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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
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Zaha has done his hamstring

      1. Dannyb
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Brilliant, out he goes after 1 week.

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

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

        1. gogs67
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Saw a Son to Zaha earlier

      3. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Post your apologies to Maguire and AWB here. 😀

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          Still garbage players.

      4. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Goal but Here comes the VAR

        The match fixers DREAM come true

      5. gogs67
          8 months, 16 days ago

          Zaha off hamstring

          1. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Oof

        • HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

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

        • Threat Level Midnight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

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

        • Real Socially Distant
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

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

          1. Zilla
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Decisive goal as well

        • Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 16 days 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
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

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

            1. Hulk Smash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 16 days ago

              Lmao

          2. Adetro
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            8 months, 16 days 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
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 16 days 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.

        • AK_FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          VAR is a complete joke

        • TheBiffas
            8 months, 16 days ago

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

          • tinear
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            And no Bruno involvement at all?

            1. Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 16 days ago

              Almost had a pen in the first half

          • Pariße
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 16 days 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
              8 months, 16 days ago

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

              Daylight needed or this mess.

              1. Pariße
                • 6 Years
                8 months, 16 days 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.

          • Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

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

            1. Fudgy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 16 days ago

              Its become all about luck now with VAR

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

                Professionals like yourself left suffering, sad to see.

                1. Fudgy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  8 months, 16 days ago

                  Spot on pal

          • fedolefan
            • 7 Years
            8 months, 16 days 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. doher.ty
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 16 days 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
                8 months, 16 days ago

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

                1. doher.ty
                  • 1 Year
                  8 months, 16 days ago

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

                  1. fedolefan
                    • 7 Years
                    8 months, 16 days ago

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

                    1. doher.ty
                      • 1 Year
                      8 months, 16 days ago

                      It's sad that you can't see it

                      1. fedolefan
                        • 7 Years
                        8 months, 16 days ago

                        It's okay lad.

            2. SH1M1
              • 10 Years
              8 months, 16 days ago

              FPL is about luck though to be fair

          • doher.ty
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 16 days ago

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

          • That Was Easy!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Zaha and Shaw owner here 🙂

          • Hulk Smash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

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

            1. doher.ty
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 16 days ago

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

            2. Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 16 days ago

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

              1. Hulk Smash
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                8 months, 16 days ago

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

            3. Dr Dream
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              8 months, 16 days ago

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

            4. Mr. O'Connell
              • 9 Years
              8 months, 16 days ago

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

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

          • Pompel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            8 months, 16 days 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

          • mad_beer ✅
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Bruno CS still intact! Yes!

            1. doher.ty
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 16 days ago

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

              1. teneighty
                • 6 Years
                8 months, 16 days ago

                6 points for us cappers. Bo-yah!

          • Pad Randa (The OG)
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Christ. Son haul incoming, benched him for Zaha.

          • Super Saints
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            United are the scrawniest team in history, fact

            1. Jellyfish
              • 9 Years
              8 months, 16 days ago

              Yep - hate them

            2. Hulk Smash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 16 days ago

              Yeah 4-0 at half time, pure luck.

              1. Super Saints
                • 5 Years
                8 months, 16 days ago

                It actually was, did you watch the first half

          • Pariße
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

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

            1. doher.ty
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 16 days ago

              This - the line was ridiculous

          • Firminoooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

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

          • It’s gonna Ben Mee
            • 7 Years
            8 months, 16 days 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)?

          • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            James coming on

            1. Bushwhacker
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 16 days ago

              Penandes chances go skyrocketing with Mr Dive

          • mynameisq
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Blanknandes

          • Pad Randa (The OG)
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Johnstone + Zaha > Pope + Rashford for free?

          • HuttonDressedasLahm
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 16 days 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

          • Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Nooo Rashford 59th minute !

          • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Rashford subbed before 60