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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
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days 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
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      1. Wrong
      2. Wrong

    2. Milkman Bruno
        2 months, 11 days ago

        3. Numerous poor decisions going against them recently

      • Punty McPuntface
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Fake.

      • doher.ty
          2 months, 11 days 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.

      • Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days 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
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

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

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Agreed.

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

          Killing goals and football's flow.

          VAR.

      • how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Rashford off 59

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Rashford off before 60

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

        Rashford lol no CS point

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

        ON Daniel James
        OFF Marcus Rashford

        Bruno 30 more mins to blank!

      • Breezyy
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Looool still can’t believe thats offside.

      • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Bruno. What a fail, for weeks now

      • Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Can Rashford get the CS point?

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Rashford 10 seconds shy of 2 points.

      • Londongeezaa
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Ole and Bruno trolling us all this evening

      • Crouching Tiger
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Rashford 59

      • El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Damn Rush

      • mad_beer ✅
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

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

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

        Please get something Bruno

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

        Ole trolling like Pep there.

      • Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Rashford off at 59

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

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

        1. Threat Level Midnight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          You are a special kind of slow

      • Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Looking good for AWB precious baps'es

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Bruno walking around

      • Totalfootball
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Rashforr 59: 55

        Does this count as 60 or 59 ?

        1. Gandalf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          59

        2. dark91
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          59

        3. KEVIN DE CLAUS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 11 days ago

          59 yes

      • Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        It's weird for Ole to play Bruno full match

        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Even weirder that he’s in my team

      • Rash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

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

      • Sean
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Rashford points given

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

          LOL

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

          Yeah. WTF? He was off before 60.

        3. KEVIN DE CLAUS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Will surely be removed?

      • Free Hat
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

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

        1. dark91
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

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

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

            Yeah, about 5 seconds before

          2. Free Hat
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 11 days 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
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 11 days 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
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Well they've counted 60 mins here

      • beetlejuice
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

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

      • PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Zaha likely out for the next game?

        1. BENOIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          What happened?

      • umerlfc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Did this witch doctor get Bruno's name now?

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

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

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

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

        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          He won’t