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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. tbos83
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Zaha has done his hamstring

    1. Dannyb
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Brilliant, out he goes after 1 week.

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

      Oh dear. I saw somone do Rashford > Zaha this week.

      1. gogs67
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Saw a Son to Zaha earlier

  2. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Post your apologies to Maguire and AWB here. 😀

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Still garbage players.

  3. Camino Aleatorio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Goal but Here comes the VAR

    The match fixers DREAM come true

  4. gogs67
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Zaha off hamstring

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

      Oof

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

    Even after lines drawn I couldn't see is that offside or not...

  6. Threat Level Midnight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Still enough time and 1 sub left to bring Bruno on OGS

  7. Real Socially Distant
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    That's never offside...typical var in man u favour

    1. Zilla
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Decisive goal as well

  8. Old Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    During the close season surely they will have to completely review the way these hairline decisions are made by VAR. Something is very wrong - VAR wasn't meant to function like this.

    1. pablo discobar
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Has to be feet only. VAR run by Hitler youth right now

      1. Hulk Smash
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Lmao

    2. AIRMILES
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I thought this was exactly how it was meant to function, unless you don't agree with the decision. If it's offside by 1 millimetre or 1 metre, it's offside.

      1. Pariße
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Think about it that way: A group of players has outplayed a defensive line-up to score a goal. Their passes were perfect, they beat defenders, and beat the goalkeeper. These are a good amount of positive actions ruled out by one millimeter.

        Theoretically, this could happen to a team several times a game, and because each time one of the players was a millimeter offside, nothing would count despite their efforts.

        Then again, not calling a meter offside would be unfair to the defenders that caught the attacker in an illegal position.

        A millimeter and a meter are a huge difference.

  9. AK_FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    VAR is a complete joke

  10. TheBiffas
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Seriously Bruno I was chill at first but I'm starting to worry that you're actually gonna blank here

  11. tinear
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    And no Bruno involvement at all?

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

      Almost had a pen in the first half

  12. Pariße
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    You can't mathematically measure a fluid game.

    One thing they should introduce is a significant advantage (from the offside position) clause and stop the line drawing.

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

      But then people will argue what’s significant and what’s not.

      Daylight needed or this mess.

      1. Pariße
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        True, but in the end, it has to be a subjective decision by the ref. At least with the absence of line drawing in such situations goal would stand.

        An ancient rule has also been forgotten unfortunately: advantage goal.

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

    Better to be lucky than good (increasingly more) in FPL.

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

      Its become all about luck now with VAR

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

        Professionals like yourself left suffering, sad to see.

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

          Spot on pal

  14. fedolefan
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Stop stalking Andy's team ffs and calling it luck every single time a few things go his way. None of you will ever get close to his current rank anyway.

    1. ilikewud
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 3 months ago

      You're doing the same thing they are by posting this. Why do y'all care about other peoples teams this much smh.

      1. fedolefan
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        I am not doing the same thing. Get a grip.

        1. ilikewud
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 3 months ago

          You're doing the same thing but with a different opinion.

          1. fedolefan
            • 7 Years
            1 year, 3 months ago

            I'm afraid you're going to have to learn to read things a little better.

            1. ilikewud
              • 1 Year
              1 year, 3 months ago

              It's sad that you can't see it

              1. fedolefan
                • 7 Years
                1 year, 3 months ago

                It's okay lad.

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

      FPL is about luck though to be fair

  15. ilikewud
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 3 months ago

    I don't have a horse in this race but that the lines they were drawing on VAR were suspect.

  16. That Was Easy!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Zaha and Shaw owner here 🙂

  17. Hulk Smash
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    I'm a United fan and can't understand how that is offside...

    1. ilikewud
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Unlucky but Southampton seem to be having a look of bad luck with VAR.

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

      I thought the VAR guys failed to pick the deepest point of the backline. Bizarre decision.

      1. Hulk Smash
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Same. Looked bizarre to me. Maybe they've had a few beers at Stockley Park.

    3. Dr Dream
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I’m a a blackburn Rovers fan and neither can I.

    4. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      https://twitter.com/primevideosport/status/1356716256775307266?s=19

      I've looked at it for a few mins now, and don't get it

  18. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Can't believe my luck as an AWB owner 😛
    Only thing is I have the feeling that every GW that starts on a high, ends up on a down

  19. mad_beer ✅
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Bruno CS still intact! Yes!

    1. ilikewud
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 3 months ago

      10 mil for 3 pointers exactly what I like in my FPL team 🙂

      1. teneighty
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        6 points for us cappers. Bo-yah!

  20. Pad Randa (The OG)
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Christ. Son haul incoming, benched him for Zaha.

  21. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    United are the scrawniest team in history, fact

    1. JELLYFISH
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Yep - hate them

    2. Hulk Smash
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Yeah 4-0 at half time, pure luck.

      1. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        It actually was, did you watch the first half

  22. Pariße
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    I think anyone who does the line drawing is embarrassed to be doing it too.

    1. ilikewud
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 3 months ago

      This - the line was ridiculous

  23. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    I don’t understand this. Did his arm count?

  24. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Soton are in dire straits looking at the numbers of the players on the bench. #62, #72 and #52 etc. The guy sent off was #64. Boys straight from their academy due to all injuries?

    Wilson(c)?

  25. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    James coming on

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Penandes chances go skyrocketing with Mr Dive

  26. mynameisq
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Blanknandes

  27. Pad Randa (The OG)
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Johnstone + Zaha > Pope + Rashford for free?

  28. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    So
    It gets pulled back after the goal
    They draw some lines from Maguires arm to Che s arm that appear level
    They don’t zoom in AT ALL
    Then decide it’s offside?
    Seriously it’s a joke, and I don’t even care

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

    Nooo Rashford 59th minute !

  30. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Rashford subbed before 60