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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. Bushwhacker
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Saint Maximum is more entertaining in a cameo than United in a month. Great stuff.

  2. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Why do you even want Bruno to any involvement. He has 103% EO, if you didn't captain it is even better if he doesn't score any points.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      I'm at a lower enough rank that I get a whole 0.6% positive out of this, I'll have you know.

      1. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Sorry. 0.6% is always something

    2. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      This.

      I’m on a 14k red arrow from Bruno’s 6 pointer

    3. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Depends on mini league I guess. For mez he is a very frustrating player at the mo. Can't see me keeping him unless he sorts his form out. £11m player that I don't want to consider captaining is a concern

      1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Lol!!!!!

  3. Pad Randa (The OG)
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Third time a charm?

    Johnstone + Zaha > Pope (or another GK?) + Rashy on a free?

    1. dogtanion
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Definitely

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      Martinez and another midfielder. Villa have a few postponed games to rearrange so will have a few DGWs

      1. Pad Randa (The OG)
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Ugh, I do not fancy getting Grealish back, but fear I might have to...

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 15 days ago

      If you've no better midfield options. He's not playing against 10 men again next week.

  4. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Maybe De Gea could just accidentally roll it into his own net? No? Ok I tried!

  5. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Come on Bednarek, get a YC and match Jon Walters record.

    Side-note: Still can't beleive United haven't (officially) conceded tonight.

  6. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    Bednarek TC not working out

    1. Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      And how...

  7. The Senate
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 15 days ago

    of course I sold Rashford for Salah. seems dumb with hindsight

    1. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 15 days ago

      In hindsight maybe (Salah havent played yet though) but it wasn't a bad decision to be honest

      1. The Senate
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        could/should have sold son instead

        1. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Salah haven't played either. Don't be too harsh on yourself because it was a rational decision. You shouldn't judge decisions by outcomes too much

          1. Sgt Frank Drebin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            Son*

  8. Milkman Bruno
      3 months, 15 days ago

      As a Fernades non owner, 1 assist in a 6-0 win is great.

      1. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Feck spoke too soon

      2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Pen to united

      3. Pad Randa (The OG)
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 15 days ago

        Lots of long-range goals today.

      4. Im New Here
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Penalty Man U. Cmon Bruno

        • Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          United penalty.
          Martial fouled.

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            Would have been a Bruno assist if Martial was able to score in the first place...

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Tony wins pen.

        • how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Pen

        • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Dive

        • TomSaints
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          I’m willing to think the game is gone now. Maguire corner goal would be ok

        • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          That’s a dive

        • Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          There it is.

        • brianutd-why always we? 20
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Better score this Bruno

        • Neves say Neves
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Pretty sure next gw I will be doing this: (assuming no injuries or surprises)
          Chilwell > Shaw
          Raphinha > (S)on

        • Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          That’s a red if Luiz’ was.

        • HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          FWIW
          Those considering selling Bruno.... he has 151 points
          Essential KDB has 95

          1. TOLV TUMS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            best to remember you're buying the future and not the past.

        • how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 15 days ago

          Looks a dive

          1. HuttonDressedasLahm
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 15 days ago

            Clipped his heel imo

          2. Milkman Bruno
              3 months, 15 days ago

              Jinx

          3. Milkman Bruno
              3 months, 15 days ago

              Looks a dive

            • PP6
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              Tony wins peno

            • MoSalad
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              Dive surely

            • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              This would be a pen under peak penandes

            • Freshy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              step up bruno

            • Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 15 days ago

              Clear pen and also a dive

            • The Senate
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 15 days ago

              clear pen. so was earlier, so it will be overruled again