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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. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    As soon as Rashfords central he is a different player. Why waste him wide

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      The opposite is usually true

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Martial

  2. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    AWB only 1 bonus 🙁

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Wait for the CS

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      CS added soon.

      1. Lindelol
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        hopefully

    3. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Half an hour in, seriously?

  3. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    United back in the title race?

    1. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Nope

    2. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      They were never out

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      😆 naughty boy

    4. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Not in it, unless this insane luck continues.

  4. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Chances of Dias or Stones being rested?

    1. Begbie.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      0%.

      1. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        I actually agree lol. FML.

    2. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Dias due, I think

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Stones if he’s dropped.

      Dias would be a resting but not sure Burnley away is the place for it with how good he is.

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        There is a chance for Stones to be rested again and play the CL and the derby

      2. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        Don't think Stones is dropped. More like it was an easy game to ease Laporte back in.

      3. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        Dropped after not conceding a goal and scoring a couple? No chance, must have been rested

  5. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 18 days ago

    No sympathy for Rashford sellers, saints have one of the worst defences Over the last 2 and a bad away record as well

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Stop it. Check the other midfield options and they start talking

      10m for 1 goal in 8 games

      1. Dannyb
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 18 days ago

        This, enjoy that 1 goal, you've earned it.

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 18 days ago

          And my assist 🙂

    2. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Rashford's form anf stats were abysmal coming into this game though.

    3. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Against 11 men he's useless.

  6. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 18 days ago

    The Zaha useless with PVA playing logic works nicely

  7. In Bale We Trust
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    McCarthy save point

  8. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    United are better with Greenwood.

    He gives them something different

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      No Martial also helps massively.

  9. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Bednarek og

  10. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Rashford assist

  11. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Own goal

    Rashford assist

  12. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Rashford haul.

  13. Nomar
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Best we Mccarthy owners can hope for is 3 save points tonight.

  14. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Bednarek OG
    Rash A

  15. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    OG Bednarek
    A Rashford

  16. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 18 days ago

    This could be 7 or 8

  17. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Bednerek is so good. Too good for us for much longer

    1. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Oh dear timing

      1. Milkman Bruno
        7 months, 18 days ago

        Not really at fault there he had to go for it because he looked over his shoulder and saw the two lads behind him

  18. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    If Bruno continues playing like this, at least it solves all our benching headaches

  19. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Bruno to be subbed at HT.

  20. potatoace
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Yep, Bruno blank incoming.

  21. Niho992
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Main rival own RAshford ffs

  22. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Sub Bruno!!!

  23. Zilla
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    3 goals and no Bruno involvement ffs

  24. Milkman Bruno
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Rashford haul

  25. Londongeezaa
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    3-0 United and Bruno still on 1 point.

    Shocking.

  26. TheBiffas
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Ok so United are just gonna sit this out and Bruno captain fails

  27. Ibralicious
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Rashford haul well and truly underway here 😀

  28. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    So why is Bruno going to be benched?

  29. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 18 days ago

    Time to get rid of Bruno?

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      Pens have dried up

    2. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 18 days ago

      lol

  30. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 18 days ago

    They're gonna give Saints their annual 9-0 thrashing.