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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
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Of flip right off. That is not offside.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Penalty decision right. This... Wrong.

  2. MoSalad
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Thank you VAR

  3. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

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

  4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    How is that offside

  5. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

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

    1. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      That's disgusting

      1. jason_ni
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

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

        1. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 4 months ago

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

  6. DycheDycheBaby
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    VARchester United.
    No f way is that offside

    1. Crouching Tiger
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      lol, how about last week?

    2. Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      No way was that not a penalty, either.

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

        Deluded.

    3. Crouching Tiger
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

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

  7. SH1M1
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    what a joke

  8. hullcityfan
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Get in VAR

    1. DycheDycheBaby
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      F off VAR

  9. fedolefan
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Well obviously Adams scores after I call him trash.

    1. GROBARI
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 4 months ago

      This didnt aged well

      1. richarlison2348
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 4 months ago

        neither did this

  10. The Senate
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

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

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      LOL . . .those glasses still working well then.

  11. AIRMILES
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

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

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Nah, wouldn't have been.

      1. AIRMILES
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

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

  12. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Walton says onside = offside then

  13. lifes a pitch
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Shaw owners can stop crying now

    1. ilikewud
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 4 months ago

      What?

  14. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Shaw off down the left is a problem

  15. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 4 months 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
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Aye

    2. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Okay. You can give it a rest now.

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

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

    4. That Was Easy!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      How many posts about Andy you going to do?

  16. Spirit of 1999
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    VAR loves United

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Totally bought and paid for.

  17. Pad Randa (The OG)
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Shaw hurt or just rested?

  18. Champions League Varane
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Yesssssss

  19. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Joke

  20. Cruyff Turn
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    That VAR line drawing is farcical to say the least

  21. jason_ni
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Off course Walton thinks its offside.

    Did look offside tbf.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      He said he thought he was just onside.

      1. jason_ni
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 4 months ago

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

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

    McCarthy letting all score except Bruno

  23. DycheDycheBaby
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Saints get done over again.

  24. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

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

  25. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Peter Walton 2 for 2 tonight.

  26. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 4 months 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Woah... crazy. Got a source?

    2. ilikewud
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 4 months ago

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

  27. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Andy's luck, wow!

  28. Djokovic Airlines
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

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

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 4 months ago

      Doesn’t matter
      Arm was level with Maguires arm

  29. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

    Some dubious calls tonight

  30. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 4 months ago

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