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

    Bednarek on for a record breaking low score.

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

    Might not be given

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

      It’s certainly a pen

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

    Bednarek on for a -4

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

    If bednarek goes is that a -5?

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

      Truly record breaking.

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

    Oh God, Walton has said it's a pen.

  6. thegaffer82
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Knew exactly what he was doing there didn’t he Martial

  7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Could be a red if a pen

  8. SH1M1
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Bednerak has had a shocker

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

    Bednarek about to SMASH Jon Walters record?!

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

    Bednarek record breaker!!!!!

  11. Says
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Lets see if the pundit ref can get at least one thing right tonight...

  12. The_FF_King
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Is it me or does it look like a Martial dive?

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

    He has to go sadly

  14. Londongeezaa
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    It’s 6-0. Just give the penalty and move on

  15. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    that's never a pen

  16. Zladan
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Makes up for the earlier penalty reversal.

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

    BRUNO JAM

  18. Prime
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Surely this, again, isn't a clear and obvious error by the ref?

  19. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Dean will send him off

  20. Zladan
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Penandes should’ve had 2.

  21. Milkman Bruno
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Pen and a red

    • DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      A lovely dive just to put the icing on the cake for VARchester United.

    • Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Even at 6-0 up cheating for penalties. What is the point anymore?!?

    • Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Diving at 6-0 up . . . that pretty much takes the biscuit.

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

      Pen and red card

      1. El Fenomeno R9
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Insane,dive and red

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Red for Bed?

    • Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Football is a bit crap these days isn't it

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

      If that Luiz incident was a pen and a red then surely this has to be

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

        Luiz tripped (albeit accidentally) his opponent ; this was a clear dive.

    • tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      They don't call him Mike 'drama queen' Dean for nothing

      They don't call him Penandes for nothing

      They don't call me an idiot for nothing

      1. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        😆

    • Alan The Llama
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      How many points Bednarek on?