is the worst VAR decision I've ever seen if it's offside

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      That's disgusting

      1. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Assume you're forgetting the Bamford off side for pointing?

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Haha yeah but that's the rule now. I can't see how they've drawn the lines in this instance.

  6. DycheDycheBaby
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    VARchester United.
    No f way is that offside

    1. Crouching Tiger
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      lol, how about last week?

    2. Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      No way was that not a penalty, either.

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Deluded.

    3. Crouching Tiger
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I thought that was as level as it gets and should have been a goal though.

  7. SH1M1
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    what a joke

  8. hullcityfan
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Get in VAR

    1. DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      F off VAR

  9. fedolefan
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Well obviously Adams scores after I call him trash.

    1. GROBARI
        3 months, 11 days ago

        This didnt aged well

        1. richarlison2348
            3 months, 11 days ago

            neither did this

      • The Senate
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        lol. finally VAR gets a correct decision in United's favour

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 11 days ago

          LOL . . .those glasses still working well then.

      • Adetro
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Thank fook for that. Looked like an AWB own goal.

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Nah, wouldn't have been.

          1. Adetro
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Sorry, you're right, it was just a deflection

      • Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Walton says onside = offside then

      • lifes a pitch
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Shaw owners can stop crying now

        1. doher.ty
            3 months, 11 days ago

            What?

        2. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Shaw off down the left is a problem

        3. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Andy having the type of luck you get when you win the whole thing. Incredible. One in a million.

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Aye

          2. Mr. O'Connell
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Okay. You can give it a rest now.

          3. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 11 days ago

            It’s easy to convince yourself that it’s skill

          4. That Was Easy!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            How many posts about Andy you going to do?

        4. Sack The Glazers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          VAR loves United

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Totally bought and paid for.

        5. Pad Randa (The OG)
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Shaw hurt or just rested?

        6. PP6
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Yesssssss

        7. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Joke

        8. Cruyff Turn
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          That VAR line drawing is farcical to say the least

        9. jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Off course Walton thinks its offside.

          Did look offside tbf.

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            He said he thought he was just onside.

            1. jason_ni
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Sorry that's what I meant!
              It looked onside!

        10. Zilla
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          McCarthy letting all score except Bruno

        11. DycheDycheBaby
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Saints get done over again.

        12. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          VAR is an absolute joke. It's so annoying.

        13. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Peter Walton 2 for 2 tonight.

        14. Eh, just one more thing ...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          So is that right that the Southampton kid that got sent off handed in a transfer request last week and it was turned down ... then a few days later he gets his debut and commits GBH and sees a red ... potentially handing the Saints a humiliating hammering. If so, wow, way to push your transfer request forward LOL.

          1. Cruyff Turn
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Woah... crazy. Got a source?

          2. doher.ty
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Thats the story! Seems very suspect but surely he didn't do it on purpose... did he.

          3. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Andy's luck, wow!

          4. Lethargio Alcantara
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            so you're allowed to score goals with your arm then?

            1. HuttonDressedasLahm
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Doesn’t matter
              Arm was level with Maguires arm

          5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Some dubious calls tonight

          6. nerd_is_the_werd
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 11 days ago

            That's onside all day long.
            What a joke, that's just as bad as the Mane one v Everton.