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

    people complaining about united and VAR despite:
    1) that being offside by the (very bad) rules
    2) United having a penalty wrongly cancelled in the first half

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

      1. Wrong
      2. Wrong

    2. Milkman Bruno
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 3 months ago

      3. Numerous poor decisions going against them recently

    3. Punty McPuntface
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Fake.

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

      1) I don't think that was offside but the rules. Poor VAR lines imo (I'm not a Saints or United fan or hated lol)
      2) It was on the line, should have been a pen imo.

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

    VAR should only look at FEET or anything touching the ground.

    Leans, shirts, arms, index fingers, or a long goatee is irrelevant to play

    In American football, you look at a WR's feet for inbounds. Not how far his torso projects. This is so dumb.

    1. lespaul
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      agree , feet would be easier, you could even potentially insert sensors into the boots

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Agreed.

      And the English referee's want to apply it to the millimetre...

      Killing goals and football's flow.

      VAR.

  3. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Rashford off 59

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

    Rashford off before 60

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

    Rashford lol no CS point

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

    ON Daniel James
    OFF Marcus Rashford

    Bruno 30 more mins to blank!

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

    Looool still can’t believe thats offside.

  8. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Bruno. What a fail, for weeks now

  9. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Can Rashford get the CS point?

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

    Rashford 10 seconds shy of 2 points.

  11. Londongeezaa
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Ole and Bruno trolling us all this evening

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

    Rashford 59

  13. FFSbet.com
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Damn Rush

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

    The entire Saints team can fall asleep and Bruno won't score.

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

    Please get something Bruno

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

    Ole trolling like Pep there.

  17. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Rashford off at 59

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

    Huge Rashford fail. Dodged a bullet picking Son over him.

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

      You are a special kind of slow

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

    Looking good for AWB precious baps'es

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

    Bruno walking around

  21. Totalfootball
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Rashforr 59: 55

    Does this count as 60 or 59 ?

    1. Gandalf
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      59

    2. dark91
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      59

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

      59 yes

  22. Salan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    It's weird for Ole to play Bruno full match

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

      Even weirder that he’s in my team

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

    Rashford has done many great things but running off the pitch just before the 60 minute mark ain't one of them.

  24. Sean
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Rashford points given

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

      LOL

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

      Yeah. WTF? He was off before 60.

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

      Will surely be removed?

  25. Free Hat
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Do fpl count the 60min from the time the whistle blows for substitution or when the player actually leaves the field...

    1. dark91
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I believe when he leaves the field. But either way Rashford was off before '60

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

        Yeah, about 5 seconds before

      2. Free Hat
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Yeah I know, just wondering.
        But seems more fair or accurate when they blow the whistle.

        Otherwise you can walk the whole pitch around for more minutes 😀 (not that the players actually care about the 60m...)

        1. dark91
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          Think about it the other way around, if you want to count how many minutes the substitute player has played you would only start counting the moment he steps on the field = when the other one leaves

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

      Well they've counted 60 mins here

  26. beetlejuice
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Last week sold Wilson for DCL and this week Rashford to Zaha. Leno GK. FML

  27. CR7 is Home
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Zaha likely out for the next game?

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

      What happened?

  28. umerlfc
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Did this witch doctor get Bruno's name now?

  29. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Next up ..... Man U will get a pen and Bruno will let someone else take it ....

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

    At least Bruno will score now that he gets 90 mins.

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

      He won’t